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At the Saturday, January 27, 2016 meeting...
With Bruce Lane and John Palma from Grass Valley

We normally video record most of our Section meetings for archival purposes, but this one was rather special dealing with cutting-edge digital technologies of 4K, UHD, HDR, Wide Gamut Color and IP Infrastructure.

Our colleague Mike Webber, the Executive Director of Foxboro Cable Access, generously edited our archival recording and has posted it on YouTube. Enjoy!

Here is an outline of what was discussed:

4K/UHD/HDR/Wide Color Gamma – wrt Cameras and Production:

  • Where is 4K (UHD) product used today
  • On Set Monitors
  • Ultra-Slow Motion with Zoom and Sports Replay
  • Stadium Screens “Jumbotrons”
  • Acquisition (Start with the highest possible quality)

4K versus High Frame Rate

  • Which tool is right at what time
  • More pixels per frame
  • More Frames per second

What are the challenges related to 4K and High Frame Rate

  • Enough light for capture (Depth of Field)
  • Bandwidth
  • Storage
  • Cost including displays and other equipment
  • Distribution

IP Infrastructure: Where this is all heading with Facilities and Production

Where are IP Based products used today

  • Routing
  • Production
  • Signal Management
  • Acquisition (Cameras)

Facility investment in an IP Based infrastructure

  • ALL IP Based?
  • Hybrid Solutions
  • What are the Cost Savings to IP Based Products

Alliances with ASPEN v AIMS

About the Presenters

John Palma, Regional Account Manager – Northeast US – Grass Valley

John Palma is currently responsible for all sales activity in the Northeastern US. In this capacity he manages the Sales and Technical relationship with many Top Tier Customers in this geography...

John has been working with grass Valley since November of 1986 in various different marketing and Sales roles including Inside Sales, Director of Marketing for Dubner Graphics (K-Series Products), Director of Marketing for Digital Graphics (TypeDeko Products), Channel Sales Management, Direct Account Management New York City for CBS, ABC, FOX and MTV, and Currently as a Regional Account Manager for the Northeast.

John’s previous experience includes 2 years as the Technical Audio Specialist for Agfa-Gevaert Audio and Video Tape Products. John is a member of the AES and contributor and supporter of the local SBE and SMPTE Chapters.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with Minors in English and Philosophy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and is an Active Member of the Patriot’s Path Council for the Boy Scouts of America.

BRUCE LANE, Strategic Account Manager - Sport Venues, North America

Bruce Lane is currently responsible for System Integration Sales. In this capacity he manages the Sales and Technical relationship with the Top Tier System Integrators in North America. On behalf of Grass Valley, he has made technical presentation for the Sport Video Group (SVG), SMPTE, SBE, and other groups across North & South America, Asia, and Europe.

Prior to this, he was working with Sports Venues and Sports Teams of all levels on their technology and workflow solutions including; game-day presentations, broadcast, live & post production systems, infrastructure & distribution, and content management.

He has also served as the Director of Channel Sales and the Director of Application Engineering for the Grass Valley where he managed a team that worked with Account Executives to facilitate sales by designing systems for both broadcast and non-broadcast clients.

Lane’s previous experience includes 16 years at WSBK, TV-38, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked his way from Technician (Camera, Audio, TD, and Replay) to Engineering Manager. As such, he was responsible for the daily operation of the studio, transmitter, and remote facilities (Boston Garden & Fenway Park).

Lane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Northeastern University, Boston. He is an active member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). He has served on the Maximum Service Television’s (MSTV) technical committee for studio implementation, Tektronix High Definition Expert Group, and served on the RTNDA exhibit advisory committee.

Paul Beck


SMPTE New England Section

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Posted: 6 February 2016
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor