Distribution & Delivery Global Viewpoint – April 2020

Training Your Team

Working from home has given many the opportunity to upskill and improve their knowledge of the countless advances in broadcast television. But the key challenge is knowing where to start with your learning. Many vendors provide excellent white papers and high-quality sources of information, but it’s often difficult to cut through the marketing hype to understand what we need to know, and more importantly, why.

The Broadcast Bridge has built its reputation on providing incredibly high-quality independent editorial that cuts to the core of technology to help our readers better understand the many advances we are faced with.

As engineers and technologists, we seem to be fighting on many different fronts; developing transport streams, advanced video dynamic range and color space, and object audio.

Although SDI has been the core infrastructure distribution mechanism for over twenty years and shows little sign of abating, the advances in computer technology and ethernet/fiber networks has accelerated IP to the front of the technological queue. The release of SMPTEs ST2110 suite of protocols has caused us to think differently about video, especially with relation to timing.

HDR and WCG are making massive inroads into broadcasting, especially for sports and film channels. But there’s a whole load of new concepts that we must fathom. I’ve often said that understanding television is as much a history lesson as a technology one. This is truer now than ever due to the backwards compatibility and dual workflow challenges that HDR and WCG presents.

Just when we thought we understood audio, along comes a completely new concept; object audio. In my opinion, this is one of the most innovative developments in broadcast audio since we moved away from the two-inch loudspeaker on the front of the TV set.

And then there’s REMI, or should we say Remote Production? Or even At-home? The current need for home working has caused us to think more carefully about remote operation, our strategies and how we implement them. The decisions we make now and the workflows we implement will be with us for many years to come.

One of the most important aspects of information storage is information retrieval. If we don’t know where the information is then how can we retrieve it? I think this is where a lot of engineers and technologists now find themselves in the broadcast world. They know they have to understand so many different concepts but finding a good source of information that is vendor neutral can often be difficult.

Rising to the challenge, The Broadcast Bridge has been looking at new methods of classifying the tens of thousands of independent technical articles we have in our publication. These are all free to access and are a wealth of reliable information.

Our Applications section provides a classification of thousands of highly technical articles and we’ve covered all kinds of subjects such as IP, Remote Production and HDR, to name but a few. We have many incredible series, from John Watkinson’s Color and Colorimetry to Phil Rhodes HDR Creative Technology, and even my own deep technical dive into OTT. Our team of highly experienced industry editors are constantly adding to the database of knowledge.

The Broadcast Bridge is proving to be a fantastic independent resource for anybody looking to learn more and we look forward to sharing this with you as we continue to research and write.

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