Harris Corporation’s Videotek Test and Measurement Product Line Launches HD Basics Training Program
Apr 18, 2006 4:18 PM
Harris Corporation announced the completion of the first phase of a special training program it has designed to broaden broadcasters’ understanding of the high-definition (HD) formats. The initial half-day sessions held in four strategically located U.S. cities were presented in various venues arranged by local Videotek resellers.
The training program revolved around the published work HD Basics and Beyond: A Primer for Video Professionals, written by Mike Richardson, director of product technologies for Harris Broadcast Communications’ Videotek Test and Measurement product line. Using the primer as a companion piece to a three-hour audio/visual presentation, Richardson provided clarity on many issues that establish a foundation for understanding the HD formats, including how HD is constructed based on standard definition (SD), what exactly is meant by high definition, how audio information is included in the HD signal, how to monitor HD for quality control, understanding metadata, and other key details.
“Providing an opportunity for users of our products to better understand the technology creates more opportunities for our organization and our customers,” says Tim Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division Leitch Business Unit. “This type of value-added service also positions Harris as a provider of technology and industry know-how—a company that the market can count on for the highest-quality test instruments and educational support.”
These inaugural events were presented in cooperation with local resellers in four U.S. markets. In Denver, 5280 Digital sponsored the event at the Starz Entertainment headquarters; in New York, Video Corporation of America/Fusion hosted two half-day events; in the Washington, D.C., area, Professional Products provided use of its inhouse videoconference center; and in the Philadelphia area, The Lerro Corporation welcomed guests to its training center. Each event drew an average of 80 participants who were personally invited by mail and/or email campaigns. The attendees represented a broad cross-section of industry insiders, including station engineers, cameramen, technicians, editors, and postproduction professionals.
“The market has spoken,” Thorsteinson says. “The tremendous turnout at these events and the overwhelming positive response are a clear indication that this is the type of information our customers—and potential customers—need. The success of these initial events makes it likely that a future series of similar events will be planned.”