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At the Wednesday, May 4, 2016 meeting...
Our Annual NAB Wrap-Up Panel Discussion
At WBZ-TV, CBS, Boston

(A video of this meeting of can be seen here ). Social and refreshment time commenced at 6:15, for the panel discussion which began at 7:05. Chairman Marty Feldman welcomed the 60 attendees with introductory remarks promoting the upcoming SMPTE NEW TECHNOLOGIES Boot Camp on May 19. The evening event was handed over to our long-standing NAB Wrap-Up moderator Philip A, Ozek of Liberty Mutual and a past SMPTE New England Section Chairman.

Stefan Hadl, Director of Engineering at WCVB-TV

The panelists were: Stefan Hadl, Director of Engineering at WCVB-TV, John Rule of Rule Boston Camera, Emeric Feldmar, Engineering Manager at WGBH-TV, Bob Lamm of Broadcast Pix, and Dr. Geoffrey Poister, Associate Professor at Boston University.

John Rule of Rule Boston Camera with Emeric Feldmar, Engineering Manager at WGBH-TV.

This event has become a time-honored tradition of candid information exchange, personal opinions and observations of the events and technologies presented at the NAB Show floor or other NAB Convention sites. It provided a robust question and answer opportunity with these five industry experts who did attend the NAB events.

Dr. Geoffrey Poister, Associate Professor at Boston University and Bob Lamm, Broadcast Pix

The 2016 NAB Convention enjoyed the participation of over 1750 exhibitors, all of which produced a tremendous amount of technical information that freely flowed on the Show floor.

Phil Ozek posing a question.

Hot topics discussed by our NAB 2016 Wrap Up panelists included: The evolving transition to 4K and higher pixel imaging systems - The complex issues of IP Video routing and processing - The clear transition to an IT infrastructure in Broadcast plants - High quality cameras by non-traditional camera manufacturers - Developments in digital cinematography including higher resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and RAW workflows - High Frame Rate Imaging - Extended Color Gamut - Storage and media asset management - Virtual sets - Aerial coverage using Drones - The latest CODECs (such as H.265, HEVC).

Peter Fasciano handled questions from the audience.

This NAB Wrap-Up panel discussion was recorded by the New England Section and can be seen on the SMPTE website (link to video). The New England Section of SMPTE wishes to sincerely express its sincere appreciation to Paul Pabis and Bob Yankowitz of WBZ-TV (CBS, Boston) for hosting the May 4, 2016 NAB-Wrap Up meeting.

Photo Credits: Martin P. Feldman, Chairman, SMPTE New England Section.

Paul Beck
SMPTE New England Section

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Updated: 18 May 2016
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor