Video: The Business Benefits of IMF to a Global Production System

In this talk from Andy Wilson at Northern Waves 2018, we find that IMF, the Interoperable Master Format is not just about technology, but if anything it’s more about improving workflows today with an eye to being the foundation of future workflows and business models.
Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary release which needed 106 versions for its simultaneous world-wide release forms the example which shows how IMF helps broadcasters reduce duplicate copies, support versioning workflows, maintain quality and much more.

Mastering as a new route to save storage, costs and time – as well as look at automation as part of the process. This introductory session outlines the business benefits and use cases that the DPP have developed with global broadcasters and online players.

Andy covers:

  • What IMF is?
  • The role of SMPTE and the DPP
  • How IMF helps the versioning workflow
  • Duplication & Storage Reduction
  • Maintaining Quality
  • It’s use with NHK’s 8K Rushes
  • Supporting Long-term Monetisation
  • Applicability to Cloud-based MAM
  • Future potential Workflows

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Speaker

Andy Wilson Andy Wilson
Industry Principal – Media, Dropbox
Former Head of Business Development, DPP

Video: What is Immersive Audio and Why is it so Cool?

With all manner of entertainment using the moniker “immersive”, what does this mean with regard to audio?

This webcast will describe what immersive audio is, why it is so cool, and what makes it vital to the industry. Brian Vessa from Sony Pictures Entertainment will take a deep dive into ST 2098-1, which defines immersive audio metadata and is the first document in the suite of SMPTE immersive audio standards.

Since the introduction of immersive audio to the cinema, SMPTE has been working to create standards to foster interoperability between the many variations of playback systems and the many variations in mixing tools. A number of standards documents have been created that address different aspects of the problem.

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Meeting: BOXfest 2018

Date: Thu, June 28, 2018 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST
Location: Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 6LQ

The excellent BOXfest is back for its sixth year! On the theme of ‘Disruption’, this is a one day technology event in Central London. Following on from NAB, BOXfest highlights key technologies and products concentrating on customer case studies, sharing technology roadmaps and market trends. The audience is typically senior, technical management and engineers, with the day designed to allow time for people to network with their peers.

With the escalation of technologies including IP, AI and cloud alongside ever-changing business requirements how do you deliver future-proof solutions and innovation to your organisation?

Several technical authorities from a number of key vendors for product-agnostic presentations will provide insight into these topics:

IP – Where are we with IP?
AI – What is it and how does it affect me?
AI – Real world applications
Cloud – creating flexible infrastructure that works for media
IMF – What, why?
HDR – Real world experiences.

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Meeting: IMF – A Thing of Dark Mystery or One of Simple Beauty?

Date: Wednesday, 6 June, 2018, 18:30 BST
Location: Pincents Manor, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Berks, RG31 4UQ

In a joint event between RTS Thames Valley and SMPTE UK Section, discover how IMF (Interoperable Master Format) will benefit broadcast and online workflows just as it has changed existing subtitling and dubbing pipelines for Film Localisation.
This meeting starts with a primer on IMF from SMPTE Standards VP Bruce Devlin (Mr MXF) who discusses the significance of the first specification (as opposed to standard) coming out of SMPTE. Steve Fish will then look at the use of IMF in Turner Internationals Television business. Finally Andy Lampard delves in to IMF for Film Localistion.
As a bonus, you may find out something about ST 2110 as well!

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Speakers:
Bruce Devlin, @MrMXF
Steve Fish is VP Media & Technology Architecture, Turner Broadcasting
Andy Lampard is the Head of Research and Development at Motion Picture Solutions.

Meeting: IMF for Broadcast & Online

 
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – 15:00 to 16:45
Location: Dock10, The Studios, MediaCity:UK, Salford, M50 2HQ

Hosted at Dock10, join the DPP experts to find out about the new IMF Specification for Broadcast and Online.
Starting with refreshments and networking, the session will cover the business case behind the need to develop a new Inter-operable Mastering Format, how it fits in to existing programme delivery cycles, what SMPTE specifications are with a view of how IMF might evolve for advertising deliveries globally

Speakers

Andy Quested

Andy Quested started working as a BBC Technical Assistant in 1978 becoming a video tape editor in 1985. Andy worked on many comedy, children’s and documentary series, editing all episodes of “Keeping Up Appearances”! He also worked on the introducing of non-linear editing, stereo and widescreen production. In 1998 Andy moved to a new BBC technology department where he led the production technology for the BBC’s first HD programmes including the iconic series “Planet Earth I”. He is the technical lead for the DPP’s AS-11 format, co-chairs the EBU Video Systems Strategic Group and is an active member of SMPTE, especially the UK Region and became a Fellow in 2014. At the ITU, Andy chaired the Rapporteurs Group that developed the HDR Recommendation until 2015 when he became chair of Working Party 6C which has responsibility for the international standards for production and international exchange.

