Current and Past Activities Pages

By Sahat Amin
Broadcast Lighting Trainer
 
The expectations from the AIBD / O'zbekiston MTRK In-Country Workshop on HDTV Lighting, held from 12 to 16 Oct 2015 in Tashkent, were very high.  And it was indeed a challenge to live up to these expectations. My attempt was to satisfy the needs of the trainees through classroom lectures, case studies, studio activities and examples. 
 
GETTING STARTED
After introducing the key contents of the training to the participants, I began with an activity to observe a subject with two eyes and one eye to differentiate the amount of lights required by our eyes. This activity demonstrated that the camera lens requires a standard amount of illumination to give detail of the subjects and the participants responded with varied opinions. The sharing of these experiences and knowledge highlighted their interest in the subject.  The session also helped in breaking the ice between the participants and trainer. There were 16 
participants attending the course. These lighting specialists had work experience ranging from 5 to 25 years.
 
THE OUTCOME OF THE TRAINING 
The training was structured to help the 16 participants in two ways. One to enable them to handle problems each one of them faces while lighting for TV studio productions and two to make them specialist in HDTV lighting setup and operations.
 
 
THE COURSE OBJECTIVES 
Despite using a translator for the workshop, all the course objectives could be met.  The objectives included being able to define the general ideas about lighting setup for HDTV studios, using the right lighting materials for specific productions, light measurement tools, identifying key lighting elements, enhancing programme feel through lighting, adapting principles of lighting to different situations and blending light. Of course the planning required for lighting up for a specific production was also discussed. 
 
SKILL APPLICATION 
All 16 participants felt that this training was very useful for their current work and would help in their future as well. They felt that the newly acquired knowledge will enable them to improve production standards. They also believed that they can share and transfer the skills learnt to workmates. Further, they said that the course would improve their programmes, which would in turn give many benefits to their organisation. The methodology to practice the setup process using correct techniques, tools and key elements itself proved to be very useful.
 
For me as a trainer, the workshop was a very satisfying experience. I am confident that the participants would be able to put the skills learnt to good use. O’zbekiston MTRK not only thanked me for the workshop but chose to run a small news story on it. 
 
 
 
 

Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), organised a five-day regional workshop on Engineering Fundamentals for Broadcasters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 30 November to 4 December 2015.

The workshop aimed to provide knowledge of basic engineering fundamentals for broadcast engineers and technical staff who are beginning their careers. 

The topics covered in the workshop were audio/video fundaments and concepts behind it, analogue to digital conversion and their concept and latest changes and advancements in broadcast technology. IT plays a vital role in broadcasting, IT integration and network environment were explained.

High definition TV to Ultra high definition were discussed during the workshop. Radio and TV Transmitter to DVD T/T2 and MPEG video schemes and standards were also discussed.

File format and codecs used in broadcasting were explained. A few practical demonstration where shown where a file is converted from one format to another and discussions were held on how it affect the quality and size. Engineering techniques and applications have helped veterans to embrace and handle these with confidence.

On the last day of the workshop participants had the opportunity to tour RTM for half day, where they visited the Radio and TV studios and experienced RTM’s existing technology.

The workshop was specially designed for young talents who were working in the broadcast industry. Thirty broadcast engineers and technical staff from thirteen countries attended the workshop. The resource persons for the workshop were Dr Amal Punchihewa and Ahmed Nadeem from ABU and Li Bin (Eric) from Rohde & Schwarz. 

The AIBD in collaboration with the Research and Training Institute (RTI) of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television (SAPPRFT), China organised this regional Workshop on How to Make an Impact with Every Programme: 21st Century Media Theories and Skills. The two weeks workshop started on 3rd December and will end on 14th December 2015 and is being held at the RTI campus in Beijing.

Mr Brandon Harry Oelofse from Radio Netherlands Training Center (RNTC) is conducting the workshop.

A total of twenty participants from nine countries namely; Bhutan (1), China (12), India (1), Malaysia (1), Myanmar (1), Pakistan (1), Sri Lanka (1), Thailand (1) and Vietnam (1) are attending this workshop.

The Sub-Regional workshop on Digital Radio Transmission organised by AIBD in collaboration with Prasar Bharati and National Academy of Broadcasting and Multimedia (NABM) was held in New Delhi, India from 12 to 16 October 2015. The workshop was designed specifically for engineers and technicians involved in the operation and maintenance of Radio Broadcasting Stations.

The five day workshop covered topics such as the world scenario comparative analysis of digital radio broadcast transmission, digital audio and various audio file formats and standards, principle of audio compression, MPEG standards and advance audio coding, digital modulation techniques, COFDM, forward error correction (FEC) in DRM, DRM technology, digital measurements, demo on DRM Transmitter, feeder line and antenna system for DRM transmitter and Digital Radio/DRM receivers.

At the end of the workshop participants got an opportunity to visit Khampur/ Nangli DRM Transmitter site in Delhi. Resource persons for the workshop were from Prasar Bharati and National Academy of Broadcasting and Multimedia.

A total of thirteen participants, including nine from the engineering department of All India Radio, India and one participant each from Iran, Mozambique, Philippines and Vietnam attended the workshop.