Thank You for Attending Progress Report 2022!
The SMPTE+ 2022 Progress Report event will showcase the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal’s Progress Report, published in September 2022. The Progress Report is one of the Journal’s most widely read issues, providing invaluable updates on technological developments in the Media and Entertainment industry over the past year. Displays, Sustainability, SMPTE 2110, and SMPTE Education Programs are among the topics covered in the 2022 Progress Report. It also features reports from our industry partners, such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Advanced Media Workflow Association-Joint Task Force Networked Media-Video Services Forum (AMWA-JTNM-VSF), the Streaming Video Alliance (SVA), the Consumer Technology Association, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), the 5G Media Action Group (5GMAG), the Ultra HD Forum (UHDF), Alliance for Open Media, (AOM) the Consumer Technology Association, the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of California (USC), the International Telecommunication Union Radio communication Sector (ITU-R), and the Joint Picture Experts Group (JPEG). The event will also include SMPTE Technology Committee updates from TC 27 Cinema and IMF-related topics.
Attendees will be given brief summaries of these presentations by the authors, as well as the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions. This event highlights the Journal, what it does, and how it impacts our industry.
|Tuesday, November 15, 2022
|11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Host/Moderator: Ian MacSpadden
Welcome and Opening: Jaclyn Pytlarz
|11:05 AM - 11:15 AM
Speakers: Yukihiro Nishida, Amir Nafez, Paul Gardiner, Andy Quested
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) for information and communication technologies (ICTs). Its primary roles are to allocate global radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Study Group 6 (SG 6), as part of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R),1 has been leading the international standardization of the broadcasting chain from the production of programs to their ultimate delivery to the audience. To achieve its goals, its work is conducted in three working parties (WPs), 6A, 6B, and 6C, and one Task Group (TG) 6/1, each of which is responsible for the different technological areas in the end-to-end broadcasting chain, including program production, transmission, reception, and presentation, as well as quality and measurement, production operations, and accessible media.
|11:15 AM - 11:25 AM
Speaker: Jordi Gimenez
Connectivity is becoming a key element in the production and distribution of multimedia content to address audiences worldwide. The development and use of technologies traditionally optimized for specific media applications are steadily being replaced by technologies playing in the global consumer market domain and able to rapidly evolve. The plethora of devices now able to consume media content, and the freedom given to users in doing so is massive. Connected devices now include smart TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, car infotainment systems, smart speakers, as well as smart glasses, or head-mounted devices. The focus on media content is shifting from just linear to more interactive, social, even gaming-like, location-dependent, targeted, personalized and immersive.
|11:25 AM - 11:35 AM
Speaker: Michael Nugent
As the lines between production, distribution, and platform technologies blur and as the digital transformation moves to the cloud, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Technical Committee’s work becomes more important than ever as members seek the scale and sophistication that typifies global super aggregator offerings. EBU’s focus is on producing the products and facilitating the exchanges that underpin the strategic elements in these transitions by federating the members’ interests.
|11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Speaker: Siegfried Foessel
This is an updated report of the work of the JPEG Committee formed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), known as the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG). In this report, the focus is more on updated work since 2020 and on new work items and explorations.
|11:45 AM - 11:55 AM
Speaker: Emily Dubs
The Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project’s suite of specifications continues to grow and evolve to address the diverse market needs of the many territories where they are used. DVB’s overarching objective remains to provide standards-based solutions that will allow the industry to adapt to future market challenges and capitalize on new technologies and opportunities offered by broadband and mobile networks.
|11:55 AM - 12:05 PM
Speakers: Jerry Whitaker, Madeleine Noland
This report summarizes work currently underway in the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) relating to technical standards for ATSC 3.0
|12:05 PM - 12:15 PM
Greening our Story: Transforming CBC/Radio-Canada into a World-Class Sustainable Public Service Media Company
Speaker: Athena Trastellis
CBC/Radio-Canadai is Canada’s national public broadcaster. In response to our mandate to inform, enlighten, and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programs draw audiences from across the country. In June 2021, CBC/Radio-Canada launched its environmental sustainability strategy, Greening Our Story.
|12:20 PM - 12:30 PM
Speaker: Andrey Norkin
The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) is a nonprofit organization developing media-related specifications to support media distribution in various scenarios, including but not limited to streaming over the internet and realtime communication. The alliance strives to produce royalty-free specifications to nurture the freedom to innovate in the media ecosystem, similar to how innovation was supported in the development of internet technologies. AOMedia is part of the Linux Foundation and its descendant project Joint Development Foundation.
