Harmonic Leads Technology Innovation Sessions at the 2019 NAB Show Conference

Harmonic announced that several of the company’s executives will speak at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. During the conference, experts from Harmonic will examine a wide range of innovative technology-related topics, from OTT to live UHD HDR service delivery, AI-driven video compression, ATSC 3.0 and big data. As the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, and an established thought leader at industry conferences, Harmonic is helping the media industry deliver superior-quality broadcast and OTT video services to consumers globally.

Harmonic-JeanLouis-DiascomAI-Driven Video Compression: Jean-Louis Diascorn, senior product manager at Harmonic, will spearhead a BEITC session on how “AI Technology Is Changing the Future of Video Compression” on Monday, April 8, from 10:40 to 11 a.m. in Room N256 of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). During this presentation, attendees will learn how AI is being applied to video compression and its benefits for broadcast and OTT applications. The session will include a brief history of video compression, ways that AI can be utilized and the different types of AI implementations that can be used for video compression.

Harmonic-ThierryFautierOTT and UHD HDR Innovation: Thierry Fautier, vice president of video strategy at Harmonic and president of the Ultra HD Forum, will lead two presentations at the BEITC. The first session, “How OTT Services Can Match the Quality of Broadcast,” will analyze the current challenges involved with delivering live OTT services and describe solutions that are available today, such as content-aware encoding, artificial intelligence and low-latency CMAF. This session will take place on Tuesday, April 9, from 11 to 11:20 a.m. in room N260. The second session, “Demystifying Live UHD HDR Service Delivery,” presented on behalf of the Ultra HD Forum on April 10 from 10:40 to 11 a.m. in Room N260 of the LVCC, will examine the different UHD HDR deployment scenarios and analyze the rationale for picking a specific HDR standard.

Harmonic-JeanMacherReal-World ATSC 3.0 Results: Harmonic’s Director of Broadcast Market Development Jean Macher will present a session on “Implementation and Test Results for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Services at Chicago 3.0” to examine a cloud-based approach to hybrid services that combine over-the-air broadcast with OTT streaming. These hybrid services are currently implemented at the “Chicago 3.0” ATSC 3.0 trial by Weigel Broadcasting Co. The session will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 11:40 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room N256 of the LVCC.

Harmonic-ChrisPattinsonBig Data and Service Availability: Chris Pattinson, vice president of global software quality at Harmonic, will lead a BEITC session on “Using Big Data and Workflow Redesign to Enhance Broadcast Service Availability” on Tuesday, April 9 from 3:20 to 3:40 p.m. in room N258 of the LVCC. Attendees will learn how to use everything from the pattern of HTTP requests to log messages from the micro-services that make up the broadcast chain to predict failure and prevent it, and automatically repair the system if failure does happen.

Harmonic will showcase its innovative video delivery technologies in Booth SU810 during the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas.

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SMPTE Opens Call for Papers for SMPTE 2019 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, is seeking technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2019 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2019), Oct. 21-26, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. Abstracts must be submitted online no later than April 30.

Authors of manuscript proposals selected by the SMPTE 2019 program committee will have the opportunity to present at the event and network with the industry’s most esteemed technology thought leaders and engineering executives during the world’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. Program sessions will address advancements in current technology, plus future-looking developments in media technology, content creation, image and sound, and the allied arts and sciences.

Following SMPTE 2019, SMPTE will publish accepted manuscripts to the SMPTE Digital Library hosted on the IEEE Xplore platform, and video of each paper presentation will be posted to the Society’s YouTube channel. Submitted manuscripts will also go through peer review for possible publication in the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.

Proposed papers must be informational, high-quality, and address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media and entertainment industry. Preference will be given to forward-thinking proposals and particularly to research-based proposals addressing cutting-edge technology. The program committee is also interested in the perspective of the next generation of storytellers and industry leaders, and student papers are strongly encouraged. Papers that are of a commercial or promotional nature will not be considered.

Early submission of paper proposals will ensure consideration by the SMPTE 2019 program committee. Two SMPTE Fellows will co-chair this year’s program committee: SMPTE Education Vice President Sara J. Kudrle, product marketing manager for playout at Imagine Communications, and Thomas Edwards, vice president engineering and development at Fox.

“The papers presented at SMPTE 2019 will shape the future of media infrastructures, workflows, and storytelling from both a technical and creative perspective,” said Kudrle. “We’re seeking abstracts from current and upcoming experts that represent a wide range of topics and perspectives across the global motion-picture, television, and professional media industry.”

Examples of Possible SMPTE 2019 Paper Topics

  • UHD, HDR, 4K, high frame rate (HFR)
  • Future of media distributions (OTT, ATSC 3.0, mobile)
  • Media infrastructure and control (SDI, IP)
  • Workflow management (file-based, automation)
  • Cloud and virtualized media processing
  • Image acquisition and processing
  • Content management and storage, restoration, and preservation
  • Cinema processing and projection technology
  • Human perception of images or sound
  • Quality and monitoring of images and sound
  • New compression techniques and implementations
  • Content and network security
  • New techniques in audio (scene-based production, compression, transport, immersive)
  • Advances in display technologies
  • Future media technologies, such as virtual reality/augmented reality/mixed reality and 360-degree video (VR/AR/MR)
  • Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology in professional content creation
  • Encouraging inclusion and diversity in STEM

A more comprehensive listing of potential topics, along with instructions on how to submit an abstract, is available at 2019.smpte.org.

Final proposal selection and notification to authors will occur no later than June 15. Selected presenters must be able to commit to providing an electronic version of the final technical manuscript to the Society no later than Sept. 20, to ensure SMPTE has time to process papers for the conference.

Held annually by SMPTE, the annual technical conference is the world’s premier forum for exploring the evolution of media and entertainment technology. SMPTE 2019 will feature a high-tech exhibit hall, three days of technical sessions, and enhanced networking events, all of which bring attendees unparalleled opportunities for professional development, relationship building, and “mind sharing.” Exhibitors and sponsors of SMPTE 2019 are provided with unique opportunities to showcase their latest products and technologies while increasing brand visibility.

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