Ardell Hill To Retire As President Of Baron

Ardell Hill will retire as president of weather tech expert Baron’s broadcast operations at the end of the year and become a consultant to the company’s broadcast division, Baron said Thursday.

Hill, who joined Baron in April 2011, has more than four decades in broadcast media.

Michael Mougey, VP of broadcast sales, will now lead the company’s broadcast management team. Mougey will work with Steve Gray, who Baron recently hired as director of broadcast meteorology.

In April 2011 when I was with Broadcast Engineering, I conducted a video interview with Hill, who had just left Media General to join Baron.

SMPTE Elects 2016-17 Officers, Governors

John Luff is the newly elected SMPTE Eastern region governor.

John Luff is one of eight SMPTE regional governors elected to serve 2016-2017 terms..

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, SMPTE, has announced its newly elected officers and governors who will serve their term in 2016-17.

Three officers were reelected and will continue on the SMPTE Board of Governors for two years. They are:

  • Paul Stechly, president of Applied Electronics, as SMPTE VP;
  • William Miller, president of Miltag Media Technology as membership VP; and
  • Alan Lambshead, retired from Everts, as SMPTE standards VP.

Eight SMPTE governors were elected, five of whom were incumbents. The governors are:

  • Randy Conrod, Imagine Communications, as Canadian region governor;
  • John Ferder, CBS, as New York region governor;
  • Daniel Burnett, Ericsson, as Southern region governor;
  • Mark Narveson, Artegis Law Group, Western region governor;
  • John Maizels, Entropy Enterprises, Asia-Australia region governor;
  • John Luff, HD Consulting, Eastern region governor;
  • Patricia Keighley, IMAX, Hollywood region governor; and
  •  Bruce Devlin, Dalet, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America region.

More information is available on the SMPTE website.

Panasonic Releases AG-DVX200PJ Firmware Upgrade

New camera firmware is available for the Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K camcorder.

New camera firmware is available for the Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K camcorder.

Panasonic has released a free firmware upgrade for its AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3-inch handheld camcorder.

The upgrade, Version 1.25, offers:

  • Adds a fast scan mode to the menu options for 4K24p, UHD29.97p, UHD23.98p and UHD25p recording modes.
  • Provides color reproduction at higher brightness levels to accommodate ranges of skin tones.
  • Reduces potential black dot noise in 4K/UHD.

The new firmware is available from the Panasonic website.

AES67: Two More Ships Set A Course For Interoperability

Two weeks ago in this space, I posted “AES67: Are Two Ships Passing In The Night?,” an interview with Aidan Williams, CTO of Audinate, regarding AES67 and the ramifications of having four separate system discovery options as part of the audio-over-IP standard.

The underlying issue, according to Williams, is that having different system discovery options can lead to problems for end users of AES67-enabled equipment because they expect it to be essentially plug-and-play.

As I wrote at the time:

Understand, Williams and Audinate have settled on one of the four discovery options specified in AES67 and would like to see the whole industry do the same. Other vendors selecting other discovery options undoubtedly would like to see the industry support their selections.

Not surprisingly, I have begun to receive other points of view on the topic. Today, I present the thoughts of Andreas Hildebrand, senior product manager at digital media technology at ALC NetworXand Kevin Gross, founder of AVA Networks, on system discovery and AES67.

Read On

Jack Hsu Joins Advanced Systems Group

Jack Hsu has joined the technical services team at Advanced Systems Group.

Jack Hsu has joined the technical services team at Advanced Systems Group.

Jack Hsu has joined film, video, audio and data integrator Advanced Systems Group as part of the company’s technical services team.

Based in San Jose, Calif., Hsu provides support as well as design and deployment for various systems and technologies.

Prior to joining ASG, Hsu spent more than 10 years with Total Media Group, where he served as CTO and COO. Hsu also has worked at Infodisc as director of engineering, and Total Video Co. and Mediacopy as chief engineer.

Hsu is available via email at

I-MOVIX Joins Aspen Community

I-MOVIX, maker of extreme slow-motion systems, has joined the ASPEN Community, Evertz said this week.

APSEN, a framework for separated video, audio and metadata on individual IP multicast streams, is a collaborative effort on the part of many broadcast technology vendors working to facilitate the transition from SDI- to IP-based infrastructures.

Laurent Renard, I-MOVIX CEO and founder, said his company is proud to join the community and called development of IP-based solutions for the industry an “opportunity that we would certainly not like to miss.”

To learn more, visit the ASPN Community website.

Deloitte Selects Dejero For Canadian Tech Fast 50

Deloitte has named Dejero, maker of professional live broadcast and streaming technology, to be on its 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list of Canada’s fastest-growing technology companies.

The company also has been named to Deloitte’s 2015 North American Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the 500 fastest-growing North American technology companies based on percentage growth over a five-year period.

A Dejero press release announcing the honors quotes company CEO Brian Cram as saying: “…our end goal is to make live video acquisition, content exchange, cloud management and multiscreen distribution easier and more immediate than ever before.”

HPA Honors Panasonic With Engineering Excellence Award

Steve Mahrer, Panasonic senior technologist, (right) accepts the HPA Engineering Excellence Awardfrom presenters Barbara Lange and Joachim Zell.

Steve Mahrer, Panasonic senior technologist, (right) accepts the HPA Engineering Excellence Award from presenters Barbara Lange and Joachim Zell.

The Hollywood Post Alliance honored Panasonic Nov. 12 with its 2015 Engineering Excellence Award.

The company was recognized for its development of the 4K camera imager used in the Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder.

The Engineering Excellence Award is presented to companies and individuals “who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post-production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies,” HPA says.

Sillman Garners First IEEE BTS Cohen Award

Thomas Silliman, president of Electronics Research Inc. (ERI), was named the first recipient of the Jules Cohen Award for Outstanding Broadcast Engineering at the IEEE Broadcast Symposium.

The award recognizes broadcast engineering work that is exceptional for its integrity and professionalism; quality and thoroughness; extent and reach; and commitment to client success.

David Layer, senior director of advanced engineering for the National Association of Broadcasters, received the Matti S. Siukola Memorial Award for the best paper presented at the previous year’s IEEE Broadcast Symposium.

More information is available on the IEEE BTS website.

SMPTE Announces Pair Of Webinars

SMPTE logo-smallThe Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will hold two online educational webcasts this month, one on content security and the other on Ultra HD in combo IP-SDI environments.

The webinars are free to SMPTE members, and registration is available online.

On Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. ET, Raj Nair, VP of technology at Ericsson TV Platforms, and Pablo Argon, senior director of technical strategy IPTV at Ericsson, will present “Evolved Content Security Framework: Supporting the Modern Needs of MVPD.”

Topics will include the key components that make up a content security framework, authentication and entitlement mechanisms, including support for content delivery to multiple points.

On Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. ET, Nigel-Seth Smith of Semtech will present “UHD in a Hybrid SDI/IP World.” Smith will discuss some of the challenges involved, current technologies and why SDI will continue to play an important role for the rollout of UHD-1, commonly called 4K.

Registration for the content security framework webinar is available here.

Registration for the UHD in a hybrid world webinar is available here.