New York, NY (July 13, 2006)–To address growing interest in live-for-broadcast mixing of surround sound for sports, the Sports Video Group has announced the second in its series of SVG Summer Seminars–“The Sports Surround Sound Challenge–Making It Work in Real-Time.” The event, scheduled for July 27 in New York, will feature case-studies by technology leaders from CNN, ESPN, NBC Olympics, Fox and CBS, and is sponsored by Dolby.
“Surround Sound continues to be a challenging (and frustrating) issue for the vast majority of the sports production community,” said SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer. “Mixers are figuring out how to mix 5.1 channels of audio effectively in a remote production truck while those at the broadcast center are struggling with ensuring loudness levels are properly set to deliver a quality experience to viewers. SVG and our Sponsor Dolby Laboratories are proud to host this informative seminar that will include real-world experiences from some of the industry’s top audio professionals.”
Presentations will include: Tom Sahara, Sr. Director of Remote Operations and IT, Turner Sports; Bob Dixon, Project Mgr., Sound Design, NBC Olympics; and Ron Scalise, Audio Project Mgr., ESPN Remote Operations, Jim Hilson, Dolby.
In addition, other technical talks will include tackling the issues facing producers, directors, mixers and technical advisers within the remote production environment; the challenge of transporting Surround Sound audio signals and metadata from the field back to the network operations center; as well as the pressing issue of loudness and sports surround.
Mixing surround sound live has become increasingly important during the sports broadcast transition to HD. In fact, a finding in a recent SVG and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Sports HD research report revealed that 65 percent of HDTV sports fans say sound is an important component of their sports viewing experience.
The Sports Video Group Summer Seminar Series is available to all SVG members, member companies and invited guests. To register or become an SVG member and gain access to all activities, seminars, and to receive SVG’s newsletter and publications, visit: www.sportsvideo.org.