The SMPTE Hollywood Section held its monthly meeting on November 18th, 2003 at the Wells Fargo Theatre of The Autry Museum of Western Heritage. The topic of this meeting was Post Production Technologies.

A meet-and-greet with refreshments generously sponsored by Modern VideoFilm preceded the 20:00 meeting. Section Chairman David Wiswell introduced Alan Hart and Ira Lichtman, coordinators of this meeting.

The first speaker was William Wilson, Chief Scientist and Founder of InPhase Technologies. Dr. Wilson gave a comprehensive presentation covering his company’s holographic data storage technology. He discussed the way this technology works and InPhase Technologies’ product development timeline. Dr. Wilson presented substantial information on holographic storage media and how data are written and read. Emphasis was placed upon this system’s application to the storage and archiving of digital entertainment content.

Chris Carey, Senior Vice President for Studio New Technologies, The Walt Disney Company next spoke on the topic of post production technologies. Mr. Carey described decisive changes in the entertainment industry, the manner in which a media company needs to adapt in order satisfy customers and the consequent evolution of technical production systems. With the purpose of exploring developing areas of post production technology Mr. Carey introduced Josh Pines of Thomson Digital Media’s Technique facility and Steve Boze from Walt Disney Studios Operations group. Mr. Pines outlined the evolution of the Digital Intermediate process from scanning and printing, through color correction, digital effects integration and multi-format output. Mr. Boze addressed the need for agile digital media networks for work within the studio and for moving content between the studio and vendor sites. The need for a standardized, interoperable content protection system was also stressed.

A question and answer session followed the presentations and the meeting culminated shortly after 10pm.

Ira M. Lichtman - Manager