Tony Orme began his engineering career at the BBC, London, where he trained as a broadcast engineer and successfully completed the network’s intensive three-year training program. While the BBC gave Tony a fantastic grounding in engineering, moving to independent television and satellite broadcasters, including Sky and ITV, gave him a deep insight into media production and workflows. With the added experience of working in network News operations, he witnessed firsthand the demands live television places on systems and people.
Dedicated to making things happen, Tony has a passion for improving systems, making them more efficient and getting them to work better. Throughout his career, Tony designed and built interface and processing solutions to address unique problems, ones that others were unable to resolve, especially as digital television moved to MPEG compression. He gained skills in low-level embedded RTOS C/C++ programming and FPGA-VHDL, using those tools to create high-speed video and audio real-time processing solutions for broadcasters.
Based on the knowledge gained during his Research and Development years, Tony now applies these skills to help others successfully migrate their facilities from SDI-based to IP-focused media centres.
As well as simplifying technology and creating solutions through his consultancy business, “Orme Solutions,” Tony is a SMPTE member, prolific writer for The Broadcast Bridge, lecturer at The University of Surrey, and currently chair of the Thames Valley Branch of the Royal Television Society.