Video and Media Servers: Technology and Applications

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Focal Press, 1998 - Client/server computing - 457 pages
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The switch in the direction of digital television broadcasting, the acceptance of compressed digital video and storage, video-on-demand, pay-per-view delivery, and multichannel satellite are all elements in this universal shift toward servers for storage and forward delivery of video media.

The book discusses both operational and technical issues related to disk-based, digital recording and the implementation of video server and media server based technologies for broadcast and non-broadcast applications. It also includes developmental and technical discussions of optical, magnetic, and silicon based disk systems.


Major sections are devoted to media and video server technologies and their evolution, while others cover the implementation into production/post- production, graphics/animation, and broadcast operations, including news. There is a section on networking theory as it applies to server implementation. Other sections include drive and system-bus architectures (SCSI
The material presented includes both introductory and in-depth discussion aimed at the users of the technology: the electronics technician, the maintenance engineer working in a video facility, and the technical manager whose job it is to recommend and advise upper management on current as well as future technological choices in advanced television. The applications portions will also be helpful to the operations technicians or managers already working in a broadcast facility with server systems, or one that is considering integrating video and media server technologies into the plant.

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Contents

The Journey Begins
1
A Brief History
11
One Step Before the Server
25
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Karl Paulsen has spent over thirty years in broadcast television engineering and management holding key positions in operations, consulting, design, and systems integration. Karl is currently a Senior Technologist/Consulting Engineer with Diversified Systems. Previously he was CTO at AZCAR Technologies, a global provider of media solutions and technology integration for the moving media industry and Director of Engineering for Synergistic Technologies, Inc., and VP of Engineering at Digital Post & Graphics. Karl has focused on video file servers, storage and IP-based video technologies, including workflow, implementation and analysis for advanced digital media systems for nearly two decades. A feature columnist for TV Technology magazine, he has contributed over 150 articles to his long running 'Media Server Technology' series. Karl authored the book "Video & Media Servers: Applications and Technology" as well as dozens of other contributions to the industry. He is a SMPTE Fellow and standards community participant, a SBE Life Member and a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer.

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