Moving Real Time Video and Audio over Packet Networks

SMPTE Member:  $450  Non-Member:  $550
Class Size Limit:  20
Course Length:  7 Weeks
Groups of three or more participants may register together for a 10 percent discount.

2017 Course Start Dates:

Monday,  20 November 2017 - Register Now!

Course Description:

This course gives students 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, students 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 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 education vice president

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants 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 a 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 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.


Registration Cancellation and Transfer Policies

  • If you cannot attend but would like your registration fee applied to a future offering of this course, please contact A $75 administrative fee will apply.
  • If you cannot attend but would like to transfer your registration to someone else, please contact A $25 administrative fee will apply.
  • Refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least three weeks prior to the course start date, less a 10% cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after that time.