The need for synchronization rears its head in so many different endeavors that it has to be accepted as one of the great enabling technologies.
The conversion of monochrome TV to color was quite a trick, but it came at a cost.
One of the earliest and most widespread applications of synchronizing was in television.
In the beginning, there was television. And whenever people tried to make television programmes effective video signal monitoring was an essential pre-requisite.
Synchronizing became extremely important with the growth of AC power systems, which ended up being used to synchronize all sorts of equipment, from Radar to television.
The peculiarities of the motion of planet Earth are responsible for much more than seasons and the midnight sun and it took a while before it was all figured out.
Video, audio and metadata monitoring in the IP domain requires different parameter checking than is typically available from the mainstream monitoring tools found in IT. The contents of the data payload are less predictable and packet distribution more tightly defined leading to the need to use specialist media stream centric monitoring tools.
The subjects of timing, synchronizing and broadcasting are inseparable and in this new series John Watkinson will look at the fundamentals of timing, areas in which fundamental progress was made, how we got where we are and where we might be going.