NAB2006 Engineering conference to explore definition of broadcast quality

The NAB2006 Broadcast Engineering conference will devote a session track April 23 to laying out what is broadcast quality.

Chaired by Lewis Zager, Director, PBS, in Alexandria, VA, the track is composed of five 30-minute sessions devoted to answering various aspects of what actually constitutes broadcast quality.

The sessions, which will be held in room S219 and S220 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, include:

  • Objective Measurement of Digital Video Quality: Prediction of Mean Time between Failures, presented by Nikil Jayant, chief science officer, EGT/Georgia Tech. The session will explore new objective methods for measuring video quality including research into Mean Time Between Failures, where failures equate to artifacts that can be noticed.
  • Control of Loudness in Digital TV, presented by Thomas Lund, program manager, TC Electronics. During his session Lund will present a paper on investigations into the standardization of broadcast loudness and explore some consequences of a global loudness standard as it relates to metering and control at ingest, production and transmission.
  • Statistical Multiplexing of Video-over-IP: A New Paradigm for Efficient Content Aggregation, presented by J.C. Morizur, director, product management at Harmonic. During this session, Morizur will present a paper on statistical multiplexing of video over IP for efficient program aggregation.
  • Transport Stream Real-time Analyzer System, presented by Yuichi Mochizuki, broadcast engineer, NHK. Mochizuki will discuss the NHK-developed Transport Stream Real-time Analyzer System that analyzes and monitors encoded data in real time from the transport stream.
  • The Missing Link in File-based Video: Automated QC, presented by Thomas Dove, CEO, Vqual. Digital content is being re-purposed at different rates and resolutions for terrestrial, satellite, cable, podcast, HD-DVD, Internet and mobile applications. This session looks at ways broadcasters can ensure that the digital files they receive will meet their requirements.

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