Expanding the Color Universe: The Next Frontier in Imaging

3 June 2021 

Thanks to You, Our Speakers, and Our Sponsors! 

 

Thank you for participating in the inaugural SMPTE+ event, “Expanding the Color Universe: The Next Frontier in Imaging.” The program on 3 June was a huge success, featuring amazing presentations from our speakers, and a great crowd too! Our sincere thanks likewise go out to all these speakers; to our sponsors, Blackmagic and Signiant; and to our moderator, Debra Kaufman. 

 

We heard from technologists, creatives, and NASA experts, who shared the latest perspectives and research on multiprimary technologies and their potential impact on imaging in fields ranging from science and research to media and entertainment. 

 

If you missed any part of the program or want to catch a replay, check the SMPTE website soon.

There is nothing more amazing than the view from space. Astronauts returning from missions lament that images captured fail to show the dramatic beauty and grandeur of what they actually could see from space. Unfortunately, there has not been a way to display those views—until now. Baylor University and 6P Color, Inc. are collaborating to capture, process and display better color images, including those from space, using novel multi-primary technologies. In conjunction with NASA and SMPTE, we will explore the next frontier in imaging.

Historically, motion imagery has improved over time—from analog TV transmission to digital transmission and from standard definition to Hi-Definition to Ultra Hi Definition (4k and 8k). Color representation has expanded from Rec 709 to P3 to ITU Rec 2020. However, state of the art display technologies are still bounded by a triangular region defined by red, green and blue primaries (RGB systems). While three colors are the minimum to define a color gamut, the shape of these color gamuts limit the possible colors that can be seen, reproduced, and displayed.

In this program, we will discuss the impact of adding additional primaries on the color gamut: reduction in metamerism and the ability to provide expanded colors outside the current color gamuts. We can display what has never been seen on earth before now: the colors in between the colors.

During the SMPTE+ event you will hear from technologists, creatives and NASA experts on the importance of color and research in the area of multi-primary color and expansion of the color gamut beyond RGB.

