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Video principles for engineers

PTT - Providers Of Telecoms Training


What will I learn?

This course provides an introduction to video for engineers and technicians in the media technology, broadcasting and telecommunications sectors. The course is aimed at those who are responsible for the technical infrastructure in digital video production, post-production and transmission environments.

The course begins with video fundamentals inc. principles of interlaced and progressive scanning, aspect ratio, PAL, SECAM and NTSC TV systems standards, and analogue video interfaces inc composite, SCART and S-video.

Then the course describes the digital encoding of video inc. methods of representing colour information with reference to RGB, luminance and chroma components and the 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 formats.

The course then deals with digital video interfaces, compression, Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) formats, file formats and storage, time codes, and media metadata.

What do I need to know?

You will get the most out of this course if you already have an understanding of the basic properties of analogue and digital signals. It is recommended that the PTT course "Analogue and digital signals" is studied before attempting this course.

Course info


Course Provider Diploma/Certificate/Award (this must include an assessed element)

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

12 months

More info on price

cost of 12 months access.

Who runs this course?



PTT – Providers of telecommunications training – is a specialist distance learning provider that focusses on telecommunications and Information communications technology (ICT). PTT’s extensive catalogue of online courses offer a valuable training and information resource for those joining the telecoms and ICT sectors as well as managers, technicians and engineers who need to keep up to date with the latest techniques and systems. Apart from standalone courses, PTT also offers online study programmes that reward successful participants with a certificate. PTT courses and study programmes are used throughout the world by major telecommunications and ICT organisations to train their staff as well as individuals wanting to

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