June 2018 Meeting Summary


The June 7th, 2018 Ohio Section meeting was combined with the SBE Chapter 52, and held at the Hilliard lot of Mills-James Productions, near Columbus. The guest presenter for the evening was Arco Groenenberg, Director of Regional Sales-Central Midwest, for the firm, LiveU Inc. Arco began his informational presentation/discussions by going over the various legacy Video/Audio transmission methods deployed over the years for the transmission of remote signals back to the studio for broadcast TV, and cable industries, the video/audio industry as a whole, involving large carrier haul formats such as through: AT&T long lines, private terrestrial microwave installations, Satellites, and fiber optics. LivU, through the use of their new cutting edge technologies involving patented bonded cellular and video transport signal streaming innovations, produces more consistent bandwidth and reliable signal connections from just about any field remote locales in the world!  In addition to the use of bonded cellular type linkages, the firm has also made available new smaller types of satellite dishes which are fully deplorable from anywhere there is power, and has the ability to even self set up by remote control if needed, providing quick and reliable back haul/redundancy signal sources where necessary when bonded cellular towers are not in existence, at any particular field location. TV/cable network, Live news remotes, online, and social media, etc. are some of the many media distribution formats who can potentially benefit from the use of such technologies, especially because it's now possible to originate dependable live video, audio, production feeds, etc. from anywhere in the country or even the world through the use of LiveU types of technologies! Arco pointed out how the signal haul bandwidths made possible by these technologies can just be leased by a production company or TV/Cable network in large data blocks of bandwidth and time, for example, thus offering a customer more customized rates to go along with their particular logistical field production needs.

A lively Q&A session followed Arco's very well received presentation.

Gene Batey,  Ohio Section Secretary/Treasuer


Thanks to Mills-James Productions and staff for hosting this meeting!


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Arco Groenenberg, LiveU Inc. Guest presenter at the Ohio Section, June 7th, 2018 meeting


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Arco conducting his lively Q &A session


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LiveU’s product and technology portfolio




February 2018 Meeting Summary


The February 15th 2018 section meeting was combined with SBE Chapter 52, and held at the Sinclair Broadcast-WSYX-TV studio plant, in Columbus. 45 members/guests witnessed our first meeting there where our guest presenter, Harald Fuchs, from the firm, Fraunhofer, was actually located and speaking to our group live from Central Europe, via the GoToMeeting online access format! His two way audio portion was being piped into the studio's PA system, along with a two-way video link. Live in the Columbus TV studio assisting with the meeting, was the SMPTE Central Regional Governor, Brian Claypool, who set up the various two way communications hardware/software links.

Harald's topics for the evening included, a run down of what is contained within the new ATSC 3.0 MPEG-H audio standards package along with features such as, an "immersive" audio sound experience where the viewer/listner could pick out and locate specific "sound objects" within a TV show's audio stream, and suggestions as to how many speakers within a typical viewer's room environment would be necessary and desirable for such reproduction of immersive audio effects. He also noted that the other immersive type audio standard approved within the new ATSC 3.0 terrestrial broadcast standards is, Dolby AC-4. He then touched on several sub-topics related to MPEG-H audio features such as, the ability of a future TV broadcast viewer having the capability of just using their TV remote control unit to customize and contour their personal audio tastes pertaining to their specific room environments, for example, or for their needed languages, all coming out of the general TV broadcast signal reception chain.

He then went on to mention that the implementation of MPEG-H at the broadcast plant end of the chain, allows the option of just being phased in a little bit at a time if desired, thus reducing any extra financial or operational disruptions and burdens which could occur too fast within a broadcast plant. This would also limit the sudden additional costs to the TV station's owners' budgets with implementation all at one time, and would allow the costs in affect to be spread out over more time. On the receiver side of the audio E-E equations, he pointed out that several TV set manufacturers such as LG and Samsung, have already introduced/placed MPEG-H audio decoding capable TV sets/receivers on the market in South Korea, since there are several ATSC 3.0 terrestrial TV broadcasters on the air currently in the Seoul area, for instance. He also noted that the new MPEG-H audio standards could also be very effective in producing immersive audio sound object effects when sent through various online program streaming services in the future, as well. Mr. Fuchs's discussions concluded with a very interesting Q&A session with the various members/guests located in the TVStudio, using the webinar streaming method.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasure


Thanks to John Stefanick and the staff at WSYX-TV for hosting this meeting!


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Viewing Harald Fuchs Presentation From Central Europe


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Screen Shot via GoToMeeting Presentation by Harald Fuchs


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John Owen SMPTE Ohio Section Chairman and Brian Claypool SMPTE 2018 Central Governor (L-R)




November 2017 Meeting


Date: November 6, 2017

Time: 7 - 9 PM

Event/Venue: Grass Valley Group News, Sports and Production Roadshow, Great America Ballpark Champions Room, Cincinnati, Ohio


Presentation Topic: IBC Show Overview and Related IP and Social Media Broadcast Technology Presenters: Grass Valley Group - Tim Walker, Kevin Hart, Chuck Garfield, Steve Jaeb, Wayne Schrand; Telemetrics, Inc. – John Pattnosh 


