Live, interactive educational webcasts covering hot-topic technologies, issues and developments.

Webcast sessions are available as a SMPTE member benefit free of charge. Non-members may attend webcasts for USD $49.00.

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Previous Webcasts

Members are permitted to view previous webinars.  Simply choose the title of the desired session, select the format, streamed to your PC or MP3 Audio only.

The Business of Live Web Streaming

Speakers: John Naylor, VP Business Development, NewTek, Inc., Mike Dawson, CEO of Eventstream, Greg Ellis, VP Business Development and Sales, DaCast

Original Airdate: 9 February 2012

Webcast Series: Over-The-Top

Related Resources in the Library: Web Streaming

Is there a sustainable business in live web-streaming? Can content be sufficiently monetized if distributed over the web? Guest speaker John Naylor, of NewTek, explains which businesses are using web-streaming and whether or not it is helping them. In addition, Mr. Naylor also describes the various models (Subscription, Pay-Per-View, Video-on-Demand, Ad Insertion) that may implemented to monetize content and what the streaming landscape currently looks like.

Live Web-streaming - Technologies, Techniques and Production Values

Speakers: John Naylor, VP Business Development, NewTek, Inc., Rob Roskin, MTV

Original Airdate: 12 January 2012

Webcast Series: Over-The-Top

Related Resources in the Library: Web Streaming

Live television streaming has been an agenda item at many companies’ meetings for quite a while. There are questions and options to consider that are different from more traditional distribution outlets. How does the budget for a live TV production for the web compare to that of traditional delivery mechanisms?  Please join our guest speaker, John Naylor as he answers these questions and explores other issues relating to content distribution over the web.

Digital Display Interfaces – HDMI, DisplayPort and ThunderBolt

Speaker: Pete Putman, President, ROAM Consulting

Original Airdate: 8 December 2011

Webcast Series: Displays

Related Resources in the Library: Display Interfaces

There are a growing number of multifunction digital display interface options available on today's professional acquisition and playback equipment. Intel and AMD will end support of LVDS (analog) after 2012, so notebook computers and 'prosumer' peripherals found in edit and post suites will need to utilize these interfaces exclusively. It is, therefore, important to understand how each interface works, the potential issues that might arise when switching and distributing these signals, and how can these issues be addressed.

Special Four Part Educational Webcast Series: MXF

MXF Implementation: The Real World View

Speaker: Bruce Devlin, Amberfin

Original Airdate: 11 November 2011

Webcast Series: MXF

Related Resources in the Library: Material Exchange Format

How are users and vendors implementing MXF?  During this educational webcast, Mr. Devlin investigates real MXF usage and addresses these questions: What can we do about the number of MXF variants? Do vendors, users and System Integrators agree about the causes? What can members of the industry do as individuals to overcome the challenges of MXF implementation?

MXF - The Fiddly Bits

Original Airdate: 20 October 2011

Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin, continues unwrapping the MXF Standard by exploring the "fiddly bits" of MXF and file based workflows. During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Mr. Devlin answers commonly asked MXF questions including: How do VANC, VBI and captions fit into MXF? What about Dolby E? How does Dolby E differ from discrete multi-channel audio? How do you implement a growing file based  MXF workflow? When can componentised storage of video and audio give improvements?

Technical Exploration of MXF: The Major Formats

Original Airdate: 22 September 2011

During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, co-architect of the MXF Standard, Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin, explores the technical differences between IMX, XDCAM, P2, OP-ATOM, JPEG2000, AS02, AS03. Mr. Devlin also explains how the MXF structures provide for synchronisation and application optimisation. Discussion also includes a brief review of the IMF working group and why there are differences in the MXF application designs.

What is MXF?

Original Airdate: 25 August 2011

This is the first in a four-part, monthly webcast series covering the ins and outs of MXF. This initial webcast has Amberfin’s Bruce Devlin laying out the key MXF concepts including an overview of the MXF standard, how MXF is used in applications and the meaning of essential MXF terminology such as OP1a, Atom and more.


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