Digital audio: fundamentals

DA101 Digital Audio Fundamentals
Duration: 1 day

A course which introduces digital technology, explores the digital standards we all work to and looks at the techniques, processes and terminology which are so important to the production process.
  • A one day seminar which will use slides, video demonstrations, animations and other learning aids
  • A set of paper and electronic notes
  • Relevant learning aids for the topics discussed

Editors and post production staff, location cameramen or technical operators who work with video and audio in the digital environment and needs to better understand the terminology used to describe digital signals or needs to make important decisions about the digital standards they will work to and the files they will create.

The course is an entry level course so requires little or no prior knowledge, although a working knowledge of video and audio would be useful.

At the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Understand sampling and quantisation
  • Appreciate the importance of error correction and concealment
  • Be able to identify and and select the correct digital audio and video standards
  • Calculate a simple data rate and work out file sizes
  • Understand some basic principles of compression and appreciate the concept of concentration

Course Content
  • The topics covered will include:
  • The advantages of working with digital signals
  • Sampling and quantisation
  • How we choose data rates
  • Audio and video standards and their uses
  • Data protection
  • Data rates
  • Introduction to compression
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