Andy Wilson,

With over 17 years of working on red button interactive television services, broadcast innovation, product management and digital rights for the BBC, Andy now leads the growth and delivery of the DPP.  Andy’s previous BBC work included the migration of Engineering Teams to support new technologies and studios in MediaCity UK, New Broadcasting House, UHD broadcasts, supporting the 2012 London Olympics and running the industry skills programme for File Delivery.
Andy joined the DPP from his role as Partnership Lead for BBC Make it Digital, a year-long campaign to develop the coding and digital skills of audiences across the UK. He was also Head of Delivery for BBC micro:bit, ensuring 1 million children across the UK received a new computing device to help grow their engineering and digital skills. Andy led collaboration between 54 partners, to deliver the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative in 30 years.
Andy has experience in developing big data services, powered by machine learning, through his work in developing audience measurement tools for television and online services.

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Video: Turner’s Cloud Archive for CNN’s Video Library and Global Multiplatform Versioning


From AWS re:Invent 2017, Michael Koetter from Turner and Bhavik Vyas from AWS explain that Turner is creating a copy of CNN’s 37-year news video library in AWS to take advantage of the cost and architectural benefits of cloud storage.
This project has unique requirements around retrieval times, and Turner partnered with AWS to drive specific capabilities such as those Amazon Glacier expedited and bulk retrieval options. These cloud-based archives can enable Turner to use other cloud-based value-add services, such as AI/ML/search, and media supply chains efficiently. Turner’s global content exploitation strategies call for extensive versioning of content assets required for distribution to different platforms, products, and regions.
Today, this involves complex workflows to derive multiple downstream versions. Adopting the SMPTE Interoperable Mastering Format (IMF) and cloud-based object storage, Turner will dramatically simplify these workflows by enabling cloud-based automation and elastic scalability. Hear Turner’s strategy, implementation around these media workloads, and lessons learned.

Speakers:
Michael Koetter, SVP, Digital Media Systems, Turner
Bhavik Byas, Global Ecosystem Leader, M&E, AWS

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Meeting: Movie Distribution and Workflow Security

Date: May 9th 2018, 18:15-21:00
Location: NBC Universal, 1 Central St Giles, St Giles High Street, WC2H 8NU Google Maps

This talk looks at two areas of great developments in the film industry:

Versioning and localisation plus the need to have content security at all stages today focussing on security during the production process.

International Movie distribution using digital files is a well-oiled machine – and it needs to be with burgeoning movie versions increasing all the time. Some International releases have upwards of 750 different versions to create, package and distribute to the cinema.

While the distribution above is well protected by in built encryption and physical barriers what about security during production?

Speakers

Andy Lucas – Vice President Global Distribution Technology, Universal Pictures International

David Hodgkinson – SVP Distribution Operations, Universal Pictures International

Webinar: The State of HDR Video: New Standards, Future Trends & Current Use Cases


Webinar: 28th March 2018, 16:00 BST
AWS Elemental explores the state of HDR in 2018 as technology options and standards continue to emerge. Navigating HDR video formats continues to be complicated, with different format preferences among studios, OTT services, and consumer electronics devices. While on-demand video production workflows using IMF sources to deliver HDR content have been deployed, live broadcasts with HDR are just starting to take place.

Learn about the various HDR video standards that have emerged recently, industry trends, and real-world use cases for HDR file and live video workflows.

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Speakers

Dan Gehred

Dan Gehred

Solutions Marketing Manager for Compression, AWS Elemental

Dan Gehred, Solutions Marketing Manager for Compression at AWS Elemental, is responsible for product marketing for all compression software products. Dan has over 15 years of experience building and marketing digital media applications.

Dan Germain

Dan Germain

Sr. Product Manager Compression – VOD, AWS Elemental

With over 30 years of industry experience in the international media marketplace, Dan is passionate about technology, developing new standards, promoting positive change and business approaches to enhanced profitability.