Essentials of IP Media Transport for Broadcasters

Moving Real-Time Video and Audio Over Packet Networks

SMPTE Member:  $599  Non-Member:  $749
Space is limited.
Course Length:  7 Weeks
Groups of three or more participants may register together for a 10 percent discount.

Any of SMPTE's Virtual Classroom courses are available as private sessions for organizations.

Contact us for details about private course options and with any curriculum questions.

2020 Course Online Start Dates


Monday,  13 January 2020 Register


Monday, 3 February 2020 Register


Virtual Course Description:

This virtual classroom course, led by Wes Simpson, will provide you with a good working knowledge of the key principles of IP video and audio transport intended for modern production and broadcasting facilities. After completing this course, you should have a solid grasp of the major elements of IP video technology, including content preparation, system architecture alternatives, and network performance management.

Course Summary:

The online course begins with an overview of the role that IP technology plays in a modern broadcast system, followed by a quick refresher on IP technology. The next portion of the course covers key technologies for IP video networks and presents several IP video and audio applications that are relevant to broadcasters. This is followed by an in-depth look at suitable compression technologies and commonly used container/file formats. The discussion then turns to networks used for video delivery, including physical infrastructure, synchronization, system performance measurement and other transport considerations. The course concludes with a quick overview of some useful tools and technologies for implementing and testing IP video networks.

“The increasing utility and ubiquity of packet-based network infrastructure for the creation, storage, transfer, and streaming of professional media make it more important than ever that broadcast engineers understand the basics of IP-based media transport. With the art and science of the traditional film and broadcast industries being transformed by Silicon Valley technology, this knowledge is essential to the efficient and successful delivery of media across key media consumption platforms and all variety of viewing devices.” 

Pat GriffisSMPTE Executive Vice President

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the facility workflow domains for networked file-based and streaming media transport
  • Compare and contrast SDI and IP based workflow models
  • Discuss the components and protocols used in an IP based video production workflow
  • Explain how to choose and configure video and audio codecs across a range of business applications.
  • Select appropriate  image and audio synchronization methods during mixing and switching
  • Discuss Internet Delivery Systems for distribution to the end-point consumer, including CDNs and delivery protocols (MPEG DASH, Adobe HDS, Apple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming)
  • Explain the basics of cloud technology and  discuss  potential impacts on broadcast industry
  • Explain common factors in the workflow impacting network performance
  • Perform basic troubleshooting and determine probable resolutions to  common network related workflow issues


Week 1 - IP’s Role in Video Production Today and in the Future(context and Foundation)

Week 2 - IP Video/Audio and Related Content Technologies

Week 3 - Compression for IP Networks

Week 4 - Container and File Formats

Week 5 - Studio Infrastructure and Cabling

Week 6 - Transport Impairments and Metrics

Week 7 - Review and Final Exam

This is a six week, online virtual classroom course utilizing a “flipped classroom” learning model. Course participants will spend time studying lessons and materials between weekly instructor coaching sessions. These instructor coaching sessions are live, one-hour sessions with the instructor answering questions and clarifying the more complex materials and concepts. If a participant is unable to participate in a live session, they are recorded and made available on-demand.

Participation in this course assumes a general understanding of the most fundamental principles of Internet Protocol (IP) and internetworking.

About Wes Simpson

Wes SimpsonWes Simpson is president of Telecom Product Consulting and has more than 35 years of experience in the design, development, application, and marketing of products for video and telecommunication applications. He is a frequent television industry speaker at events such as VidTrans, SMPTE conferences, NAB Show, IBC Show, and a columnist for TV Technology. Simpson has authored two books which have both been released as second editions by Focal Press:  “IPTV and Internet Video” and “Video Over IP.” He holds a BSEE from Clarkson University and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Simpson is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Connecticut Subsection of SMPTE, and serves on the Board of Editors for SMPTE’s Journal of Motion Imaging. He is also a voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards Committee. In addition to this virtual classroom course for SMPTE, Simpson recently developed and delivered well-received training seminars for the VSF and IEEE BTS.