Professional Development Academy Webcast On-Demand Library

Members are permitted to download previously recorded Professional Development Academy webinars.  Simply choose the title of the desired session, select the format, streamed to your PC, MV4 video or MP3 Audio only, and load onto your mobile device of choice.

The titles below were originally webcast 2009 - 2012. To access the 2008 SMPTE Professional Development Academy on-demand archive, please click here.

Guest Speaker: Jim Houston, Principal, Starwatcher Digital; Co-chair, ACES Project Committee
As digital cameras and displays grow toward higher dynamic range and wider color gamuts, what tools are in place for the new digital workflows they demand?  The Academy of Motion Pictures  Arts and Sciences has been working on this question through its Science and Technology Council.
This webcast will introduce the concepts and specifications of the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES),  which provides color management methods for up-and-coming digital workflows and digital file formats suitable for long-term archiving.

Topic: BXF and Advertising Workflows

- Chris Lennon, SMPTE Engineering Director/President, MediAnswers
- Harold Geller, Chief Growth Officer, Ad-ID

2013 finds us at the intersection of several tools that enable advertising workflows, which have been seeking for years. New developments in SMPTE's Broadcast eXchange Format (BXF), along with Ad-ID, AS-12, and other areas mean that we can now automate the flow of data throughout the advertising chain - from creation to airing and billing of a commercial. SMPTE PDA Now guest speakers Chris Lennon, SMPTE Engineering Director and President, MediAnswers and Harold Geller, Chief Growth Officer, Ad-ID, will explore these developments, along with their impact on real efficiency gains from one end of the process to the other.


Topic: Network Security in a Motion Imaging Facility:  Threats and Control

Mike Geller, Architect – Cisco's Office of the SP CTO
- Thomas Kernen, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco

During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Michael Geller, Architect in Cisco's Office of the SP CTO, discusses threats to network security from a content workflow perspective. Topics will include specific network threats, a facility's ability to address them, elements of visibility and control, plus a brief discussion about security in the cloud. Security is always an issue.


Topic: Laser Illumination Systems for Digital Cinema: What They Are and How Do They Work?

- Bill Beck, Founder | EVP Business Development - Laser Light Engines, Inc.

You may have heard about laser projectors as the breakthrough digital cinema projection technology, but do you know what makes them tick? During this SMPTE PDA Now webcast, our guest speaker, Bill Beck, explains how these bleeding edge illumination systems work. You will learn about the basics of lasers, how they are being used in digital cinema laser projectors, what specifications are important and what the performance characteristics “jargon” means. This is truly an intriguing topic!

Topic: Cloud Computing in a Content Creation Facility: Is it time?

- Keith Graham, Broadcast Consultant

Over the past year or so, there has been a lot of buzz about “cloud computing”. It certainly makes sense for certain applications, but how does it fit in the content creation ecosystem? Can content creators use cloud computing safely? Does it improve workflow? How secure is cloud storage? What are the real advantages and pitfalls? Please join SMPTE’s guest speaker, Keith Graham, as he seeks to answer common questions about computing in the cloud.


Topic: High Frame Rates – A Technical Discussion on the Impact it Will Have on Motion Imaging Workflows

- Jim Whittlesey, Deluxe

With an eye on the ever evolving motion imaging technology horizon, high frame rate (HFR) content is the next challenge to impact the entire theatrical workflow. So what are the benefits of HFR technology? How will HFR affect the media workflow, including:

·         production

·         storage

·         delivery

·         distribution

·         lest we forget,  “The theatrical experience”

What challenges stand between current workflows and widespread adoption of HFR? Please join our very special guest speakers as they explore the essentials of High Frame Rate media.

Topic: Multi-Platform, Multi-Display Content: Moving from Onerous to Manageable

- Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin

Content producers tell stories about creating hundreds and even tens of thousands of versions of content to accommodate the various platforms and display devices scattered across the media consumption landscape. During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Bruce Devlin, Amberfin’s CTO, discusses why we need a better process and what content producers can do to ease the burden when considering content production for the multi-platform, multi-display ecosystem.

Topic: Archive eXchange Format: Interchange & Interoperability

- Brian Campanotti, CTO, Front Porch Digital; S. Merrill Weiss, President, Merrill Weiss Group LLC

There has been an explosion of digital media production in recent years, as you know. As the digital media production increases so, too, does the need to store and preserve it. One of the challenges with content storage lies in the vast number of systems that exist today, many of which are not based on interoperable technologies. Enter the Archive eXchange Format (AXF) which promises to help address the challenges of incompatible media storage, archive and preservation systems. Our speakers will further explain why this has been such a challenge, how we got where we are and how the AXF standard effort from SMPTE, currently in the works, will help resolve many of them.


- Karyn Reid Bliss, StorerTV, Inc. 
Engineering and operations staff members see the end result of a process that starts months before with input from multiple systems and departments. So what are the systems and processes that go into creating an automation playlist, whether file based or real-time BXF transactions? Join guest speaker  Karyn Reid Bliss, StorerTV, Inc., to find out.

Topic: Digital Content - Challenges of Long Term Storage

- Mary G. Baker, HP Labs Palo Alto

With the motion imaging industry producing digital content with higher resolutions and higher frame rates, not to mention the additional content required for 3D movies, storage is becoming more and more challenging. Once decisions are made regarding technology and architecture for short term access, what are the challenges to consider regarding content storage for the longer term, say 100 years? We already know digital storage is hard, but why haven't some of the more intuitive attempts to solve our storage challenges worked? Please join our special guest speaker, Mary G. Baker, HP Labs, as she explains the wide variety of threats to long-term storage of digital content and how they might be overcome.

- Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates
Large rich media projects are getting ever bigger and raw content of multiple petabytes is becoming more common.  Managing and protecting this content is a challenge and it is often a question whether backed up data can be recovered if the original copy is lost.  Our presenter will explore developments in storage devices and systems used in modern digital workflows. These new developments are enabling accelerated collaborative media projects with ever larger source materials.  Mr. Coughlin will also explore methods for creating, organizing and protecting rich media content including flash memory, local disk, digital tape and storage in the cloud.


Topic: The Business of Live Web-streaming

- John Naylor, VP Business Development, NewTek, Inc.
- Mike Dawson, CEO of Eventstream
- Greg Ellis, VP Business Development and Sales, DaCast

Is there a sustainable business in live web-streaming? Can content be sufficiently monetized if distributed over the web? SMPTE PDA Now guest speaker John Naylor, of NewTek, explains which businesses are using web-streaming and whether or not it is helping them. In addition, Mr. Naylor also describes the various models (Subscription, Pay-Per-View, Video-on-Demand, Ad Insertion) that may implemented to monetize content and what the streaming landscape currently looks like.


Live Web-streaming - technologies, techniques and production values

- John Naylor, VP Business Development, NewTek, Inc.and
- Rob Roskin, MTV

Live television streaming has been an agenda item at many companies’ meetings for quite a while. There are questions and options to consider that are different from more traditional distribution outlets. How does the budget for a live TV production for the web compare to that of traditional delivery mechanisms? How do available  streaming codecs and wrappers compare? What about the FCC, closed captions and other such concerns? Please join our guest speaker, John Naylor as he answers these questions and explores other issues relating to content distribution over the web, including uplink considerations, content management, delivery, trans-rating, trans-coding, multi-bitrate support.


Digital Display Interfaces – HDMI, DisplayPort and ThunderBolt

Speaker: Pete Putman, President, ROAM Consulting

There are a growing number of multifunction digital display interface options available on today's professional acquisition and playback equipment. Intel and AMD will end support of LVDS (analog) after 2012, so notebook computers and 'prosumer' peripherals found in edit and post suites will need to utilize these interfaces exclusively. It is, therefore, important to understand how each interface works, the potential issues that might arise when switching and distributing these signals, and how can these issues be addressed.