|12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
Speaker: Mike Bergman
The Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA’s) standards commit tees had another product ive year. Among the many standards and informative documents they published were 15 items potentially of interest to video engineers.
|12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
Update from the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Video Services Forum (VSF), Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM)
Speaker: Brad Gilmer
The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) had planned to continue its popular JT-NM tested program during the period since the last SMPTE Progress Report in 2021. However, COVID-19 restrictions and other complications made face-to-face testing impossible. The sponsoring organizations of the JT-NM—Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), SMPTE, and the Video Services Forum (VSF)—did conduct a self-testing version of the program in the spring of 2021. Results of this were mixed, making it clear to the group that we should return to face-to-face testing when that became practical.
|12:50 PM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: Pete Putman
If you had to summarize the dominant display technology in 2022, it would consist of three letters: L, E, and D … better known as the light-emitting diode.
|1:00 PM - 1:10 PM
Speakers: N. Nandhakumar, Pat Griffis
The Ultra HD Forum was established in 2015 to accelerate Ultra HD deployment by bringing together market leaders from every part of the industry. Broadcasters, service providers, consumer electronics, and technology vendors collaborate on solving real-world obstacles in deploying advanced media formats and publishing these solutions for broad adoption. The Forum’s Guidelines Working Group has published Guidelines that describe a uniform set of characteristics for “Ultra HD” content and consistent methods for creating and delivering Ultra HD content.
|1:10 PM - 1:20 PM
Speakers: John Shike, Ian MacSpadden
The SMPTE Membership Committee, formerly under the leadership of Renard Jenkins and more recently that of Rose Lockwood, has continued its focus on outreach to students. Although the creation and support of SMPTE Student Chapters continue to be a primary means of engagement, the committee is dedicated to developing new ways of connecting to potential future members.
|1:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Speaker: John Mailhot
Just over five years ago, the SMPTE ST 2110 core standards were published. Building on the previously published work of the Video Services Forum (VSF TR-03:2015), the core ST 2110 specifications were the product of a drafting group with more than 200 participants, and typical meetings would garner a core of 60–70 attendees each week. The participants represented every major technology provider in the industry, and also many end-users, ensuring the standards covered the wide plethora of use-cases around the television production and distribution infrastructure universe.
|1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
Speaker: Kenneth Williams
The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is a think tank and research center, funded by major studios and leading technology companies, which brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the media, entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and supporting services industries along with the academic resources of USC to explore and act upon topics and issues related to the creation, archiving, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.
|1:40 PM - 1:55 PM
Speakers: Curtis Clark, Gary Mandle, Jay Holben
The ASC MITC has provided leadership throughout the transition of our industry from film to digital including the development of digital techniques and technologies for making movies and television. The 2022 Report includes an update on the much needed StEM2 project (a follow-on from the original StEM, which provided vital film-based reference images for evaluation of digital cinema projection vs. traditional film print projection)
|2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Speakers: Florian Schleich, CJ Flynn, Steve Llamb, Mitch Jacobs, Raymond Yueng
This presentation provides an overview and ongoing work in individual technology committees over the past 12 months.
|2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Andy Maltz
The past 12 months are best described as a year of “adaptive progress” as the world emerges from pandemic-driven lockdowns, high hospitalization rates, and government mandated restrictions for the general population as well as in motion picture production, exhibition, and associated science and technology activities.Press reports of theatrical box office trends for the first half of 2022 are generally positive, noting the strong performance of both “studio tentpole” movies and more original fare.
|2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Speaker: Jason Thibeault
Comprised of members from across the video ecosystem, the Streaming Video Technology Alliance (SVTA) is a global association that works to solve critical streaming video challenges to improve end-user experience and adoption. The organization focuses on three main activities. The first is to educate the industry on challenges, technologies, and trends through informative, publicly available resources such as white papers, articles, and e-books. The second is to foster collaboration among different video ecosystem players through working groups, quarterly meetings, and conferences. The third is to define solutions for streaming video challenges by producing specifications, best practices, and other technical documentation.
|2:45 PM - 2:55 PM
Speaker: Thomas Bause Mason
SMPTE standards have been and continue to be adopted at the international level through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technology Committee (TC) 36 Cinematography. ISO/TC 36 is one of ISO’s 67 original technical committees 1 and publishes globally recognized standards for the motion picture industry. Since the committee’s first meeting in 1952, SMPTE served as ISO/TC 36’s secretariat, delegated to this role by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). 2 ANSI is a full member of ISO and its sole U.S. representative.