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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 Thursday, May 18 meeting...
SMPTE New England VR/AR Boot Camp
As part of the ISG/Boston 27th Annual Pro Video and Lighting Show

This is a free event!!!

10:00 a.m. - Introduction and Opening Remarks

10:30 a.m. - Virtual Tools for Pipeline Development - Motion Capture and 3D Technologies Modern Film

Special effects, VR and live action film tools have evolved over the years to be increasingly interdependent. Technologies once only available to the highest budget blockbuster are now used, often invisibly, in nearly every medium. Jason Edmonds, Motion Capture Supervisor at Hoylu and WuxiaiO will be demonstrating and discussing practical applications throughout various pipelines. Hoylu

12:00 p.m. - Understanding work flow in 360 Video Content Creation.

Michael Kintner, CEO of 360RIZE, formerly 360Hero, will cover the creative in 360 video content development from hardware to software. Review the work flow of do’s and don’t in 360 production and discuss a multiple projects from Mount Everest to Fishing in New Zealand. We’ll cover the 360 video production tools and why 360 resolution is so important in creating content. 360 technology is changing rapidly and we’ll cover our 360 video gear, its work flow with resolutions as high as 16,000 by 8,000 pixels.

360RIZE, formerly 360Hero 360Rize

1:00 p.m. - All the New Stuff- 4K/UHD, HDR, IP, PTP and VR 360- How make it work and look great

This tutorial presented by Karl Kuhn, SMPTE Fellow and Sr. Video Applications Engineer at Tektronix, will discuss the new methodologies needed from production to delivery of content in End to End architectures. As we move toward 4K/UHD becoming business as usual, we will need to adopt new approaches for Monitoring, Trending and Testing.

High Dynamic Range is being considered as the best bang for the bit because regardless of screen size it enhances the viewing experience – only if it is done right.

Hybrid SDI/IP facilities bring new challenges for maintaining network stability and packet integrity that are paramount to successful deployments and differ from traditional IT QoS concerns. The move to IP allows for multiplexing various signals over a shared physical layer.

Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is beginning to replace Gen Lock for system timing. PTP is implemented to reduce and eventually eliminate the need for a dedicated system timing network. System stability and latency is the challenge in a bidirectional timing network.

VR utilizing 360 cameras require unique approaches to production and post. This paper will share a few lessons learned. Tektronix

2:30 p.m. - Fundamental concepts and technologies behind augmented and mixed reality:

There is a lot more to AR than PokemonGo. In this interactive session, hoverlay’s Nicolas Robbe and Milan Kovacev will go over the fundamental concepts and technologies behind augmented and mixed reality, present some practical examples and demos, and share their predictions on potential deployments, including TV programming, advertising, and broadcasting use cases. After attending the session, you will be able to know the core technical underpinnings of augmented/mixed reality, who the main industry players are, and how to select possible introductory use cases in your area. hoverlay

4:00 p.m.- Bringing Holograms to Print Media

What if you could make hologram-like prints using a standard printer, media and ink? At Lumii we’re working to make this dream into a reality and deliver a new 3D medium that’s accessible to all.

Co-founders Daniel Leithinger and Matt Hirsch will discuss their thoughts about how this new light field media might re-shape the worlds of art, architecture, media, and branding.

5:30 p.m. - Dinner Break - See Demos from our presenters or grab a bite at these Local Restaurants

7:00 p.m. - Digital Domain

Join Bobby Alexis, Digital Domain's Director of Business Development for this In-depth session covering:

+ Different Types of VR/AR and Their Benefits
+ The VR Landscape
+ The Importance of Toolsets
+ Production Pipeline
+ The Value of Audio in the Immersive Experience
+ Monetization Strategies: Today and in the Future
+ 5-Year and 10-Year Predictions

A special thank you to Integrated Solutions Group and The Camera Company for donating the meeting space for this event.

Stretch your legs between sessions at the 27th Annual Pro Video and Lighting Show

Thank you SMPTE/New England meeting organizers Robin Shahid and Kevin Lessard.

Thursday, May, 18, 2017
Refreshments at 10:00am
Presentation at 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham Hotel & Conference Center
55 Ariadne Rd, Dedham, MA
Dedham, MA 02026


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For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at Integrated Solutions Group division of The Camera Company, Inc. or

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2016-2017 Season...
Section Calendar
Some dates are still tentative

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: 17 May 2017
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor