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Video Systems in an IT Environment

The Essentials of Professional Networked Media, 1st Edition

By Al Kovalick


600 pages

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Audio/Video (AV) systems and Information Technology (IT) are colliding. Broadcasters and other AV professionals are impacted by the transition to IT components and techniques. This is the first book to focus on the intersection of AV and IT concepts. It includes technology reviews and the tools to understand and evaluate key aspects of hybrid AV systems. Twelve chapters encompass a broad range of information including: IT integration, AV networking, storage systems, file and metadata formats, software platforms, reliability, element management, security, workflow improvement, AV technology, transition issues, and real-world case studies. Each chapter weaves together IT and AV techniques providing the reader with actionable information on the issues, processes and principles of seamless AV/IT systems integration.


"A comprehensive book targeting an emerging area of IT. It is well-written and readable, in as far as a practical book devoted to a sophisticated technology can be readable. It should provide a good foundation for both IT and video specialists seeking to enlarge their horizons." -

This is the book you've been waiting for. Al has the field experience and unique ability to communicate difficult technical issues. Regardless of your AV or IT background, or position from staff engineer to senior technical management, you will find this book an invaluable addition to your technical library.
-- Clyde Smith, Senior VP R&D, QA and Metrics, Turner Broadcasting

IT methods are transforming AV systems. This book is an excellent source for the comprehensive understanding of the important technologies and workflows that are reshaping broadcast's future. If you work with AV systems, this book is the perfect reference.
--John Varney, CTO, BBC

As proprietary broadcast solutions give way to the juggernaut of standard IT based systems, AV professionals need new tools to bridge the knowledge gap. "Video Systems in an IT Environment? provides a sturdy foundation on which to build the skill sets needed to thrive in the present-day digital media ecosystem.
--André Mendes, VP & Chief Technology Integration Officer. PBS

"This is the first book to focus on the intersection of AV and IT concepts. It includes technology reviews and the tools to understand and evaluate key aspects of hybrid AV systems." - SCTE, June 2006

"This is the first book I have seen that specifically covers IT for broadcast video professionals. It is an excellent read." - Brad Gilmer, Broadcast Engineering

This book is timely. It comes on the bookshelves at the right time when many broadcasters eagerly need it. The book provides an excellent guide to the RAID and RAIN storage systems to be used in the studio, and the necessary software systems used (service-oriented applications, middleware, etc). Protection (security) for networked AV systems against viruses, worms, Trojan horses and malware, as well as prevention strategies/tactics, are very well explained.- European Broadcasting Union Technical Review, January 2007

Table of Contents

Networked Media in an IT Environment; The Basics of Professional Networked Media; Storage System Basics; Storage Access Methods; Software Technology for AV Systems; Reliability and Scalability Methods; Networking Basics for AV; Media Systems Integration; Security for Networked AV Systems; Systems Management and Monitoring; The Transition to IT: Issues and Case Studies; A Review of AV Basics; Appendices; Glossary; Index

About the Author

Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV/IT systems for the past 16 years. Previously, he was a digital systems designer and technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. He was the principal architect of HP's first VOD server. Following HP, from 1999 to 2004, he was the CTO of the Broadcast Products Division at Pinnacle Systems. Currently, he is a Fellow with Avid Technology. Al is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies. He has presented over 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide and holds 18 US and foreign patents. Al has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a SMPTE Fellow and a life member of Tau Beta Pi.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies