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    Call for Papers

    The media industry is a technology business, and we’d like to know where you think the technology is going. This year’s METexpo 21 has a vital role as the industry kick-starter after the virtual (and real) shutdown of 2020. METexpo is the TechExpo Conference & Exhibition of SMPTE’s Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Island Section. Since 1984 SMPTE has been the trusted event for the media technology and production industries in our region, and we are the home of media professionals, technologists and engineers.

    METexpo 21 will run from 18 to 20 August 2021, covering technology, production, creative and management challenges in broadcasting (radio, television, podcasting and internet delivery), film, and production, along with topics that connect to the related, adjacent and consumer industries. We take a broad approach because the next game-changer could be anywhere.   For METexpo 21, we want your ideas and thoughts. We know you have ideas that need to be heard, and we can give you the audience. We’re back at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, Sydney, and we’re taking all the steps to ensure that an event will happen.  

    Submit Your Paper

    The event

    The program will feature individual sessions, panels, keynotes from thought leaders, and the exhibition and showcase. Based on everything we know; we’re putting energy into planning a solid face-to-face event. We have plans in place to cater for telepresence contribution.

    Our delegates are the industry’s international technology thought leaders and decision makers, people who lead and drive the evolving motion-imaging and media industries. And further, we have always attracted and catered to the practitioners, creatives and technologists who make the industry run. You have a broad canvas to work with.

    Your contribution

    What do we want from you? We’ve surveyed the market and created a suggested list of topics, but our crystal ball isn’t better than yours. If you think there’s an audience for a topic outside the list, we’re listening. The next few pages explain what we want, and how you can get involved and join us for METexpo21.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Ian Fellows
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    Papers Chair, METexpo2

    Some thought starters:

    • Has COVID-19 changed production forever, and how?
    • Will streaming services be the death of free to air?
    • Radio technology, production, transmission, and streaming
    • What does 5G enable – exciting horizon, or passing fad?
    • Software defined Media Infrastructure
    • Cyber security/Media Forensics and Blockchain
    • 4K vs HDR (more pixels, better pixels or both?)
    • Bridging and interfacing legacy and SMPTE 2110 environments
    • Remote and Distributed production workflows
    • AI (Artificial Intelligence) in production workflow
    • Gaming and Esports innovation
    • DTC Streaming Solutions: delivering the experience Direct To Consumer in broadcast quality
    • AMWA/NMOS standards: where are they up to and what are the implications?
    • Pro AV & Event Production
    • Cinema sound, immersive audio, and how do these relate to the consumer?
    • What do the major cloud operators (eg: AWS, Microsoft, Google) offer the Media industry?

    The Biz: how best to manage complex tech and cost models?

    We’re very much interested in the academic track, so research papers and papers from students are particularly welcome.

    And, of course, SMPTE is an internationally recognized Standards Development Organisation. We’re keenly interested in work you’re doing to develop new approaches that could or will lead to a Standard.

    The SMPTE Journal

    Here’s a bonus: all papers and presentations accepted become eligible for consideration for the SMPTE Journal, a valued peer-reviewed publication used by researchers and academics. If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to provide a suitable technical manuscript to accompany the final presentation material (and we will help you with this).

    Do it now!

    Interested? The first step is simple and quick – an abstract is just an idea and a proposal. Through EDAS, you can submit a topic heading, paper title, and a short synopsis (50-100 words). If it’s relevant, tell us how you might want to deliver (presentation, panel, video clip, or technical demonstration), and provide a brief description of anything else important about the proposed paper’s content. So we can schedule and consider, give us some keywords, provide name(s) of the author(s) and the details of the presenter: name, title, company, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address. We need this information no later than 16th April 2021. If your proposal is successful, we will brief you further on presentation and manuscript requirements