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CCTV - from light to pixels

All about Closed Circuit Television technology - from light to pixels.

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Welcome to the ViDi Labs Academy

Closed Circuit Television (also referred to as IP Video Surveillance), is a modern video technology used in almost all aspects of modern life, from security and safety, to hospitals and schools, monitoring production processes, drones and driver-less cars.

This is a complex technology comprising of optics, cameras, displays, compression, networking, computing and storage media. With the ever evolving AI technology and smart video analytics, understanding the CCTV principles has become even more important. I am here to offer you enlightening courses to demystify and help you better understand these technologies.

These courses are based on my popular book 'CCTV - from light to pixels' and cover everything you would want to know and more. In addition to the material in the book, I have also included current topics on technologies, standards and products which became available after the book was published.

All video lectures are independent units and can be studied in any order of your choice, although I suggest you go in order of their listing, because the 'big picture' will become clearer. As the sub-title of the book suggests, 'from light to pixels' I have chosen the same flow of information: from the source of light, the object which reflects light and gets picked up by a camera lens, which is then projected onto a sensor, after which it gets read-out, processed, compressed, and transmitted via a media, to a recording and display of pixels. I will also add camera testing procedures, compliant with the latest standards, and I will demonstrate how to use the ViDi Labs calculation App tools, with exercises and examples.

You might choose to undergo an exam at the end of the lectures and ViDi Labs will grant you an autographed ViDi Labs Academy 'Certificate of CCTV Proficiency.'

There are two options of enrolment - the complete course, or individual lectures. We offer three methods of payment for the complete course and you will be notified by e-mail when each new lecture becomes available.

This online academy was created to help you study at your own leisure and at your own pace.

You can find more information on my face-to-face seminars here: http://www.cctvseminars.com. ViDi Labs is available for project consultancy independent camera testing and evaluation. For more information visit our web site: https://vidilabs.com

Currently, we have the lectures listed below on offer (shown in blue), with the remainder uploaded in due course. Check out our lecture trailers at https://vidilabs.com/academy.html.

Thank you.

Vlado Damjanovski

NSW, Australia

P.S. Please note that all prices are US$, as the Teachable platform is offering PayPal payment only with this currency.


Below is the complete listing of all courses:

  • Units, Prefixes and Symbols
  • Light and Human Vision
  • Light levels and Photometric units
  • Colours and Colour Temperature
  • The Fundamentals of Optics
  • F-stops, Depth of Field, ND filters, P-iris
  • Types of lenses in CCTV and angles of view
  • History of TV and basic concepts
  • CCTV Cameras
  • Sensor sizes, lens formats and pixel density
  • Camera specifications and their meaning
  • Special cameras
  • Displays/Monitors used in CCTV
  • Psycho-Physiology of viewing and control room design
  • Digital CCTV fundamentals
  • Image and Video compressions
  • Operating Systems, file formats
  • CPUs and GPUs
  • Storage medium (HDDs and SSDs)
  • Hard disks MTBF and taking care of them
  • Transmission media (unbalanced, balanced, wireless,…)
  • Fibre-optics
  • Networking fundamentals and Ethernet standards
  • IP addresses, discovery tools
  • Video Analytics fundamentals
  • Video Analytics metrics
  • Auxiliary equipment in CCTV
  • CCTV System design process
  • Drawing tools
  • Tendering process, responding, quoting
  • Video testing, test charts and IEC standards
  • ViDi Labs calculator and practical examples

Your Instructor


Vlado Damjanovski
Vlado Damjanovski

Vlado Damjanovski is an internationally renowned CCTV expert, published author, trainer and App developer with over 37 years industry experience.

With an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Vlado authored the industry’s ‘CCTV bible’, CCTV - from light to pixels (4th ed), also available in Korean, Russian and German. The ViDi Labs Academy video lectures are based on these books.

Vlado has been producing industry specific test charts for over twenty-five years and offers a complete IP camera evaluation and measurement service compliant with the IEC standards. His recent work has been the development of software for automated camera analysis to suit the latest ViDi Labs test chart.

Furthermore, Vlado has developed unique App - ViDiLabs calculator - which is available for installers, integrators and consultants to assist in finding optimal camera settings (for iOS and Android).

Vlado has helped develop the Australian and New Zealand CCTV Standards (AS4806) in his capacity as chief contributor. He is currently a member of the IEC TC-79 group where he contributes towards the development of the international standards 62676 for IP CCTV.

Vlado now brings you the only complete online study of IP CCTV technology, anywhere in the world, based on his books.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you in our Academy.

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