Special Four Part Educational Webcast Series: MXF

MXF Implementation Real World view
Speaker: Bruce Devlin, Amberfin

How are users and vendors implementing MXF? Based on the results of the survey that you, the SMPTE PDA Now audience, completed since webcast #1, Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin, presents the final webcast of his four part MXF series. During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Mr. Devlin investigates real MXF usage - why are there so many variants? Is it really Bruce's fault? In addition, Mr. Devlin addresses these questions: What can we do about the number of MXF variants? Do vendors, users and System Integrators agree about the causes? What can members of the industry do as individuals to overcome the challenges of MXF implementation?


MXF - The Fiddly Bits
Speaker: Bruce Devlin, Amberfin

Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin, continues unwrapping the MXF Standard by exploring the "fiddly bits" of MXF and file based workflows. During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Mr. Devlin answers commonly asked MXF questions including: How do VANC, VBI and captions fit into MXF? What about Dolby E? How does Dolby E differ from discrete multi-channel audio? How do you implement a growing file based  MXF workflow? When can componentised storage of video and audio give improvements?

Technical Exploration of MXF: The Major Formats
Speaker: Bruce Devlin, Amberfin

During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, co-architect of the MXF Standard, Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin, explores the technical differences between IMX, XDCAM, P2, OP-ATOM, JPEG2000, AS02, AS03. Mr. Devlin also explains how the MXF structures provide for synchronisation and application optimisation. Discussion also includes a brief review of the IMF working group and why there are differences in the MXF application designs.

What is MXF?
Speaker: Bruce Devlin, Amberfin

This is the first in a four-part, monthly webcast series covering the ins and outs of MXF. This initial webcast has Amberfin’s Bruce Devlin laying out the key MXF concepts including an overview of the MXF standard, how MXF is used in applications and the meaning of essential MXF terminology such as OP1a, Atom and more.


Digital Storage for Professional Media and Entertainment
Speaker: Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates

Stereoscopic and higher resolution content are finding wider use in today’s digital media workflow from content capture, ingest, editing and post production, content delivery as well as archive and preservation. There is also a growing trend toward the use of network storage rather than direct attached storage for many performance-oriented M&E applications as the capabilities of storage networks has improved and costs have dropped.  This has also enabled collaborative video workflows dependent upon the distribution of video content through the “cloud.”  The development of the digital storage hierarchy to support these activities has led to the use of many types of storage devices including high capacity hard disk drives, performance hard disk drives, optical discs and magnetic tape. 

Flash memory is emerging as another layer in the professional media storage hierarchy, particularly in rugged content capture devices as well as in high high performance content delivery systems. In this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, our guest speaker Coughlin Associates' Tom Coughlin provides an overview of these technologies and where they may best apply. In addition, some results from a recently completed survey of M&E professionals conducted by Coughlin Associates are presented and compared to the 2009 SMPTE storage survey, to show current status and developing trends in this highly demanding and storage intensive industry.

Autostereoscopic Displays: State of the Art and the Way Forward
Speaker: Gregg Favalora, Principal, Optics for Hire

The "glasses versus no glasses" debate is on-going, especially when it comes to 3D in the home. Knowledge about the various types of autostereoscopic displays can help one understand the challenges associated with 3D without glasses. During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Gregg Favalora, Principal, Optics for Hire, discusses autostereoscopic displays including theory of operation for various types (including spatially-multiplexed, volumetric, holographic / quasi-holographic displays, and more recent varieties). Mr. Favalora also shares his opinions on the fundamental requirements of a good autostereo display and what technologies might enable an engineer to develop display systems that meet those requirements.

Originally webcast on Thursday, 28 April 2011

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Speaker: Walt Husak, Director Image Technologies, Dolby
The world of video codecs can be a very confusing place. It is not a big surprise that one might find it challenging to understand them all. Options include technologies identified by numerous acronyms and variants that are mystifying to the casual user. Applications spaces and coding constraints can further cause difficulties in understanding the choices. This month’s SMPTE PDA Now speaker, Mr. Walt Husak, Dolby Laboratories’ Director Image Technologies will help make sense of the world of codecs by providing an overview of the more popular imaging codecs, how they were developed and how they are being used. Please don’t miss this exciting educational opportunity. Register today!

Originally Webcast on 31 March, 2011

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HD SLR Cameras
Guest Speaker: Speaker: Ken Rowe, Canon

During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Canon's Ken Rowe will discuss the ins and outs of HD SLR Cameras. Topics will include a brief overview of the evolution of video features in today's DSLR cameras, how imagers in DLSRs differ from traditional video devices and a high level summary of differences between the various Canon DLSR imagers.  Finally, Mr. Rowe will discuss how and why DSLRs are being used by cinema and broadcast companies during production and how these companies have made DSLRs more versatile by selecting specific accessories. 

Originally Webcast on 10 February, 2011

HDSLR On-demand and slide PDF unavailable


The Changing Role of Data Tape in Media Workflows
Guest Speaker(s):
- Michael Richmond, Ph.D; - Researcher at IBM Almanden Research Center
- Ed Childers - Senior Technical Staff Member and Manager, Tape Development IBM
- David Trumbo – CTO, Media Technology Market Partners

The latest generation of LTO data tape technology, LTO-5, enables the creation of a second partition on the tape which can be used for indexing the tape’s content. Linear Tape File System (LTFS), announced with LTO-5, is an enabling technology exploiting the dual partition feature. LTFS creates a direct access construct for LTO-5 tape systems. This SMPTE PDA Now session will describe the LTO tape technology, summarize how LTFS works and outline how LTO-5 is being utilized in the industry.

Originally Webcast Thursday 13 January, 2011


Service Oriented Architectures for Media
Guest Speaker: Speaker: David Carroll, Sr. Systems Architect, Sony

A Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) design allows for integration and interoperability within a network of disparate network elements and systems. SOA has been used successfully in IT for some time, but does it work in today’s file-based environment of media content creation? What efficiencies might it provide and how could the SOA be applied to existing workflows. Please join us as SMPTE PDA Now explores SOA for Media.

Originally Webcast Friday 10 December, 2010




Improving Broadcasters' Bottom Line With An Eco-Friendly Strategy

Incorporating "Green" technologies has become a frequent topic of discussion in many company strategy sessions. This is true in the broadcast world, as well. Not only does it make good sense from the perspective of global conservation and good corporate citizenship, but it also is a means to sustain and enhancing bottom line performance through reduced operating expense.
Guest speakers: Keith Graham, AZCAR USA Inc., George Molnar, VegasPBS, and Thomas Schoeman, JMA Architecture Studios

In this follow-up to the recently published SMPTE's Motion Imaging Journal article. Our speakers discuss their strategies and practical experience with enhancing business operations through utilization of more efficient technologies and environmentally responsible facilities.

Originally Webcast 23 September, 2010


Introduction to 2D to 3D video conversion: Techniques, Challenges and Future
Guest Speaker: Carlos Vazquez
Communications Research Center Canada

In this presentation we will address the conversion of 2D video content material to Stereoscopic 3D (S3D). A brief introduction to S3D imaging will provide the motivation to present the main issues related to the conversion of 2D video material to S3D format. We will review the methods currently used in this process and will analyze their main characteristics and possible usage scenarios. We will explain how methods heavily relying on human intervention are currently used in the cinema industry, and how automatic and even real-time conversion methods are being actively explored for application in the broadcasting and consumer electronics industries. We will address the extraction or generation of the depth information from the 2D content and the way this information is used in the generation of the new virtual views needed for stereoscopic viewing. The disocclusion problem, one of the main issues in 2D to 3D video conversion, will be presented and some possible solutions explored. We will conclude with a brief presentation of the main research topics currently under consideration in the 2D to 3D conversion field.

Originally webcast on 12 Aug-2010



Business Metrics in file based workflows - automating the Delivery Specification
Guest Speakers: Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin; Mark Horton, Product Marketing Manager, Amberfin

With hundreds of different file formats in the market and no guarantee of interoperable wrappers, how can organisations choose which are the best ones to use? What is a good balance between audio-visual quality, data rates and interoperability? What's the cost of being special? Join our speakers as they discuss the business implications of using different codecs and wrappers and how to ensure the right files appear at the right place at the right time with minimum cost.

Originally webcast on 22-Jul-2010


Single-Source Stereo and Microstereoscopic 3D
Guest Speaker: Mark Schubin

3DTV presents challenges: two lenses and cameras per shooting position, convergence operators and stereographers, graphics issues, ghost images, and false size perception or discomfort for viewers. Until 3DTV becomes the norm, events might be shot in both 2D and 3D versions. Addressing the discomfort issue, researchers have come up with something called "microstereopsis," which, coincidentally, reduces or eliminates the other challenges noted above. Unfortunately, it also reduces the 3D depth sensation.

A similar situation once existed regarding stereo sound. Early TV-radio stereo simulcasts often used two different mixes for stereo and mono, and so-called "ping-pong" stereo once offered listeners a strong indication of the difference between stereo and mono.Today, however, stereo sound is usually captured with "single-source" techniques that are mono-stereo compatible. Beginning in 1881, stereo sound was compared to stereoscopic imagery. Might the single-source-stereo-like techniques of microstereopsis, therefore, be applicable to 3DTV?

Please join our guest speaker, Mark Schubin, as he explores the possibilities.

Originally webcast on 24-Jun-2010


What are the technical differences Between Consumer 3D Television Displays?
Guest Speaker: Peter Putman, Editor/Publisher,

Manufacturers are now advertising and selling a variety of consumer stereoscopic 3D televisions. From handheld to large displays, there are LCDs, plasmas, and even CRTs. How do they compare? In this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, our speaker explains the technology behind each, how well they handle stereoscopic 3D, frame compatible and frame packing, the new HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D transport formats.

Originally webcast on 29-April-2010


Mobile DTV 101+

By now you've probably heard about Mobile DTV. It is just as likely, however, that you have a question or two about it.

In this session our guest speakers introduce the essential technology concepts behind Mobile DTV. They discuss topics such as mobile DTV Architectures, mobile DTV acronyms, bandwidth requirements, allocations, and even touch on broadcast scenarios. Discussions also include the underpinnings of ATSC A/153 and then touch upon signaling and announcement (Service Guide). Finally, our speakers wrap things up by providing a detailed explanation of relationship, integration, function and the user experience.

Please join our guest speakers, Dr. Peter Mataga, CTO and Mark Rushton, Senior Director, Broadcast Sales, both of Roundbox, as they explore the new world of Mobile DTV.

Originally webcast on 11-March-2010


Media Technology and Opera
Guest Speaker: Mark Schubin

Stereo sound and electronic home entertainment are two technologies invented for opera. Arguably, broadcasting, location recording, movies, and possibly even the telephone owe their existence to opera.

Today, opera productions can involve banks of computer-graphics processors, infra-red motion-capture sensors, and multiple HD projectors. Operas have been distributed live to cinemas in 3-D. They have advanced camera motion, subtitling, and streaming technologies. They have used as many as 27 cameras, have been distributed live to as many as 125 countries simultaneously, and have even utilized the facilities of the Large Hadron Collider.

Opera? Yes, opera. Join SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin for a look into the past, present, and future of the Fandom of the Opera.

Originally webcast February 11, 2010



Quality Control, Test, and Measuement in File-based Workflow
Guest Speakers: Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin and Mark Horton, Product Marketing Manager, Amberfin

Quality Control, Test, and Measurement - What do these terms mean to quality in today's file-based environment? There is a long history with well established testing practices in the video realm, but file-based workflows create a completely different set of challenges to ensuring quality. Join our speakers as they discuss the implications of formats, wrappers, and other non-video elements in the file-based QC process. Learn how to accommodate engineering correctness and business process correctness even when they might have divergent objectives.

