Mastering Digital Television: The Complete Guide to the DTV Conversion

Mastering Digital Television: The Complete Guide to the DTV Conversion

by Jerry Whitaker
     
 

HANDS-ON DTV FROM A LEADING AUTHOR IN DTV ENGINEERING

Written by top technical author Jerry Whitaker, Mastering Digital Television provides the tools needed to design, maintain, and troubleshoot DTV equipment and signals — effectively and cost efficiently. This guide helps answer the challenge posed by a mandated major technical changeover—analog to

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HANDS-ON DTV FROM A LEADING AUTHOR IN DTV ENGINEERING

Written by top technical author Jerry Whitaker, Mastering Digital Television provides the tools needed to design, maintain, and troubleshoot DTV equipment and signals — effectively and cost efficiently. This guide helps answer the challenge posed by a mandated major technical changeover—analog to digital—in a concise, expertly written manner.

Ideal for engineers and technicians charged with DTV conversions, this practice-focused manual points to the most economical, cost-effective solutions for setting up, running, maintaining, and troubleshooting DTV.

MASTERING DIGITAL TELEVISON:

  • Details and annotates key DTV broadcast standards with insights only an industry veteran could provide
  • Provides solutions for tweaking technical parameters that drive DTV system performance
  • Clearly explains the functions and capabilities of all major DTV system components
  • Helps engineers conquer the requirements for the design and building of DTV equipment
  • Explains the ATSC and SMPTE standards and FCC regulations driving DTV implementation
  • Provides needed technical information, data, and reference material on transmission systems, antennas, and receivers
  • Defines optimal testing procedures and equipment

Covering all relevant standards, equipment, and ins and outs, Jerry Whitaker's Mastering Digital Television is the clear choice for on-the-job DTV engineering and technical reference today.

Jerry C. Whitaker is a well-known author in the field of video, television, HDTV, and radio. The author and editor of dozens of books on technical topics, he edited the leading technical manual in television, The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering. He is also the author of The DTV Handbook, The Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering, and The Electronics Handbook, as well as other standard references. Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He has also served as Vice President and Board member of the SBE. Mr. Whitaker is Vice President for Standards Development at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the international organization charged with developing voluntary standards for digital television. He resides in Morgan Hill, California.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071470162
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
04/07/2006
Series:
McGraw-Hill Video/Audio Professional Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.36(d)

Meet the Author

Jerry C. Whitaker is a well-known author in the field of video, television, HDTV, and radio. The author and editor of dozens of books on technical topics, he edited the leading technical manual in television, The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering. He is also the author of The DTV Handbook, The Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering, and The Electronics Handbook, as well as other standard references. Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He has also served as Vice President and Board member of the SBE. Mr. Whitaker is Vice President for Standards Development at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the international organization charged with developing voluntary standards for digital television. He resides in Morgan Hill, California.

Table of Contents

Section 1: The Road to Digital Television

A Brief History of Television

Digital Television in the U.S.
Section 2: Fundamental Video Principles

Principles of Color Vision

The CIE Color System

Application of Visual Properties

Essential Video System Characteristics

The Principles of Video Compression
Section 3: Fundamental Audio Principles

The Physical Nature of Sound

Sound Propagation

The Physical Nature of Hearing

Audio Compression Systems
Section 4: Fundamental Transmission Principles

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Propagation

Longley-Rice Propagation Model

Modulation Systems and Characteristics
Section 5: Digital Television Standards

The ATSC DTV System

Video Compression and Decompression

DTV Audio Encoding and Decoding

DTV Transport System

Understanding ATSC/MPEG Syntax Tables

DTV Program and System Information Protocol

Multiple Transmitter Networks

DTV Satellite Transmission

DTV Data Broadcasting
Section 6: DTV Implementation Considerations

Video Production Issues

Audio Production Issues

Digital System Architecture
SUBJECT INDEX
INDEX OF FIGURES AND TABLES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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