Mitch Bogdanowicz
Retired
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Corey Carbonara
Professor and SMPTE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
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Dominic Glynn
Senior Scientist
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Hans Hoffmann
EBU and SMPTE President
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Debra Kaufman
Writer, ETCentric
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Michael Korpi
Professor
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Barbara Lange
Executive Director
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Richard Salmon
Retired
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Dylan Mathis
Integration Manager for Operational Programs
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Dave Evans
Coordinating Producer
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Tracy Caldwell Dyson (Ph.D.)
Astronaut
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Gary Feather
Member
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David Long
Director, MAGIC Spell Studios
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David Stump
Director of Photography
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Aaron Thibault
VP of Strategic Operations
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Catherine Meininger
Color Scientist
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Trevor Canham
Research Engineer
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Michael Zink
VP Emerging & Creative Technologies
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Steven Poster
President Emeritus
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Jill Bogdanowicz
Co-Head of Features Color
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Corinne Bogdanowicz
Colorist
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Bob Caniglia
Director of Sales Operations, Americas
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Heather Hedden
Data and Knowledge Engineer
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Greg Geier
SVP
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Chris Lennon
Director, Standards Strategy
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Greg Shay
CTO
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Renard Jenkins
VP, Content Transmission & Production Technology
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CK Ming
Media Conservation and Digitization Specialist
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Michael Norton
Senior Director Cloud Architecture
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Andrea Kalas
Senior Vice President, Archives
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Josh Derby
Group Vice President, Advanced Technology & Development
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David Travis
Group Director of Content, Broadcast & Platforms
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Sydney Lovely
Chief Technology Officer
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Jodie Serror
Solutions Architect, Media & Entertainment
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Conrad Gouws
Technical Architect
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Larissa Görner-Meeus
Director of Product Management, Cloud
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Sally Hubbard
Principal
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Richard Welsh
SVP Innovation
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Carlos Abrahao
Production Platform Director
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Andreas Gall
Founder & CEO
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Andreas Pongratz
CEO
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Ievgen Kostiukevych
Team Leader, Media over IP and Cloud Technologies
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Liam Morrison
Principal Solutions Architect - AI/ML in Media & Entertainment
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Willem Vermost
Design + Engineering Manager
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Michelle Brenner
Senior Software Engineer
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Jonathan Krim
Media consultant/Journalist
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Thomas Edwards
Principal Solutions Architect
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Noor Hassan
Sr. Partner Solutions Architect, M&E
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Joel Williams
Vice President, Architecture & Engineering
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Bryan Nelson
Broadcast Accounts Manager
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Carl Petch
Head of Architecture & Integration
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Bernhard Pusch
Head of Global Internet Strategy
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Simon Crownshaw
Worldwide Media and Entertainment CTO
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Richard M Friedel
Executive Vice President, Corporate Engineering
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Andy Rayner
Chief Technologist
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Jim Beahn
VP Engineering & Operations
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Félix Poulin
Director - Media Transport Architecture and Lab
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Tony Cole
VP, Media Operations
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Don Roberts
Sr TV Systems Director
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Karl Paulsen
Chief Technology Office
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Bruce Devlin
Standards Vice President
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Mike Strein
Director, Engineering and Technology
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John Mailhot
CTO & Director of Product Management, Infrastructure & Networking
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Andrew Starks
Director of Product Management
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Jean Lapierre
Senior Director, Advanced Technologies
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Robert Porter
Project Manager
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Jeffrey Berryman
Senior Scientist
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Philip Tudor
Principal R&D Engineer
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Brad Gilmer
President
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Nik Kumar
Sr. Engineer
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Roger Crothers
Head of Technology
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Martin Walbum
Senior Vice President of Solution Strategy
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Gordon Castle
SVP Technology and Operations EMEA Eurosport/Discovery
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Jim Beahn
VP Engineering & Operations, WTTG/WDCA
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Thursday, June 3, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:55 AM
CS-Session 1: Introduction, Background, and "Covering the Needs of the Creatives"
9:00 AM - 10:55 AM

9am: Welcome and Introductions from SMPTE, Baylor University, NASA, and our Title Sponsor, Blackmagic Design.

9:15am:  Background on color science with a focus on multi-primary technology.
Dr. David Long, RIT, will present a historical review of color science with a view of color representations of electronic imagery including multi-primary approaches.

9:45a.  Covering the needs of the Creatives
Our speakers will cover how color is important to the creative communities such as Cinema, Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects, Live TV, as well as in scientific endeavors, and the limitations of current color gamuts.

Use Case 1:  Cinema —Steven Poster  

Use Case 2:  Animation  - Dominic Glynn (Pixar)

Use Case 3:  Gaming and Visual Effects — Aaron Thibault 

Use Case 4:  Live TV —Dave Evans, Fox Sports SW (Bally Sports) 

Use Case 5:  NASA and Scientific  —Dr. Caldwell Dyson (Astronaut), Rodney and Dylan 

Use Case 6:  Color in Post — Corrine and Jill B.  

10:55 - Session ends

11:10 AM - 12:35 PM
CS-Session 2: The Technology of Electronic Color
11:10 AM - 12:35 PM

What are the colorimetric challenges in displays, cameras, special effects?  Is there a fundamental limit to RGB based color spaces?  How can multiprimary approaches be developed to answer these challenges?

Use Case 1:  Displays.  — Gary Feather  

Use Case 2:  Cameras & Special Effects.  — Dave Stump, ASC. 

