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SMPTE Issues Call for Student Papers, Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Applications

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:34 -0400

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, has issued a call for papers for the SMPTE Student Paper Award. The Society is also accepting applications for the Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which is designed to help students further their undergraduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology.

“The perspective of our student members is of enormous value to the Society, as they hint at the shape our industry will take in coming decades,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE. “Through the SMPTE Student Paper Award and applications for the Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship, we get an exciting glimpse at this future.”

SMPTE’s Student Paper Award honors a Student Member that prepares and submits an outstanding paper dealing with some technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation, or their closely allied arts and sciences. The paper will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, providing recognition both for the author and the institution at which the work was done. The application form and requirements are online at The deadline is May 18.

The Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship offers $5,000 toward the cost of tuition at the student’s educational institution. The scholarship is open to SMPTE student members who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be majoring in a program emphasizing the engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s field of interest, and each must have completed a minimum of four courses toward said major in good academic standing.

The application form and requirements are online at The application deadline is May 18. The award winner and the scholarship recipient will receive a full conference registration for the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 26-29 in Hollywood, California, where they will be recognized during the SMPTE 2015 Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Students may join SMPTE as student members for just $35, or for free if this is their first year of membership and they apply via the Student Membership Challenge. Further information is available at

New CEA Subcommittee to Address Health and Fitness Technology Standards

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:21:16 -0400

Today at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® Technology & Standards Forum, CEA announced the creation of its new Health and Fitness Technology Subcommittee. The new group will develop standards, recommended practices and technical reports addressing health and fitness technology.

“CEA is constantly evaluating the evolving technology landscape to see where collaborative efforts on industry standards might have a strong impact,” said Dave Wilson, vice president, Technology & Standards, CEA. “Consumers want to understand how the information they receive from their health and fitness products can benefit their wellness, and that’s why we’re developing industry standards that will help people feel confident that the information they’re receiving is reliable.”

Dr. Matthew Diamond, medical director, Misfit Wearables; and Nitesh Jain, sr. manager, Strategy and Operations, Samsung Electronics, chair the new subcommittee, which held its first meeting today. Initial projects for the group will address wearable sleep monitors, which have been the subject of collaborative work between CEA and the National Sleep Foundation for the past year.

“Technology is rapidly advancing to the point where consumers have access to increasingly sophisticated devices that can help them lead healthier lives,” said Diamond. “As these products proliferate, our goals are twofold: first, to standardize the measurements and other functions performed by a wide variety of different health and fitness devices; and second, to help consumers understand what their devices do and the meaning of the information they provide.”

“There is nothing more important than health,” said Jain. “And technology is now opening up vast opportunities for new products that will help us better monitor and improve. Our efforts to ensure consistent, meaningful results from these products will be very important.”

The formation of the Subcommittee comes at a time of strong growth for the health and fitness technology industry. According to CEA’s U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts report, health and fitness devices will lead unit sales among all wearables in 2015 with a projected 20 million units sold to dealers (a 19 percent increase from 2014), surpassing a projected $1.8 billion in revenue (a 21 percent increase over last year).

Communications Specialties Inc. To Premiere Fiberlink SDI Flex Series

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:19:41 -0400

CSICommunications Specialties, Inc. (CSI) will introduce, for the first time, its latest innovative addition to its Fiberlink line of broadcast quality fiber optic transmission products. The SDI Flex series of products combines the transmission of five different bi-directional baseband signals: 3G/HD/SD-SDI, audio, data, contact closure and Ethernet in a compact box using only one fiber.

“The visitors at NAB have been asking for SDI Flex to make their fiber installation more efficient and we are excited to be exhibiting in Las Vegas this year with such an unique and timely product.” said Paul Seiden, CSI’s Director of Sales.

SDI Flex is available in various versions to support single mode and multimode fiber, as well as a throw-down box or as a card for the Fiberlink card-cage. It can also be ordered without SDI support for applications needing only Ethernet, data, contact closure and audio functions at a lower cost. It is powered by CSI’s standard Fiberlink power supply or from a customer’s low voltage AC or DC source.
Also at the booth, CSI will be demonstrating its Fiberlink 3500 Series for the transmission of up to four independent 3G/HD/SD-SDI signals or 4K/60 with no compression or latency. Variations of the product are available for both one-way and bi-directional transmission of multiple SDI signals over both single mode and multimode fiber.

