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SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library From September 2011 Onwards

 

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SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 10-11

 
Topic: NAB Wrap-up

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Paul Stechly & Paul Roeser
Sponsor: APPLIED ELECTRONICS LIMITED

This month's meeting is the very popular NAB Wrap-up.

We are pleased to welcome a panel of industry leaders & experts selected for their diverse knowledge & interests within our industry. The panel will provide a summary of their experiences and points of view about NAB2011. They will also participate in an interactive discussion on the hottest topics and challenges facing our industry today.

Join your Host and Moderator for the evening, Canadian SMPTE Governor Paul Stechly, as he leads the panel and audience through an enlightening open forum discussion.

If you did not attend NAB this year, this is your opportunity to catch up on the latest technology trends. If you did attend NAB, come out and discover what you missed or share your NAB experiences with your fellow Toronto SMPTE members.

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Topic: Canada’s ATSC Changeover
Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Eaton Theatre, Ryerson University
80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Reid Robertson and Paul Briscoe
Sponsor: NOVANET COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

On August 31st, 2011, Canadian broadcasters will cease analog Television transmission in major markets. This transition to digital transmission has been mandated by the Federal government. Tonight, we will look at the challenges faced by broadcasters to comply with the regulations.

Jerry Whitaker, Vice President for Standards Development, ATSC, Washington, D.C. An Update on Current ATSC Activities and Future Directions. This presentation will provide an overview of current projects within the ATSC, focusing on areas specifically intended to expand the features and services available to consumers. Efforts to chart the future of digital television will also be outlined.

Erika Kramer, VP Distribution Services for TVO. Erika will share TVO’s digital-overthe- air transition plans, and provide some insights to the challenges and opportunities associated with making the transition.

Martin Marcotte, Director, CBC Transmission. Martin will provide an overview of the CBC’s approach to the DTV Regulatory Framework. He will discuss the CBC-SRC DTV transmitter plan and DTV roll out schedule; DTV Spectrum Allocations; Mobile DTV; and also DTV Satellite Distribution.

Jay Adrick, VP Broadcast Technology at Harris Corporation. Jay will update us on mobile DTV in the US, including the rollout of 3 different networks plus multiple business models. He will also provide a short discussion on the overall digital rollout in the US, citing some of the lessons learned, and how they might apply to the Canadian DTV rollout.

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Topic: Advancements in News Gathering
Date: Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Eaton Theatre, Ryerson University
80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Leigh Whitcomb and Paul Briscoe
Sponsor: Dejero Labs, Inc.

There is a revolution underway in Electronic News Gathering. Advancements in Mobile, Wireless and IP technologies are being applied to ENG applications to enable acquisition of fast-breaking content more quickly, with better quality and at a lower cost than ever.

Bogdan Frusina (Dejero Labs): Reliable, Low Latency, High Quality ENG Broadcast over Mobile The increasing prevalence of low cost mobile devices capable of recording and transmitting video has resulted in their increasing usage to provide supplemental live broadcast video footage – despite the challenges of public network bandwidth and its susceptibility to transmission errors. Using improved video encoding, error correction and by aggregating bandwidth over multiple networks, you can deliver contribution quality, reliable, low-latency live video over mobile networks. With the planned global deployment of 4G/LTE over the next 18 months, HD over mobile broadband will become a reality. In addition to exploring this promising technology, a demo will be presented.

Howard Tulloch (Novanet Communications): Wireless Ethernet for ENG This presentation offers an overview of Wireless IP communications systems that are revolutionizing ENG. Real-time video and file-based workflows are changing the economics of newsgathering. New routing technologies and the creation of hybrid wireless connections are accelerating the migration from traditional to IP-based newsgathering and creating compelling new HD program opportunities.

Richard Grunberg (Ryerson University): Development Of A Global Campus Network The “Global Campus Network” promises to offer the Broadcast, Research and Educational communities the first truly collaborative international student perspective of worldwide events, using a new RTA „broadcast‟ adaptation of technology developed by Montreal based Haivision. Along standard high-speed intercontinental internet connections, this technology transmitted full 1080 HD both ways, with audio, IFB and Intercom, imperceptible delay with no perceived image or sound breakup. Tests surpassed all expectations, proving this is truly a viable alternative to satellite, and one substantially more cost effective for educational, research, and many broadcast venues.

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Topic: Open-Source Software In Broadcasting
Date: Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Eaton Theatre, Ryerson University
80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Paul Briscoe, Leigh Whitcomb
Sponsor: Harris

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Open-Source software is everywhere today, and the urge to use it in commercial applications is hard to resist, but do you dare exposing your bread-and-butter operations to it? This evening’s topic focuses on this arena to shed some light on the ins and outs of using Open Source in the broadcast environment. We have three presentations covering the topic, and will wrap up with a panel discussion among the presenters including audience Q&A.

Sean Kennedy (Quality Integrators Corporation): Intellectual Property and Open Source. What does GPL mean? For vendors? For consumers? What licensing is great, what is not so great. How are patents changing the landscape? Sean will explore this potential minefield for implementers and offer insight into the issues around use of Open Source.

Brad Fortner, Tyler Pham and David Tom (Ryerson University): The Power And Economy Of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Broadcast IP Intercom Systems Over the past three years Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre has replaced its enterprise wide TV Studio Intercom System with a system that is IP based. One of the goals of the conversion was to ensure the Intercom system could be accessed from anywhere globally using any IP network. In this presentation the staff from Ryerson University will present how they made use of Asterisk, a free open-source software implementation of a telephone private branch exchange (PBX), in conjunction with the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) capabilities of their new Intercom system.

Ira Abbott, Clarence Ip, Marcin Komorowski (Harris): Open-Source in Broacast The use of Open-Source vs. commercial software is a decision that is more and more being faced by product, system and workflow designers. How to make this choice is not always clear. In this presentation these Harris product developers will explore the impacts of this choice in the different phases of a development project and offer insight into how to quantify the risks and benefits associated with both options.

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Topic: Studio Reference Displays - Technology, Standards, and Missing Standards
Presenter: Charles Poynton
Date: Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Deluxe Post Production
424 Adelaide Street East, Toronto
Arranged By: Reid Robertson, Peter Armstrong
Sponsor: SONY of Canada

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For the last decade or more, creators of HD content have relied upon BVM-class CRT displays to make critical creative tone and colour judgements of their material. However, broadcastgrade CRT displays are no longer commercially available. It is questionable whether displays currently being advertised as "Grade 1" actually meet the needs of high-end content creators, and it is not yet clear exactly what specifications are required of emergent studio displays. In this talk, Charles Poynton will discuss issues concerning faithful display of content in the post-CRT world. He will outline the behaviour of BVM-class CRT displays, and introduce the "GOGO" model, which incorporates gamma of about 2.4 (not 2.2, as commonly assumed, and documented in white papers by companies such as Sony and Panasonic). His presentation will describe how LCD and plasma displays can be made to correspond to the BVM characteristics and will discuss how gain and offset adjustments (commonly called CONTRAST and BRIGHTNESS) are introduced, why those names conflict with the common usage of the words (which refer to perceptual phenomena), and how the CONTRAST and BRIGHTNESS controls effectively perform the reverse of their names. The very recent ITU-R agreement on elements of a standard EOCF for HD, augmenting BT.709 will be covered as well as the bestfit power function to the BT.709 camera "gamma".

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Advances in Video over IP

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Date: Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Location: Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University
Arranged By: Richard Baker, Brad Fortner, Andrew Rode

Sponsor: Incospec Communications

Arranged by Richard Baker of Incospec Communications, Brad Fortner and Andrew Rode of the SMPTE Toronto Board of Managers, the October 2010 Toronto SMPTE meeting drew 75 members on the topic of Advances in Video over IP.  Following an update on Industry News by Section Manager Paul Briscoe, Chris Lennon who is the Director of Integration and Standards at Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Division and a SMPTE Engineering Director provided an update on the 3D standardization efforts in SMPTE and elsewhere as well some of the latest news about trends including who is doing what in the industry relating to 3D.

Ike Kalson of ECI Telecom started the evening’s papers focusing on Advances in Video over IP with a paper titled Evolving to Packet-based Transport of Video Application. Kalson explained how video transport over wide area networks is a mission critical application for content providers and broadcasters. He covered market trends and technology advances that are changing how video is being carried. His presentation also focused on how many are turning to Ethernet and IP to both scale their networks in a flexible way while and reduce the cost-per-bit when transporting video.

Kevin Karch who is the CTO of Vack Inc. followed with a paper entitled IP/Ethernet, MPEG-2 Transport Streams, and JPEG 2000. His paper highlighted how these ingredients made for flexible and scalable contribution video transport. His paper discussed the standards that allowed for the highest quality video transport over IP and how JPEG 2000 and MPEG-2 transport streams bridge the transition of contribution video transport from fixed-rate datacom and fiber infrastructure to emerging IP/Ethernet infrastructure.

Dave Werdin President of Superior Access Solutions concluded with a paper titled Real-time video transport over the Internet using Deep Packet Recovery followed by a technology demonstration. The technology was based on intelligent buffer management with bi-directional signaling and network performance monitoring. Werdin explained how Deep Packet Recovery (DPR) delivery is different than a file based transport such as Flash, Windows Media or Akamai streaming. DPR is standards compliant transport system that moves real time, full motion/frame rate, high resolution video using hardware encoders and decoders instead of decoding video and audio inside a browser or an embedded software decoder running and displayed on a PC.

The Toronto Section would like to thank Incospec Communications for sponsoring the pre meeting “pizza and pop”, as well as Many Ayromlou, Jeremy Littler, Laura Taylor, Barry Weatherhead, Kevin Cordick, Christian Dio and Preston Patey for their assistance with the meeting.

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Live 3D For The Rest Of Us

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Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Room RCC-204, Eaton Lecture Theatre
Ryerson University – 80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Brad Fortner, Paul Briscoe

Sponsor: Ross Video Systems

The new season of SMPTE Toronto’s Section Meetings kicked off on Tuesday, September 14th, in the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University. Arranged by Brad Fortner and Paul Briscoe the meeting centered on a presentation by Ross Video Systems titled Live 3D Production for the Rest of Us. Scott Bowditch of Ross Video focused the discussion to about 50 members on 3D implementation in the television medium. He provided insight into 3D television production and some of the considerations when working with the medium. Amongst the subjects addressed in his presentation included the overall live 3D production chain, its system pieces and processing & workflow. He focused on considerations on live 3D television equipment and signal flow as well as Technical Director challenges & solutions. A key part of his presentation was on 3D graphics integration and how to deal with them.

The evening was complemented by a ten minute Industry Update by Paul Briscoe of Harris Corporation and a short update on SMPTE's New Governance Rules by Paul Roeser, Applied Electronics. The evening was kicked off by a pre-meeting Pizza dinner that was sponsored by Ross Video.

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SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 09-10

HD-DSLR Cameras

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Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Rogers Communications Centre
Room RCC-204, Eaton Lecture Theatre
Ryerson University – 80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Reid Robertson, Panasonic Canada Inc.
Stosh Durbacz, Fujinon Inc.

Sponsor: Canon Canada Inc.

The new breed of professional HD-DSLR cameras are being used for high-end digital video
acquisition, in applications that are pushing the boundaries between stills & video photography.
There are known limitations inherent in these new tools, but understanding these limits allows those
adventurous enough to make art with them. To educate us on the strengths & weaknesses of this
new generation of cameras, we will have presentations from the following speakers:

Neil Stephenson - Professional Market Executive for Canon Canada. He will present an overview of HD D-SLR technology, highlight the advantages and differences over traditional video cameras, show and discuss lens options, as well as show a selection of what has been produced using HDDSLR's.

Greg Dubeau - Videographer, photographer, traveller, presenter, sales and retail technical support for Canon Canada. He will go over some of the third party accessories available to accommodate "video" shooting on the HD-DSLR camera platform for a wide variety of configurations

Nigel Akim, a Toronto based DoP with over 15 years of experience in Broadcast, Commercial, and Corporate Television. He shot a feature with a 5D camera in the Caribbean last year, and will be discussing his HD-DSLR experiences, also sharing some of his footage.

Brian Young, Acquisition Systems Marketing Manager, Sony Content Creation Division. He will be speaking about Sony’s new consumer ultra compact interchangeable lens DSLR camera system, which features full HD 1920x1080 capability.

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Tuesday April 20, 2010 - NAB 2010 Wrapup

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 - Canada's Winter Olympics Technology

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Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Rogers Communications Centre,
Room RCC-204 Eaton Lecture Theatre
Ryerson University – 80 Gould Street, Toronto
Arranged By: Reid Robertson, Panasonic Canada Inc.
Andrew Thomas, Rogers Sportsnet

Sponsor: Panasonic Canada Inc.

Andrew Thomas, Director of Technical Operations for Rogers Sportsnet, served as Technical
Producer for the Sportsnet and TSN Olympic control rooms at the International Broadcast
Center located in downtown Vancouver. Andrew will discuss how CTV and Rogers came
together to produce the Canadian domestic feed of the recent Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic
games. The presentation will touch on how the host broadcast feeds from the various venues
were integrated with the consortium announcers and unilateral cameras, along with the studio
elements at the IBC, to produce an entirely HD and surround sound production. Other IBC
activities such as logging, editing, and ENG camera workflow will also be covered.

Terence Lett is currently a freelance Technical Broadcast Service operator, having worked in
the CTV Master Control Room for many years. Terry will discuss how the OBSV Multicast
Service (Olympic Broadcast Services, Vancouver) supplied HD video & audio feeds to the
Olympic broadcast rights holders around the globe. This was accomplished via a network of
fibre and satellite delivery, based through Globecast Australia. The 8 multiplexed ASI streams
were sent by fibre to Sydney, then distributed around the world. He will also talk about the
Disaster Recovery scenario, put in place in the event of a critical failure at any crucial point in
the network delivery plan, & how it was not required.

Reid Robertson, Supervisor of Panasonic Technical Support & Product Services, served as
broadcast product technical support during the Vancouver Games, as a member of the
Panasonic factory support team. This was his third Olympic event, having previously worked
on the Barcelona & Lillehammer games. He will give his impressions on the drastic changes in
the technology used for Olympic coverage. Reid will also show pictures of some of the
technology behind the Vancouver games.

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Tuesday January 9, 2010 - ATSC Mobile

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The Advanced Television Systems Committee has approved a new mobile digital TV standard that will allow digital TV broadcasters to deliver content to a broad variety of mobile devices. The A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard targeted devices include not only mobile phones, but also other handheld devices and in-vehicle entertainment systems. The standard is the culmination of a development process that took about two and a half years. With Mobile DTV being a hot technology topic at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show the evening’s presentation has been designed to update SMPTE Toronto members on the latest developments in Mobile DTV.

Speakers and presentations at this meeting include;

Dealing with IP for Mobile in an MPEG World - Dr. Richard Chernock, CTO, Triveni Digital will present his paper exclusively to the Toronto Section remotely employing SMPTE PDA technology. The paper, originally delivered at October’s SMPTE Hollywood conference, details how the A/153 standard has been designed to use IP transport inside ATSC for both streaming and file content delivery for Mobile DTV. The protocol stack will be explained, as well as the mechanisms adopted to allow “broadcast quality” to be achieved. Additionally, considerations for differences in the component interconnections will be discussed.

Dr. Chernock is active in many of the ATSC and SCTE standards committees, particularly in the areas of metadata, monitoring, and data broadcast. Within ATSC he chairs a number of ad hoc committees whose work relates to metadata and transport issues. He is vice-chair of the Technology & Standards Group (TSG) and chairs the Non-Real-Time Services and Mobile/Handheld management layer activities within ATSC. He also is a participant in the SCTE HMS activity and has authored and coauthored several books the most recent being DTV Monitoring and Troubleshooting published by Focal Press.

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ATSC M/H Technology and Workflows - A Progress Update - Stan Moote, VP, Corporate Development, Harris Broadcast - Mobile television is poised to become the next killer app for broadcasters. Understanding how to exploit this new technology is a must. This presentation will cover the new ATSC M/H standard from the high level business, content production and a technical points of view.

A highly respected industry veteran, Stan began his television career in 1977, as a plant engineer for CFTO-TV in Toronto, Canada. Stan was involved in the original SMPTE Digital Video Standards Committee meetings creating CCIR-601 and continues by coordinating activities within Harris Broadcast for standards groups. Through his domain knowledge working with video and audio, Stan focuses on workflow solutions, new technologies and interoperability at Harris.

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Meeting Report

Ricardo Pacheco of SONY CanadaToronto Section Meeting January 2010 Mobile ATSC

The Toronto Section drew 80 members to its January 2010 meeting on Mobile ATSC held in the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University. Those in attendance along with those watching on the Internet saw two timely papers on the subject. The first paper, that provided an engineering overview of the new standard, was delivered by Dr. Richard Chernock, CTO, of Triveni Digital and was titled “Dealing with IP for Mobile in an MPEG World”.  The paper was delivered to the Toronto Section remotely through the use of SMPTE PDA technology. It detailed how the ATSC M/H standard has been designed to use IP transport inside ATSC for both streaming and file content delivery for Mobile DTV. The protocol stack was explained by Dr. Chernock as were the mechanisms adopted by the standard to allow “broadcast quality” to be achieved.

Dr. Chernock’s background on the subject is extensive having worked and chaired many ATSC and SCTE standards committees, particularly in the areas of metadata, monitoring, and data broadcast. The quality of the paper he delivered reflected a detailed knowledge of ATSC and how the data associated with the A/153 standard actually works.

Following a short break sponsored by Ryerson University, the second paper “ATSC M/H Technology and Workflows - A Progress Update” was delivered by Stan Moote, VP, Corporate Development, Harris Broadcast. His presentation differed from the first paper focusing on the new ATSC M/H standard from the high level business and content production from a slightly less technical point of view.

The presentation highlighted new Mobile DTV devices show at CES 2010, sample DTV mobile media, some early business cases and the technology required to transmit the medium. The paper was well received and drew many questions from those in attendance.

The meeting was organized by Paul Briscoe of Harris Broadcast and Brad Fortner of Ryerson University. Once again the Toronto Section would like to acknowledge the staff at the University who handled with the advanced AV set-up. Those being Jeremy Littler, Christian Deo, Tochi Osuji, Preston Patey and Jim Loney. As well the Section thanks Joel Welch from SMPTE HQ for arranging and overseeing the SMPTE 365 technology that made the remote presentation by Dr. Chernock possible.

Brad Fortner – Promotions Advisor SMPTE


Tuesday December 8, 2009 - Internet Connected Television

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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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SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 08-09

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. Come to our year end BBQ and 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.


May 12, 2009 - NAB 2009 Wrap Up - Meeting Report and Meeting Video

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By Paul Roeser

The May meeting for SMPTE Toronto has traditionally been our NAB wrap-up aimed at those who could not attend and those who attended and wish to discuss what they saw. An enthusiastic group turned out to hear the comments of a cross section of industry professionals representing an array of industry perspectives. The evening was moderated by Canadian Governor Paul Stechly.

As has been our recent custom, the evening began with an Open Mic session of industry observations that included Micro Holographic Media, ABC’s entry into Hulu and progress with the DTV transition and then turned to summary NAB observations from each of the evening’s panelists.

Chris Bell noted the re-invention of the MPEG2 encoder and commented on the practice of broadcasters providing feeds in MPEG4 which ends up being transcoded to MPEG2 at head ends. He was particularly interested in the appearance of Dolby E processing being licensed in software for the first time and how that would help with workflow as well as lipsync and audio developments.

Lane Steinhauer noted how equipment power consumption and savings has become an important point with manufacturers and that talk about power savings had become mainstream. He also commented on how much the quality gap was closing between lower and high end cameras and the increasing presence of mobile TV applications at NAB, commenting that in their experience more than 60% of those under 30 in his market have adopted mobile TV.

Dave Simon commented on the transition to digital broadcasting in radio and the HD audio format. He also noted bumps in that road with the signals working well outdoors but having difficulty penetrating buildings. Also in evidence was the move to IP codecs replacing ISDN and Google’s decision to get out of the radio market which causes concern for the thousands of stations using their automation products.

