SMPTE 2020: ‘Game On’ Introduces APAC Sessions

SMPTE has announced that SMPTE 2020: “Game On,” the Society’s interactive and immersive remote technical conference experience, will include a series of technical sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking events specially designed for attendees who live or work in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The APAC program will feature four hours of programming per day on 11 and 12 November, beginning with breakfast roundtables at 8 a.m. Hong Kong / 9 a.m. Tokyo/Seoul / 11 a.m. Sydney.

“With Olympic Games scheduled for each of the next two years and the rise in delivery to international streamers, we’ve noticed increased activity and interest in SMPTE’s forward-looking standards and publications,” said Raji Krishnaswami, APAC program coordinator for the SMPTE 2020 Program Committee. “We’re taking advantage of SMPTE 2020’s online format to deliver an APAC-centered program that highlights topics of interest to the region, such as 8K, video over IP, and high dynamic range/wide color gamut. This program is a significant step in SMPTE’s ongoing work to serve members, and the industry, around the globe.”

With timing that aligns with workday hours across the APAC region, the customized program schedule offers attendees a unique and convenient opportunity to engage directly with presenters in real-time discussions related to the session topic. Each presentation will be followed by live Q&A. A concurrent program, organized and sponsored by the 8K Association, will offer further presentations and live panel discussions focused on aspects of the 8K ecosystem.

SMPTE 2020 APAC Program Schedule: Day 1 (11 November)

  • Breakfast Roundtable 1: Diversification in the Industry – Panelists: Stacy Milner, Founder and CEO of the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program/HBCU in LA Internship Program; Katie Hinsen, Chair of Blue-Collar Post Collective (BCPC)
  • Breakfast Roundtable 2: Blockchain – Moderator: Steve Bilow, BlueVolt
  • Continuous Deployment of CBC’s Media-Over-IP Data Center – Speakers: Alexandre Dugas and Félix Poulin, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • UHD Production Codecs – The Agony of Choice. Speaker: Dagmar Driesnack, Institut für Rundfunktechnik
  • NMOS – The Interoperable Control System for an IP World. Speaker: Jed Deame, Nextera Video
  • Practical HPC Technologies for File-Based Production and Transcoding of UHD-1/2. Speakers: Raji Krishnaswami and Reona Yanagishita, Rohde & Schwarz
  • A Benchmark of Objective Quality Metrics for HLG-Based HDR/WCG Image Coding. Speaker: Yasuko Sugito, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • JPEG-XS Codec Adapted to 8K and ST 2110. Speaker: Kota Itakura, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

8K Seminar

This special seminar is designed to bring together key experts in the 8K value chain to talk about their experiences with 8K, what they like, and what can be improved. Sessions will include:

  • 8K Production – Dan Duran, RED; Aaron Kroger, Panavision; Ben Cope, Intel
  • The Creative Perspective on 8K – Derek Bauer, Zak Titus, and Jake Olson of Two Yellow Lines; Peter Mavromates, Post Producer; Erik Messerschmidt, Cinematographer; Bruce Markoe, IMAX

SMPTE 2020 APAC Program Schedule: Day 2 (12 November)

  • Breakfast Roundtable 1: Mentorship in the Industry. Panelists: Bernard Weiser-President of EIPMA; Karen Dunn, President of KMD Productions and KMD Pro Speed Mentoring; Samuel Ashe, Executive Director of The Ashe Academy
  • Breakfast Roundtable 2: Strategies for Sections. Moderator: Paul Whybrow, SMPTE Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands Section Chair
  • Immersive Audio Real-World Workflows. Speaker: Brian Vessa, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Performance Comparison of Emerging EVC and VVC Video Coding Standards with HEVC and AV1. Speaker: Dan Grois, Comcast
  • “AI News Anchor” With Deep Learning-Based Speech Synthesis. Speaker: Kiyoshi Kurihara, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • UHD and HD Simultaneous Workflows at the CBC. Speaker: Pierre Hugues Routhier, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Monitoring and Analysis of SMPTE ST 2059-2 PTP Networks and Media Devices. Speakers: Thomas Kernen, NVIDIA; Nikolaus Kerö, Oregano Systems
  • High-Throughput JPEG 2000 for Broadcast and IP-Based Applications. Speakers: Thomas Edwards, Independent; Michael D. Smith, Wavelet Consulting LLC
  • 8K Workflow Trends – Speakers: Andy Blondin, Epic Games; Michael Cioni,; Katie Fellion, Light Iron; Thierry Fautier, Harmonic
  • Solving the 8K Distribution Challenge – Speakers: Bill Mandel, Samsung Research America; Stephan Wenger, Tencent; Mickael Raulet, Ateme

SMPTE 2020: “Game On” All Access attendees are welcome to join in any of the conference offerings, any time of day or night. This year’s event will feature many hours of live programming and many more hours of on-demand content.



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