Las Vegas, NV (March 22, 2007)–The 4th annual Surround Broadcast Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas on April 15, promises attendees an entire day of focused immersion in all things surround. The conference, happening from 9:30 am-5:30 pm at the Alexis Park Hotel, will host panelists and speakers from NBC, ABC, Turner Studios and STARZ Encore, as well as conference sponsors Dolby Labs, Linear Acoustic and Holophone. Register for this exciting conference today, at www.surroundpro.com.
This year’s program will include a full day of presentations and panels, along with a networking lunch. The program can be viewed by clicking “Program” on the conference web site.
Last year’s stellar panel of major network engineering managers and manufacturers laid the groundwork for a cooperative and open approach to maintaining consistent levels between digital broadcast signals. This year, Jim Starzynski of NBC brings his wealth of experience to the podium, building on lessons learned.
And, in his presentation “From Two Comes Many: A Case Study,” Turner Studios’ Erinn Thorp will describe upmixing and the reasons it is employed. Turner Studios’ experiences with the NBA on TNT provides the foundation for a discussion of upmixing techniques and tools.
Reformatting two-channel material for 5.1 and level contouring of disparate program elements will be the focus of the panel on “Providing A Consistent Audio Experience for the Viewer,” picking up on the threads from Thorp’s presentation. Moderator Roger Charlesworth will guide a panel that includes Thorp, Sean Richardson, of STARZ Encore, Jeffrey Riedmiller, of Dolby Labs, and Tim Carroll of Linear Acoustic, to address the difficulties and practicalities in delivering a seamless audio experience. Carroll will also make one of the day’s Technology Presentations.
On the topic of Metadata Management, Dolby Labs’ Jen Hunhold will present an in-depth look at how the most important metadata parameters interact with one another other, and how they can effect the quality of an audio signal. While in past seminars, Dolby has covered metadata parameters affecting dialnorm, dynamic range control and downmixing, and how they should be set, this presentation will focus more on theory of how these parameters work, and what happens internally to the AC-3 process when they are set accurately (and when they are not!). Included will be demonstrations to illustrate these effects.
After lunch (which will be provided), Dolby’s Jeffrey Riedmiller will deliver a Technology Presentation on Dolby’s DP600 Program Optimizer. The first afternoon panel discussion topic is “The News is Surround: Solutions for the Local Station,” and will be moderated by Charlesworth with Starzynski, Robin Thomas of ABC, and Holophone’s Jonathan Godfrey among those contributing. Tom Sahara, of Turner Sports, will present on “Live Event Production: The Audio Infrastructure,” and participate in the day’s final panel discussion–“Tales From The Trenches: Live Event Surround Pt. 2”–with Michael Abbot, audio coordinator for the Grammys, Latin Grammys and CMA Awards, and other panelists, to be announced soon.
Check out the full program online and register at www.surroundpro.com.