Multi-Format Workflow Panel Discussion

The Detroit Section of SMPTE will have a panel discussion titled Production and Post-Production Workflow in a Multi-Format World at its April 21 meeting.

Gerry Matthews will host a panel of experts who will represent each step of the production and post process, and answer questions from attendees.

The event will be held at Ringside Creative (the former GTN space), 13320 Northend Avenue, Oak Park and begins at 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to attend.

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ATSC Webinar

Dr. Richard Chernock, chief science officer at Triveni Digital, will present ATSC
3.0 on Thursday, February 19 at 2 p.m. ET. This SBE webinar will provide an overview
of the status of the ATSC 3.0 activity from a technical point of view as well as the anticipated time schedule.

ATSC 3.0 is a suite of new standards and practices for the next  generation of broadcast
television – a system that will provide even more services to viewers, but will also require a clean break from the  technologies of earlier-generation DTV systems. The system  requirements include a call for a flexible and more efficient physical layer, mobility, Ultra-High Definition (UHD) images, new solutions for audio, incorporation of new user technologies such as second screen, and incorporation of broadband connectivity. ATSC 3.0 represents a cooperative effort between all segments of the industry and many parts of the world.

Dr. Chernock is active in ATSC standards committees, particularly in the  areas of future DTV, monitoring, metadata and data broadcast. He is chairman of the ATSC Technology Group on ATSC 3.0 (TG3) and chairs the AHG on service delivery and synchronization for ATSC 3.0. He was previously chairman of the ATSC Technology and Standards Group (TG1). In his role with Triveni  Digital, Chernock is developing strategic directions for monitoring, content distribution and metadata management for emerging digital television systems and infrastructures.

Registration fee for the webinar is $49 for SBE members. The fee for non-members is $80. Register online or call the SBE national office at 317-846-9000. Completion of this webinar qualifies for one credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

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Certification exam dates for 2015

Here are the exam windows and application deadlines for local chapter SBE certification exams for 2015:

  • February 6-16, 2015 – Applications are closed
  • June 5-15, 2015 – Deadline April 10
  • August 7-17, 2015 – Deadline June 5
  • November 6-16, 2015 – Deadline October 2

Additionally, exams will be given at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas on April 14. The deadline to apply is March 20.

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

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Closed-Captioning Verification in a File-Based Video Workflow

Chapter 91 (Lansing/Mid-Michigan) November Chapter Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 13, 7:30 PM

Location: WKAR Stations, Room 204 Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing (Parking is free in the ramp after 6 PM)

Topic:  Closed caption verification in a file based video workflow
For viewers at home checking closed captioning on a TV show is as simple as pressing a button on a remote control to display the captioned text on screen.  However, TV broadcast professionals who have to manage a file based digital video delivery workflow have a very limited toolset to verify that a video file has proper TV closed captioning data.  This session covers a variety of new options to be able to check video files for closed captioning with software that does not rely on hardware and expensive professional TV monitors to decode the caption data.  Once the caption data is checked and verified it can be extracted and repurposed for a variety of delivery formats including internet videos to meet 508 compliance.

Speaker: Giovanni Galvez – Captioning Expert, Telestream

In his 7th year as the technical developer for CPC, now part of Telestream, Giovanni Galvez has helped networks such as NBC Universal, Fox, Turner, and AMC migrate to a file-based workflow for HD closed captioning. He has given seminars and presentations at Apple headquarters in Reston, VA, Rochester Institute of Technology, FCC, National Association for the Deaf and the NAB conference.  During these sessions he discussed new and essential file-based alternatives for HD closed captioning that integrate with non-linear editing systems, broadcast servers, and internet video delivery platforms.  In addition to closed captioning for TV, he has also helped many government agencies such as the DOJ, FDA and Social Security administration add closed captioning to web videos.  In the first quarter of 2011, he helped develop the first software to convert TV closed captioning CEA-608 to SMPTE TTML file format for the web.

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