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Bob Paulson, very distinguished engineer, passes
Phil Livingston, Technical Liason for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Passes
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, October 26 meeting...
At visit to Scalable Display Technologies

BE PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR EYES OPENED! A visit to the Scalable Studio will provide guests with the opportunity to see a wide variety of Scalable applications. Featured during this SMPTE meeting will be tours of the only independent motion capture studio in the Northeast, a 3D active stereoscopic CAVE with a state-of-the-art head tracking system, and a 12' wide interactive Huddlewall designed for group collaboration.

With Jason Edmonds, Motion Capture / Mocap Supervisor at Scalable Display Technologies,

While many animators take up performance to enhance their understanding of movement, a combined lifelong study of wushu, stunt skating, dance and performance drove me to 3d animation. On an internship at Nickelodeon in the mid-90s, I was exposed to the first motion capture puppet on live TV and was immediately hooked. Since then, I have worked with nearly every form of motion capture available. My goal has always been to become a human special effect. The work of Jim Henson, wuxia movies and costume performers led to a perspective that CGI is the new prosthetic make up.

Choreography and animation are one and the same. The real difference is the nature of "happy accidents". Keyframe animation, while beautiful, doesn't allow for multiple takes or improvised performance. That immediacy in communication between director and performer is invaluable. The free flow of creativity permeates an entire team with the mocap stage and production tools at the Scalable Studio in Pembroke.

Wednesday, October, 26, 2016
Refreshments at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

Scalable Display Technologies
Demonstration and Training Facility
50 Corporate Park Dr., Ste. 740
Pembroke, MA 02359-2047


Google Maps Link:,+Pembroke,+MA+02359/@42.103949,-70.7700542,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e4a1a8f16a1d93:0xd42c8b3f0d56dea1!8m2!3d42.103949!4d-70.7678655

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at Integrated Solutions Group or

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Updated: 21 October 2016
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor