Best practices from the PBS Quality Group

How to get the best quality out of the digital television standard

By Jim ent, April 2010 through February 2011Kutzner, Mark Schubin, Dave MacCarn, Bruce Jacobs, G. John Garrett and Chris Fournelle

Bad audio: so easy to get, and so annoying, (Thanks to BarnaclePress.com for the Katzenjammer Kids, Oct. 26, 1902.)


PBS convened and CPB supported the PBS Quality Group’s evangelism for DTV quality in 2010 and 2011. The group, including tech specialists from stations, series producers and PBS, and consultants, held a series of workshops around the country, and members prepared these articles. Here are PDFs of the pieces published in Current.

1. Maintaining quality
You can’t always ‘fix it in post.’ Station engineers, PBS join to identify best practices for DTV system. By Jim Kutzner, PBS. Published April 5, 2010.

2. HD image capture
A welter of interacting choices. By Mark Schubin, production engineering consultant. Published May 3, 2010.

3. HD recording format
Billions of bits, just thousands of ways to record ‘em. By Dave MacCarn, WGBH. Published June 7, 2010.

4. Broadcast audio
For DTV audio quality, there’s good news and … hope. By Bruce Jacobs, Twin Cities Public Television. Published June 21, 2010.

5. Field recording
Bad audio: so easy to get, and so annoying. By G. John Garrett, CAS. Published Sept. 7, 2010.

6. Workflow
Scared straight: To lay out a prudent workflow for file-based video, it helps to work up some paranoia. By Chris Fournelle, WGBH. Published Feb. 22, 2011.

For more information about the PBS Quality Group, go to its website or send an e-mail to the group.
Copyright 2011 American University

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