“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. Testing was required for an immersive picture and surround sound system that had yet to be built and doesn't exist anywhere else. 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.

What are the blockers to going IP for broadcasters? 

Thursday 20 July (14:00 – 15:30)

As broadcasters’ current technology reaches end-of-life, what would prevent or enable a transition to a full IP facility? Paul Broderick, Chair of SMPTE Australia Section will lead this discussion about the central site infrastructure, and recognising that an IP workflow could be implemented in your own hardware, in a private cloud, or a public cloud or some amalgam of the three. Has technology matured to the point where the full IP facility is possible, and how do we build the skills to make this happen?

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 http://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 Australia’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 http://smpte.com.au/2017/gala-dinner-2017

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