Presentation on Section meeting topics

Purpose of Today’s Meeting
• Most Sections are in the process of
preparing their programs for the upcoming
meeting season
• Today’s call is about sharing ideas for
regular meetings and other Section activity
• A few Sections have volunteered to
present but feel free to add your
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Section Meetings and Activities
General meeting topics you’ve done
Theme nights like Post-NAB, Gadget Night etc.
Join meetings
Special meetings such as a technical
Social events
Events involving students or educational
Other activities of interest
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ESC Survey Results
If you could select only one topic for a full-day seminar or multi-week virtual course offering for SMPTE to offer in
2015, which of the following topics would you choose?
Answer Options
Response Percent
Response Count
Essential Color Science
Modern Display Technologies and Types
Essential Video Principles and Applications (For IT Professionals and
Cloud/Distributed Production and Post
Understanding Key SMPTE Standards
Principles of High Dynamic Range, Expanded Color Gamut and Higher
Frame Rates
Principles of Storage and Long-term Archive
Light: Science & Applications
Audio Principles and Application
Video over IP in Professional Media Facilities (including live production)
Software Define Networks/Virtualization in Professional Media Facilities
Essential Image Processing
Understanding UHDTV-1, UHDTV-2, 2k, 4k, 8k systems
Other (please specify)
answered question
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Toronto Sections – The
Meetings - General
Audio Related
Joint meeting with AES
Audio Loudness / Concert Hall
Video Related
Joint meeting with Avid / Final Cut Pro User Group
Cloud Editing / Media Management
Film Related
Joint meeting with CSC
High Frame Rate / Single Chip Cameras / Solid State Digital Recorders
Gadget Evening
Conference and Trade show updates
Updates and discussion from various Post Secondary institutions
Participants invited to show cutting edge products and ideas
Panel discussions
NAB, IBC, Fall Conference
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Toronto Sections – The
Meetings - Extras
• Boot Camp
– Themed Topics
• 2012 - The Expanding Universe of Broadcasting
• 2014 – Motion Media for the 21st Century
• Section Year End Meeting
– Meeting and BBQ
– Facility Tour
• CTV, Deluxe Post Production
• Holiday Party
– Refreshment - Upscale
– Facility Tour and Meeting
• Technicolor, TIFF Bell Lightbox
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Toronto Sections – What Are
We Learning
• Boot Camp
Generates new members. This year 6 new members
Generates funds
Special events such as facility tours, June BBQ and Holiday Party are members
only events
• Special Meetings
• Update section mailing list
Send meeting notices to all past members. Keep them informed on what is
going on
• Educational
Sending meeting notices to all Educational Institutions. We do have student
• Members at Large group
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Toronto Sections – Challenges
• Running out of facilities to provide tours.
• Keeping the topic current.
Sochi Olympics
Second Screen Technology
Trade show updates
• Fortunate to have a regular venue to hold our meetings
• We provide a pizza dinner before every meeting. Gets
the people out. The after work crowd
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UK Section
• Three factors to ensure a successful meeting:
1. A good informal gathering with a wide range of
people from across the industries/young and old
2. A good presentation(s) that gets you thinking
3. A goodly number for the space; we look typically
for 60+ in London 40+ elsewhere
On this three meetings stand out…
The First was the Bill Lovell Memorial Lecture given by
Franz Kraus MD of Arri
• Although billed as the History of the Alexa ....after reviewing Bill”s
contribution to the industry (he was Product Manager for Alexa
(and before that H Engineering BBC films) - Franz looked at all
suspects of digital cinematography and issues like HDR and gamut
(and some HFR) from the development of the film camera to
electronic and also the projector becoming electronic...
• We also had displays of cameras including the new Amira much to
the delight of the students – it was its second outing after IBC!
• We had about 84 people attending of which about 20 were
students/younger and we had a good number of Cameramen....
• Bill Lovell died suddenly in a church meeting in March 2012...
2. Meeting at which the BBC Academy launched its
College of Technology
• The speakers were the acting Controller Technology
BBC News (for about 50+minutes) and the MD of
Globelynx (10 mins) – and the topic was Video over
IP - which was done from the uses of IT for
news/from strange places
• This was deliberately positioned so it would
complement the regional seminar
• We had more people than the 75 places!
3. Meeting at Ericsson’s Factory In Southampton
• We did have Barbara Lange and Matthew Goldman and about
20 from Ericsson – about 25 students and about 30 drawn
widely from the locality and a few from London (about 60+
• The topic was Standards Conversion – being the topic of
winning paper at IBC.....
• Being given in a very good if light-hearted way...
• We filled the canteen the largest space!!!! – Ericsson had
demos of UHD tests...
Other Features
• Some of our meetings, we combine a short tour of the facilities as well as
a speaker (usually from the facility)
• This is basically start tours at say 6:15 and the Speaker at 7pm as usual or
• Or do a say 45 min. talk and then tours or start earlier to have a talk and
• A key feature is that the tour and the talk may not be on the same topic!!!
• (Eg. the year before we did a talk on HEVC with a tour of BSkyB uplink and
this year we have a tour of the leading film school facility before a panel
The Topics Have Been
• A miscellany of what BskyB are doing – energy efficient buildings, UHD
test, media familiarity for school and personalised advert insertion at the
set top box – then a tour of the studio centre (and drinks!)
• The BBC IP Studio which is video over IP and related matters – after a tour
of the R&D labs with demonstration on UHD, DVB-T2, and something I
cannot remember!
• Broadcasting to the British’s forces anywhere in the world – and then we
saw their studio centre
• This started earlier as it was just outside London and we got there before
the rush hour traffic!
• We tend to have a few “in the country meeting in June
We have tried one visit – it was out of London in a strange direction – and only 6 not
the 12 we had thought turned up – only one from the locality – the rest travelled from
London and beyond. It as Essex university – but we have taken two of the things we saw
and are putting them on as a meeting in London in Jan 2015...
Visits will move up our priority when we have more people organising meetings – but
we do not want to dilute the success of a monthly meeting (we would have visits as
The other numbers failure was the “First steps in industry” – which had students being
the events crew. It was also streamed to about 100 people – but there were only a few
say just over a dozen in the audience alight mainly Fellows and high end members!!!
There is always a danger that no one will turn up to "worthy topics"
But the event itself was a great success and of high quality!
Note only some meetings are suitable for streaming – and on this one we had twitter
interaction Q&A

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