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Bob Paulson, very distinguished engineer, passes
Phil Livingston, Technical Liason for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Passes
In Memory of Bob Turner, Influential Columnist and Consultant to the Post Production Industry
The (Painful) Way It Was: Editing Video the Old-Fashioned Way
A Behind-The-Scenes look at the Democratic National Convention
BF/VF Closes: Memories of Boston's Premiere Media Arts Center
SIGGRAPH/2003: Impressions of the Computer Graphics Extravaganza
A New Englander Abroad: The BBC Television Centre
Product Management: How to Build Consistently Successful Products
Product Management, Part II: Selling a Better Mousetrap
Digital Cinematography: HDTV is alive and well
Lighting for Inner Peace
The Webcasting Medium: How the technology is advancing
In memory of Jack Newcomb, former Associate Director at pioneering video production facility at MIT
Technical Innovations at NAB: New Englanders star at the show.
QuickTime 3.0 and the Avid/Microsoft Advanced Authoring Format
QuickTime 3.0 Allows Adobe To Move Into Pro Video Editing with Premiere 5.0
Demo Reels
A Eulogy to CMX, by Bob Turner
Switcher NT: Ramblings from IBC
A Producers' Lament
Keeping the Bank Happy and Credit Flowing
An Historic Parable, A Lesson for April 1
Meeting Follow-Up: Film Preservation News
Technical Report: New Developments in Nonlinear Video, a three-part series. Part 1: Putting High-Performance Nonlinear Systems on Personal Computers.
Part 2: Networking and Video Servers.
Part 3: System Design Issues
Editing Video with Adobe Premiere
The Coming of Video and its Influence on Home Movies
From Vintage Film to Betacam: Saving the Past for the Future
A Personal View of Curt Rawley's (Avid President) Dismissal, by Bob Turner.
4:2:2 Profile in MPEG-2 Compression Heirarchy
Technician's Corner: Questions people have asked me lately
Film/Video Museums Around the World
Recent Progress in Computer Graphics
Wicked Funny April Fool Article
Virtual Reality Movies
Fall Survey Results

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At the Wednesday, September 23 meeting...

Panasonic would like to extend its appreciation to WFXT for a long and continued partnership in the development of News Gathering tools and technology. From the early “standard def” days of DVCPRO deployment to current day new CODECS (AVC-ULTRA), Cameras, and Applications Workflows. Cutting Edge, Improve Efficiency, and New Ideas for News Gathering is at the forefront of WFXT’s success.

PRESENTATION: Technology Topics for News Gathering:


Compression CODECs - AVC-ULTRA

  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Level 5.2 (max.) / CAVLC 4:4:4 Intra/High 4:2:2 Intra/High 4:2:2 Profiles
  • Wide range of CODEC choices from Proxy @ 800Kb/s up to 4K 4:4:4
  • Intra Frame choices and now Long GOP for H.264

Unified Operation over IP (ENG, Studio, Production & Remote PTZ)

  • IP Interfaces - LAN, WiFi, 4G LTE
  • Wireless FTP / Streaming / Control
  • Streaming Quality of Service (Demonstration)
  • LiveU collaboration & integration
  • Network Could Application for ENG (P2 Cast) (Demonstration)

P2 Cards & Media evolution (or Media-Less)

  • Integrated PTZ (Weather, Fly Cam, Audience Cam, Studio, other)
  • Control over IP
  • Proxy over IP
  • Video over IP
  • Power over IP
  • Remote Outdoor (Demonstration)

4K Large Sensor Technology (trending)

  • New large 4/3”
  • Creative Shallow Depth of Field (Cinematic look)
  • 5 axis optical image stabilization
  • Dual Native ISO Technology

Special thanks to Bill Holbrook of WFXT-TV and Dave Beauvais of WCVB-TV for making these meetings possible.


Michael Bergeron is currently Panasonic’s Senior Manager for Professional Video Strategy, having briefly served as Business Development Manager, following extended runs as product engineer since 2002, and four years as Chief Technologist; He has managed co-development projects with other US based production technology companies including enhancing compatibly with Panasonic P2 media and AVC-Intra CODECs. Michael has been involved with the film production equipment business since joining Abel Cine Tech in 1991, where he worked as technician, service manager and eventually director of engineering. He has been involved in the development and introduction of production cameras from the Aaton XTR to the Panasonic VariCam; and has authored white papers and many technical presentations among them co-authoring the camera chapter for the NAB engineering manual. Michael holds a BS in Physics, an MS in EE and is a member of the ATSC, HPA, and SMPTE.

Rick Lamb is currently Account Manager at Panasonic has been involved with product technologies in Broadcast, Media & Entertainment since 1980. Systems & Field Engineer at AMPEX Corp 10 years, Product Management & Development with Abekas, Philips BTS, Technicolor, & Grass Valley 10 Years. Currently in Account Development for ProVideo, Media & Entertainment, North East United States. Rick holds a BS in Marketing and Associates in Electronic/Digital Computer Technology.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Doors open at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

25 Fox Drive
Dedham, MA


FOX 25 is next to LEGACY PLACE in Dedham (Exit 15A, Rte. 128/I-95):

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at The Camera Company or

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Updated: 19 September 2015
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor

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