The meeting was held at the Great America Ball Park Champions Room in conjunction with the Grass Valley Group News, Sports and Production Roadshow and along with Ohio SBE chapters 33 and 52, southwest Ohio and Columbus respectively. Wayne Schrand, GVG Senior Account Executive, opened the meeting by introducing the Grass Valley team and GVG partner, Telemetrics, Inc. Tim Walker and Chuck Garfield covered the latest production switcher, routing and playout solutions for traditional production and, most importantly, for multiple social media, web and internet outlets. Mr. Walker emphasized that today’s production environment requires one to look at the entire media ecosystem and the need for providing content suited for different audiences and screens.  On the camera side, Kevin Hart provided the latest camera solutions related to triax, fiber and, especially, IP environments. Mr. Hart gave a current real world example of how multiple full bandwidth 3Gb/s bi-directional IP camera feeds are being transported over 40Gb/s fiber “pipes” from various venues throughout Europe to NEP Studios in Amsterdam for integration with graphics and replay. He indicated the reason for this solution is to save production costs with very little latency or other technical penalties. Lastly, John Pattnosh with Telemetrics Inc. provided an overview of on-set robotic camera solutions with particular attention to systems that track talent using the latest facial recognition technology with little operator intervention. The meeting ended with a tour of the Great America Ball Park media control room and related ballpark venues.

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Grass Valley Team Member and Wayne Schrand


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Grass Valley Team Members


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SBE and SMPTE Audience Members




September 2017 Meeting


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Date: September 19, 2017  

Time: 7:30AM - 5:00PM

Event/Venue: The 2017 Ohio Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference, The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Previously the Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference, this full-day learning experience will have tracks for radio and television broadcast engineers, a track for IT professionals, and a NEW track for video, production and multimedia professionals in non-broadcast facilities.

Presented by:

The Ohio Association of Broadcasters, The Ohio chapters of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and The Ohio chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

The 2017 Ohio Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference is the perfect time to brush up on the latest happenings in the field, hear industry updates, catch up with old friends, and find the best suppliers and retailers in the broadcast business. This years conference will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The conference will be loaded with educational sessions for radio and television engineers, and a special track designed specifically for IT.

Attendee registration is now open. Early-bird registration prices are available until Friday, Aug. 25. $40 for OAB/SBE/SMPTE members, $55 for non-members, $20 exhibit-only.

The OAB ENGINEERING AND MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCE will also be a meeting of SBE Chapter 52 and Ohio Section SMPTE. Be sure to sign the attendance rosters which will be circulating throughout the conference and during lunch.




May 2017 Meeting Summary


The Ohio Section May 18, 2017 meeting was combined with the local SBE Chapter 52, at the new WBNS Digital Television "Newsroom of the Future" in Columbus. The guest presenter for the evening was Don Archiable, Vice President of the firm Osborn Engineering, home based in Cleveland. His presentation included a overview of the many steps involved in completion of this very advanced and complex achievement, from the very first of the virtual visual conceptions on the drawing board, to the final ribbon cutting completion, which took place over a period of nearly two years!

This WBNS Digital newsroom is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind located in any local TV station in the USA, thanks in large part to all of the parties involved being brought into the engineering circle in the planning and execution phases, etc. providing valuable feedback/input which helped assure the direction that the construction was going in met all of the needs of those who would be actually working in it on a daily basis!  The staff were also thoroughly trained on how to use all of their new tools, as well! The responsibility of this new digital newsroom is to provide daily news reports/ feeds to both the WBNS HD TV broadcasts as well as HD streaming feeds on their web page. This newsroom is also unique in that Osborne Engineering was successful in being able to trim back many of the higher costs often associated with a more advanced newsroom of this type, which could have potentially cost several million dollars more! It was through this type of synergistic type of engineering involvement sometimes on a daily basis as the various phases of construction took place, which helped assure that the finished project would meet the needs of all parties concerned, and within a reasonable budget!

A general tour of the spacious new WBNS digital newsroom facilities then took place, which included a very informative Q&A session involving the 40 members/guests in attendance!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasure


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Don Archiable SMPTE Guest Speaker at the WBNS-TV Digital Television Newsroom of the Future Meeting


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WBNS-TV Digital Television Newsroom of the Future


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Streaming Desk at WBNS-TV Digital Newsroom of the Future


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City Desk at WBNS-TV Digital Television Newsroom of the Future




April 2017 Meeting Summary


Our April 20th, 2017 meeting was combined with the local SBE Chapter 52, and took place at the Spectrum (formerly Time-Warner) Cable TV head-end operations center, in Columbus. Our guest presenter for the evening was Mike Bertolino, Director of video operations for the merged Charter Communications (former Time Warner Cable) in the Midwest, who oversees the Centralized market center headend in Columbus. This state of the art IP head-end operations center, also provides signals to customers in nine Midwestern states. Mike's presentation and discussions included a history of the original community antenna television or "CATV" programming format from its very beginnings, to the present time. Included in his discussions were sub-topics such as:

1) Early CATV systems from the late 1940s onward serviced customers who lived primarily in rural, hilly, and distant locations, from a local TV station's transmitter.

2) In addition to passing through local TV stations' signals on the subscriber's channels 2-13 TV set tuner band, many companies also passed through local UHF TV stations, FM radio stations, and where necessary the local Channel 6 TV station signals which were often difficult to receive on some TV sets.

3) They also passed through distant network affiliated TV stations signals on some occasions when their local TV network affiliated stations had elected not to clear all of their shows in some time periods, in order to supply those shows to their cable TV subscribers.

4) As some of the small and medium sized early cable TV companies expanded out and enlarged their service territories, they acquired some of the local trailer park's owned CATV systems which were supplied to their tenants, which sprung up in various rural hilly geographical areas of the country. It was commonplace for a local cable TV company just buy out the trailer park owner's original system, and then offer additional programming to their tenants, etc.

5) The first milestone was reached for the successful launching of out of town original Cable TV programming in 1972 with the premiere of HBO. In addition to offering the traditional local community access channel at most CATV companies, subscribers were now offered an extra cost premium channel in which to view recently released, commercial free, and uncut movies and variety shows, etc.

6) Five years later another milestone was achieved in the Cable TV industry with the successful launching of Warner Cable's "QUBE" service on December 1st, 1977 in Columbus, Ohio! The QUBE service was an experimental laboratory offering totally new concepts in cable TV variety programming never before seen in the Television industry! It featured a unique black box separate from the subscriber's TV set tuner, which contained three rows of buttons on it.

QUBE also introduced the concept of two way "interactive polling," "OnDemand" and "Pay per view" individual subscriber billed access for movie and variety show programming, the launching of additional dedicated feature networks such as for cartoons, news, public affairs, additional movie channels, just to name a few.

7) Most of of today's Cable companies' operations have now transition out of the former analog platforms and cutover to new modern all steaming operational platforms, as the one in Columbus has, which results in a multitude of new and expanding services for its subscribers!

Following Mike's presentation and Q&A group discussions, a guided tour of the Spectrum operation center followed this well received presentation for the 30 members/guests in attendance!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


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L-R: Mike Bertolino, Spectrum Communications, Ralph Hoffman, SBE Chapter 52 Treasure/Editor, in front of the QUBE 40th Anniversary slide




March 2017 Meeting Summary​


Our March 30th, 2017 meeting was combined with local SBE Chapter 52, and took place at the Mills James production lot in Columbus. Approximately 50 members/guests were present to see a very informative presentation delivered by Brian Claypool, Vice President of Strategic Business Development for Barco's Entertainment Division, as well as the new SMPTE Central Region Governor. Brian began his presentation with a general overview of the current and expected future, state of audio exhibition technologies within the Cinema and TV broadcast industries. He delved into related sub topics such as going over the definition of Immersive "3D" audio and the various approaches. He outlined in general terms the new terrestrial TV broadcast ATSC 3.0 audio standards, expected to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. later this year, which includes both Dolby AC-4 and MPEG-H encoding.

On the Cinema side, he discussed standards technologies offered by firms such as Barco with their Auro 11.1 surround channels approach for both cinema and home audio, and the Dolby AC-4 (ATMOS) system also available in both Cinema and home versions. He explained the general differences such as, Dolby using more "object oriented " sound placements within a cinema auditorium using up to 64 separate channels and many speakers, VS. a more general approach with the Barco Auro 11.1 surround system, using fewer channels/speakers, and at lower costs. He then discussed the new "Laser" cinema projector lamp house technologies already in place at various installations around the world, including the USA. He showed various slides which detailed the many complexities and benefits of using a Laser light source for big screen cinema projection, over past legacy approaches/technologies such as with film, via Xeon or Arc type lamp houses. He suggested that with Laser light projection, future cinema patrons may not be able to distinguish any of the subtle differences between the "film look" with legacy types of exhibitions, and the new higher quality digital Laser light types! He further suggested that it may all come down to the individual viewer's subjective analysis and impressions!

A lively Q&A session followed, his very well received presentation.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


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From L-R: Brian Claypool , guest presenter from Barco, Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasure




December 2016 Meeting Summary


The December 8th, 2016 evening meeting took place at the Mills-James production lot in Columbus, combined with the local SBE Chapter 52. Approximately 40 members and guests were in attendance to view a very interesting and informative slide presentation from Mr. John Humphrey, Vice President, Business Development at Hitachi Kokusai Electric America. His technical presentation/discussions centered around various HDR video/broadcast industry technologies (HDR) available now, and into the future.

He covered 10 HDR sub topics:
1.) Why HDR?
2) What is HDR?
3.) HDR standards for UHD and HD, 4.) History of standard dynamic range.
5.) TV screen brightness.
6.) HDR for HDTV.
7.) Transfer curves,
8.) Hitachi's implementation of HDR for HDTV.
9.) Simulation comparing SDR and HDR.
10.) Compatibility with SDR and consumer adoption of 4K HDR TVs.