Originally webcast on 29 January 2010


Beyond HD
Guest Speaker: Mark SchubinSuper- and ultra-high definition resolutions are one way future television might go beyond HDTV, but there are other technological innovations. Sharpness can be increased independently of resolution. High-dynamic-range cameras and displays can go beyond common HDTV's contrast capabilities. Other systems move beyond HDTV's color palette, aspect ratio, and sound imaging. And then there's stereoscopic 3-D. Please join our very special guest speaker, multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin, as shares what he sees over the technology horizon.

Originally webcast on December 07, 2009


Digital Storage for Professional Media and Entertainment
Guest Speaker: Thomas M. Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

The implications of ever higher resolution content processed in today’s digital media workflow from content capture, ingest, editing and post production, content delivery as well as archive and preservation are of concern to many in the Motion Imaging Industry. There is also a growing trend toward the use of network storage rather than direct attached storage for many performance-oriented M&E applications as the capabilities of storage networks has improved and costs have dropped.

The development of the digital storage hierarchy to support these activities has led to the use of many types of storage devices including capacity hard disk drives, performance hard disk drives, optical discs and magnetic tape. In addition to these traditional storage media and systems flash memory has emerged as a strong storage contender, particularly in rugged content capture devices as well as in high performance content delivery systems.

In this SMPTE PDA session, our guest speaker Coughlin Associates' Tom Coughlin will provide an overview of these technologies and where they may best apply. In addition, some results from a recently completed survey of M&E professionals conducted by Coughlin Associates will be presented to show current status and developing trends in this highly demanding and storage intensive industry.

Originally webcast on November 12, 2009


Stereoscopic displays in the home
Guest Speaker: Chris Chinnock, Insight Media

Most of us are now aware of or have experienced stereoscopic 3D in the movie theaters. There is, however, a tremendous amount of activity underway to bring the experience and glassess-free, autostereoscopic technology to the home. For notebooks, monitors, TVs and home theater projectors, several 3D technologies are starting to enter the home. For small screens, 3D technology is starting to be commercialized for use in cellphones/smartphones, camera systems and picture frames. Creating the 3D ecosystem requires content, a delivery mechanism and a display system. Please join our guest speaker Chris Chinnock as he explores the various platforms available in the home, describes basic in-home display approaches, updates us on the status of current products and the expectations for future products.

(Originally webcast on September 24, 2009)


Improving News Workflow Efficiency
Guest Speaker: Bob Bolson, Harris

When news breaks, workflow efficiency can mean the difference between getting to air first - or not getting there at all. Building your newsroom around a shared storage architecture with integrated editors helps deliver the quickest time from content acquisition to air. Larger newsrooms can reap additional rewards by implementing a low-resolution workflow that allows scores of users to work on content simultaneously. In this informative session, Bob Bolson from Harris, talks about today's tools for optimizing your news production, from ingest through NRCS integration of your editors to playout.

Originally webcast on July 9, 2009




Producing Stereoscopic Content: What Makes Great 3D Great and What Can Go Wrong?
Guest Speakers: Peter Wilson, Principle, High Definition & Digital Cinema, Ltd., and Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, Real D

It has been said that not all stereoscopic 3D content is created equally. There are a number of technical and perceptual factors that must be considered when producing and projecting stereoscopic content. If these factors are addressed effectively, the excitement of the 3D experience is maximized. Don't pay sufficient attention to them and the excitement is diminished, at the very least, or even worse, the experience can be just plain uncomfortable for the viewer.

Please join our special guest speakers Peter Wilson and Matt Cowan as they discuss differences between good and bad 3D content and how image acquisition and projection can impact 3D image quality.Stereoscopic Cinematography

(Originally webcast on June 11, 2009)



Implementing 10G+ Ethernet in Motion Imaging Workflows
Guest Speaker: Michael D. Johas Teener; Broadcom

There is considerable potential in moving the entire connection infrastructure for motion imaging production to the same technology used by the IT industry, especially since Ethernet is now capable of carrying uncompressed HD or better quality streams.

Broadcom's Michael D. Johas Teener outlines the current state of the art for Ethernet systems running at 10Gigabit/sec, how Ethernet systems meet the guaranteed quality of service and very low delay requirement needed for professional applications, and how various synchronization systems may be implemented. Finally, Mr. Teener describes the roadmap to 40 and even 100 Gbit/sec.