Emil Tchoukalesky found particularly noteworthy the fact that there were 70 first-time exhibitors at NAB with the majority of those being related to Post Production and 3D and storage in particular. He noted the increasing difference between broadcast and digital cinema cameras with the latter capturing full image data much of which would be brought out later in the post production process. His particular focus this year was 3D and noted the emergence of the term Depth Budget which is the maximum amount of 3D depth in-front and behind the display surface for a specific 3D display and its effect on the viewer’s comfort viewing. He also noted the efforts to deal with 3D imagery on different sized screens and a proposal to take metadata from a screen to adapt projection to its size.

In more generalized discussion with the audience, all agreed that NAB 2009 was still quite busy but much easier to get around and much better face time with manufacturers. One change this year that the panel agreed was problematic was the move to place large vendors apart from each other to spread things out. This made it difficult for visitors to make good comparisons because it was difficult to remember details in the trek between booths.

Other general observations that surfaced:

- Wide support for the Red camera among manufacturers
- The variety of approaches to 3D with little standardization
- New life breathed into antenna manufacturers to support mobile TV applications
- OLED displays starting to appear and show promise
- 3G workflow gaining prominence but still missing in the transmission part of the chain, including the fact that 50% of homes have MPEG2 decoders in set top boxes but no 1080P capability on the horizon
- File based workflows are here with products readily available in cameras, storage and playout
- The VTR really is dead!
- The industry needs to move from being TV and Film companies to being content companies and ask who their customer is – sometimes it’s no higher-end than a mobile device


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.

Click Here to access the first half of the meeting.

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:

Photo by Leigh Whitcomb/Paul Briscoe

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

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

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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

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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.


Photo by The KrebFebruary 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.

Click Here for the video production of the meeting.
Click Here to download the video production of the meeting for Windows Media mobile devices.


January 13, 2009 - AFD - Active Format Description. Randy Conrod, Michel Proulx.
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Click Here for Part 2


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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Click Here for Part 2.
Click Here for Part 3.
Click Here for Chris Lennon's presentation.


October 10, 2008 - Update from the ATSC
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Click Here for Part 2.


SMPTE Toronto Meetings Media Library 07-08

April 8, 2008 - "Seeing Red" 2K/4K Workflow
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Click Here for Part 2.

March 11, 2008 - Green Media Computing - From Data Centre Cooling Through Production Technology Virtualization
Click Here for Part 1.
Click Here for Part 2.

February 12, 2008 - SOA - Service Oriented Architecture
Click Here for the first and second speakers (Michael Martin, Dan Todor).
Click Here for the third and fourth speakers (Brian Campanotti, Marv Nolan) and the panel discussion.

January 8, 2008 - Intellectual Property Management
Click Here for IPM Overview presentation.

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
Click Here for part one of the meeting.
Click Here for part two of the meeting.

April 10, 2007 - HD Lenses
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Click Here for part two of the meeting.

March 13, 2007 - IPTV
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Click Here for part two of the meeting.

Feb. 13, 2007 - The Dalsa D-Cinema Camera - Up Close and Personal
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Click Here For PocketPC video download

Jan. 9, 2007 - Ask your Colleague Night A.K.A. SMPTE Open Forum Soirée
Click Here for part one of the meeting.
Click Here for part two of the meeting.
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
Click here for entire meeting

May 9, 2006 - NAB 2006 Wrap-up
Click here for meeting notice.
Click here for Video Stream Version Pt. 1
Click here for Video Stream Version Pt. 2

April 11, 2006 - Projection and Server Technologies Enabling DCI
Click here for meeting notice.
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)
Click here for meeting notice.
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
Click here for Higher Quality Speaker Only Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 1
Click here for Higher Quality Video Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 2

February 14, 2006 - HD Acquisition Camcorder Formats
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Click here for Video Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 1
Click here for Video Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 2

January 10, 2006 - Open Forum Evening
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Click here for Video Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 1
Click here for Video Stream Version (Windows Media) Pt. 2

December 13, 2005 - Ryerson HDTV Television Studio Tour At Ryerson
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for meeting details.

November 8, 2005 - Audio For High Definition - From the Production and Transmission Perspectives
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for meeting details.

September 13, 2005 - Digital Signage
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for meeting details

 

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