A lively Q&A session followed John's very well received presentation!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


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From L-R: John Humphrey, Guest Presenter, Hitachi Kokusai, Gene Batey, Ohio Section-Secretary/Treasurer, Ralph Hoffman, SBE Chapter 52 Officer




April 2016 Meeting Summary


The April 28th, 2016 section meeting took place at the Mills-James production lot in Columbus, where approximately 50 members/guests were in attendance. The principal speaker for the evening was from the cyber security firm, Blackbourne Worldwide, in Detroit Michigan. Jon Hartmeyer, the broadcast cyber security specialist with the firm, started out by presenting a historical overview of various commercial broadcast station plant layouts and designs in the USA, over the multiple decades since World War II. This included the traditional AM/FM/TV/cable/over the air station plants, etc. including their master control rooms. He pointed out that gradually over the years many of those traditional analog plants have migrated to a more centralized digital steaming infrastructure, thus replacing many of their former circuit switched equipment and controls along the way. This has opened up the modern media/broadcast plants of today to possible threats by those who would want to hack attack them for various reasons including, industrial sabotage and terrorism, to name just a few. Just as other communication industries are relying more than ever today on anti hacking/cyber security systems after converting to more digital streaming for their basic plant infrastructures, he emphasized that each broadcast plant needs to take the same measures now! Throughout his presentation he emphasized that early prevention is the best weapon to combat against any such threats by contracting with a good cyber security firm, which will result in a greater "peace of mind" when operating in today, and tomorrow's broadcast plant environments! A lively Q & A session followed!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


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From L-R: Natalie Blackbourne, President, Maximus Blackbourne, Chief Executive Officer, Jon Hartmeyer, Broadcast Cyber Security Specialist, Blackbourne Worldwide




March 2016 Meeting Summary


Our March 24th, 2016 evening meeting was combined with SBE Chapter 52 and held at the Mills James Production lot in Columbus, with approximately 50 members/guests in attendance. The guest speaker for the evening was, Scott Ramsayer, (CTS, CCDA) who is with Shure Incorporated, Niles Illinois, in their Market development & Industry relations professional systems group. Scott's topics, slide presentations and discussions, centered around the new U.S. Congressional /FCC mandated spectrum reallocation changes expected to take place within the TV and wireless microphone broadcast spectrum, and their impact on the wireless microphone industry as a whole.
His subtopics included strategic issues such as: why the changes are occurring in the first place, as well as defining various key terms such as incentive, reverse, and forward auctions, and their possible influences on the future home for wireless microphones.
He outlined potential customer confusion that could exist after all of the FCC changes have been implemented completely across the USA, in accessing  open frequencies at any given point in time and locale! He also mentioned a handy online tool that their customers have available to them now and into the future, in searching for open/available wireless frequencies including white spaces, within any given area, by being able to just go to an online web site or cell phone/tablet APP to display a list of local open frequencies, thus avoiding interference to other area broadcast spectrum users. He added that some of their models of wireless microphones will have component features with additional built in technologies to prevent the possibility of local interference, and assure a reliable and continuous signal exchange with their home bases. A lively Q &A session followed Scott's very well received presentation.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


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Scott Ramsayer from Shure Inc.


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Scott Ramsayer Q&A session




January 2016 Meeting Summary 


The January 28th, 2016 section meeting was held at the Lyon Video plant in Columbus, where approximately 50 members/guests were in attendance for the evening's very interesting and timely presentations. Theses topics included: The latest, innovated solutions to traditional television broadcast production and distribution methods using a more internet protocol (IP) type approach in creating and modernizing traditional broadcast plants such as at TV stations and remote van facilities, to name just a few. Mike Pomerleau a Senior Solutions Architect and Manager from Grass Valley, in Montreal Canada, was the main presenter for the evening. His talk summarized revolutionary IP solutions such as utilizing some of the latest SMPTE standards in this new and exciting field, which revolutionizes traditional wiring approaches to a broadcast or field remote van, in addition to several others, for instance. He also pointed out that by using a "software defined" type approach to tradition plant wiring, the number of hard wired cables in an E to E circuit path solution, could be drastically reduced or even eliminated at many broadcast and remote plants! A lively Q&A session followed his well received expose into a future world of more reliance on software rather than traditional hardware approaches to present and future video plant designs! An audience member mentioned a strategic term in describing such a new approach as an example of, converting to more of a "Fly by wire" or "Drive by wire" solution similar to what a modern Jet airplane or newer automobiles use in driving their engine plants, etc.

A tour of one of the latest Lyon Video remote vans used to cover many national and regional sporting events, followed the presentation.


Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer



From L-R: Guest presenter Mike Pomerleau, Grass Valley, Wayne Schrand, a Grass Valley Regional Account Manager




November 2015 Meeting Summary



Our November 19th, 2015 meeting was combined with the Local SBE Chapter 52, and held at the Sinclair Broadcasting-WSYX-TV lot, in Columbus. Approximately 45 members & guests were in attendance during the evening, as the meeting opened with a discussion of the rich history of ENG cameras over the years, and some of the first big live national and local news stories made possible utilizing the newer camera system designs such as, the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire in Southgate, Kentucky, on May 28th, 1977.  Our Section Chair, John Owen, who worked at Taft Broadcasting Company at that time, pointed out to the group that Cincinnati TV station WKRC-TV used one of the first ENG camera systems to cover that fire which was called, "EDGE Mobile News" which help put their TV station on the scene first with live, continuous coverage as all of the tragic events unfolded! Other significance stories over the years discussed included: 911, the March 2003 invasion of Baghdad Iraq, where a US Army Combat photographer used the first Sony full HD Camcorder, to record the opening battles.

