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DM1580 Video Technology 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DM1580 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course will cover the technical aspects of the process from capturing, coding to distribution. Here are some of the topics:

  • video and video signals
  • video capturing
  • information theory
  • sampling and quantization
  • video compression
  • digital video standards
  • display
  • storage and distribution.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • choose and motivate different solutions for digital video systems
  • seek and value technical information
  • estimate required information volumes, bandwidths and transfer time for transmitting video at different quality levels
  • understand how to develop equipment and applications in the area of digital TV
  • communicate with experts.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed courses in

  • algebra and geometry corresponding to SF1624
  • multimedia systems and signals or probability theory and statistics corresponding to at least one of DM1135 and SF1919.

Active participation in a course offering where the final examination is not yet reported in LADOK is considered equivalent to completion of the course.

Registering for a course is counted as active participation.

The term 'final examination' encompasses both the regular examination and the first re-examination.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exercise, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web DM1580

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: