May SMPTE program: IP in Broadcasting

SBE members and friends are invited to attend the SMPTE May meeting:

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Detroit Section Meeting Notice

May 2019

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (First Tuesday in May)

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Cutters Studios Detroit, 13320 Northend Avenue, Oak Park, MI 48237. (248) 548-2500 (East of Coolidge between 8 Mile and 9 Mile Roads) [Map]

Speaker: John Schilberg, Central Regional Sales Manager, Utah Scientific, Inc.

Subject: From Pocket Protectors to Packet Sniffers – IP in Broadcasting

Over the past forty years, the world of radio and television broadcasting has changed from analog, to serial digital, to IP. We used to carry a “greenie” as our primary tool and the only “password” required was knowing how to operate the rack tray cover locks. Times have changed, and now we’re working with signals that are carried on copper or fiber optic cables and function at blazing speeds. Come join us for a bit of a trip back and a look forward on what we might be able to expect in the future as the industry transitions yet again, this time from serial digital to IP conveyance of video signals.

John Schilberg is the Central Region Sales Manager for Salt Lake City-based equipment manufacturer Utah Scientific, Inc. Originally from Wisconsin, John has worked in television engineering at stations in Montana, Texas and Oklahoma, and in broadcast equipment sales with vendors and manufacturers including Masstech and Dejero. John is based in the Dallas, Texas area and has been with Utah Scientific since March 2018.

PLEASE INVITE YOUR COLLEAGUES

No charge to attend – Non-members and friends welcome.

There will be a no-host Managers’ Dinner prior to the meeting at 5:30 pm at Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, 2972 Coolidge Rd., Berkley (just south of 12 Mile). [Map] (248) 543-3283. Please click here to let us know if you are coming.

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Chapter 82 Meeting Notice – November 2018

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 82

November 2018

Joint Meeting with SMPTE Detroit Section

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: WKBD & WWJ-TV, 26905 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield, Mich. 48033 (Studio A – Enter at rear of building)

Speakers: Tim Hosmer, Director of Comark Digital Services, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark LLC;  and Richard Lhermitte, Vice-President, Solutions and Market Development, Enensys

Subject: ATSC 3.0

ATSC 3.0 is the latest version of the television broadcast standard developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee. Replacing the 22-year-old ATSC 1 standard currently in use by broadcasters, ATSC 3.0 overhauls digital transmission by allowing 4K resolution, enhanced audio, and a more robust signal that improves mobile and indoor reception. It holds the promise of bringing viewers back to broadcast television with vastly-improved services.

But before the public can enjoy ATSC 3.0’s benefits, broadcasters must be prepared to transmit it. Transmitter manufacturers are gearing up to provide solutions for broadcast stations to employ as the technology transitions to the new standard.

This month, we welcome Tim Hosmer from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark Ltd. and Richard Lhermitte from Enensys. Tim will be presenting a high-level view of the ATSC 3.0 standard and the advantages it will bring for broadcasters. His presentation will touch on high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) and orthoganal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), two components of the ATSC 3.0 tranmission standard. Richard will provide a deeper look into the A/321 section of the standard, which deals with system discovery and signaling, a key component in providing new wireless-based services.

Please join us for an interesting and informative look into the future of television broadcast technology.

PLEASE INVITE YOUR COLLEAGUES

No charge to attend – Non-members and friends welcome.

There will be a no-host Managers’ Dinner prior to the meeting at 5:30 pm at Ruby Tuesday, 31066 Twelve Mile Road (at Orchard Lake), Farmington Hills. (248) 932-9393. All are welcome to join us. Please contact Frank Maynard (248) 355-7129 or via the contact form if you plan on attending so we may reserve enough space.

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Certification exam schedule for 2018

SBE Headquarters has announced local chapter certification exam dates and application deadlines through 2018. They are:

  • February 2-12, 2018 – Deadline December 31, 2017
  • June 1-11, 2018 – Deadline April 20, 2018
  • August 3-13, 2018 – Deadline June 5, 2018
  • November 2-12, 2018 – Deadline September 24, 2018

Most exams can be taken by mutual arrangement in the Detroit area.

In addition, exams will be given at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas on April 10, 2018 (application deadline March 2).

For more information on certification, visit the SBE Certification webpage.

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News and notes: April 2017

Here are some notes from SBE executive director John Poray:

1. If you’re heading to the NAB Show, be sure to include the SBE Spring Membership Meeting and reception on your schedule. Both are on Tuesday, April 25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the meeting at 5:15 in N256 and the reception at 6:15 in N243. Lots of prizes at both and free finger food and beverages at the reception. I hope you will stop by the SBE booth in the North Hall second floor meeting room area (Booth NL1 near N256) and say hello!

2. Thanks to all those who have renewed their membership this year. Even though the April 1 renewal deadline has passed, you can still renew during the grace period and avoid being dropped from membership.

3. The annual SBE Compensation Survey is underway. The more responses we receive, the more accurate and helpful the survey results are to you and other members. The full survey report will be available to all SBE members in June. To access the survey, go to the SBE website, www.sbe.org and click on the SBE Compensation Survey icon on the front page.

Other notes from Chapter 82:

a) The SBE Membership Drive is on until May 31. If you recruit a new member, you’ll receive $5 off next year’s dues and be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. (I actually won a book last year.) Details at sbe.org.

b) Chapter 82 is dormant, and needs some new blood in order to become active and support and serve our membership. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer offices are vacant, and in order to become active we need members to volunteer to serve in these positions. Please contact Frank Maynard using the contact form of this website if you would like more information or are interested in serving in one of these positions and helping to provide continuing education and social engagement for your fellow broadcast engineers.

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