03.17.2004 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
NAB2004 engineering conference to cover broad range of technical topics

The Broadcast Engineering Conference at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention focuses on critical developments in broadcast technology and offers programs designed to enlighten television engineers regarding the fast-changing world of television technology.

Among the highlights of the Broadcast Engineering Conference at NAB2004 are:

  • The ATSC Digital Television University will have sessions on PSIP fundamentals and the importance of getting it right, PSIP Tables 101, PSIP and receivers, carriage of private channels, programming metadata, automating PSIP, coordinated exchange of PSIP, and advanced audio and video coding.

  • Preparedness, Security and Recovery for Radio and Television will focus on the new industry standard for public alert receivers, design considerations for emergency power, solutions for basic computer security violations at TV stations, DTV datacasting for homeland security, network disaster recovery, EAS and disaster preparedness, and mission-critical broadcast design.

  • State of the Art Television in 2004 will have sessions on large screen display imaging, next-generation interconnections, single carrier mobile TV transmission, and distributed transmission design.

  • Digital Television Transition Worldwide will include an update, implementing DTV transmission and production, and digital broadcasting in Japan.

  • Television RF and Transmission Developments will focus on waveguide combining of multiple high-power UHF channels; report on the deployment of MSDC IOT UHF high-power amplifier; advanced transmission design; the Albany, NY, cooperative digital transmitter project; post transition DTV allotment planning and much more.

  • Cable Issues for Broadcasters will cover digital program insertion, digital audio for broadcast and cable, generating and monitoring PSIP, PSIP in distributed environments, broadband content services and ACAP.

  • Quality Control for Television will focus on testing compressed video and audio integrity in a video server environment, comparison of format conversion techniques, transcoding, fine-grained in-band announcement of data broadcast, lip sync, maintaining temporal relationship of audio and video, matrix surround sound, intelligent loudness measurement and control, real-time loudness control, and high power DTV monitoring.

  • Technical Regulatory Issues will look at implementing closed captioning for DTV, real-time automated closed captioning, standardization in captioning, RF exposure management, implications of the National Environmental Policy Act, BAS frequency coordination and database issue, and a summary of BAS FCC issues.

  • DTV Receiver Technology with emphasis on receivers after the MOUs and mandates, ATSC DTV recommended practices for receivers, fifth generation VSB improvements, flat TVs, PSIP for E-VSB, and when HDTV will be affordable.

  • Television Operations and Engineering will focus on designing for HD operations, in-plant architecture for the digital headend, models and benefits of centralization, DTV datacasting, IP access technology, video over IP in news acquisition, portable editing, Internet-based control, and observation of transmission facility.

  • Leading Edge Technologies for Television will include topics such as ultra-high speed and high-sensitivity CCD cameras, AVS - the Chinese next-generation video coding system, video content search and extraction via MPEG-7, ultra-high-definition-television and, photonic multicasting for distributed video networks.

For more information, please visit www.nab.org.

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