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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 10th Edition

Book Description

The NAB Engineering Handbook provides detailed information on virtually every aspect of the broadcast chain, from news gathering, program production and postproduction through master control and distribution links to transmission, antennas, RF propagation, cable and satellite. Hot topics covered include HD Radio, HDTV, 2 GHz broadcast auxiliary services, EAS, workflow, metadata, digital asset management, advanced video and audio compression, audio and video over IP, and Internet broadcasting. A wide range of related topics that engineers and managers need to understand are also covered, including broadcast administration, FCC practices, technical standards, security, safety, disaster planning, facility planning, project management, and engineering management.

Basic principles and the latest technologies and issues are all addressed by respected professionals with first-hand experience in the broadcast industry and manufacturing. This edition has been fully revised and updated, with 104 chapters and over 2000 pages. The Engineering Handbook provides the single most comprehensive and accessible resource available for engineers and others working in production, postproduction, networks, local stations, equipment manufacturing or any of the associated areas of radio and television.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Notes and Acknowledgements
  8. The Editors
  9. Contributors to the 10th Edition
  10. NAB Engineering Achievement Award Recipients
  11. SECTION 1: BROADCAST ADMINISTRATION, STANDARDS, AND TECHNOLOGIES
    1. 1.1 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
    2. 1.2 Broadcast-Related Organizations and Information
    3. 1.3 FCC Organization and Administrative Practices
    4. 1.4 Regulatory Compliance
    5. 1.5 Frequency Allocations for Broadcasting and the Broadcast Auxiliary Services
    6. 1.6 Frequency Coordination for Auxiliary Services
    7. 1.7 Distance and Bearing Calculations
    8. 1.8 Propagation Characteristics of Radio Waves
    9. 1.9 NRSC Analog and Digital Radio Standards
    10. 1.10 Worldwide Standards for Digital Radio
    11. 1.11 The ATSC Digital Television System
    12. 1.12 NTSC Analog Television Standard
    13. 1.13 Worldwide Standards for Analog Television
    14. 1.14 Worldwide Standards for Digital Television
    15. 1.15 Digital Audio Standards and Practices
    16. 1.16 Video Standards and Practices
    17. 1.17 Data Broadcasting Standards and Practices for Television
    18. 1.18 Emergency Alert System
  12. SECTION 2: TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY
    1. 2.1 Engineering Management
    2. 2.2 Broadcast Engineering Documentation Management
    3. 2.3 Systems Integration and Project Management
    4. 2.4 Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy
    5. 2.5 Managing Workplace and Environmental Hazards
    6. 2.6 Electrical Shock-What to Do When It Occurs
    7. 2.7 Broadcast Facility Security, Safety, Disaster Planning, and Recovery
  13. SECTION 3: AUDIO PRODUCTION AND STUDIO TECHNOLOGY
    1. 3.1 Planning an Audio Production Facility
    2. 3.2 Principles of Acoustics and Noise Control for Broadcast Applications
    3. 3.3 Microphones for Broadcast Applications
    4. 3.4 Audio Recording
    5. 3.5 Studio Audio Equipment and Systems
    6. 3.6 Radio Station Automation, Networks, and Audio Storage
    7. 3.7 Digital Audio Compression Technologies
    8. 3.8 Transmission Audio Processing
    9. 3.9 Radio Remote News and Production
    10. 3.10 Telephone Network Interfacing
    11. 3.11 Audio Contribution and Distribution Channels
  14. SECTION 4: RADIO TRANSMISSION
    1. 4.1 Planning Radio Transmitter Facilities
    2. 4.2 AM Transmitters and AM Stereo
    3. 4.3 AM Broadcast Antenna Systems
    4. 4.4 AM Antenna Coupling and Phasing Systems
    5. 4.5 Computer Simulation of Broadcast Antenna Systems
    6. 4.6 AM Antenna System Maintenance
    7. 4.7 FM and Digital Radio Transmitters
    8. 4.8 FM Stereo and SCA Systems
    9. 4.9 FM Broadcast Antennas
    10. 4.10 FM Combining Systems
    11. 4.11 FM RF Transmission Lines
    12. 4.12 FM Translators and Boosters
    13. 4.13 AM and FM IBOC Systems and Equipment
    14. 4.14 Radio Broadcast Data System
    15. 4.15 AM-FM Field Strength Measurements
  15. SECTION 5: VIDEO PRODUCTION AND STUDIO TECHNOLOGY
    1. 5.1 Planning a Video Production Facility
    2. 5.2 Principles of Light, Vision, and Photometry
    3. 5.3 Television Camera Systems
    4. 5.4 Television Camera Supports and Robotics
    5. 5.5 Video and Audio Switching, Timing, and Distribution
    6. 5.6 Workflow, Metadata, and File Management
    7. 5.7 Video Compression
    8. 5.8 Video Recording
    9. 5.9 Video Servers
    10. 5.10 Video Production Switchers and Special Effects Systems
    11. 5.11 Postproduction and Nonlinear Editing
    12. 5.12 Format and Standards Conversion
    13. 5.13 Television Station Automation
    14. 5.14 Weather Radar Systems
    15. 5.15 Television Graphics
    16. 5.16 Digital Asset Management
    17. 5.17 ENG, SNG, and Remote Video Production
    18. 5.18 Audio for Digital Television
    19. 5.19 Intercom and IFB Systems
    20. 5.20 Lighting for Television
    21. 5.21 Television Master Control Systems and Network Distribution
    22. 5.22 ATSC Encoding, Transport, and PSIP Systems
    23. 5.23 Film for Television
    24. 5.24 Closed Captioning Systems
    25. 5.25 Data Broadcasting Systems and Applications for Television
  16. SECTION 6: TELEVISION TRANSMISSION
    1. 6.1 Planning a Television Transmitter Facility
    2. 6.2 Analog Television Transmitters
    3. 6.3 Multichannel Television Sound for NTSC
    4. 6.4 Digital Television Transmitters
    5. 6.5 DTV Single-Frequency Networks and Distributed Transmission
    6. 6.6 Coaxial and Waveguide Transmission Lines
    7. 6.7 Filters, Combiners, and RF Components
    8. 6.8 Television Antenna Systems
    9. 6.9 Television Field Strength Measurements
    10. 6.10 Fiber-Optic Transmission Systems
    11. 6.11 Satellite Earth Stations and Systems
    12. 6.12 Low Power TV and TV Translators
    13. 6.13 Audio and Video over IP Networks and Internet Broadcasting
    14. 6.14 Cable Television Systems
    15. 6.15 Direct-to-Home Satellite Systems
  17. SECTION 7: BROADCAST TOWERS
    1. 7.1 Tower Safety and OSHA Requirements
    2. 7.2 Tower Design, Erection, and Maintenance
    3. 7.3 Lightning Protection for Tower Structures
    4. 7.4 Tower Lighting and Monitoring
  18. SECTION 8: SIGNAL MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS
    1. 8.1 Audio Signal Analysis
    2. 8.2 Digital Video Signal and Bitstream Analysis
    3. 8.3 Radio Frequency Signal Analysis
    4. 8.4 Digital Television Transmitter Measurements
  19. SECTION 9: ANCILLARY BROADCAST SYSTEMS
    1. 9.1 STL Systems for AM-FM-TV
    2. 9.2 AC Power Conditioning
    3. 9.3 Facility Grounding Practice
    4. 9.4 Standby Power Systems
    5. 9.5 Transmitter Remote Control and Monitoring Systems
  20. Index