Al Kornak from JVC-Kenwood, then took the stage and began his presentation on some of his firm's new ENG streaming camera product line designs which included features such as, a direct/indirect field line of sight steaming signal system called, "The MESH Video Network" which bounces multiple bi-directional signal paths, each line of sight, directly to a local Cell Tower or if necessary, relayed via satellite, back to a TV station. This innovative method is far superior to the conventional one or two hop field STL system, in use today. He also noted that by using an iPAD located at a TV station, the video from the ENG cameras in the field could actually be extracted and sent back to the TV station's production control room directly, for immediate on air promos or to their editing suite, to begin a preview cut of the story! He also mentioned that even though JVC-Kenwood has a hand held 4K ENG camera product line out, future models will feature a shoulder mounted design, resulting in better camera balancing for the operator, and assuring a steady picture, especially in mobile field applications.

A lively Q&A session followed, his well received presentation!

A very sincere "Thank You" to Mark Seekins and Ron Taylor at the WSYX-TV Engineering Department, for providing the outstanding studio/stage meeting facilities!


Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


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Al Kornak demonstrating the capability of using an iPad to remotely control their JVC-Kenwood field ENG cameras.


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JVC PRO HD ENG camera configuration alongside an innovative iPAD based mobile control system, and Streaming camera transmitter.




September 2015 Meeting Summary


Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference

Greater Columbus Convention Center

The SMPTE meeting was informal with just a sign in register for lunchtime




June 2015 Meeting Summary


Our June 18th section meeting took place at the WBNS Digital Television Plant in Columbus, with 45 members and guests in attendance. Our guest presenter for the evening was Kenneth Hunold, Staff Engineer, Audio Production, from the Dolby Laboratories Inc. East coast offices, New York City. Ken started out his topics by going over the many Dolby Labs technologies and innovations developed over the past 50 years, which helped reshape the audio engineering landscape in various forms in key media industries such as, music recording, motion picture studio sound, cinema sound presentation formats, radio and television audio broadcasts, to name a few. He also showed the group various video/audio clips of key engineers/inventors within the Dolby organization who were explaining some of their products and designs over the years such as, an interview with their founder, the late Ray Dolby, and other creative staff engineers within their organization! He went on to present several video/audio clips detailing their new multi-channel surround audio format called, Dolby ATMOS, and in the field of video, a new wider pipeline, color gamut, and luminous channel technology format called, Dolby Vision. These two technologies are starting to appear in new dedicated cinema houses around the world, as well as the possibility of being included in the next generation broadcast standard in the USA referred to as, ATSC 3.0. Ken also discussed some of the new mobile devices now and in the future, which will employ Dolby ATMOS technologies in a more personable form. The meeting host, WBNS-DT is also significant for Dolby Labs because of the fact that Dolby Digital 5.1 audio broadcasting was pioneered by the station as part of their historic September 5th, 1998, remote HD telecast of an Ohio State University Buckeyes football, away game.

A lively Q & A session followed, Ken's well received presentation!

Gene Batey, Secretary/Treasurer




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May 2015 Meeting Summary


The May 28th section meeting was combined with the local SBE Chapter 52, and took place at the WBNS Digital Television Plant in Columbus, with approximately 40 members/guests in attendance. The guest presenter for the evening was Timothy B. Anderson, CPBE Manager, Radio Market and Product Development, at GatesAir. His topic was the history of High Fidelity radio  broadcasting, in the USA. Tim began his presentation at the starting point in 1932 with the application for the first experimental APEX AM Hi-Fi radio station license by CBS radio, in New York City. For the first time then the Experimental High Fidelity radio stations could transmit wider bandwidth signals from high points/towers which sounded more "life like, just like sitting in the concert hall" to specially equipped radios, some of which were even homemade, before regular commercial production took place. After an experimental period of around ten years, the FCC orders them to move over to the (then) new FM band, eventually becoming regular commercial Hi-Fi stations, and re-assigned to new frequencies, simulcasting alongside of their standard AM stations. He then traces some of the later Hi-Fi radio innovations to the TV industry such as, eventually using FM for the audio portion of the Television broadcasting channel. Tim then lists several of the AM/FM stereo radio broadcasting techniques developed and tested, which led to the standardized FM stereo multiplex system. He goes on to point out that with the eventual launching of a hybrid Digital radio broadcasting system or HD, it was then possible to transmit additional programming streams of data such as for still graphics, and other types of visual signals, and even several additional/separate audio program streams, all within the same frequency! One of his predictions for HD Hi-Fi radio broadcasting services included the possibility of some all digital AM stations, which will not be backwards compatible with those on the air today, in order to more fully utilize the AM band.

