Philip Cianci, CSTE wrote an inspiring, informative course for the SBE on the challenges of a contemporary technologist who works in the broadcast or media industry. The online course, titled “Adaptive Media Systems Engineering“, offers techniques to ease the transition from Broadcast Engineer to Media Systems Engineer. Each chapter provides practical suggestions and solutions for the digital era. Subjects include an introduction to media systems engineering, the role of the media systems engineer, the importance of professional societies and standards bodies, project management techniques, the planning process, process improvement, organizational efficiency and more.
“The author uses lots of industry standards and relates them very well to the broadcast industry. This is a thought provoking course that guides the project engineer to new methods of managing the unmanageable task of today’s broadcast IT-centric projects.” - Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE, Course Reviewer
Broadcasters have been needing and asking the FCC for more channels and bandwidth for years now. We need more! With the growth of HD audio and video the need for reliable STL’s continues to grow every year.
In August of 2011 the FCC abolished the last link rule opening up Part 101 licensed frequencies to broadcasters. Finally the FCC has opened up new frequencies that can be used for reliable STL’s. These frequencies like 950mhz, 7ghz, and 13Ghz are licensed frequencies but with the ability to run high speed bidirectional data rates. These frequencies have the ability to provide up to a gigabit of bidirectional throughput to your transmission sites.
Taking place June 27, this webinar will inform you on these new licensed frequencies and the design do’s and don’ts for these frequencies. The webinar also looks at a live path profile showing what can be done today.
The impact of the Information Technology world has certainly been felt in the ranks of traditional broadcast engineering for several years. Whether radio or TV, the systems we depend upon daily have become or will become more of an IT looking environment than the baseband audio and video world that has embraced broadcast engineering for years.
Is it time for a new engineering position in the broadcast industry? Will the “Broadcast IT Engineer” become the new job title for the broadcast technologist of 2013 and beyond? Or maybe this already is the new engineering position and we have simply not fully acknowledged in our industry and our own career progression.
How does someone entering the industry obtain the knowledge and skills of broadcast engineering and IT to successfully accomplish the demands of this position? Is an experienced IT professional better suited for this role by learning the traditional diverse broadcast engineering skills? Is an experienced broadcast engineer better suited for this role by learning the necessary and diverse IT skills?
Who is best suited for the coming norm of the broadcast plant in the “IT Cloud”?
What are your thoughts?
Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, CBNE
SBE Board Member, Chair – SBE Education Committee
Wayne’s views do not reflect those of the SBE, or its Board of Directors.
The SBE offers a course on SBE University on ENG Truck Operations. The course, designed for non-technical personnel, covers the basics necessary to produce a safe, good quality field produced shot from both microwave based vehicles and satellite uplink vehicles. It begins with a concentration on safety, advances to the basics of microwave principles and operation, then on to audio, video, various IFB techniques, lighting basics, use of wireless microphones and some advanced applications.
Courses on SBE University are set up like textbooks, divided into 8-14 chapters. There are quiz questions, graphics, a glossary, and a final exam. Once you purchase a course on SBE University, you will always have access to it, including any updates made to the course.
Broadcasters have the opportunity to hear from Theresa Regli at The Real Story Group to understand not only the different components of a Media Asset Management (MAM) system, but also to help them identify their own requirements more clearly. In addition, understand how various MAM system services work, find out who some of the particular MAM vendors are and the different industries they focus on, and differentiate among alternate architectures and approaches. This Webinar by SBE takes place May 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Learn More