Originally webcast May 14, 2009)

Implementing 10G+ Ethernet in Motion Imaging Workflows PDF

Implementing 10G+ Ethernet (Mobile-ready version):

Ch 1 - Intro and History M4V       MP3
Ch 2 - 10 Gigabit Overview M4V       MP3
Ch 3 - Common 10G Interfaces M4V       MP3
Ch 4 - Studio Services and AVB M4V       MP3
Ch 5 - Q&A                        M4V       MP3


Art of Stereography
Guest Speaker: Lenny Lipton

Principles behind perception of depth in the the human visual field must be understood and applied to create great looking stereoscopic 3D images. In this SMPTE PDA Now event, renowned stereoscopic luminary, Lenny Lipton provides an overview  of these principles as used in stereoscopic cinematography. In addition, Mr. Lipton explains approaches used in the past to create stereoscopic content as well as various methods used in modern digital stereo-cinematography.
(Originally webcast April 9,2009)

Art of Stereography Slides (PDF)

The Art of Stereography (Mobile-ready version):

Ch 1 - Depth Cues M4V       MP3
Ch 2 - Binocular Stereopsis M4V       MP3
Ch 3 - Technology Innovation M4V       MP3
Ch 4 - Projection Image Selection M4V       MP3
Ch 5 - Creation vs Content and Q&A                        M4V       MP3
Ch 6 - Questions & Answers  M4V       MP3


Terrestrial DTV Signal Reception - An Update From the Field
Guest Speaker: Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting LLC


Pete Putman shares field test results that demonstrate just how well these receivers work for indoor and outdoor reception of 8VSB signals with simple antennas, through mountains, over long distances, and even underground, using the latest standalone set-top boxes and NTIA converter boxes.
(Originally webcast February 26, 2009)

DTV Signal Reception - An Update From the Field Slides (PDF)



DTV Transition: Working Through the Early Challenges of a Post Analog World

Guest Speaker: Bill Hayes, Iowa Public Television
When the DTV switch is actually flipped, there are two things on which we can count. First, the transition will not be 100% problem free. The second thing is that all parties involved in the switch will need to quickly adopt a highly cooperative approach to avoid finger pointing when things don't work as planned.
In this recorded SMPTE PDA Now event, Bill Hayes, Iowa Public Television (IPTV), discusses the challenges that will likely surface immediately after the switch, what work is currently being done to address them, and how we can best work together for a successful DTV transition.
(Originally webcast on February 5, 2009)

DTV Transition: Post Analog World Slides (PDF)

DTV Transition: Post Analog World (Mobile-ready version):

Ch 1 - All Ahead Stop!  M4V       MP3
Ch 2 - The Shut-off Will Happen M4V       MP3
Ch 3 - Wide Screen Production M4V       MP3
Ch 4 - On-going Audio Issues M4V       MP3
Ch 5 - Creation vs Content and Q&A                        M4V       MP3


AVC Compression: Choosing the right tools from a larger toolbox
Guest Speaker: Michael Bergeron, Panasonic

In this SMPTE PDA Now session, Panasonic's Michael Bergeron looks at some of the new implementations of H.264 based AVC compression. AVC had improved upon many of the earlier generation compression tools, and added some entirely new ones. A significantly larger set of tools now is available for inter-frame, intra-frame and entropy coding type compression. This presentation will examine the technology behind the standard and some of the choices to be made in implementing AVC based compression for a wide range of professional video acquisition applications.
(Originally webcast on January 8, 2009)

AVC Slides (PDF)

AVC Compression (Mobile-ready version):

Ch 1 - What is AVC? M4V       MP3
Ch 2 - New Tools M4V       MP3
Ch 3 - AVC Application M4V       MP3
Ch 4 - AVC Positioning M4V       MP3
Ch 5 - Selecting the Appropriate Entropy Encoding M4V       MP3
Ch 6 - Questions & Answers M4V       MP3