A lively Q&A session followed.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


From L-R: John Owen, SMPTE Ohio Section-Chairperson, Timothy Anderson, GatesAir


Timothy Anderson, GatesAir, presenting to the members/guests


Meeting host site at the WBNS Digital Television Plant, Columbus




April 2015 Meeting Summary


Our April 30th section meeting was combined with the local Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 52, and took place at the Mills-James production lot in Columbus. 40 members and guests were in attendance to see and hear several very interesting, informative and comprehensive presentations, covering the highlights of the recent NAB Conference/Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The guest presenters for the evening were from the technical Architecture and Engineering consulting firm of Osborn Engineering, in Cleveland, which included, Don Archiable-Vice President and Director of Technology, Tyler Slentz-Technology Designer, and Mark Fehlig-Senior Engineer RF Spectrum. Each of their presentations covered a multitude of topics such as, 8K, 4K, UHD 2, new compact camera designs and lenses, as well as smaller mounting and trucking devices for them, and new and improved large panel screens and projection displays, just to name a few. They also discussed some of the expected features to be included in the proposed ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard of the future in the USA such as, the proposed superior COFDM terrestrial Television transmission standard features and the fact that it's not "backwards compatible" with the current 8 VSB standard, and the proposed FCC spectrum auction time tables which could lead to some future TV station repacks involving possible channel/tower sharing arrangements, etc.  A very lively Q &A session followed.

The generous refreshments for the meeting were also furnished by Osborn Engineering!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


From  L-R: Tyler Slentz, Don Archiable and Mark Fehlig all from Osbourne Engineering were presenters at the combined Ohio Section/SBE Chapter 52 April 2015 meeting




November 2014 Meeting Summary


The November 18th, 2014 section meeting took place at the Lyon Video lot in Columbus, with approx. 25 members/guests in attendance. This special all day seminar-meeting was co-sponsored by Tektronix, and AVI. Karl Kuhn, Senior Video Systems application Engineer at Tektronix, was the lecturer/presenter for the day, covering a multitude of very timely broadcast industry topics including: video transmission chain review, time code-LTC, VITC, ANC, TC, and NTP, test equipment justification process, gamut/camera shading, closed captioning, ANC data troubleshooting, 4K Ultra HD and 8K realities, the calm act, and adaptive but rate. He also went into more detail in topic areas such as, understanding the fundamentals of a stable quality focused facility that stays away from the digital cliff, future technology trends, and implementation concerns from acquisition, to end user. The seminar also included periodic and lively Q&A sessions, along with the attendees. Complementary breakfast and lunch/snacks were served during the day, and early evening sessions.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer




October 2014 Meeting Summary


Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference

Greater Columbus Convention Center

The SMPTE meeting was informal with just a sign in register for lunchtime




June 2014 Meeting Summary


The June 26th, 2014 section meeting was combined with the local SBE Chapter 52, and held at the Bennet Systems Inc. remote truck assembly factory in Sunbury, Ohio. Twelve members and guests were treated to a rare opportunity to view a pre launch of the new Lyon Video MU-14 remote truck of the future. A special pre-tour power point presentation was given first by the Evertz Microsystems Ltd. Regional Sales Manager, Kyle Miobertolo, who went over the new futuristic Magnum Unified Control System, which is installed in the remote truck. The Evertz Magnum 4K/8K over IP routing system, bridges all of the major components within the broadcast path under a single point of control, enabling broadcasters to simplify facility workflow and gain efficiency, while reducing operational costs. This is accomplished through unifying the control and operation of the routing core, master control,  production, switching, advanced transport and multi-viewer, which make up the core elements of the production truck. From there the group moved to the final assembly area, where the finishing touches were being made. A lively Q&A exchange took place between the various members/guests and Barry Bennett, the CEO/owner of Bennett Systems, the prime contractor for the project, who was guiding the tour. The Lyon Video remote truck is expected to be launched later this Summer, and go online this coming fall, in time for various sports coverage broadcasts.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


Barry Bennett-Bennett Systems Inc. guiding the tour!


SMPTE and SBE members on the tour


The Evertz Magnum 4K/8K over IP router "brain"


From L-R: Ed Shrider - A SMPTE Ohio Section Manager, Kyle Miobertolo, Evertz Regional Sales Manager


Barry Bennett concluding the tour of the new van




May 2014 Meeting Summary


Our May 15th, 2014 section meeting was combined with the SBE Chapter 52, and held at the Mills James Productions lot in Columbus. 25 members and guests were in attendance for two very well received topics such as, the 130 year history of the firm Osborn Engineering, and the top ten displays/topics featured at this year's NAB conference/show. The guest presenters for the evening were Don Archiable, a Technology designer from the Cleveland office of Osborn Engineering, and Assisting in the presentation was Tyler Slentz, also a technology designer with the firm. Don started out with a historical outline of the many stadiums the firm has designed over the decades such as, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and even The Ohio State University "horse shoe" stadium! He mentioned that today's modern stadium designs must include not only complete high end video/scoreboard type displays, but also the latest designs of both fixed and moveable video cameras, and audio pick ups, and a requirement for a comprehensive wireless infrastructure to be in place to handle all of the current, as well the expected future, wireless communications needs! Tyler then gave an overview of the top ten most innovated displays at the recent NAB such as, a 4K/8K UHD-HD image comparison demonstration. He also showed a graphic of the expected broadcast Video/AUDIO/IT facilities of the future, where conventional scattered/segregated TV/radio/newspapers/studio and news operations, will all be part of just one large "one roof" type IT platform, thus reducing redundancy of operations, as well as costs.

