About the Author
Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV+IT systems for the past 20 years. Previously, he was a digital systems designer and technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he was a principal researcher and architect for a new product-class of signal synthesizer. He was also the principal architect of HP’s first VOD server. Following HP, from 1999 to 2005, Al was the CTO of Pinnacle Systems. After Avid acquired Pinnacle, Al served as an Enterprise Strategist and Corporate Fellow for six years.
He wrote the 583 page book "Video Systems in an IT Environment" in 2006 (2nd edition 2009). It was the first book to consider the convergence of media and IT systems. It set the stage for using Ethernet, IP, networked storage and server compute to build AV systems.
In 2011, Al founded Media Systems Consulting in Silicon Valley. His work focuses on all aspects of media systems, file-based workflows and cloud migration for media facilities. His clients are among the most respected broadcast, post and media vendors worldwide.
Al is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies including SMPTE. He has presented over 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide and holds 13 patents across a broad range of technologies. In 2009 Al was awarded the David Sarnoff Medal from SMPTE for engineering achievement. Al has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
He is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, IEEE member and a SMPTE Fellow. Al writes the Cloudspotter's Journal column for TV Technology magazine. He is a Director of Education for SMPTE. See tvtechnology.com/author/al-kovalick/article