The next AES-LA monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Event Center, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (at the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon). Parking is free behind the convention center building; enter off of Coldwater Canyon. The optional pre-meeting dinner is at 7:00 PM. Actual meeting will start at 8pm.
The topic this month is: Immersive Sound Standards for the Next Generation of Home Entertainment
The February meeting for the AES-LA will be a joint meeting with the Hollywood chapter of SMPTE (the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers). Please join us for a special presentation about the possible sound formats for the next generation of broadcast HDTV, ATSC 3.0 Each of the companies submitting a proposal for ATSC 3.0 will be presenting their technology; the presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Steven Silva of 20th Century Fox.
For 20 years the standard soundtrack for home entertainment, whether broadcast HDTV, DVD, Blu Ray, digital cable or OTT (Over-The-Top internet streaming) has been 5.1 channels of digital surround sound. The Advanced Television Standards Committee has submitted a call for proposals for a sound format for the proposed ATSC 3.0 standard for broadcast HDTV. That call has been met by proposals from Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Inc. and Fraunhofer. Each of these companies will be presenting their proposed formats to the combined membership of the AES-LA and SMPTE Hollywood.
We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a fascinating evening as we take a look at the future of sound for home entertainment.
Moderator: Steven A. Silva is the VP of Technology & Strategy at Fox Networks Engineering & Operations. In this role, he bridges the longer term focus of the New Technologies Group and the shorter term needs of the Fox Networks Engineering & Operations teams.
In 2006, Silva formed Fox NE&O’s Procedures and Training department which was responsible for special projects, education and training of broadcast technologies at Fox. In 2003, Silva worked in the development and testing of new broadcast technologies in the Fox DTV lab.
Prior to Fox, Silva was a freelance video engineer/operator and editor for TV shows and films.
Silva began his career in the satellite/missile industry as an electro/mechanical analyst and advancing to program/project management. He was also involved in research and development of advanced guidance systems.
Silva is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a BSME. He is a member of ATSC, SMPTE, SBE, IEEE and AES.
Dolby Laboratories: Jeffrey Riedmiller is the Senior Director of the Sound Group in the Office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. He is responsible for leading a creative team focused on development and innovation across Dolby’s technologies in sound.
Joining Dolby in 1998, he worked intensively on the launch of multichannel audio across numerous digital television (DTV) and HDTV services throughout North America. He is also the visionary creator of several revolutionary product and technology innovations that have defined how television loudness is accurately estimated and controlled worldwide; two well-known examples are the Dolby LM100 Broadcast Loudness Meter with Dialogue Intelligence and the DP600 Program Optimizer, which received multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development in 2004, 2009 and in 2011 respectively.
Riedmiller is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its Standards Committees. He holds several patents and has authored and presented several technical papers over the past 17 years.
Previously he served as co-chairman for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Engineering Committee – Audio Quality Subcommittee, as well as Associate Editor for Transactions on Broadcasting, the journal for the Institute for the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Broadcast Technology Society.
DTS, Inc: David McIntyre is Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development at DTS, Inc. based in Calabasas, CA. David has been focused on new technology adoption throughout his career. At DTS, David leads the team responsible for all standards and consortia activities including participation in groups such as ATSC, Blu-ray Disc Association, DASH-IF, DVB, HDMI, and Wi-Fi Alliance. He is also deeply involved in DTS's strategy, corporate development, and new technology launch activities including immersive audio. Prior to DTS, David worked in early stage technology venture capital focused on companies making the jump from technology development to first market adoption. David got his start as employee #5 at QDesign, a maker of MPEG-1 & 2, Layer II audio products and the low bitrate audio compression technology introduced into Apple QuickTime 3 in 1998 and used for streaming with Apple Quicktime 4 in 1999.
David has a degree in Mathematics & Computer Science as well as graduate studies in audio compression and HRTF-based rendering at McGill University.
Fraunhofer: Jim DeFilippis has worked in the broadcast/media space for 30-plus years and has been part of major broadcast/media companies including Fox and ABC, as well as six Olympic broadcasts. Jim has managed large technical projects, developing new technologies into working systems for television production and distribution.
Jim has established a consulting practice focusing on media file work flow, sports broadcast technology, and mobile television.
Jim has a MS in Electrical Engineering, is a Fellow of the SMPTE and is a member of AES, SCTE and IEEE. In 2012 he received the David Sarnoff Medal from SMPTE for his innovative work in television technologies.
Jim resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife Maggie and two children, Jake and Juliana. He likes to bike, sail and work in the garden.
Meetings are free and are open to everyone including students, non-members and guests.
Please see our website at www.aesla.org (select “Newsletter” at top) for additional meeting details.
For dinner reservations, please email the section Treasurer 48 hrs in advance: Richard Wollrich, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "AES-LA DINNER RESERVATION" in the email subject line. This month’s Menu is: Wedge Salad (crumbled blue cheese, chives, crisp bacon and tomatoes), Boneless Short Ribs braised in red wine, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Rolls and Butter, Coffee, Tea, and Iced Tea, and Triple Chocolate Mousse. NOTE: A Vegetarian option is always available. Please indicate this in your Dinner Reservation email please.
DINNER RATES Please make your reservation before the cutoff time of 10:00AM, Monday February 23rd. We need to notify the Sportsmen’s Lodge as to the dinner attendee count