LTS Workshop Preview: Next-Gen Design, Regulations Headline Remote Production and Engineering

This year, SVG’s League Technology Summit will kick off with four technology workshops intended to meet the information needs of the industry. Workshops are open to all registered attendees and sponsors and will take place at the New York Hilton from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday Dec. 12. Each workshop is designed to create an environment promoting open dialogue, with an emphasis on solving problems and helping attendees understand new concepts and developments. Leading up to the Summit, SVG is providing an in-depth preview of each workshop: DTV Audio, Next-Generation TV, Postproduction and IT, and Remote Production.

The Remote Production and Engineering workshop will cover a wide range of topics of relevance to today’s remote-production-truck professional as well as network executives, manufacturers, and others involved in producing live sports events from remote locations.

Topping the list will be more than two hours of discussions covering next-generation truck design, where camera and lens technologies are headed in terms of enhancing image quality, and also how a career as an engineer-in-charge is evolving in the age of digital.

The final 45 minutes of the 3½-hour event features a discussion led by George Hoover, NEP Broadcasting, CTO, and Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group, Executive Director, about how the industry can leave legacy audio and video formats behind in the interest of streamlining equipment and embracing next-generation workflows more readily.

Kicking off the workshop at 1 p.m. will be Clyde Smith of Turner Broadcasting Systems, with a 30-minute update on the 21st Century Communications Act. The law mandates new requirements for things like captioning and program-description services that could profoundly impact both TV and new-media operations.

And White Spaces will also have a brief 15-minute presentation on the latest developments regarding databases for coordinating satellite frequencies. The situation in Washington, particularly at the FCC, continues to be a challenging one, and, while victories have been earned with respect to protection of wireless microphones, plenty of threats remain if the industry allows the feedback loop between production professionals and legislators to lie dormant. That presentation will be given by Louis Libin of Broad-comm and Jeff Willis of ESPN.

Other government-related issues will surface in a brief update on changes in transport regulations and OSHA crackdowns that ultimately cost remote-production-service providers time and money. Fred Gerling of Gerling and Associates discusses how to avoid problems and keep remote-production drivers and trucks on the move.

And an IP-based broadcast network will be the focus of a 15-minute presentation by Asim Pasha of Sporting Kansas City. The MLS venue takes next-generation virtual-production-studio technologies to the next level and does it cost-effectively.

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