Our seminars and syllabus are based on the world recognised reference book  

“CCTV - from light to pixels” by Vlado Damjanovski (publisher: Elsevier). 

eBook ISBN: 9780124046078         Hardcover ISBN: 9780124045576

Duration: 2 or 3 days 

Location: Your venue, we come to you - anywhere in the world!

Total cost (Australia): A$8,000 + GST (2 days); A$10,000 + GST (3 days)

Total cost (anywhere outside Australia): US$8,000 (2 days); US$10,000 (3 days)

The number of students is not limited.

Every student gets a certificate and the Seminar PDF, which includes many detailed drawings and examples.

The complete CCTV syllabus, shown below, can be customised to suit your needs.

We reserve the rights to add or remove topics as technology evolves.

Light and television

   Light basics and the human eye

   Light units

   Illuminometer (lux-meter)

   Properly measuring illumination

   Light onto an imaging sensor

   Colours in television

   Colour temperatures and light sources

   Eye persistence

Optics in CCTV

    Lenses as optical elements

    Aspherical lenses

    CTF and MTF

    F and T numbers

    Depth of field

    Neutral density (ND) filters

    Manual, auto, and motorised iris lenses

    Video- and DC-driven auto iris lenses

    Image and lens formats in CCTV

    Angles of view and determining them

    Fixed focal length lenses

    Zoom lenses

    C- and CS-mount and back-focus

General characteristics of TV systems

    A little bit of history

    The very basics of analog television

    The video signal and its spectrum

    Color video signal


    The very basic of digital TV


    Spectrum analyser


CCTV cameras

    General information about cameras

    Tube cameras

    CCD cameras

    Charges transfer in a CCD sensor

    CMOS cameras

    Spectral response of imaging sensors

    Seeing colours

    White balance

    Types of charge transfer in CCDs

    CCD chip as a sampler

    Correlated double sampling (CDS)

    Camera specifications and their meanings

    Camera Sensitivity

    Minimum illumination

    Camera resolution

    Signal/noise ratio (S/N)

    Dynamic range of imaging sensors

    Special low-light-intensified cameras

    Thermal imaging cameras

    Multi-sensor panoramic camera

    Camera power supplies and copper

    Power over Ethernet (PoE)

    V-phase adjustment

    Camera checklist


    CRT monitors

    CRT Monitor sizes

    CRT Monitor adjustments

    Impedance switch

    LCD monitors

    Video-walls and Projectors

    Plasma display monitors

    OLED displays

    About pixels and resolution

    Psycho-physiology of viewing details

    Brightness, Contrast and Gamma

    Recognising faces and details in CCTV

Analog video processing

    Analog switching equipment

    Video sequential switchers


    Analog Video Matrix Switchers

    Switching and processing equipment

    Quad compressors (splitters)

    Multiplexers (MUX)

    Recording time gaps

    Simplex and duplex multiplexers

    Video motion detectors (VMDs)

    Video Analytics


Auxiliary equipment in CCTV

    Pan and tilt heads

    PTZ site drivers

    Preset positioning

    Camera housings

    Lighting in CCTV

    Infrared lights

    Lightning protectors

    In-line video amplifiers/equalisers

    Video distribution amplifiers (VDAs)

Digital video

    Why digital video?

    Types of compressions

    Digital video recorders (DVRs)

    Image and Video compressions

    The SD digital video

    The resolution of the ITU-601 (SD) video

    The need for compression and networking

    Raw and compressed digital video

    The most common compressions in CCTV

    Some new compressions

    DCT as a basis






    MPEG-1, -2, -4

    H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)

Transmission media

    Coaxial cables

    The concept

    Noise and electromagnetic interference

    Ground loop correctors

    Characteristic impedance

    BNC connectors

    Coaxial cables and BNC termination

    Installation techniques

    Time domain reflectometer (TDR)

    Twisted pair video transmission

    Microwave links

    RF wireless (open air) video Tx    

    Infrared wireless (open air) video Tx    

    Fiber optics

    Light sources in fibre optics Tx Frequencies 

    Fiber optics multiplexers

    Fiber optics cables


Networking in CCTV

    Computers and networks

    LAN and WAN


    The main Ethernet categories

    Data speed and types of network cabling

    Ethernet over coax and UTP cables

    Patch and crossover cables

    Network concepts and components

    The Internet protocols

    The OSI seven-layer model of networking

    IP addresses

    Virtual private networking (VPN)

    DNS and DHCP

    Networking hardware

    Network ports

    Wireless LAN    


    Certification and security


    A network analogy example

    Putting a network system together

    The IP check commands

Video Management Systems

    Operating Systems (OS)

    Hard disk drives

    The different file systems

    FAT/FAT32 (File Allocation Table)

    NTFS (New Technology File System)


    Hard disk connectivity standards (SATA)



    Hard disks failures

    Processors (CPUs)

    Software decoders and players

    IEC 62676 standars and ONVIF

CCTV system design

    Understanding the customer’s requirements

    Site inspections

    Designing and quoting a CCTV system

    Installation considerations



    Training and manuals

    Handing over

    Preventative maintenance

Video testing

    The ViDi Labs SD/HD test chart

    Before you start testing

    Lenses; Monitors; Tripods; Light

    Testing SD / HD or MP

    Setup procedure

    What you can test

    Some real life examples

ViDiLabs calculator

    The ViDiLabs calculator concept

    Calculating fields of view

    Calculating Pixel Densities

    Calculating lens needed for a given project

    Calculating motion blur and how to reduce it

    Calculating required recording capacity

    Checking image quality for a given storage

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