Toronto Section Recording

Tuesday December 8, 2009 - Internet Connected Television

SMPTE Toronto’s December meeting will focus on an era that is unprecedented in broadcast television’s 60 year history. It will explore both the technology and the reasons why television needs to interconnect with the Internet, become more mobile and move towards interactivity in order to stay relevant in both today’s and tomorrow’s media landscape.

Speakers and presentations at this meeting include;

Is There A Future For Digital Terrestrial Television? - Peter Putman President of ROAM Consulting and Editor/Publisher of HDTVexpert.com will present his paper exclusively to the Toronto Section remotely employing  SMPTE PDA technology. The paper, delivered at October’s SMPTE’s Hollywood conference, details the challenges facing digital terrestrial broadcasting and reception going forward. The paper focuses on changes in viewer demographics, how IPTV, LAN-equipped HDTVs and DVRs could either spell the end for terrestrial broadcasting or –as an alternative-- complement it as an alternative to the monopoly of cable TV systems and traditional channel tiers, which themselves are threatened by faster broadband speeds and the widespread availability of DVRs and other time/place shifting devices. The paper will also touch on the obstacles faced by Mobile DTV as broadcasters consider adopting it to supplement unicasts and multicasts.

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Demonstration Of A Sony Bravia 52" 1080p LCD HDTV KDL52V5100 -  Ricardo Pacheco of SONY Canada

Internet Connected Educational Applications of Blu-ray DVD Technology - Rob Carver Senior Consultant MediaINTELLIGENCE.ca and Instructor in the School of Radio Television at Ryerson University will present a paper and demonstrate a unique Blu-ray application that he developed for use at Ryerson University. The media application employs BD-Live, which is Blu-ray’s Internet Connection Technology, and takes advantage of Blu-rays authoring capabilities developed to download trailers, bonus features, and interactive games. Those features also turn out to be ideal for developing educational applications. The paper will explain the properties of Blu-ray, including authoring, replication options and issues.

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Meeting Report

Ricardo Pacheco of SONY CanadaApproximately fifty SMPTE members attended Toronto’s December meeting that focused on Internet Connected Television. Sponsored by Miranda the meeting explored both the technology and the reasons why television needs to interconnect with the Internet. Prior to the main subject of the evening Section Chair Reid Robertson announced that the Toronto Section has started planning for a June 2010 Boot Camp and Canadian Governor Paul Stechly provided an update on SMPTE’s fall conference as well as an update on the fall 09 SMPTE Board of Governors meeting.

Peter Putman, President of ROAM Consulting and Editor/Publisher of HDTVexpert.com delivered a paper titled “Is There A Future For Digital Terrestrial Television”? The presentation focused heavily on the demographics of Generation X and Y and how they consume and interact with modern digital media. Putman outlined what he considers to be the three “killer apps” as DVR’s, mobile phones and Internet connected TV’s and then provided insight into how various constituents in the media chain view them.

Ricardo Pacheco of SONY Canada followed with a demonstration of a Sony Bravia 52" 1080p TV set that comes complete with Internet connectivity. Mr. Pacheco demonstrated how the Bravia could connect directly to popular video blogs and services such as YouTube and play the videos directly on the TV set. He also took a few minutes to explain how Internet based information could be brought to the set through widgets that channel the information.

Rob Carver with MediaINTELLIGENCE.ca and an Instructor in Ryerson University’s School of Radio Television Arts concluded the evening with a paper titled “Internet Connected Educational Applications of Blu-ray DVD Technology”. His paper included a demonstration of a unique Blu-ray application that he and Ryerson Computer Science student Cristian Hancila developed for use at the University. The media application employs BD-Live, which is Blu-ray’s Internet Connection Technology and takes advantage of Blu-rays authoring capabilities developed to download trailers, bonus features, and play interactive games. Those features also turn out to be ideal for developing educational applications.

The meeting organized by Brad Fortner of Ryerson University and Jens Olsen of SONY Canada employed SMPTE’s PDA technology to bring in Peter Putman live to the Section meeting who did the presentation from his home in Pennsylvania. The meeting required a large amount of Audio Visual support and the SMPTE Toronto chapter acknowledge the work of Barry Weatherhead, Kevin Kordick, Preston Patey and Jeremy Littler for their efforts in Toronto, As well as the efforts of Joel Welch of SMPTE HQ who made sure the SMPTE PDA technology worked during Peter Putman’s presentation.

Brad Fortner - Toronto Section Promotions Advisor


Tuesday November 10, 2009 - Dealing with Audio Loudness

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Broadcasters have for years dealt with challenges in trying to achieve consistent audio levels between programs and commercials. In the United States, a bill known as the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, has been introduced.

Using the traditional VU meter is no longer considered an effective means of ensuring viewers hear consistent audio levels and various systems have been designed to deal with both monitoring and creating consistent perceived loudness.

In the first talk this evening, Michael Nunan, Post Sound Supervisor at CTV, will present an overview of how CTV and Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium are dealing with broadcasting consistent audio levels using Dolby dialnorm technology.

In the second talk, Tony Zare, Evertz product manager, modular products, will present a manufacturer’s perspective on dealing with loudness issues and some solutions Evertz has developed.

In the third talk, Jean-Claude Krelic, Miranda Conversion/Distribution Product Specialist, will present a second manufacturer’s perspective on dealing with loudness issues and some solutions Miranda has developed.

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October 13, 2009 - QC, Measurement and Content Repair in File-Based Workflows

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The move to file-based workflows has created the new challenge of implementing quality control at the file level rather than traditional visual methods of QC. Meeting this challenge also creates new efficiencies through automated testing and in many cases repair as well. This evening’s meeting will combine information on many of the techniques and tools involved with a user’s perspective on implementing these workflows.

Many operations managers feel that the explosion of video files, format requirements and delivery choices is becoming unmanageable. Unblinking visual QC of incoming content is not comprehensive, fast, or scalable and has consequences for missing visual impairments. Evolution to file-based workflows enables an entirely new QC methodology. As content sits in storage, it can be looked at by intelligent software and analyzed to various degrees. In addition to reporting on these issues, such software can often repair the content such that it's rendered usable long before airtime or other usage, and without human intervention. Automated, file-based QC can trap errors that humans cannot even see, scale with content growth, increase service quality, and get better leverage out of existing QC staff.

This evening we welcome presenters from the two main contenders in this workspace who will present solutions to this requirement.

Dennis Kucera, Application Engineer, Tektronix

Mike Richardson, Director of Product Development, Harris

Adam Walker, Platform Specialist, Rogers Cable - Mr. Walker is with the Video on Demand Service Management Centre at Rogers and will discuss his experiences implementing quality control in a file based environment.

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September 8, 2009 - Developments in High Dynamic Range

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The term dynamic range, and the closely related term contrast, mean different things to different people. Of course we'd like to achieve high dynamic range (HDR), and we'd like high contrast ratio. Unfortunately, however, the quest for large numbers has led to poor measurement practices and an increasingly large gap between the numbers quoted and visual performance that is achieved.

In the first talk this evening, Sebastien Laffoux, Manager - Camera & Digital Systems, ARRI Canada Ltd., will present A New Dynamic Range Measurement Technique for Acquisition Systems. As the number of acquisition tools in the marketplace continues to expand into the realm of high-end digital capture, the demands on these new systems continues to evolve. The ability to effectively evaluate the Dynamic Range of each system comparatively is a challenge. ARRI’s paper will provide an overview of the basics of Dynamic Range, as it relates specifically to the Dynamic Range for acquisition systems. They will then provide an overview of a new Dynamic Range Measurement tool, which will allow for an impartial evaluation of acquisition systems.

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In the second talk, Charles Poynton will introduce the concepts of dynamic range and contrast, first as they apply to the visual system, then as they apply to display and camera equipment. He will outline the constraints placed upon dynamic range (and contrast ratio) by the display and its viewing environment, by various subsystems in the production chain, and by camera systems. He will outline emergent technologies for high dynamic range in all of these subsystems. All of these technologies depend upon some sort of standardization of the display and its environment. You might think that we can depend upon ITU-R Rec. BT.709 as the HD reference display standard; however, that standard is woefully inadequate. Charles will review activities taking place to update that standard as a precursor to deployment of HDR.

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June 9, 2009 - FILMPORT Studios Tour

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Filmport Studios began construction in the Fall of 2006. Occupancy of the first sound stage was in March 2008. Filmport currently offers 7 sound stages plus production offices with many of the latest green initiatives planned and instituted from the beginning. Filmport’s largest stage is just less than 46,000 square feet. Learn from the engineering and infrastructure firms involved with the development of Filmport on what was required to put this state of the art production facility together.

