November 2021 Meeting Notice

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 82

November 2021 Meeting Notice

Date: Monday, November 15, 2021

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 PM

Topic: OConsortium Technology Tour

Location: WKBD – WWJ-TV Parking Lot, 26905 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield

This month we are participating in the Detroit-area stop of the OConsortium Technology tour.

The OConsortium technology tour is a demonstration of the newest ATSC 3.0 technology contained in their Mobile Demonstration Unit and more. It is glass-to-glass showing how this technology can be deployed in broadcast stations and used by first responders. Supporting sponsors including the major standards organizations (SBE, ATSC, SMPTE and AWARN), new and known technology groups (such as Dejero, Panasonic, Aveco, TaTa Communications, QComm/QForce, Persistent Systems, Televese and Riedel) and Sinclair Broadcast Group/One Media Labs.

With ATSC 3.0 NextGen stations being deployed across the country now, it is the time to see what is out there that actually exists and how it can be helpful. Even if you are not a NextGen station, the new technology and how it works in the cloud, securely and quickly is something not to miss.

During the demonstration, Jim Ocon will show you how the technologies work together. The Oconsortium was created to build workflows and connect technologies together to create an advantage or solve a problem for the end user.

The tour vehicle will be parked at WKBD, 26905 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield, from 11 am to 2 pm on Monday, November 15. Lunch will be provided at noon and there will be a prize drawing at the conclusion of the event. There is no charge to attend. All SMPTE members, non-members and interested persons are invited. Visit the OConsortium website for tour dates and locations and registration information.

The event organizers have requested that all attendees be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Guests and non-members welcome – No admission charge

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Certification exam schedule for 2021

SBE Headquarters has announced local chapter certification exam dates and application deadlines through 2021. They are:

  • February 5-15, 2021 – Deadline December 31, 2020
  • June 4-14, 2021 – Deadline April 16, 2021
  • August 6-16, 2021 – Deadline June 11, 2021
  • November 5-15, 2021 – Deadline September 10, 221

Exams are normally given at the National Association of Broadcasters convention. In 2021, the convention has been rescheduled to October and it is not yet know if exams will be held there.

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

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

February 2020 meeting notice

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Detroit Section Meeting Notice

February 2020

Joint meeting with Chapter 82. Society of Broadcast Engineers

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Lawrence Technological University, Southfield. Buell Building (#5 on map), Room M211. Park in lot C or D. See map for details.

Speaker: Bill Bennett, Media Solutions Account Manager, ENCO

Subject: The Case to Caption Everything

A presentation to illustrate the importance of captioning all of your media, from regulatory compliance needs to an improved consumer experience and greater monetization of your assets.

In this presentation, ENCO will:

  • Explain Automated Speech Recognition and how it applies to captioning of video and audio content
  • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of today’s various captioning methods
  • Discuss the US regulatory captioning environment, its predicted future, and penalties
  • Explore how the regulatory environment will impact content creators, publishers, venue designers and owners, and systems integrators
  • Overview some new benefits from ASR, such as creation of sidecar simple text file transcripts that are highly searchable, text-based search and navigation of video and audio assets, improved customer experiences by finding the content they want, transcripts of meetings and events or important audio communications, translation for a global marketplace, live and on-demand, and search-engine optimization for improved Internet search results for finding your captioned media.

Time-permitting, Bill will also briefly discuss ENCO’s new live cloud backup, playout and disaster recovery system for radio stations.


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