A lively Q&A session, followed their presentation!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


From L-R: Don Archiable and Tyler Slentz, Osborn Engineering and Ohio SMPTE Chairman, John Owen




February 2014 Meeting Summary


Our February 26th, 2014 section meeting took place at the WBNS Digital Television Plant, in Columbus, where 40 members/guests attended an outstanding and informative presentation by Ken Hunold, from The Dolby Labs-east coast office, New York City. Ken opened his presentation outlining and discussing the history of Television broadcasting service in the United States, and specifically the various audio formats which have been used. He began with TV broadcasting's official launch at the 1939 New York World's Fair, and went through various audio enhancements introduced over the years, leading to what we are accustomed to today. He also included his predictions, for TV audio broadcasts of tomorrow. He pointed out that early TV audio broadcasting actually used an AM type RF signal in the chain, which had to be routed through a separate radio set, via a phono plug type patch cable, from the TV set. This was later changed to a FM type signal format, which was then included within the TV set cabinet itself. He traced some of the various types of TV audio broadcasting enhancements which were introduced over the decades such as, two channel matrix MTS, Dolby ProLogic Surround, which included a bass reflex channel. He added that a major improvement to TV audio performance occurred with the FCC mandated change over to the ATSC 1.0 digital TV broadcasting standard, which included the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio format. That innovation resulted in viewers then having a multi channel audio experience at home, more closely replicating the typical one heard in a movie theatre. A few minutes of a Sept. 1998 Ohio State Football game telecast produced by WBNS-Digital HD Television was played back, which launched the first Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio broadcast. He also played back a special presentation going through the history and basics of a movie theatre sound system, as well as a new process introduced last year called, Dolby Atmos, which can provide up to 64 independent speaker channels from a 128 track mixed movie master. Some of those speakers are even placed in the ceiling over the audience, thus creating a more "immersion experience." This allows an audience the ability to actually isolate specific "audio objects" around the auditorium! He predicted that TV audio formats of the future will also include more surround channels/speakers in the consumer's home theatre setting such as, 9.1, 11.1, in an effort to match the expected viewing enhancements created by future TV video standards such as, 4K, higher frame rates, greater color gamuts, curved TV screens, to name a few.

A very lively Q & A session followed.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


Ken Hunold, Staff broadcast applications Engineer at Dolby Labs, addressing the Ohio Section meeting attendees


From L-R: Pat Ingram-Chief Engineer WBNS Television, John Owen-SMPTE Ohio Section ChairPerson, Ken Hunold-Dolby Labs-guest presenter, Gene Batey-Ohio Section Sec./Treas


From L-R: John Owen-Ohio Section Chairperson, recruiting past SMPTE member Steve Carr, to re-join!




January 2014 Meeting Summary


Our January 30th, 2014 evening section meeting took place at the Mills-James Creative media video production lot, in Columbus, with twenty-five members and guests in attendance. It was a combined meeting along with the central Ohio SBE chapter 52. Mr. Victor Brewer, from the firm of Aerial Image Solutions, in Galena Ohio, made a very interesting and well received presentation discussing his company’s new and innovative approach to aero photography, utilizing a smaller than usual version of an air Drone called, the UAV. What sets it apart from other versions of aero imaging craft being used today, are the unique designs of its propeller motors, featuring smaller blades, as well as the power plant battery, and camera mount stabilizer. It has the capability of up to 25 minutes in the air, and is very safe for both the general public, as well as for the operator of the craft! After Mr. Brewer’s initial  presentation, the meeting was moved to Studio “B” of the facility, for an exciting live demonstration of the craft! The Drone’s versatility was pointed out as offering a device which can deliver a wide range of field environmental settings for any type of aero photography service needs including, an indoor studio/stage environment, or for an outdoor field use, as well.  The camera stabilizer mounts will support multiple types of camera designs including, video and still, HD, even futuristic technologies such as 4K!

A very lively Q & A session, then followed.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer


 Aerial Image Solution's new umanned aerial vehicle photo drone craft



Victor Brewer from Aerial Image Solutions holding the remote control unit for the unmanned aerial vehicle photo drone


Victor Brewer demonstrating the unmanned aerial vehicle photo drone in a studio environment




November 2013 Meeting Summary


Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference

Greater Columbus Convention Center

The SMPTE meeting was informal with just a sign in register for lunchtime.




October 2013 Meeting Summary


Our October 15th, 2013 meeting/seminar was held along with the  local SBE chapter 52, at the Lyon Video lot, in Columbus. Karl Kuhn, Senior Video Applications Engineer, Tektronix, Inc. delivered a comprehensive all day/early evening series of seminar presentations, covering all phases of video/audio chain testing and analysis. He started the morning session off with a nostalgic type 16 M.M. film produced in 1949 by RCA, which gave prospective broadcast video customers in those days, a preview of what was to become the new United States national broadcasting system. Next, he covered the basics of video/audio signal testing and how it has evolved from basic instruments such as the first generation of oscilloscopes, to digital display and analytical applications of today, and what will be needed tomorrow! He went over in detail, elements of testing such as video transmission chain review, time code, closed captioning, gamut and camera shading, to name just a few. He also outlined  some of the expected industry testing needs of the future such as for 4K/8K video, and file based video/audio archival storage systems.

