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At the Thursday, May 19 meeting...
at the Dedham (MA) Holiday Inn

These are indeed interesting times for those of us working in the technical side of television. As if the challenge of transitioning from analog standard definition to digital high definition television wasn’t enough, we now face the task of providing higher resolution (UHD, 4K and beyond), higher dynamic range (HDR), higher frame rates (HFR), resolution independence (both gigantic and miniscule screens) plus a whole new and efficient way of getting that signal from one place to another (IP and ATSC 3.0). Much of this is driven by the never ending desire for greater efficiency. Technology is the ever-evolving engine that makes this possible.

It’s all a bit overwhelming and no one wants—or can afford to be—left behind. In an effort to foster greater understanding of where all of this is leading us, the New England Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is offering a “New Technologies Boot Camp,” an all day series of seminars by technical industry leaders on Thursday, May 19th, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. The program will run from 9 AM till 9 PM in the Terrace Room at the Dedham, MA Holiday Inn, 55 Ariadne Road, just off I-95 exit 15A (just across Providence Highway, Legacy Place and FOX 25).

As with nearly all programs offered by the SMPTE New England Section, there is no charge to attend this event and no RSVP is required.

Distinguished presenters include: Hugo Gaggioni, Chief Technical Officer, Sony Electronics, Karl Kuhn, Tektronix, Bruce Lane, Grass Valley, Al Kornak, JVC-Kenwood, Paul Briscoe, Evertz Microsystems, Mark Bergeron, Panasonic, John Shike, S.A.M. (SNELL ADVANCED MEDIA), Peter Putman, consultant, Kramer USA and Mark Schubin, Engineer-in Charge, the Metropolitan Opera, Sesame Street and Great Performances (PBS).

The program will conclude with a panel discussion by the program’s presenters beginning at 8 PM

SMPTE New England wishes to express its sincerest thanks to INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS GROUP, The Camera Company, Inc., a broadcast integrator, for hosting this event during their 26th Annual Pro Video & Lighting Show as well as to all of the manufacturers who so generously made their engineering talent available to us.

SMPTE New England Section - Boot Camp Seminar Schedule

  • 9-11 Tektronix, Karl Kuhn - “4K/UHD/HFR/HDR - HEVC H.265 – ATSC 3.0”
  • 11-NOON Grass Valley, Bruce Lane - “Where is 4K (UHD) product used today – 4K versus HFR – 4K & HFR challenges”
  • NOON-1 JVC-Kenwood, Al Kornak - “Using MESH Networks.”
  • 1-2 Evertz Microsystems, Paul Briscoe - “IP in Infrastructure Building, (Replacing HD-SDI systems and accommodating UHD).”
  • 2-3 Panasonic, Michael Bergeron , 4K HDR – “Scripted Versus Live Production Requirements.” For scripted production there is a workflow in place that adapts quite easily to HDR so we can finally show more of the amazing capabilities of the latest imagers, but for live HDR and/or 4K, many issues need to be overcome. One can deliver 4K and/or HDR while maintaining the storytelling style for live production in its current paradigm, but connectivity, monitoring, shading, playback, multiple viewing platforms, and other issues must be accounted for without constraining the creatives. This presentation will present some tools and solutions available today and in the near future to address both production worlds desire to participate in the new technologies.
  • 3-4 S.A.M .(Snell Advanced Media ), John Shike - ”The Transition from SDI to IP Including IP Infrastructure and Monitoring” Transition from SDI to IP Including IP Infrastructure and Monitoring Live Video over IP has exciting possibilities for broadcast infrastructure but is the timeframe now, three years, five years, ten years? How do we insure the reliability and interoperability among equipment systems that we have achieved with SDI as we move to IP, and how do we monitor these live streams? We will talk about an approach to routing with COTS IP switches that allows integration with SDI and provides clean switching, the role of open standards including VSF TR-03 that Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is promoting, and how to monitor video whether the stream is SDI, file-based, or video-over-IP.
  • 4-5 Pete Putman, consultant, Kramer Electronics USA - “8K, High Dynamic Range, OLED, Flexible Displays.” "Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention" 8K, HDR, OLEDs, flexible displays - they were all in evidence at the 2016 International CES, as were drones, connected appliances, and super-fast 60 GHz wireless. This hour-long seminar will talk about all of these trends, along with the free-fall in television prices, why your current display interface isn't fast enough, and what the Internet of Things means for video and audio signal switching, distribution, and control. (Oh, and you'll hear about the usual "only at CES" products, too!)
  • 5-5:45 Break
  • 5:45-6:00 SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange (recorded greeting)
  • 6-7 Mark Schubin - “HDR: The Great, the Okay, and the WTF.” Emmy-Award winner provides insight into HDR. Of all of the picture improvements being discussed today, high dynamic range (HDR) offers the most bang for the bit. It has other characteristics that could also be described as "great." Implementation will take some work, which is okay. And then there are the parts that are "YIKES!" What does HDR have to do with frame rate? Hue shift? Channel-changing? Balaclavas? California law? Get up to speed on one of the most-interesting developments since daylight television.
  • 7-8 Sony, Hugo Gaggioni, CTO - “High Dynamic Range and wide Color Gamut in Production and Distribution. “ Sony’s chief technology officer gives a tutorial on the technologies of HDR and WCG as well as the techniques used for live program production and subsequent distribution to the consumer.
  • 8-9 Panel Discussion with all presenters, moderated by Tektronix’s Karl Kuhn

Pre-registration is not required!

Students welcome too!

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Doors open at (Starts at 9am)
Presentation at Last presentation ends at 9pm

Terrace Room
Dedham Holiday Inn & Conference Center
55 Ariadne Road
Dedham, MA 02026


At the junction of I-95/128 and Route 1, I-95 Exit 15-A: Just off I-95 exit 15A (just across Providence Highway from Legacy Place and FOX 25).

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at Integrated Solutions Group division of The Camera Company, Inc. or

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