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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, March 29 meeting...
Deep Sea Exploration with Video and Data Systems: Finding El Faro’s “black box”
with Dr. Dwight F. Coleman

The URI Inner Space Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography is the hub for ship-to-shore telepresence operations in support of science and exploration. A new application of the technology was used onboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s R/V Atlantis during the search for the voyage data recorder, or “black box” from the El Faro cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October, 2015. Working with the National Transportation Safety Board, the team installed technology onboard the research ship to interface with mapping systems and remotely operated and autonomous vehicle systems to stream video, audio, and data ashore during the search and survey expedition. The technology provided 2-way interactivity that helped accelerate the pace of the investigation and broaden live participation to NTSB investigators in Washington DC who were able to securely link to the ship and take part during the mapping and diving operations.

About the presenter: Dr. Dwight F. Coleman

Dr. Dwight F. Coleman is a Marine Research Scientist and the Director of the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI. He is a frequent expedition leader onboard the E/V Nautilus and a member of the “Corps of Exploration” with the Ocean Exploration Trust, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Ballard. Dr. Coleman also works closely with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration program providing technical and operational support for the telepresence-enabled missions of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. More recently he has installed and utilized portable telepresence systems onboard a variety of research vessels, including several ships in the UNOLS fleet. The Inner Space Center (ISC) is a facility that utilizes telepresence technologies to establish real-time connectivity between scientists on shore and remotely operated vehicle operations at sea. Dr. Coleman and his team at the ISC develop innovative solutions to expand the telepresence paradigm to other platforms and conduct live educational outreach broadcasts about ocean research and exploration. Dr. Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and master’s and doctoral degrees in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

The SMPTE New England Section wishes to thank SMPTE Manager Gerry Field, Vice-President, Technology, American Public Television, for managing and making this meeting possible as well as SMPTE Manager David Beauvais, Assistant Director of Engineering, WCVB-TV, for hosting this meeting

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

5 TV Place
Needham, MA
Phone: 1-781-449-0400


The station's address is: WCVB-TV 5 TV Place Needham, Massachusetts 02494: WCVB is located directly off Interstate 95 (Rte. 128), at Exit 19B, the Needham-Highland Ave. exit.

From the North: Take I-95, Route 3 or I-93 south until it merges with I-95 south (Route 128). Get off at the 19B exit. Exit onto Highland Avenue and take your first right at the first traffic light at Gould Street. Pass car dealership on the right (Muzi Ford) and turn right into WCVB driveway at the "5" sign. Park in the parking lot near the satellite dishes and follow the signs lobby.

From the East: Take Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) west to I-95 South (Cape Cod exit). Get on I-95 south and exit at 19B. Follow directions above.

From the South: Take I-95 north, Route 24 north, or Route 3 north to I-95 (Route 128) north. Go toward Dedham. Take exit 19B. Follow directions above.

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at 866-769-0210 or

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SMPTE/New England meetings are usually held at 7:00pm (refreshments at 6:30) on the third Wednesday of every month from September through June. Locations vary to allow attendees to tour various sites of interest. You don't have to be a SMPTE member to attend and there is no admission charge. Students and the public are invited to attend. Join our e-mail meeting announcements list and we'll send you e-mail every month so you don't have to keep on checking the web site. You don't have to be a member to get these announcements.

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Updated: 26 March 2017
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor

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