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Teach your staff to work smarter. All of our courses provide a grounding in a subject of importance to broadcast engineers and operators. We teach recognised standards relating to signals, protocols and industry workflows and avoid specific manufacturer implementations except where they serve to best illustrate good practise (Tektronix test sets in video and audio measurement for example).

root6 Courses

Video Test & Measurement 101

Ideal for the runner who is going into the machine room or edit assistant who is starting to play more of an operational role.

  • Overview of test and measurement
  • Current requirements and the economic necessity of delivering proper material
  • Overview of the four-tiles style of current WVR/WFM models and operation
  • Line waveforms and what you’re looking at
  • Overview and introduction to colour space and gamut including legalisers


Audio Test & Measurement 101

Ideal for the runner who is going into the machine room or starting to assist in the audio department.

  • Audio waveforms and the nature of sound
  • Digital representation of audio
  • Levels, how they equate and why it matters (headroom etc.)
  • How to use a PPM – over levels etc
  • Introduction to audio features of Tek WVR


Digital Media Files 101

A technical introduction to digital media as used in Film and TV

  • History – what did video look like?
  • Computer graphics formats – how square pixels started to
  • Aspect ratio – and why it’s important
  • Compression; DCT principles, Intra-Frame vs Inter-Frame Encoding, blocks and macroblocks etc
  • MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG 4 & H.264 as well as HVEC
  • File based media
  • Difference between files & streams
  • Codec Concatenation problems
  • Intro to typical picture faults


TV Colourimetry 101

Best practise in maintaining consistent colour performance in TV facilities

  • Nature of colour and light
  • Colour systems – Video, 601 & 709 colour space
  • Studio cameras and legalisers
  • Calibrating monitors
  • LCDs & OLEDs – special considerations
  • Myths, the future and some resources for further reading


Electrical Safety 101

Best practise for electrical installations in Film, Data & TV facilities

  • Safety considerations
  • Typical configurations, remote controlled mains etc
  • The differences between single and three phase supplies
  • Class-1 and double-insulated equipment
  • The importance of a segregated technical earth and the problems of induced hum
  • The impact of inductive-load equipment in facilities
  • How to calculate power and heat loads
  • The 17th Edition of the IEE regulations and your legal responsibilities


Intro to Crypto for Film & TV engineers

Encryption technology used in TV to secure storage and media

  • Symmetric vs Public-key crypto
  • Examples – DES, AES/Rijndael etc
  • HDCP, Blueray and the MPAA etc
  • Whole disk encryption
  • DNS spoofing
  • TOR and the dark internet
  • The importance of random number generators


TCP/IP for Broadcast Engineers

This half-day course covers the fundamentals of the protocols and practises that drive all internet-derived networks and how we cable it in film & TV.

  • History – why a packet-switched network?
  • The OSI 7-layer model and why the Cisco Academy model is better!
  • Routers, hubs, switches and how they differ
  • Classes of networks
  • Applications in film & television storage systems
  • Ethernet cabling using cat5, cat6, cat7 and cat8 cable and how to certify them
  • Fibre cabling – the difference between single and multimode and different connector standards/testing regimes


Television QC Using Tektronix Test Sets

Ideal for junior engineers or machine room staff who are moving up to QCing finished programmes.

  • How legalisers fit into the television delivery process
  • Different colour spaces
  • Complete run-through of the network QC features of the WVR
  • More advanced problems – PSE for DPP, codec-blocking, BCAP captions sizes
  • Physical transport problems – Eye-patterns, Timecode & AES timing etc
  • Parameter sets and building/maintaining presets for WVRs
  • Dolby E and advanced audio parameters
  • File-based QC using VidChecker; how to build a DPP deliverable template


Avid Training

Avid Learning Partner Professional

We are delighted to have been awarded Avid Learning Partner (ALP) Professional status, which enables root6 to provide Avid certified courses varying in length from 1-3 days for editors, engineers, system administrators and media managers.

During this 4-hour course, students gain essential knowledge about interacting with the Avid Interplay workgroup environment through the editing application. This course is designed for new or experienced editors using an Avid storage solution with NewsCutter or Media Composer and the Avid Interplay non-linear workflow engine. Students will also be shown the other Interplay applications which may be part of the workflow where applicable.

Course Cost: £1750

Scheduled On Demand

This 3 day course is designed for administrators responsible for the setup and day-to-day operation of components in an Avid Interplay workgroup environment. Students learn how to administer the Avid Interplay Engine and Avid Archive Engine (if applicable), and how to work with databases in the system. Additional topics include naming conventions, deletion strategies, deletion protection, daily and weekly maintenance, and archiving. This course (or equivalent experience) is a required pre-requisite of the Interplay ACSR path.

Course Cost: £5250

Next Course Dates: 24th-28th August

In this 2 day course students will learn how to administer their Avid ISIS 5000 system. We will review how to replace a failed data drive and configure storage groups and workspaces. Students will also learn basic maintenance and troubleshooting on the System Director and ISIS Chassis hardware.

Course Cost: £3500

Next Course Dates: TBC

In this 3 day course, Students focus on the installation, administration, and architecture of Avid ISIS 5000, learning to connect, configure, and troubleshoot the system. Lab work and exercises give students practical experience in integrating systems and applying troubleshooting techniques. This certification course culminates in an exam. Candidates meeting the Avid ACSR Program pre-requisites and who pass the exam are Avid Certified Support Representatives (ACSR) for Shared Storage.

Course Cost: £1125

Next Course Dates: 13th-17th July

Courses are held on an “On-demand” basis and require a minimum of four participants.

We can also tailor bespoke training courses at your premises, if required.  Please contact Sunita to discuss your requirements:

020 7437 6052