The generous refreshments for lunch and evening breaks, were furnished by Tektronix and Lyon Video, with approximately 40 members/guests in attendance.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer

Karl J. Kuhn, from Tektronix, Inc.


Some of the Ohio Section members/guests during the all day Tektronix seminar




September 2013 Meeting Summary


Our September 26th, 2013 section meeting took place at the WBNS Digital Television plant in Columbus, with 30 members/guests in attendance. Tim Anderson, Harris Broadcast Manager-of strategic Radio market and product development, from Mason Ohio, delivered a comprehensive presentation on the topic: “Terrestrial HD Radio-Past, Present, and next generation!” Tim started out by going over the earliest days of digital signaling communications in the USA, starting with the basic wired telegraph, and moving on to wireless telegraphy, and voice signaling. From that period on he then spanned a 120 year period of significant achievements in radio transmitters and designs, leading to the present day’s HD radio technology. This now includes features such as “iTunes tagging” where after a song is heard on a HD radio station, a listener can “tag” it for future purchase. Another feature he went over was “Artist Experience” which enables a HD radio broadcaster to transmit the Album cover artwork that the song, which is currently playing, was taken from, as well as sponsor and other types of promotions, all displayed on the screen of the HD radio.  He also mentioned that beginning with the 2014 automobile year, all vehicles sold in the USA, will have HD radios installed as standard equipment, with all of these latest features! Finally, he outlined plans for future, next generation HD Radio broadcasts, and what those will mean for the overall survival of the terrestrial Radio broadcasting industry.

A lively question and answer session followed his very interesting, and well received presentation.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer




May 2013 Meeting Summary


The May 16th section meeting was held at the WOSU-AM/FM/TV Public Broadcasting stations lot, located on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, with 25 members & guests in attendance. The guest presenter for the evening was Kevin Bauman, President of the broadcast tower consulting firm of Paul J. Ford and Company-Structural Engineers. Mr Bauman gave an updated presentation covering the current and past structural standards for broadcast steel Antenna Towers and supporting structures, which included an outline of the five most recent years when standards/practices have been modified. A year by year comparison was outlined reflecting the various upgrades to some of the established standards, which may have changed. In some cases, the standards have shifted due to more modern data accumulation, and the resulting data hardware/software analysis, etc. One of the main standards which changed were the two which related to a tower’s ability to withstand the effects of wind and ice, especially in areas of the United states where the effects are felt the most. A slide of a computer generated wind and Ice map was presented which shows those particular areas, and how they  influenced the modification of the new standards.

Mr. Bauman’s well received presentation was followed by a lively, Q & A session.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer




April 2013 Meeting Summary

The Ohio Section meeting was combined with Society of Broadcast Engineers-Central Ohio Chapter 52, and took place at the WSYX-DT/Sinclair Broadcast Television Studio lot in Columbus, on April 25th, 2013. 40 members and guests were in attendance. The guest presenter for the evening was Jay Adrick, formerly with Harris Broadcast and after January 1st of this year, a consultant for the firm. Mr. s power point presentation outlined various cutting edge broadcast technologies currently being proposed to the FCC and Congress, which included next generation DTV broadcasting models for: Mobile DTV, Mobile EAS, and controversial issues such as the FCC proposed DTV Spectrum repacking/auction plan. Mr. Adrick also presented an overview of some of the new hardware/software technologies featured at the recent 2013 NAB conference/show in Las Vegas such as: 4K video, higher frame rates, 3D, emergency alerting. It was also that location where Jay accepted the prestigious 2013 NAB Engineering Achievement Award! A very lively Q & A session followed, his very well received presentation.

A bevy of delicious refreshments were made available, throughout the meeting.

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer




March 2013 Meeting Summary


The March 21st section meeting was held at the Mills-James productions lot in Columbus, with 27 members/guests in attendance, and combined with the Society of Broadcast Engineers, local chapter 52. The guest speaker for the evening was Scott Lanum, the M. J. Operations Chief, who gave the group a very interesting presentation on the current and future state of local, regional, and national, TV/video commercial production. Mills James is one of the top notch producers of TV/video ads in the industry, utilizing a variety of high end production techniques ranging from high end hardware/software logistics, to their highly experienced and talented in house personnel. Scott mentioned that they are now distributing video ads through an ever emerging number of venues ranging from, Broadcast/cable/sat. to online streaming. His presentation was centered around and from a technological point of view, as to where the TV/video advertising state is at the present time, and where he forecasts it to evolve, in future years. He suggested that greater effectiveness for many TV/video ads of today and tomorrow, could be achieved from adding some of the high end production techniques available such as full HD video, and 5.1 audio, resulting in more effectively grabbing a viewer’s attention, leading to more robust sales for the sponsors. A very active and interesting Q & A interaction session followed, with those in attendance.

A variety of Pizzas, a garden salad, dessert, and beverages, were also offered during this very interesting and well received evening meeting!

Gene Batey, Ohio Section Secretary/Treasurer