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Sony CTO Hugo Gaggioni discusses HDR at SMPTE New England New Technologies Boot Camp on May 19th near Boston.

At the Wednesday, May 19, 2016 meeting...
NEW TECHNOLOGIES “BOOT CAMP"

(Mark Schubin's presentation has been posted at www.schubincafe.com/2016/05/22/hdr-the-great-the-okay-and-the-yikes/ and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1GfpX-exTQ.) 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) offered 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 ran 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 was no charge to attend this event and no RSVP was required.


Grass Valley's Bruce Lane answers a question.

Distinguished presenters included: 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 concluded with a panel discussion by the program’s presenters beginning at 8 PM.


Consultant Peter Putman participates in panel discussion.

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 presented 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 talked 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 talked 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 people heard 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. (His presentation can be seen at http://www.schubincafe.com/2016/05/22/hdr-the-great-the-okay-and-the-yikes/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1GfpX-exTQ.) 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? We got 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 gave 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


Happy Birthday SMPTE! It's our 100th anniversary!


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


Updated: 18 May 2016
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
robert.e.lamm@gmail.com