The presenters are Doug Levchuk and Bev Golchuk from Cygnal Technologies.

April 14, 2009 - Digital Acquisition & Workflow in Feature Film

As Cinema continues to evolve, so do the methods & processes. Tonight’s meeting will look at the creation of a Feature Film from digital acquisition to distribution.

Marc Bachli – Chief Technical Officer at REDLAB will review some of the challenges & rewards of shooting the recent feature “Pontypool” using the RED camera. He will address the customized workflow used for the project from production through processing of material for the offline edit and delivery of 2K DPX files for DI.

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Peter Armstrong - Manager, Digital Intermediates & Mastering at Deluxe | EFILM will discuss the evolution of “Pontypool” from colour grading through to the release print and digital cinema creation. He will also present information on other digital acquisition formats other than the RED camera. This will include a look at videotape based and computer based formats (animation) that are put through the digital Intermediate process.

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March 10 - Education in Broadcasting

Unlike an MBA or English degree, finding a formal education in the technical end of the media industry has never been easy. With the rapid and radical changes going on in our businesses today, this becomes even more challenging for students and educators and employers alike.

This meeting features three leaders in media education to give us an overview of their programs and how they’re evolving to respond to the changing world. In addition, SMPTE has identified education as an important area for development, and SMPTE's Education Director Brad Fortner of Ryerson University join us for an update on this activity.

The meeting spotlights three Canadian programs:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary - Jim Murtagh, Dean, will be presenting their Broadcast Systems Technology program.

Loyalist College, Belleville – Tim Rorabeck, Chief Engineering Technologist, School of Media Studies, will be presenting their Broadcast Engineering Technology program.

Centennial College, Toronto - Doug Pringle, Program Supervisor, will be presenting their new Media Engineering Design Integration post-graduate program.

SMPTE Education Update – Brad Fortner, Education Director, SMPTE

Understanding and partnering with education in our industries has become an organizational priority for SMPTE. This renewed focus includes our members professional education, interaction with local educational institutions and building a participatory community in the online space. Recent efforts inside SMPTE include polling Section members, BOG level strategy sessions and discussions at the Section level. Brad will provide an update on the work underway at SMPTE headquarters and by the Educational Advisory Committee to address SMPTE's renewed focus towards Education.

Click Here For The Video Of The First Half Of Meeting - Welcome, Governors Report, Southern Alberta Institute Of Technology, Loyalist College.

Click Here For The Video Of The Second Half Of Meeting - Centennial College, SMPTE Director of Education Update.


February 09, 2009 - Tour "The SCORE"

Score Media Inc. - is a media company committed to delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment. Created in 1997 in response to the growing desire for increased participation in the consumption of sports, Score Media has now established itself as the home for hardcore sports fans.

Score Media’s main asset, The Score Television Network, is a national, specialty television service providing sports, news, information, highlights and live event programming in more than 6.4 million homes across Canada.

The Score recently completed construction of a new state-of-the-art, street front HD Studio. The meeting will commence in the Holiday Inn Regency DE Ballroom; with presentations by Oliver Gayagoy, Vice President, Broadcast & Information Technology, and Matt Payne, Director of Broadcast Operations. At 7:00 p.m., small groups will be taken on tours of the new HD studio facilities at the Score, while food is served to meeting attendees who have completed or yet to embark on a tour.

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January 13, 2009 - AFD - Active Format Description. Randy Conrod, Michel Proulx.
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December 9, 2008 - Arias & Acquisition: A Two-Part Evening with Mark Schubin
Click Here for Part 1: The metropolitan opera world wide cinema casts A.K.A "The fandom of the opera.
Click Here for Part 2: Size Matters: The Format Factor & the Optics of HDTV.


November 11, 2008 - The Alphabet Soup of “XF’s” – File Transfer Formats Explained
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October 10, 2008 - Update from the ATSC
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SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 07-08

April 8, 2008 - "Seeing Red" 2K/4K Workflow
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March 11, 2008 - Green Media Computing - From Data Centre Cooling Through Production Technology Virtualization
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February 12, 2008 - SOA - Service Oriented Architecture
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Click Here for the third and fourth speakers (Brian Campanotti, Marv Nolan) and the panel discussion.

January 8, 2008 - Intellectual Property Management
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December 11, 2007 - Wide Gamut Colour
Click Here for Glenn Chan's presentation: "Chroma Sub-sampling".
Click Here for Roger Keay's presentation: "An Overview of Colour"
Click Here for Charles Poynton's presentation: "Wide Gamut Colour"

Bonus material from the meeting:

References from Roger Keay's paper:

November 13, 2007 - Dither and Video
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October 9, 2007 - CineGrid
Click Here for Laurin Herr's presentation on CineGrid.
Click Here for Dr. Paul Hearty's presentation: CineGrid Proof Of Concept: Remote Digital Cinema Rendering and Color correction.

Sept 11, 2007 - Nelvana
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SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 06-07

May 8, 2007 - NAB Wrap-up
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April 10, 2007 - HD Lenses
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March 13, 2007 - IPTV
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Feb. 13, 2007 - The Dalsa D-Cinema Camera - Up Close and Personal
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Jan. 9, 2007 - Ask your Colleague Night A.K.A. SMPTE Open Forum Soirée
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Click Here for PocketPC video download Pt. 1
Click Here for PocketPC video download Pt. 2

Dec. 12, 2006 - The Weather Network - TOUR
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Nov. 14, 2006 - The HD Audio - Joint Meeting With AES
Click Here for part one - Protools Demo
Click Here for part two - Euphonix Presentation

Sept. 12, 2006 - 1080/60 Progressive HD Format
Click Here for part one - Gareth Heywood, Gennum Corporation: SMPTE 424/425 Standard for 3Gbs Over Coax
Click Here for part two - Paul Hearty, Ryerson University: Proposal to the ITU for a 1080P60 Encompassing Format

SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 05-06

June 13, 2006 - HD Archiving
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May 9, 2006 - NAB 2006 Wrap-up
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Click here for Video Stream Version Pt. 1
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April 11, 2006 - Projection and Server Technologies Enabling DCI
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Click here for Video Stream Version with Synchronized Powerpoint (Windows Media) Pt. 1
Click here for Video Stream Version with Synchronized Powerpoint (Windows Media) Pt. 2

March 14, 2006 - Transmission Formats - SDI (Serial Digital Interface) vs. ASI (Asynchronous Serial Interface) vs. I/P (Internet Protocol)
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Click here for Video Stream Version with Synchronized Powerpoint (Windows Media) Pt. 1
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Click here for Higher Quality Speaker Only Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 1
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February 14, 2006 - HD Acquisition Camcorder Formats
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January 10, 2006 - Open Forum Evening
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December 13, 2005 - Ryerson HDTV Television Studio Tour At Ryerson
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November 8, 2005 - Audio For High Definition - From the Production and Transmission Perspectives
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September 13, 2005 - Digital Signage
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The Vault (Pre 2005 Library In MPEG 4)


October 14, 2003 - Emerging Video Recording Strategies
(Windows Media) Pt.1
(Windows Media) Pt.2
(Windows Media) Pt.3
(Windows Media) Pt.4

Video Compression, Artifacts and Monitoring
Compression Artifacts In Post Production Powerpoint

September 10, 2002 - ASI Transport Stream Meeting
(Windows Media) Pt.1
(Windows Media) Pt.2
(Windows Media) Pt.3
(Windows Media) Pt.4
ASI Transport Stream Powerpoint Presentation
Media Optical Networking Powerpoint Presentation (Zipped)

February 12, 2002 - Centralcasting Meeting In MP4-AVC
Part 1

December 11, 2001 - CDTV Experimental Transmitter & ITV Data Content on ATSC Meeting In MPEG4 AVC Format
Part 1
Part 2

September 11, 2001 - Assessing The Quality of Motion Picture Systems Meeting In MPEG4 AVC
Part 1

March 2001 - Collaboration: The Future Is Digital Meeting In MPEG4 AVC
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

February 13, 2001 - Post Production For HDTV Meeting In MPEG4 AVC
Part 1
Part 2

January 9, 2001 - Production, Distribution and Display of HDTV January 2001 Satellite Broadcast In MPEG4 AVC
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

January 12, 1999 - DTV - The Canadian Perspective Satellite Broadcast In MPEG4 AVC
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11
Part 12
Part 13
Part 14
Part 15
Part 16

January 1, 1990 - SMPTE Toronto Promo
Part 1

January 12, 1988 - CCD Cameras Satellite Broadcast In Real Video
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

September 27, 1985 - SMPTE Toronto Promo
Part 1