book references for wanna-be video engineer?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Matt Hoyle, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Matt Hoyle

    Matt Hoyle Guest

    Greetings,

    I've just started a new job in the distance learning group at a
    university in North Carolina. I've been working in IT for about 5 years
    and feel I'm pretty good with electronics (4-year degree in physics,
    2-year electronics degree; not as much experience as I would like), but
    I don't have much experience with video from a professional's viewpoint.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, I'm responsible for day-to-day
    operations of two video facilities (2 classrooms and one conference
    room). Myself and another tech are tasked with resolving any technical
    problems that arise. With that in mind, I've been looking for good
    references on video engineering for the engineer or tech. Does anyone
    have any recommendations, any books on their shelf that they couldn't do
    without?

    The best one I've found so far is the "Standard Handbook of Video and
    Television Engineering", edited by Jerry Whitaker and published by
    McGraw-Hill:

    <http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...02-2520284-9576841?v=glance&s=books&n=507846>

    Any others?

    Also (I know--questions, questions :), is there a professional
    organization for broadcast engineers? (Forgive me if there's an
    incredibly obvious answer to that question for someone who works in the
    field.)

    Thanks in advance,
    Matt Hoyle
     
    Matt Hoyle, Sep 24, 2003
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    Mike Kujbida Guest


    There are two groups for you to check out.
    Society of Broadcast Engineers at http://www.sbe.org/
    Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers at http://www.smpte.org/
    Both web sites should tell you if there's a chapter in your area. They also
    have an extensive listing of engineering books for purchase.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Sep 24, 2003
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    Chris F Guest

    I know a couple of broadcast techs who jumped into broadcast with no
    specific training, but with a solid electronics background, you should do
    fine.

    The hours can be weird, but it's a lot of fun, definitly going to be more
    enjoyable then IT.

    Before you're used to the exterior lay-outs of the equipment, remember to
    listen to the staff around you, and remember to ignore them completely when
    it comes to dealing with the guts of the machinery ;)
     
    Chris F, Sep 24, 2003
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