Video Systems in an IT Environment: The Basics of Networked Media and File-based Workflows

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Focal Press/Elsevier, 2009 - Computers - 497 pages
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Audio/Video (AV) systems and Information Technology (IT) have collided. IT is being leveraged to create compelling networked media and file-based workflows. Video Systems in an IT Environment has helped thousands of professionals in broadcast, post and other media disciplines to understand the key aspects the AV/IT “tapeless? convergence. World-renowned educator and speaker Al Kovalick adds his conversational and witty style to this text making the book an enjoyable learning experience.

Now in its second edition, this book includes: basics of networked media, storage systems for AV, MXF and other file formats, Web services and SOA, software platforms, 14 methods for high availability design, element management, security, AV technology, transition issues, real-world case studies and much more. Each chapter weaves together IT and AV techniques providing the reader with actionable information on the issues, best practices, processes and principles of seamless AV/IT systems integration.

•This updated edition contains: 40 new and updated figures, expanded sections on SOA and Web services, storage systems updates, workflow essentials, data center virtualization, protocol and standards updates, an expanded three plane integration model and much more.
•Packed with over 235 illustrations
•Supported with 13 Appendixes covering interesting and diverse topics and an updated glossary of AV/IT terms

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This is a fantastic book looking at the benefits (and indeed the cons) of IT/AV infrastructures. It's written in a really friendly and easy to understand register and I'd fully recommend it to any post production professional.

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About the author (2009)

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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