Use Case 3:  The Challenges of RGB Color Systems  — Richard Salmon, BBC ret’d 

Use Case 4:  Why Multi-primary color  — Dr. David Long 

Use Case 5:  Research efforts on MP systems   — Dr. Mitch Bogdanowicz  

  • Potential multi-primary systems 
  • Workflow in post 
  • Transmission 
  • Potential displays 
  • Colorimetric approach  
  • Problem of converting from 3 primary to multi-primary color spaces 
  • Evaluation for expanded color spaces {ACES AP1/AP0, XYZ, xyY} 
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
CS-Session 3.1: Roundtable Panel Discussion and Wrap Up
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion. Moderator: Debra Kaufman

Panelists: 

  • Steven Poster ASC
  • Dylan Mathis NASA
  • Mitch Bogdanowicz
  • Dave Stump,
  • Aaron Thibault
  •  Mike Zink WB  

Wrap up. Dr. Carbonara and Dr. Korpi  

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
CS-Session 4.1: Color Science Roundtable Discussion with Catherine Meininger and Trevor Canham
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Color  Calibration

 

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
CS-Speed Networking On Line SMPTE Event
2:35 PM - 3:05 PM

During this wrapup after the program you'll be randomly put into small groups to better get to know your fellow attendees.  We'll also switch up the groups halfway through to give you an opportunity to meet even more of your colleagues!  Afterwards, you'll be able to continue the conversation by contacting fellow attendees via private chat or by scheduling a meeting with them.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
 
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Convergence & Realignment
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Media & Entertainment’s linear value chain has become more iterative. Business verticals are merging and data, digital, and broadcast groups are less separated. This session is intended to examine where cloud migration stands now, what advantages (or disadvantages) have emerged, and what new tools and technologies are involved?Live QA to follow.

 

12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Break- Pub-Style Trivia
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM

Who said you need a pub to play pub trivia? Industry questions will be asked on the "Main Stage" and attendees can answer the question in the chat area.  

 

 

12:25 PM - 1:25 PM
Business Challenges
12:25 PM - 1:25 PM

Technology and infrastructure are not the only things that change when committing to a cloud-based strategy. New accounting and financial models are needed. Security concerns stand front and center. In addition, issues such as cost containment, resourcing, and more require focus and forethought. You must attend this session to hear more about the specific business implications from those who know and have experienced them. Live QA will follow.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Reality of Current Technical Challenges: Can the Unsolved Problems be Resolved?
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

For all the advantages of cloud-based workflows there are still technical challenges to overcome, including latency and live production. In this SMPTE+ session you will learn what specific challenges exist and how likely are they will be overcome. Against what timeline might you expect to see these challenges solved? You will also find out what issues have become more important (e.g. consistent metadata for automation, asynchronous workflows and orchestration)

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Break - Speed Networking On Line
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

During our second break you'll be randomly put into small groups to better get to know your fellow attendees.  We'll also switch up the groups halfway through to give you an opportunity to meet even more of your colleagues!  Afterwards, you'll be able to continue the conversation by contacting fellow attendees via private chat or by scheduling a meeting with them.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
What if the next disaster takes out the Internet? Preservation, Continuity and resilience after the move to the cloud
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

There is an old saying, “Never say never!” Though it is unlikely the entire Internet will fail, if you are not planning for a failure at your end of the Internet, at least, you are inviting trouble to have a seat at your table. So what are best practices when it comes to content preservation and business continuity? How does one ensure resilience?

3:50 PM - 4:50 PM
The Future Vision of Media in the Cloud
3:50 PM - 4:50 PM

The cloud is rapidly becoming the home of media, a migration that has been fueled by the pandemic. Organizations of all shapes and sizes are using cloud-based services to create, process, manage, and distribute content. This has brought challenges along with many opportunities, as workflows and business models are re-made. What then is the future? This panel will consider that question, and provide a vision of where the movement of media to the cloud may lead us in the short and longer term.

4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
Round Table Discussion: Designing video over an IP network - Telstra Presentations
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM

Although the internet is perceived as an invisible cloud that delivers information from A to B, in reality the carriage is complex. When designing the delivery of video over IP networks, it’s important to understand the internet’s topology and where pitfalls, like congestion and latency, are probable. Delivering contribution circuits is challenging and demands expert knowledge and access to the multitier network that makes the internet. Highly experienced telecommunication companies, like Telstra, specializing in internet connectivity to deliver a reliable, scalable and flexible network that can transfer data and feeds from one side of the planet to the other. Join Carl Petch, Head of Architecture and Integration at Telstra Broadcast Services, and Bernhard Pusch, Head of Global Internet Strategy at Telstra Corporation, as they discuss the technologies used for carrying video on the internet.

5:35 PM - 6:20 PM
Round Table Discussion: Broadcast in the Cloud- Amazon Presentation
5:35 PM - 6:20 PM

Broadcasters are migrating production workloads to cloud seeking efficiency, flexibility, scalability, and the opportunity to re-invent their business.  In this roundtable, panelists from Fox, Alpha Video, and AWS will discuss the trends and considerations around moving to the cloud while meeting the requirements of the unique broadcast applications, and shedding light on the future of live broadcast video processing in the cloud.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions  

Why we are here 

This short session sets the stage for the rest of the event.  We provide a quick overview of the days’ agenda, present “the arc of the story”, and highlight some things to be keeping an eye on as we move through the day.  This session begins the conversation, that will continue throughout the entire session, because that is what this is – an industry conversation about where we have got to, and where we are going on our journey towards an IP future.

 IP Facilities: The Big Picture

This session presents the “IP Facilities: The Big Picture” as an introduction to the topic of IP Facilities and infrastructure used for professional media applications.  It presents a global, generic view of IP media facilities, using a diagram that gives attendees a frame of reference as they think about the rest of the sessions in this event.  Attendees will also hear from a national broadcaster regarding the business drivers behind their conversion to IP.

The Stories (Panel) Discussions

‘The stories’ section takes a look at several of the largest IP production deployments to-date across various parts of the world – possibly the biggest global insight in one event!

In a dynamic and interactive conversation, we will explore some of the smooth, not quite so smooth and future aspirations of the technology with some of key people involved in making these solutions happen. All of this will be served with a dash of humour and a fair bit of fun!

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Break - Speed Networking
11:35 AM - 11:55 AM

During our break you'll be randomly put into small groups to better get to know your fellow attendees.  We'll also switch up the groups halfway through to give you an opportunity to meet even more of your colleagues!  Afterwards, you'll be able to continue the conversation by contacting fellow attendees via private chat or by scheduling a meeting with them.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Session 2
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Ongoing evolution- How Standards and Specifications work together

In this session, you will hear how user requirements and feedback from early implementation projects have shaped the evolution of live IP standards and specifications. Key contributors to the standardization process and end-user participants in the JT-NM will describe how good governance of specifications enables them to stay relevant in the context of a changing technology landscape.

How JT-NM Partners can help you.

We all need to know what we don’t know; and understanding these somewhat intangible components in our emerging IP-facilities has never been more important. This session brings together experts from the leading industry organizations who will explain how they are working to help both users and manufacturers adopt to the new IP-based media technologies.  Areas of focus include where and how to get the most up-to-date educational elements; what programs, tools and testing utilities are being developed to support both users and manufacturers get up and running; and how our industry’s organizations are working together to ensure that audio, metadata, control, and management elements are harmonized into a total IP environment.  Attendees will also learn about advanced applications in IP including how the JT-NM Partners are working together on such applications as ground-to-cloud, wide area networking and transport for ST 2110, NMOS directions, and how compression plays in the media networking ecosystem

1:35 PM - 2:20 PM
Roundtable Discussion - Education
1:35 PM - 2:20 PM

Roundtable Discussion- Education 

Roundtable Discussion: Bridging strategy: How to transition now to an IP facility
1:35 PM - 2:20 PM

Roundtable Discussion:  Bridging strategy: How to transition now to an IP facility

Roundtable Discussion: Things you’ve always wanted to know about IP Production Facilities (basics)
1:35 PM - 2:20 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Things you’ve always wanted to know about IP Production Facilities (basics)

Roundtable Discussion: Business rationale and business considerations
1:35 PM - 2:20 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Business rationale and  business considerations