Course detail

Video Technology and Multimedia

FEKT-MPC-VTMAcad. year: 2021/2022

The course called Video Technology and Multimedia is focused on teaching the general principles of processing of both analog and digital video signals. Attention is paid to technologies of the whole processing chain for capturing, transmission and displaying of digital video signals. There is a detailed description of following items presented to students: principles of colorimetry, basics of optics, principles of optical sensors, displaying principles, digitalization, interfaces for transmission of video signals, image and compression using standard JPEG and MPEG and principles of work with spatial information.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to:
- explain the representation of color lights in various color spaces and compute color coordinates in color mixing,
- describe the properties and the generation of video signal,
- describe basic distortions of optical lenses,
- explain the priciple of operation in image sensors of different types and different displays,
- explain and apply the tools of image, video and audio source codecs,
- explain principles of image data distribution using digital interfaces,
- process the video signal in the video editing software,
- explain the basic principles of capturing, recording and reproduction of 3D video signals.


Knowledge on the Bachelor degree level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.


Vít, V. Televizní technika 3 (CS)
ČÍKA, P. Multimediální služby. Skriptum VUT v Brně. 2012, ISBN: 978-80-214-4443-0 (CS)
Richardson, E. G. H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression: Video Coding for Next-generation Multimedia (EN)
JACK, Keith. Video Demystified. 4th Edition. Oxford : Elsevier, 2005. 927 s. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation of study results follows the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and the Dean's Regulation complementing the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Up to 30 points are given for work during the semester, up to 70 points are awarded for the final examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Color models and color spaces, colorimetry.
2. Basics of optics – principles of projection, lenses and their distortions, single-lens reflex camera.
3. Principles of optical sensors – video camera tubes, CCD, CMOS.
4. Devices for displaying the image signal - CRT, LCD, LED, plasma, projectors.
5. Digitalization of video signals, interfaces for video signal transmission.
6. Digital image signal compression – standard JPEG (DCT, Huffman coding).
7. Capturing and reproducing the 3D image signal.
8. Compression of digital video signals – standards MPEG and H.264.


Lectures are aimed at presenting the methods and technical means for scanning, display, recording, processing and distributin of analog and, in particular, digital image signals.

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 and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-AUD Master's

    specialization AUDM-TECH , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    specialization AUDM-ZVUK , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer