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Purpose of Today’s Meeting • Most Sections are in the process of preparing their programs for the upcoming meeting season • Today’s call is about sharing ideas for regular meetings and other Section activity • A few Sections have volunteered to present but feel free to add your experiences!
Section Meetings and Activities • General meeting topics you’ve done • Theme nights like Post-NAB, Gadget Night etc. • Join meetings • Special meetings such as a technical conference • Social events • Events involving students or educational institutions • Tours • Other activities of interest
Toronto Sections – The Meetings - General • Audio Related • Joint meeting with AES • Audio Loudness / Concert Hall • Video Related • Joint meeting with Avid / Final Cut Pro User Group • Cloud Editing / Media Management • Film Related • Joint meeting with CSC • High Frame Rate / Single Chip Cameras / Solid State Digital Recorders • Educational • Updates and discussion from various Post Secondary institutions • Gadget Evening • Participants invited to show cutting edge products and ideas • Conference and Trade show updates • Panel discussions • NAB, IBC, Fall Conference
Toronto Sections – The Meetings - Extras • Boot Camp • Themed Topics • 2012 - The Expanding Universe of Broadcasting • 2014 – Motion Media for the 21st Century • Section Year End Meeting • Meeting and BBQ • Facility Tour • CTV, Deluxe Post Production • Holiday Party • Refreshment - Upscale • Facility Tour and Meeting • Technicolor, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Toronto Sections – What Are We Learning • Boot Camp • Generates new members. This year 6 new members • Generates funds • Special Meetings • Special events such as facility tours, June BBQ and Holiday Party are members only events • Update section mailing list • Send meeting notices to all past members. Keep them informed on what is going on • Educational • Sending meeting notices to all Educational Institutions. We do have student members • Members at Large group
Toronto Sections – Challenges • Running out of facilities to provide tours. • Keeping the topic current. • Sochi Olympics • Drones • Second Screen Technology • IPTV • Trade show updates • Fortunate to have a regular venue to hold our meetings • We provide a pizza dinner before every meeting. Gets the people out. The after work crowd
Meetings • Three factors to ensure a successful meeting: • A good informal gathering with a wide range of people from across the industries/young and old etc. • A good presentation(s) that gets you thinking • A goodly number for the space; we look typically for 60+ in London 40+ elsewhere
The First was the Bill Lovell Memorial Lecture given by Franz Kraus MD of Arri • Although billed as the History of the Alexa ....after reviewing Bill”scontribution to the industry (he was Product Manager for Alexa (and before that H Engineering BBC films) - Franz looked at all suspects of digital cinematography and issues like HDR and gamut (and some HFR) from the development of the film camera to electronic and also the projector becoming electronic... • We also had displays of cameras including the new Amira much to the delight of the students – it was its second outing after IBC! • We had about 84 people attending of which about 20 were students/younger and we had a good number of Cameramen.... • Bill Lovell died suddenly in a church meeting in March 2012...
2. Meeting at which the BBC Academy launched its College of Technology • The speakers were the acting Controller Technology BBC News (for about 50+minutes) and the MD of Globelynx (10 mins) – and the topic was Video over IP - which was done from the uses of IT for news/from strange places • This was deliberately positioned so it would complement the regional seminar • We had more people than the 75 places!
3. Meeting at Ericsson’s Factory In Southampton • We did have Barbara Lange and Matthew Goldman and about 20 from Ericsson – about 25 students and about 30 drawn widely from the locality and a few from London (about 60+ miles) • The topic was Standards Conversion – being the topic of winning paper at IBC..... • Being given in a very good if light-hearted way... • We filled the canteen the largest space!!!! – Ericsson had demos of UHD tests...
Other Features • Some of our meetings, we combine a short tour of the facilities as well as a speaker (usually from the facility) • This is basically start tours at say 6:15 and the Speaker at 7pm as usual or says7:15... • Or do a say 45 min. talk and then tours or start earlier to have a talk and tour... • A key feature is that the tour and the talk may not be on the same topic!!! • (Eg. the year before we did a talk on HEVC with a tour of BSkyB uplink and this year we have a tour of the leading film school facility before a panel discussion....)
The Topics Have Been • A miscellany of what BskyB are doing – energy efficient buildings, UHD test, media familiarity for school and personalised advert insertion at the set top box – then a tour of the studio centre (and drinks!) • The BBC IP Studio which is video over IP and related matters – after a tour of the R&D labs with demonstration on UHD, DVB-T2, and something I cannot remember! • Broadcasting to the British’s forces anywhere in the world – and then we saw their studio centre • This started earlier as it was just outside London and we got there before the rush hour traffic! • We tend to have a few “in the country meeting in June
Failures! • We have tried one visit – it was out of London in a strange direction – and only 6 not the 12 we had thought turned up – only one from the locality – the rest travelled from London and beyond. It as Essex university – but we have taken two of the things we saw and are putting them on as a meeting in London in Jan 2015... • Visits will move up our priority when we have more people organising meetings – but we do not want to dilute the success of a monthly meeting (we would have visits as extras) • The other numbers failure was the “First steps in industry” – which had students being the events crew. It was also streamed to about 100 people – but there were only a few say just over a dozen in the audience alight mainly Fellows and high end members!!! There is always a danger that no one will turn up to "worthy topics" • But the event itself was a great success and of high quality! • Note only some meetings are suitable for streaming – and on this one we had twitter interaction Q&A