Asia-Pacific RegioN Program

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

Breakfast Roundtable 1: Diversification in the Industry

The entertainment industry is diversifying but to what extent and how might it improve? Meet pros who are dedicated to diversifying the industry and strive to take it to the next level. Presented by the SMPTE Hollywood Section.

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

Given the complexity of digital media, digital contracts, and digital distribution, now is the perfect time for the media and entertain industry to consider blockchain solutions. This roundtable will delve into potential use cases including rights management, royalty tracking and payment, validating the authenticity of an asset such as news footage, tracking content through its entire life cycle, and intellectual property management.

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

The industry has mentorship programs available to students and young professionals. Meet the leaders of a few of these programs and opportunities. Presented by the SMPTE Hollywood Section and the Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance (EIPMA).

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

The SMPTE Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands Section presents their Section plan and moderates a discussion among Section members and leaders regarding best practices and new ideas.

Moderator: Paul Whybrow


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 program