Course detail

Multimedia Services

FEKT-BPC-MDSAcad. year: 2018/2019

Multimedia Services course is divided into three parts. The first part is focused on network technologies and multimedia data transmission over the Internet network. Concretely, routing in IP networks, the multicast technology and quality of services will be introduced. The application layer protocols of TCP/IP model that are used for multimedia data distribution and control will receive special attention. A detailed description of today's videoconferencing and voice over IP technologies will be introduced in the second part of the course. The teaching is focused on the H.323 and SIP standards. The last part of the course is about compression algorithms for image, video and audio data. Mainly, the JPEG, H.26x, MPEG-x and G.7xx compression standards will be described.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to design and operate multimedia communication services, measure multimedia transport parameters in computer and telephony networks, VoIP services, videoconferences, IPTV.


Basic knowledge of IP networks is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ČÍKA, Petr. Přenos a komprese audio-video dat pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO. 1. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2014. ISBN: 978-80-214-5061- 5. (CS)
ČÍKA, P. Multimediální služby. Skriptum VUT v Brně. 2012, ISBN: 978-80-214-4443- 0. (CS)
DAVIDSON, Jonathan. Voice over IP fundamentals. 2nd ed. Indianapolis, Ind.: Cisco Press, c2007. ISBN 978-1-58705-257-6. Zkopírovat citaci (EN)
JACK, Keith. Video Demystified. 4th Edition. Oxford : Elsevier, 2005. 927 s. (EN)
JACK, Keith. Video demystified: a handbook for the digital engineer. 5th ed. Boston: Newnes, c2007. ISBN 978-0750683951. (EN)
FIRESTONE, Scott., Thiya. RAMALINGAM a Steve. FRY. Voice and video conferencing fundamentals: a handbook for the digital engineer. 5th ed. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, c2007. ISBN 978-1-58705-268-2. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Students have to write a single project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Up to 30 points can be awarded for work in laboratory exercises (points are obtained for individual tasks and individual project).
Up to 70 points can be earned for the written examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction, basic information about multimedia services.
2. Fundamentals of programming in JAVA FX and its use for multimedia and multimedia communication
3. TCP / IP networks - ways to transfer multimedia data in packet networks, group definition - multicast, streaming, QoS for multimedia systems, QoE4. Multimedia data transmission in packet networks - II (TCP-IP model - network layer - multicast, quality of services QoS (Intserv, Diffserv)).
4. TCP / IP Network Layer - Transport Layer and its use in multimedia data transfer, application Layer - RTP, RTSP, RTCP, SDP, SAP
5. Audio / video data transfer capabilities according to MPEG (IPTV, DVB), program stream vs. transport Stream, Internet TV, streaming, adaptive streaming
6. Real-time bidirectional audio-visual communication, description of communication options, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) - architecture, basic communication.
7. SIP - Advanced Methods
8. Real-time bidirectional audio-visual communication - general description of video conferencing techniques, description of the H.323 standard and its comparison with the SIP standard
9. Compression of static bitmap images (Bitmap Image Properties - Human Visual System Properties, JPEG 2000 JPEG Joint Picture Expert Group)
10. Video Compression - MPEG (Motion Picture Expert Group) family of videos
11. Video Compression - Family of H.26x standards, codecs used by Google, Microsoft, Apple
12. Compression of Speech Signals Used for Voice over VoIP and Videoconferencing - G.7xx Codecs
13. Summary


The objective of this course is to provide practical skills in and fundamental theoretical knowledge of multimedia communication services in today‘s transport networks.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-TECH , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme BPC-IBE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer