Course detail

Multimedia Services

FEKT-BKC-MDSAcad. year: 2023/2024

The Multimedia Services course is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on network technologies and the transmission of multimedia data over the Internet. Specifically, students will learn about the basics of routing in IP networks, the ability to broadcast to a group address (MULTICAST), and the basics of Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE). Particular attention is focused on the application layer protocols of the TCP/IP model that are used for multimedia data transmission and control. In the second part of the course, students will learn in detail about the current technologies used in video conferencing, Internet telephony, Internet TV and video streaming. The last part of the course focuses on image and audio data compression algorithms. Specifically, it includes a description of the JPEG, H.26x, MPEG-x and G-7xx speech codecs. Translated with (free version) 

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge of IP networks and basic knowledge of JAVA are required. 

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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.

The definition of supervised teaching and the manner in which it is carried out is set out in the annually updated decree of the subject guarantor. 


The aim of the course is to provide students with both practical experience and basic theoretical knowledge of multimedia communication services in current transmission networks. 

The student acquires theoretical background in the field of multimedia services operated in IP networks. Based on this knowledge, the student will be able to analyze and design small and large-scale multimedia systems. The student will be able to explain the principles of real-time multimedia data distribution, the principles of services including Internet telephony, video conferencing, Internet TV and streaming. The student will also be familiar with the encoders used to compress audio/video signals. 

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

ČÍKA, Petr. Multimediální služby. 1. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2012. ISBN 978-80-214-4443-0. Zkopírovat citaci ČÍKA, Petr. Multimediální služby. 1. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2012. (CS)
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)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-TLI Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, Java language – basic information.
2. Java FX – multimédia application.
3. Multimedia data transmission in packet networks - I (ISO-OSI vs. TCP/IP, TCP-IP model - link layer, network layer - routing).
4. Multimedia data transmission in packet networks - II (TCP-IP model - network layer - multicast, quality of services QoS (Intserv, Diffserv)).
5. Multimedia data transmission in packet networks - III (TCP-IP model - transport layer - TCP/UDP protocols, application layer - RTP, RTSP, RTCP, SDP, SAP protocols).
6. Real-time audio/video communication I - (Videoconferencing, basic concept, H.323 standard).
7. Real-time audio/video communication II - (VoIP, SIP protocol - architecture, basic communication model).
8. Real-time audio/video communication III - (SIP protocol - advanced methods).
9. Bitmap image compression (bitmap image properties, Human visual system, JPEG, JPEG 2000 image compression standards).
10. Video compression I - (MPEG standards).
11. Video compression II - (Audio/video transmission methods described in MPEG - standards, program vs. Transport stream, DVB, MHP - interactive services in HBBTV.
12. Video compression III - (H.26x standards).
13. Voice and audio compression - (G.7xx, CELP codecs, MPEG-1 audio codec).

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction to technical equipment of laboratory
Multimedia application in Java FX
Voice Over IP – basic installation of SIP and H.323 phones
Voice Over IP – Public Exchange, function, setting
Videoconference and telepresence
Distribution services on the Internet – audio/video streaming, IPTV
Digital image and video compression