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SMPTE17 Conference – single session tickets

“Embracing Connective Media”, the SMPTE17 Conference, offers a huge variety of sessions covering a diverse range of media, content, broadcasting, regulatory and developing technology issues. Content creators, technologists, suppliers and students will all have a great opportunity to hear and learn from local and international thought leaders.
Single session tickets are now available, along with full Conference and 6-session bundles. Among the presentations, tutorials and panel discussions, highlights include:
Delivering Drama for Extreme Screen
(Thursday 20 July 09:00 –09:30)
Ben J Allan, ACS will present a case study on delivering drama content for the unique cinema screen recently constructed at Taronga Zoo. On a scale comparable to IMAX but with a curvature greater than Cinerama, the Centenary Theatre posed a remarkable combination of technical challenges. This session will cover such topics as data management for the shoot, full workflow beyond 4K, codec selection for shooting as well as post and delivery, working with a 5:1 aspect ratio that’s more than double Cinemascope and testing for an immersive picture and surround sound system that had yet to be built and don’t exist anywhere else. Examining issues such as handling the audience has a 270º perspective, acceptable size of pixel pitch viewed at close range and the effects of the large, wrap-around screen with its similarities and differences to both VR and 3D. This will be a highly technical case study with detailed information and materials from behind the scenes including diagrams and calculations from planning through to delivery.
Leading with Diversity – Women in Media and Technology
(Wednesday 19 July 16:00 – 17:30)
Anna Lockwood from SMPTE will chair an exceptional panel of women technology and business leaders. Be inspired, learn and be challenged as each panellist speaks from different stages and perspectives on their careers in media. If you’re a student exploring a career in media technology, an industry colleague wanting to hear more from women in the media and technology business, or an executive interested in building diverse and high performing teams, this is a great opportunity to participate in an open and important conversation.
IT-based switching brings Francis Ford Coppola’s new “live cinema” project to life
(Wednesday 19 July 10:00 – 11:00)
James Stellpflug from EVS USA will take you behind the scenes of Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious “live cinema” project. The legendary filmmaker used new IT-based switching technology to cut together feeds from 40 cameras, which captured a live production-film hybrid called “Distant Vision”. The film’s 17 scenes each had their own complex camera requirements, so each scene’s inputs and sources were pre-set using an IP-designed switcher well beyond the limits of standard switchers. After capture, the inputs and sources were displayed on one of three multiviewer screens in UCLA’s control room while the next scene’s set up was displayed on another. The system, provided more creative freedom, lessened set-up times and simplified production, enabling Coppola and his team to focus only on the sources needed at a certain point of the production and enabled faster and more direct switching. The discussion will include insights from three weeks spent on the set, including on-the-fly system changes/advances.
Innovating for Sports Fans – Sports Broadcasting Technology Update
(Thursday 20 July 16: 00 – 17:30)
This interactive panel session will focus on the latest technology developments in sports broadcasting in Australia, including remote production workflows, immersive and interactive technology, wearables, data analytics and artificial intelligence in sports, and OTT video delivery at scale. The session will feature short technology presentations from industry leaders followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity for audience Q&A.
The biennial SMPTE Conference, staged by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Australia Section, will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbour, Sydney from July 18 to 20.
Tickets are now available for the full Conference, in bundles of six sessions fully transferable, or for single sessions.  A very special rate is available for students of media and screen. For Conference bookings and full topic and session details, go to smpte.com.au/2017/conference
The SMPTE17 Conference runs in conjunction with the SMPTE17 Exhibition, also held at the ICC, from 18-21 July and the SMPTE Gala Dinner at Dockside Darling Harbour on Wednesday 19 July.
The Exhibition is the region’s premier showcase of the latest technologies and services for the media and entertainment industries. Attendance at the Exhibition is free.
Tickets for the Gala Dinner can be booked at smpte.com.au/2017/gala-dinner-2017

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