Fundamental to any control room is a method of monitoring the audio and video that is being assembled in production or air operations. Though the requirements
A few years ago, I visited a satellite transmission facility in a remote location that was designed to operate off grid if necessary for a considerable
The time is approaching when all displays will process images, with many displaying more than one input at a time. In fact, like it or not, essentially
The broadcast business is about capturing images and using them to create content that informs, enlightens and entertains. All of that starts with replicating
John Watkinson spoke at a SMPTE conference in New York a number of years ago. The conference featured many papers on the topic Computers and Television:
Last month's column began with a short reference to the first transatlantic satellite transmission over Telstar (1965). Of course, the more interesting
Satellites first were used in television for short-duration transatlantic interconnection. Short could mean a few minutes, but at the time it was a technological
Streams and files are two key concepts that are inextricably intertwined with the technology we use in production and delivery of content. Files are defined
As in many areas of technology, we are entering a time of particularly strong change in how video is processed. It is transparent that analog processing
What could be more fundamental than communications in an industry where individuals collaborate to create compelling content? But don't make the assumption
Reality in our industry is all in the presentation of approximations of reality. The essence of video and audio compression is the selective discarding
Product categories evolve over time, not unlike the natural world. Things that make a product distinct and useful tend to show up in similar ways in other
In the grand scheme of technology, how we monitor television in professional facilities seems like a rather trivial, obvious matter, but it's actually
Today’s HD, 3-D and 3G environments require wide bandwidth connectivity, and using fiber is a good solution.
Rather than switching to lights out, unmanned operations, broadcast stations still require an engineer
Change is good in life. It is what encourages new thoughts and approaches to many things. The broadcast industry has seen three distinct eras in technology
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