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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 30 meeting...
“Can you hear me now?”
Wireless Microphone Frequency reallocation…again!

PART I: Spectrum Update For Wireless Mic Operators & Other Production Professionals.

Initiatives and new regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will change the radio frequency landscape...again. A few short years ago the 700 MHz band was reallocated and had to be vacated by wireless mics. Next year the 600 MHz band will be auctioned and thereafter re-purposed, posing even steeper challenges for wireless mic operators. On the other hand, the FCC has granted expanded eligibility to become a licensed operator and is altering the rules for co-channel operation with TV. These changes together with the forthcoming market introduction of white space devices (WSD, aka TVBD) will require a new level of understanding by production professionals.

This presentation will discuss:

  • How next year's auction will work, determining how much of the 600 MHz band be re-purposed
  • Timeline for the transition
  • What pockets within 600 MHz will remain available for mic operation
  • What is a white space device and how can you avoid interference from them
  • Unlicensed versus licensed operation
  • Expanded license eligibility for sound companies and venues
  • New rules for operating on the same channel as a TV broadcast (co-channel operation)
  • Addressing the long term needs of wireless mic operators

Presented by Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser USA

Joe Ciaudelli leads Spectrum Affairs for Sennheiser USA. Upon graduating from Columbia University with an electrical engineering degree, Joe was hired by Sennheiser in 1987. He provided frequency coordination for large multi-channel wireless microphone systems used by Broadway productions, major theme parks, and broadcast networks. He wrote the Turbo-RF software which became the industry standard planning tool of the time. He also wrote the white paper “Large Multi-Channel Wireless Mic Systems”, published by industry trade journals, the NAB and InfoComm proceedings, and the Audiocyclopedia. Joe has served in various capacities at Sennheiser USA including Director of Marketing, Director of Market Development & Education, and Director of Advanced Projects & Engineering. Joe also holds patents for the narrow angle hologram technology.

Part II: Remote Frequency Coordination when a Site Survey isn't possible.

As a rental house, Talamas has clients across the country who often rely on us for frequency coordination for wireless microphones, wireless intercoms, and other devices. Frequency coordination presents a unique set of challenges when a site visit is not possible. We have developed techniques using online sources and commercially available frequency coordination software to accomplish this goal.

I will present you with the methods that we use to succeed in the evolving and shrinking RF environment.

Presented by Nick Jabour, Talamas

Nick is the Audio Product Specialist at Talamas Boston and has been part of the team for over 5 years. He is a graduate of Emerson College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technologies. Nick has a wide range of audio skills developed in the field and has honed his RF expertise at Talamas. He has also received training in RF techniques by Sennheiser and Shure and is now the primary frequency coordinator and wireless system designer at Talamas. Nick has performed frequency coordination for the Antiques Road Show, Shakespeare on the Common, This Old House, Hoarders Buried Alive, and well as many others.

Wednesday, September 30, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

TALAMAS
145 California Street
Newton, MA

www.talamas.com

Directions:

From Boston on Storrow Drive: Go west on Storrow Drive towards Newton. Go past WBZ-TV on the left, then past Staples on the left. The Charles River is on the right. Continue straight and follow the sign to West Newton. This is Nonantum Road. Continue for about 1.2 miles Go straight at the light, crossing Galen Street onto Watertown Street (Route 16 West). The road forks around the Watertown Gas & Service Station. Bear right onto California Street. A short distance ahead on the right is a small industrial park. You will see Philip Rand Wire and Wire Rope and a green sign with our name on it. Turn right into the industrial park. Our building is on the left and in the back.

From 93 (NH) via Storrow Drive: Take 93 south towards Boston, past Woburn, and over the Tobin Bridge; then take Storrow Drive west. Continue past Government Center on the left, then past Boston University, following the signs to Newton. Continue west on Storrow Drive towards Newton, past WBZ-TV on the left, then past Staples on the left. The Charles River is on the right. Continue straight and follow the sign to West Newton. This is Nonantum Road. Continue for about 1.2 miles. Go straight at the light, crossing Galen Street onto Watertown Street (Route 16 West). The road forks around the Watertown Gas & Service Station. Bear right onto California Street. A short distance ahead on the right is a small industrial park. You will see Philip Rand Wire and Wire Rope and a green sign with our name on it. Turn right into the industrial park. Our building is on the left and in the back.

From the West: Take the Mass Pike east to Exit 17 (Newton & Watertown). Bear left from the exit to turn left and cross over the pike, keeping the Tara Hotel on the left. Head to middle of Bridge. Follow the sign to Watertown, putting you on Galen Street for about ˝ mile, passing Direct Tire on the right and Farina Bicycle on the left. Just before the bridge, turn left onto Watertown Street (Route 16 West).* The road forks around the Watertown Gas & Service Station. Bear right onto California Street. A short distance ahead on the right is a small industrial park. You will see Philip Rand Wire and Wire Rope and a green sign with our name on it. Turn right into the industrial park. Our building is on the left and in the back.

* 7 to 9 AM & 4 to 6 PM: No left turn on Watertown Street (Route 16) from Galen Street: Turn left on Aldrich Street before Watertown Street (Route 16 West). There is a building on the corner, the New Ginza restaurant. Go to the end of the street and turn left onto Watertown Street (Route 16 West). Go 500 yards and turn right onto Fifth Avenue. Go to the end of the street and turn left onto California Street. You will immediately see a green sign with our name on it. Turn right into the industrial park. Our building is on the left and in the back.

From the East: Take the Mass Pike west to Exit 17 (Newton & Watertown). Turn right onto Galen Street, following the signs to Watertown; continue for about ˝ mile, passing Direct Tire on the right and Farina Bicycle on the left. Just before the bridge, turn left onto Watertown Street (Route 16 West).* The road forks around the Watertown Gas & Service Station. Bear right onto California Street. A short distance ahead on the right is a small industrial park. You will see Philip Rand Wire and Wire Rope and a green sign with our name on it. Our building is on the left and in the back.

*7 to 9 AM & 4 to 6 PM: No left turn on Watertown Street (Route 16) from Galen Street: Turn left on Aldrich Street before Watertown Street (Route 16 West). There is a building on the corner, the New Ginza restaurant. Go to the end of the street and turn left onto Watertown Street (Route 16 West). Go 500 yards and turn right onto Fifth Avenue. Go to the end of the street and turn left onto California Street. You will immediately see a green sign with our name on it. Turn right into the industrial park. Our building is on the left and in the back.

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at The Camera Company or mfeldman@ISGBoston.com.

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  • September 30: “Can you hear me now?”

  • October 15: 4K Technology Developments

  • November 19: Panasonic Varicam

  • December 17: Sony/World Cup Production

  • January 14: News Production Developments

  • February 18: OTT and IP Video

  • March 18: To be Announced...

  • April 15: Our Annual NAB Wrapup

  • May 13: To be Announced...

  • June 17: Annual BBQ/Projection Event

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Updated: 10 September 2014
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
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