Monday, January 9, 2017 - Friday, March 10, 2017
Online - Virtual Course
This course is designed to give participants a ‘big picture’ look at the future UHD Ecosystem, and how its implementation will affect the broadcasting and theatrical industries, plus how it will impact viewer engagement. After completing this course, participants should have a firm understanding of how UHD content is produced and acquired, then moved thru post-production to distribution/transmission.
The course begins with a detailed general overview of the basics of UHD content, and the current state of standardization of the basic parameter values, with an initial look at the impact that it will have on the industry. The curriculum then turns its focus to display technology, which is a critical element for the practicality of UHD. Here the techniques to allow higher pixel densities, and the current status of display manufacture are explained. Television is constituted by the combination of vision and sound, and so next, the technical considerations of audio for UHD are considered. The technical options for immersive sound systems, including object-based, scene based, and discrete channel-based systems are outlined. This is then followed by a discussion of UHD broadcast distribution and broadband delivery methods. This topic includes UHD compression, achieved primarily through the use of the new HEVC compression family, for transport across broadcast channels and IP based networks via broadband internet. Knowing now what is required of UHD content, the discussion turns to UHD production and how the techniques of production and acquisition are affected by working with UHD in uncompressed and compressed forms. Focus is directed to UHD interface standards, editing systems, and the need for faster and increased storage capacity. This is then followed by a detailed look at UHD production workflows. Focus here includes the prospects for an industry-wide reference architecture that encompasses camera to post to storage and archive. Here also, a case study of a practical experience in live UHD production will be presented. Finally, the strategic dimensions of UHD are considered, including potential timescales and barriers to success.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
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