SMPTE Member: $499 Non-Member: $599
Class Size Limit: 20
Course Length: 9 Weeks
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2018 Course Online Start Dates:
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Led by SMPTE Fellow Thomas Bause Mason, this virtual classroom course is designed to give you a ‘big picture’ look at the emerging UHD Ecosystem.
The focus is on how UHD implementation will affect both the broadcasting and cinema industries while examining the impact of the audience experience and viewer engagement.
Upon completion of the course, you should have a firm understanding of how UHD content is produced and acquired as well as moved through post-production to distribution/transmission.
“SMPTE has been studying the entire UHD ecosystem, looking at higher frame rates (HFR), wider color gamut (WCG), pixel density, high dynamic range (HDR), peak brightness, and immersive audio. Leading the way in practical implementation of UHD throughout the production and distribution chain, SMPTE published its first HDR standard, ST 2084, in September 2014. This course leverages SMPTE’s extensive study and standards work to provide participants with an understanding of UHD and its future.”
~ Richard Welsh, SMPTE Education Vice President and CEO at Sundog Media Toolkit
- Engineers, Technicians and Craft Engineers who will deploy and use UHD Systems
- Engineers, Technicians and Craft Engineers involved with content creation, distribution, and delivery
- Professionals with an interest in UHD such as Editors and Equipment suppliers
The online course begins with a general overview of the essentials of UHD. As course participants progress, they will learn about the new creative capabilities and technical challenges UHD brings and, because UHD is still evolving, take an initial look at the impact that it will have on the industry.
The course then looks at the technical standards which underpin UHD. In particular, the high bitrates and techniques used to transport signals are discussed, along with the other new aspects of UHD such as higher frame rates and wide color gamut. In addition, audio system considerations such as 22.2 are discussed.
Shooting compelling UHD content requires greater consideration than today’s more typical point-and-shoot commodity HDTV. This course looks at UHD acquisition and the issues surrounding both new imager technologies and their application to UHD. Particular attention is given to image exposure and the management of high dynamic range.
While production workflows in UHD aren’t significantly different from HDTV, there are specific challenges to address. The course looks at what is different in UHD content production and covers considerations around the use of legacy HD content in UHD productions and systems.
The transport of UHD is an evolving element in the story. The standards in place for production infrastructures are discussed in detail, providing a solid insight into system-building with UHD.
In the final modules, the course looks at the state of UHD today and where it is going. A ‘crystal ball’ view of the industry and the impact of UHDTV is offered to provide insight into where developments are taking place and thus where course participants may want to follow activities to stay current as this evolution takes place. The strategic dimensions of UHD are also considered, including potential timescales and barriers to success.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this course participants should be able to:
Describe the technical aspects of how UHD differs from HDTV.
Describe the general end-to-end architecture that comprises the UHD ecosystem.
List the parameters and parameter values of UHD, and nature of compression methods used to convert to a manageable file size for transmission, reception, or storage.
Identify the standards required for implementation of a UHDTV infrastructure
Describe how the techniques of live production are affected by working with UHD and list two major technical considerations for UHD program production.
Summarize the industry-wide reference architecture that encompasses the camera-to-viewer delivery method
Week 1 – Course Introduction and UHD Fundamentals
Week 2 – UHD Essentials
Week 3 – UHDTV Standards
Week 4 – UHD Content Creation
Week 5 – UHD Content Production
Week 6 – UHD Content Transport
Week 7 – UHD Crystal Ball
Week 8 – Capstone Project
Week 9 – Review and Final Exam
Thomas Bause Mason, whose extensive engineering experience includes the development of patented media technologies and in-depth involvement in standards creation while serving in roles with West German Television (WDR), Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC), Ascent Media, and NBCUniversal in Los Angeles, is currently the owner and managing director of Open Media Consulting. While at NBCUniversal, he was the company’s lead on the Video Services Forum (VSF) TR03/TR04 and SMPTE ST 2110 standardization effort. Mason also has chaired the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) Media over IP (MoIP) Subcommittee; organized the MoIP Workshop — presented by the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), NABA, SMPTE, and VSF — that promoted the use of SMPTE ST 2110; and chaired the SMPTE Studio Group on Flow Management in Professional Media Networks.