SES Reaches 312 Million TV Homes Worldwide, 1.1 Billion People

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:22:11 -0400

NBC SportsSES has increased its reach in 2014 to 312 million TV homes worldwide and thus reaches 1.1 billion people worldwide with its services. This represents an increase of 7 percent compared to the previous year.

SES’s annual market research, including the detailed Satellite Monitor studies in Europe, shows that the growth is coming from emerging markets of Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, where SES reaches 7 million, 44 million and 24 million homes respectively. In Europe, the household reach has increased to 154 million, and in North America to 84 million.

The direct reach from the SES fleet to satellites TV homes grew from 106 million in 2013 to 125 million worldwide in 2014. While the reach in cable slightly decreased (- 3 percent), the number of IPTV homes fed from SES satellites increased by 21 percent to 38 million.

The SES Satellite Monitor results also illustrate the important role of satellite as an infrastructure and of SES in Europe. Satellite remains the most widespread mode of TV reception in this region, now reaching over 90 million homes directly. With over 64 million SES satellite homes, SES is serving the vast majority of these homes. Europe therefore remains the strongest SES market in terms of direct reach. Germany remains the largest DTH market for SES, with 18 million homes reached by ASTRA, while France remains by far the biggest IPTV market – with now almost 11 million homes, of which 9 million are indirectly served by ASTRA.

The reach figures have also confirmed the HD expansion in Europe, with 47 million satellite homes watching HD in 2014, compared to 38 million the previous year. Of these, 77 percent of the European satellites homes are watching HD from SES satellites. At the end of 2014, SES transmitted more than 6,500 TV channels, over 1,800 of them in HD globally.

“The results of SES’s annual market research and Satellite Monitor studies confirm SES’s leading role as a TV broadcasting infrastructure,” says Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of SES. “We are continuously investing to better serve the broadcasting industry, especially in the emerging markets. As an example, SES-9, scheduled to be launched this year, will expand SES’s capabilities to provide DTH broadcasting in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia. On the other hand, the results show that the African market is full of opportunities, and we will continue to develop our services to support TV operators and help them grow new audiences. Of course, we also keep our eyes on mature markets such as North America and Europe, where SES will play a key role in Next Generation Video.”

FCC Announces that Petitions for Rulemaking May Be Submitted Online

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:31:02 -0400

NBC SportsThe Federal Communications Commission today announces the availability of an online -filing module for Petitions for Rulemaking that previously could be filed only on paper.

To the extent a petition for rulemaking applies to an already-open docket, it may be submitted electronically in that docket just as it would have been possible before. The “Submit a Filing” page of ECFS remains available for filing in any open docket.

To submit a new non-docketed petition for rulemaking electronically, go to the ECFS Home Page at and choose “Submit a Non-Docketed Filing.” From that page, select “Petition for Rulemaking” from the drop-down menu of FCC inboxes and from the drop- down menu of filing types.

After submitting the petition, the user will see a confirmation page indicating that the submission has been received and providing a confirmation number. The petition will become available to Commission staff and to the public, usually within one business day, in an inbox with the Proceeding Number “INBOX-1.401” and the Subject “Petition for Rulemaking.”

Online filing of petitions for rulemaking is optional. Paper filings of such petitions will still be accepted. With this expansion of its online-filing capabilities, the Commission continues to work toward the goal of providing such capabilities for every type of filing that the public might submit.

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The Basics of Audio For Video from Shure

Although we seldom think about it, the recording and playback of audio for video involves a series of processes. First, the sound must be captured by a microphone; next it must be recorded on a storage medium; then it must be amplified and played back through speakers or headphones so that it can be heard by a listener. The devices that perform these functions are collectively known as the audio chain.

In the world of professional audio-for-video and audio-for-film the capture, recording, and playback processes are usually handled by different pieces of equipment. Despite continuing improvements in the power and sophistication of audio and video editing software, however, it is usually difficult or impossible to take bad audio and make it good.

To deliver great audio, you must record great audio.

No matter how creative and well-executed the visual aspects of a production may be, and regardless of whether it's posted on YouTube, burned to a DVD or appears on a big, little or mobile screen, the viewer’s experience can be utterly ruined by lackluster audio. To a greater degree than most people realize, sound can “make or break” any video or film project. Using this handy guide from our friends at Shure, you can identify some Shure microphones, monitoring solutions, mixers, and accessories frequently used in audio/video applications.

Get the Shure Audio Systems Guide for Video and Film Production here.

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