Multimedia Compression: Standards and Practice

Learn how video and audio compression is used in modern broadcast and television.

Price per delegate: €350

Duration: 1 day

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What will you learn

This course will show you how video and audio compression is used in modern broadcast and television. The course includes broad explanations of the technology behind the most popular compression techniques, where they fit within the programme production process and how they help the programme production and delivery business.

Who should attend

The course includes a fair proportion of technical explanation. However these explanations use a minimal amount of mathematics and a high degree of graphical content and images to explain technical subjects. Therefore, although the topics are targeted at technical personnel, non-technical people will also benefit from attending this course

Course contents


The course starts with an introduction to the basic principles behind compression.

A brief history of compression

The course progresses with a brief look at the beginnings of video, audio and data compression explaining the early attempts, technical constraints and early achievements.

A technical summary of JPEG and MPEG1

Using graphics predominantly rather than mathematics, this part of the course explains the basic principles behind two of the most important early compression techniques, still in wide use today.


This section explains the most important compression system used in broadcast to date.

Problems in compression

This part of the course looks at how data, audio and video compression break down, and what happens when it does.

Audio compression technologies

This section of the course explains how audio compression works. It explains how audio compression is used in the professional arena and how consumer audio compression delivers quality and very low bit rates.

Data compression

Part of the course explains how data compression differs from media compression, and why it is important in broadcast.

MPEG-4 and H264 (AVC)

This part of the course looks at the new ‘kid on the block’ set to revolutionise the television business.

Streaming feed and podcasting

This part of the course looks at the emerging market for web based radio and television. It explains how new compression technologies are being used to leverage new business models for broadcasters, while presenting a whole new set of challenges for programme makers.

Courses can be run at various locations. Courses must have a minimum number of attendees in order to run. To discuss the exact location and times available please click ‘Enquire Now’ at the top of the page.