Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 08:00 to 17:00

Practical Steps In Implementing An Effective File Based Workflow

Registration Rates

  • SMPTE Members - $199
  • Non-Members - $299
  • Students - $59

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Practical Steps In Implementing An Effective File Based Workflow

This seminar will build upon the successful 2010 series of SMPTE Regional File Based Workflow Seminars and is based on direct participant feedback from those seminars. This important follow up will provide a practical approach to implementing an effective file based environment.
Presentations and discussions during the program will focus on real world experiences and lessons learned during the transition to a file based environment at KLCS-TV/DT in Los Angeles. Instructors, Paul Turner, Vice President of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic, and Alan Popkin, Director of TV Engineering at KLCS-TV/DT, will speak to the steps taken, the challenges faced and the final successful steps taken during the transition from a traditional broadcast facility to one with a file based work workflow at its core.

Seminar Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss, in practical terms, the key characteristics of an effective file based work flow
  2. Describe steps taken to effectively implement the file based work flow environment at KLCS-TV/DT
  3. Draw direct correlations between the use cases discussed during this seminar and the participant's home facility including identification of significant challenges and possible vendor neutral solutions to implementation of an effective file based environment.


08:00 AM  Doors Open
08:30 AM  Welcome

Speakers: SMPTE Staff

  • Introductions
  • Agenda for the Day

08:35 AM  Broadcast Workflows

Speaker: Alan Popkin/Paul Turner

  • Design Considerations
  • Understanding implementation and use of business rules
  • Metadata capture and ingest
  • Impact on Personnel/Staff

09:15 AM  Media Asset Management

Speaker: Alan Popkin/Paul Turner

  • Automation Considerations
  • Version Tracking Archive
  • Choosing the right compression for archive

10:00 - 10:15 AM  Break

10:15 - 10:45 AM  Making Use of MXF

Speaker: Paul Turner

  • Various “Flavors”
  • File format and transcoding review (MXF and more)
  • Metadata Transport
  • Tools
  • Captioning
  • Digital Rights Management

10:45 - 11:30 AM  Content Distribution

Speaker: Alan Popkin

  • Content Management
  • Issues with transcoding
  • Quality Issues
  • Ancillary Data Considerations

11:30 - 12:00 PM  Security

Speaker: Alan Popkin

  • Protecting the Enterprise/Infrastructure

12:00 - 1:00 PM  Lunch
01:00 - 01:30 PM  Disaster recovery

Speaker: Alan Popkin/Paul Turner

  • Planning for Disaster
  • Disaster Prevention Considerations

01:30 - 2:30 PM  Building Your Workflow

Speaker: Alan Popkin/Paul turner

  • Interactive workflow design activity Q&A

02:30 - 2:45 PM  Break
02:45 - 4:30 PM  Building Your Workflow (continued)

Speaker: Alan Popkin/Paul Turner

  • Interactive workflow design activity Q&A

04:30 - 5:00 PM  Wrap-up & Close
* Please Note: Content Subject to Change

About our Instructors

Alan Popkin, Director of TV Engineering at KLCS-TV/DT
Since 2002, Alan Popkin has been Director of Technical Operations and Engineering for KLCS-TV in Los Angeles. He redesigned the entire station to implement state-of-the art digital broadcasting to the entire Southern California DMA, and datacast to over one million students and teachers, delivering digital content services to an educational audience.
KLCS has been a 100% file based environment since 2003 and received Broadcast Engineering’s Award for Engineering Excellence for that effort.
Alan is involved in the PBS NGIS national file based delivery system as well as a Peer to Peer file sharing effort among PBS members. He has designed new Master Control file based systems for other stations as well as multimedia infrastructure for colleges and universities.
Prior to KLCS, Alan was Director of Production for Time Warner Communications, where he managed technical systems, financial, and general operations of an 18,000 sq. ft. HDTV and SDTV production and post-production facility.
Alan has performed as a studio musician, and holds a BA in Physics from CUNY.

Paul Turner, Vice President of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic
Mr. Turner brings with him over 30 years of experience in the broadcasting industry in Europe and the USA, starting his career as an engineer at the BBC in 1980. Since then he has held Engineering and Senior Management positions both in the USA and the U.K at the Grass Valley Group, where he was responsible for the design, development, definition and marketing of many of Grass Valley’s Mixers, DVEs, keying technologies and graphics devices. After leaving GVG, he worked in Product Management and Product Marketing roles at several other broadcast manufacturers, including Abekas Video Systems, Scitex Digital Video, Sony Electronics and Pinnacle Systems, where he held the position of Director of Product Marketing for their Storage, Switcher, DVE and Character Generator product lines. Mr Turner is a member of the Board of Directors for the Advanced Media Workflow Association. A SMPTE member, he has published over a dozen technical papers on a variety of industry topics.

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