IT for Engineers

IT for Engineers

This three-part introductory and refresher course is targeted at broadcast operators and entry-level engineers. It focuses on computers, IT networking, storage and workflow technology. This course will benefit new employees, as well as more experienced analog engineers wanting to improve their digital skills.

Part I begins with an introduction to computer hardware. Subjects covered include: microprocessors, RAM, hard drives, RAID protection and memory cards. The course continues with a review of network hubs, switches and routers.

Part II focuses on the application of IT technology to audio/video (AV) applications. Students learn about file-based environments, workflow, IT networking and storage. The lesson concludes by examining file formats, the MXF wrapper and key network maintenance requirements.

Part III is a higher-level tutorial presented by Al Kovalick, author of the highly-regarded book “Video systems in an IT environment.” Students learn how to support file-based workflows, network system timing, network clients and topology. Also covered are file transfers; TCP/UPD and streaming video; storage platforms, including SAN, NAS and DAS; and methods of maintaining QoS on IT networks.

Students will learn about:

  • Computers and components
  • Networking: hubs, switches and routers, and firewalls
  • Wiring: CAT 5, CAT 6 and fiber-optic cable
  • Principles of IT in broadcasting and production
  • Security, access control and VLANs
  • Broadcast networks
  • Storage systems for AV media
  • Maintaining broadcast networks
  • Redundancy planning
  • Formats, MXF wrappers
  • Implementing file-based workflows
  • File transfers, streaming and encoding
  • TCP, UDP protocols
  • Storage systems: SAN, NAS, DAS and real-time access

Your instructors:

Parts I and II:
Jonathon Roberts is currently working in the field of business enterprise solutions focusing on education through technology and specialized software for the fields of broadcast, government, sports information and health care.

His career includes more than 10 years of IT experience as a desktop support technician for the University of Central Florida. He also spent three years working for Global Service Solutions as a desktop support and network technician, earning the classification of Network Administrator II before GSS was acquired by CompUSA. Jonathon was a repair and maintenance technician for CompUSA’s Altamonte Springs service department and was subsequently hired as director of information technology for the UCF Athletics Association.

Part III:
Al Kovalick is with Avid Technology, serving as strategist and fellow. He has worked in the field of hybrid AV/IT systems for more than 15 years. Previously, he was a technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. He also served as the CTO of the Broadcast Products Division at Pinnacle Systems.

Kovalick is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies and holds 18 U.S. and foreign patents. He has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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