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At the September 18 meeting...
Real-World HDTV
As seen by two experienced creators

The September 18 SMPTE/New England meeting was entitled "HDTV in the REEL World - Stories from the Front Lines of Technology." (How HD is Really Being Used vs. How HD Is Really Being Hyped)

The SMPTE New England 2002-2003 meeting season started out with this useful and insightful look into "reel" world HD projects from the creative minds and skillful eyes of two experienced and award-winning New England motion picture creators. The location was the spacious Studio C at WCVB-DT in Needham.

Art Donahue was the first presenter, and has won numerous Emmy Awards as a cameraman, editor and producer during his career in the broadcast television station community. Most New Englanders have seen the beautiful images in his visual story pieces for many WCVB programs, like Chronicle. It seems that Art has been the "go-to-guy" at WCVB every time there is a new format, new camera, new something that needs to be tested in "Reel" world conditions. He has always creates something worth viewing and a story worth watching. Art showed several of his excellent HD pieces and shared his practical experiences as HD has developed over the years, including techniques for low-cost direct film transfers, in HD.

Austin de Besche is an award winning Director of Photography and Director who has made a career based in the Boston area. His DP credits include shooting John Sayles' first feature film, The Return Of The Secaucus 7, feature length documentaries, 2nd unit shooting for TV shows like Cheers and St. Elsewhere, and his clients include networks like The Discovery Channel, A&E, and The History Channel. Austin provided some of his HD location work for new wrap-arounds for the Ken Burns' America PBS series and some of his HD studio work for graphic packages related to the re-broadcast of Ken Burns' The Civil War series, both coming soon to PBS. Austin was most candid in his experiences with HD video, from a cinematographer's viewpoint

We've all read and heard the HD Hype, but this SMPTE meeting on September 18th provided the opportunity to meet and talk candidly with these talented picture makers, as they discussed making HD pictures in a "Reel" world. This was an enjoyable evening for the 85 SMPTE members and guests.

Special thanks to Bill Kennedy of Panasonic Broadcast Systems for providing the incredibly bright and sharp HD video projector, also to John Rule of Rule Broadcast, for the DigiBeta VTR hardware, and certainly to Mike Keller, Bruce Drucker and Sue Warren at WCVB-DT/WCVB-TV, all of whom made the evening the great success that it was. THANK YOU, supporters of SMPTE in New England!

Meeting Contact: John Gates,

Paul R. Beck
Secretary/Treasurer, New England Section, SMPTE
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
FAX: 617-824-8856

Posted: 28 September 2002
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor