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SMPTE 2020: ‘Game On’ Introduces Series of Program Sessions Optimized for Attendees in the Asia-Pacific Region

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 3, 2020 — SMPTE® today announced that SMPTE 2020: “Game On,” the Society’s interactive and immersive remote technical conference experience, will include a series of technical sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking events specially designed for attendees who live or work in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The APAC program will feature four hours of programming per day on 11 and 12 November, beginning with breakfast roundtables at 8 a.m. Hong Kong / 9 a.m. Tokyo/Seoul / 11 a.m. Sydney.

“With Olympic Games scheduled for each of the next two years and the rise in delivery to international streamers, we’ve noticed increased activity and interest in SMPTE’s forward-looking standards and publications,” said Raji Krishnaswami, APAC program coordinator for the SMPTE 2020 Program Committee. “We’re taking advantage of SMPTE 2020’s online format to deliver an APAC-centered program that highlights topics of interest to the region, such as 8K, video over IP, and high dynamic range/wide color gamut. This program is a significant step in SMPTE’s ongoing work to serve members, and the industry, around the globe.”

With timing that aligns with workday hours across the APAC region, the customized program schedule offers attendees a unique and convenient opportunity to engage directly with presenters in real-time discussions related to the session topic. Each presentation will be followed by live Q&A. A concurrent program, organized and sponsored by the 8K Association, will offer further presentations and live panel discussions focused on aspects of the 8K ecosystem.

SMPTE 2020 APAC Program Schedule: Day 1 (11 November)

Breakfast Roundtable 1: Diversification in the Industry
Panelists: Stacy Milner, Founder and CEO of the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program/HBCU in LA Internship Program; Katie Hinsen, Chair of Blue-Collar Post Collective (BCPC)

Breakfast Roundtable 2: Blockchain
Moderator: Steve Bilow, BlueVolt

Continuous Deployment of CBC’s Media-Over-IP Data Center
Speakers: Alexandre Dugas and Félix Poulin, CBC/Radio-Canada

UHD Production Codecs – The Agony of Choice
Speaker: Dagmar Driesnack, Institut für Rundfunktechnik

NMOS – The Interoperable Control System for an IP World
Speaker: Jed Deame, Nextera Video

Practical HPC Technologies for File-Based Production and Transcoding of UHD-1/2
Speakers: Raji Krishnaswami and Reona Yanagishita, Rohde & Schwarz

A Benchmark of Objective Quality Metrics for HLG-Based HDR/WCG Image Coding
Speaker: Yasuko Sugito, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

JPEG-XS Codec Adapted to 8K and ST 2110
Speaker: Kota Itakura, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

8K Seminar
This special seminar is designed to bring together key experts in the 8K value chain to talk about their experiences with 8K, what they like, and what can be improved. Sessions will include:

  • 8K Production
    Dan Duran, RED; Aaron Kroger, Panavision; Ben Cope, Intel
  • The Creative Perspective on 8K
    Derek Bauer, Zak Titus, and Jake Olson of Two Yellow Lines; Peter Mavromates, Post Producer; Erik Messerschmidt, Cinematographer; Bruce Markoe, IMAX

SMPTE 2020 APAC Program Schedule: Day 2 (12 November)

Breakfast Roundtable 1: Mentorship in the Industry
Panelists: Bernard Weiser-President of EIPMA; Karen Dunn, President of KMD Productions and KMD Pro Speed Mentoring™; Samuel Ashe, Executive Director of The Ashe Academy

Breakfast Roundtable 2: Strategies for Sections
Moderator: Paul Whybrow, SMPTE Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands Section Chair

Immersive Audio Real-World Workflows
Speaker: Brian Vessa, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Performance Comparison of Emerging EVC and VVC Video Coding Standards with HEVC and AV1
Speaker: Dan Grois, Comcast

“AI News Anchor” With Deep Learning-Based Speech Synthesis
Speaker: Kiyoshi Kurihara, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

UHD and HD Simultaneous Workflows at the CBC
Speaker: Pierre Hugues Routhier, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Monitoring and Analysis of SMPTE ST 2059-2 PTP Networks and Media Devices
Speakers: Thomas Kernen, NVIDIA; Nikolaus Kerö, Oregano Systems

High-Throughput JPEG 2000 for Broadcast and IP-Based Applications
Speakers: Thomas Edwards, Independent; Michael D. Smith, Wavelet Consulting LLC

8K Seminar
The goal of this seminar is to provide a solid understanding of the state of development of 8K technology and applications so participants can decide if they should consider aspects of an 8K workflow and when to adopt it. Sessions will include:

  • 8K Workflow Trends
    Speakers: Andy Blondin, Epic Games; Michael Cioni,; Katie Fellion, Light Iron; Thierry Fautier, Harmonic
  • Solving the 8K Distribution Challenge
    Speakers: Bill Mandel, Samsung Research America; Stephan Wenger, Tencent; Mickael Raulet, Ateme

SMPTE 2020: “Game On” All Access attendees are welcome to join in any of the conference offerings, any time of day or night. This year’s event will feature many hours of live programming and many more hours of on-demand content. The full SMPTE 2020 program is available at

The Society is offering a $10 student rate and reduced rate for educators along with other special pricing discounts intended to ensure interested students and professionals worldwide have the means to attend and connect with their peers. SMPTE Members interested in subsidizing attendance can do so through the new Pay It Forward package.

The Society would like to thank its sponsors: 8K Association, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), ATSC, AWS, Constellation Charitable Foundation, the Immersive Digital Experiences Alliance (IDEA), Key Code Media, National TeleConsultants (NTC), Ownzones Entertainment Technologies, RIST, and Signiant.

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