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Training and the knowledge game Recently I was in a very large broadcaster in Malaysia training an eager group of 30 engineers on quality control in broadcasting. Moving from waveforms to vector scope, Loudness to Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus, audio mixdown and then explaining VANC/ANC, CRC/EDH errors and finally eye and jitter analysis I thought – crikey we’ve covered every aspect of SDI broadcasting. Even though some of the toolsets have been developed out of analogue techniques, the digital basics are reasonably understandable, but taken as a whole there’s a lot to learn. And of course there’s a lot more on the way with UHDTV and IP. Luckily as an industry there are lots of opportunities to top up the grey cells which I’m told I’m losing at an alarming rate at my age. One plug I should make is for the IABM who have an excellent range of courses and a unique opportunity to have a trial course as a member for free. There is no shortage either of conferences and seminars although these I have more of a problem with. Whereas I appreciate ‘industry’ figures both from notable broadcasters and established manufacturers sitting discussing where the industry is going, there seems a place for a lot more case studies and in depth discussion of projects underway, looking at the ’hybrid’ approach to the future and for those early adopters – what went wrong as much as what went right. There are some exciting projects happening at ESPN, NBC and our own BBC which could well tell the story of the new broadcasting landscape from planning stage to ‘on-air’. I look forward to hearing and importantly learning from a few of them during the conference season. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Paul Nicholls KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 110 FEBRUARY 2016 | 41