LONDON A £300,000 high definition TV Lab at De Montfort University is enabling academics to conduct multimillion pound research to develop 3DTV while students are learning the next generation of TV technology.
Equipment in the high definition TV lab includes a £23,000 DVB/ATSC combined encoder and multiplexer for processing multiple data streams which so new it's the only one in the U.K.
The students at De Montfort University's Leicester Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering are also using real time high definition editingfacilities in the new lab as well as high definition cameras which will soon be used by TV crews around the U.K.
Researchers at the University are also continuing to develop 3-dimensional TV and recently won a further £6million funding to continue their work. The funding is a 'Network of Excellence' grant from the European Union. Networks of Excellence are designed to bring the very best researchers fromacross Europe together to conduct cutting-edge research into difficult or challenging fields at an internationally recognised level.
The award is funding the University's Imaging and Displays Research Group which has established an international reputation for excellence indeveloping 3-dimensional displays. Under the network award, De Montfort University joins 20 other leading universities and business across Europe employing a wide variety of research fields including computer graphics, virtual reality and telepresence to develop the 3-dimensional television systems of the future.
This funding followed on from a previous £6 million two year award for developing 3DTV systems with Philips and partner universities.
De Montfort is also launching a unique Masters degree in Digital Television and Video Technology next September. The MSc, like existing undergraduate degrees Media Production and Broadcast Technology, is run in conjunction with the BBC and students spend part of their course training at the BBC Wood Norton Training and Development Centre near Evesham.
The MSc covers the technology of the complete end-to-end digital television broadcast chain starting at production of video content, through conversionin to TV broadcast, transmission and reception, and finally display on the TV.