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IEEE BTS Offers Broadcast Video IT Course in LA

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is offering a two-day IT training course called “Bridging the Gap: Video and IT Technology for Engineers” October 25 and 26 in Los Angeles.

  • Location: Fox Engineering and Operations, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Bldg. 103, Room 1150A, Los Angeles, California 90064
  • Dates: Friday & Saturday, 25 & 26 October
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/84q721
  • Cost: $395

Taught by well-known broadcast industry experts Wes Simpson and John
Luff, “Bridging the Gap” training is ideal for engineers and senior level technicians responsible for designing, upgrading, and maintaining broadcast facilities. Professionals taking the course will walk away with a deeper understanding of a wide range of current and emerging technologies used in broadcast facilities, including baseband digital video transport, video servers, data networking for broadcast facilities, metadata, archiving, and video
compression, enabling them to more efficiently resolve day-to-day issues.

Attendees receive a printed copy of the course materials featuring detailed diagrams and tables for future reference. Continuing education credits are available to those who complete the course.

Questions? Contact Amy Reeder at IEEE via email or phone 732-562-5416.

IEEE Hosts Broadcast Symposium in San Diego

Murat Karsi of IEEE has extended an invitation to SBE members to attend and volunteer at this year’s Broadcast Symposium at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego October 9th to 11th.

The symposium provides volunteer opportunities to local university students and professionals as a part of its tradition.  Volunteers will be given complimentary registrations to the symposium.

The following assignments are available for volunteers:

  • Camera operators
  • Audio equipment operators.
  • Streaming media Q and A facilitators (people watching the web to relay live questions from online viewers to the session chairs).

Help for a part of the symposium duration is welcome as well. Volunteers can work part time and participate as a listener the rest of the time.

To professionals, volunteering in this event can provide exposure to the most recent technical developments in broadcasting and networking opportunities.
The IEEE also welcomes students as volunteers.  For students this event is an opportunity to experience a world class technical symposium, learn about state -of-the-art broadcast technologies, network with broadcast engineers and executives, and establish their volunteer portfolio.

Check out the IEEE BTS Symposium website to learn more.

LA SBE Hosting IP Networking Course

In conjunction with NBC Universal, Los Angeles SBE Chapter 47 is pleased to announce a day long IT Seminar titled “IP Networking for Broadcast Engineers.” It will be held Friday Aug 30th from 9am to 5pm. Classroom location will be at NBC Universal at 5750 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles (this is not at the Universal City location).

Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, will be the instructor. Please see the web link for more about Wayne, a fellow SBE Member and broadcast engineer.

Cost for the course is:

SBE Members: $49
Non-Members: $75 (does not include SBE Membership)

This is an incredible opportunity for area broadcast engineers and others to learn more about and reinforce current knowledge of IP in the broadcast environment. SBE National is taking care of registration and payment. Our thanks for NBC Universal for providing validated free parking for all attendees and the meeting space. NBC Universal will have 12 of their own employees attending. We have room for about an additional 35 attendees and we think the list will fill up quick. So please reserve quickly. All Net proceeds are being donated back to SBE National for further educational projects. SBE Chapter 47 does not intend to make a profit on this seminar. Breakfast and Lunch is not included but there are many nearby restaurants and one hour will be open for our lunch break.

The web link for more info and registration at SBE National is here.

There, you will find the link to register and make your payment. SBE Member number required for member discount. Also, our thanks for Kimberly Kissel at SBE for help in setting up this great course.

Thanks, hope you join us and we’ll see you there!

Mike Tosch, CSRE, AMD, CBNT, W6UWB
Chairman, Los Angeles SBE Chapter 47

July 2013 Meeting: Hometown Factory HME

Once upon a time, San Diego intercom maker HME maintained a small presence in the TV production world. But they took a sharp turn and began to dominate wireless intercom, especially in the fast food vertical. Chances are, if you have ever ordered a meal at a drive-through restaurant, you’ve communicated over an HME device. The company used its fortunes to merge with Clear Com, a traditional leader in advanced broadcast intercom solutions, with a big share of the market. They maintain a factory in the Poway industrial zone.

HME hosts SBE Chapter 36 at our July 17th meeting. Hosts John Kowalski and Simon Browne will discuss IP and wireless intercom systems for today’s broadcast workflow.

The meeting starts with food and drinks at 6:30 PM. HME will give us a tour of the factory where they design, test, and manufacture products for both the Clear-Com and HME product lines. Expect the tour and presentation to last under 90 minutes. Find HME at 14110 Stowe Drive in Poway.

SBE members and guests are welcome.

June 2013 Meeting – VITEC and IPTV

Michael Chorpash, Vice President of Sales at VITEC will discuss IPTV inside the enterprise LAN and outside Over The Top (OTT) across the WAN. This will cover encoding, transcoding, middleware IPTV management and display to multiple screens (desktops, TV’s and mobile devices). There will be practical examples of how systems are being used today in small and large organizations; from broadcasters replacing their in-house cable plant to organizations broadening their reach and control over their content through IP networks.

Join us Wednesday, June 19, noon at KGTV, 4600 Air Way in San Diego. VITEC buys your lunch in the cafeteria at 12 sharp (and we have to say that reviews about the food have been 100% positive), then we move to studio space for the 12:30 presentation. Members and guests welcome.