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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 Tuesday, February 27 meeting...
At NewTV in Newton

A trio of presentations discussing the technical issues, new tools and future outlook for hyperlocal programming:

What we've done, what we've learned, where we're headed
By Peter Fasciano, Franklin Community Cable, Franklin.TV & WFPR.FM

How many PEG stations have put a broadcast FM station on the air? Peter will discuss the many interesting and innovative things theyíve done in Franklin.

It's now a lot more than just "video."
By Robin Shahid,

Streaming presentations of government meetings can now include windows with copies of the actual documents being discussed, cues to the parts of the video where various agenda items are discussed, and other metadata that allow the viewers to focus in on the information they're interested in. This presentation will discuss how to create these presentations with the current generation of cameras, switchers, audio equipment, IT networks, and streaming services as well as discuss the practical issues involved in transmitting this media online. Special focus will be given to the new metadata support in commercially-available streaming and video-on-demand services such as Castus, TelVue, Tightrope and YouTube and specialized services for government meeting coverage such as Granicus, EarthChannel and others.

CYNC VV-104 Portable Streaming Video Switcher
By Bob Lamm, Belmont Media Center

The VV-104 portable multicamera switching system was especially designed to stream and record government meetings. It allows a single operator to produce a complete cablecast or webcast of a town board meeting, legislative meeting or conference, complete with close-ups of each participant labeled with their name and title, and to seamlessly integrate PowerPoint slides, documents and agenda items into the live program. The control interface allows the operator to aim the available cameras at whoever is speaking with the touch of a button on a seating chart and the system correctly selects the proper lower third to identify them. The system has additional title functions to identify the location, time & date and agenda items being discussed as well as live feeds from computers showing spreadsheets or PowerPoint displays. All the information about who spoke, what agenda items were discussed is taken from titles as they are put up during the meeting and used to create cues ("chapter marks") that viewers of the recorded meetings can use to advance to the parts of the video they want to see.


Peter Fasciano is the Executive Director, FRANKLIN.TV & WFPR.FM on 102.9. He was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at MetaCapita Venture Partners, a venture capital firm; and VP Product/Market Development at Avid/ADG Advanced Development Group.

Robin Shahid is Product Engineer at CYNC Corp. He was formerly with Panasonic, where he developed Panasonicís HS-410 switcher and HE-130 streaming PTZ system; and at FastChannel Network where he was involved with the first streaming video system to deliver commercials over IP to TV stations, which received an award at the NAB for Innovation in Content Delivery.

Bob Lamm is Technical Operations Manger at the Belmont Media Center in Belmont, MA. He formerly worked at Broadcast Pix as a System Specialist and Training Manager. Bob also served as manager at BNNLive Studio and Mobile Van at Boston Neighborhood Network.

A heartfelt thanks to the Management and Staff of NewTV for hosting this triple meeting event. There will be the opportunity for a brief tour of the NewTV facilities following the presentations.

Tuesday, February, 27, 2018
Refreshments at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

23 Needham Street
Newton Highlands, MA 02461


NewTV is located at 23 Needham Street in Newton Highlands.: The facility is at the top of the hill on a private road called Easy Street, which runs off Needham Street between National Lumber and National Tire & Battery (NTB).

From points North: From Newton Centre and points North, take Centre Street past Route 9/Boylston Street, onto Winchester Street, then go right at the traffic signal, onto Needham Street. Easy Street is the first right past National Lumber.

For more information, please contact Paul Beck at SMPTE New England or

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SMPTE/New England meetings are usually held at 7:00pm (refreshments at 6:30) on the third Wednesday of every month from September through June. Locations vary to allow attendees to tour various sites of interest. You don't have to be a SMPTE member to attend and there is no admission charge. Students and the public are invited to attend. Join our e-mail meeting announcements list and we'll send you e-mail every month so you don't have to keep on checking the web site. You don't have to be a member to get these announcements.

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Updated: 19 February 2018
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor