Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Detroit Section Meeting Notice
February 2007


Section Chairman
Chuck Reti
Detroit Public Television
(313) 980-6794

Frank Maynard
(248) 355-7129

Past Chairman
Mark Anzicek
ZenTechnologies, Inc.


Robert A. Zeichner
Roscor Michigan

James M. Totten

Gerard (Jerry) Matthews
GTN, Inc.

Jim Moceri

Harold Miller
Harold Miller Associates

Louis Johnson

Test Materials Advisor
Harold Miller
Harold Miller Associates

Harold Miller
Harold Miller Associates

Central Region Governor
W. Wallace Murray
SBC Communications

DATE:   Tuesday, February 13, 2007

TIME:   7:30 PM

LOCATION:   Roscor Michigan, Inc.
27280 Haggerty Rd., Suite C-2
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331
(248) 489-0090

SPEAKER:   Steve Mahrer
Panasonic Chief Technologist

SUBJECT:   P-2 and AVC-I, an Advanced 10 bit, H.264 Intra-Frame HD CODEC for High-End Production and ENG applications

Modern production, post production and broadcast facilities are embracing IT technology at an ever increasing pace. The savings delivered by networked file based workflows have forever changed the capture, storage, and manipulation and delivery of imagery. Image compression technology has also advanced over the past ten years, this new CODEC technology when combined with IT workflows should result in even greater efficiency and savings. The presenter will discuss the development of the Panasonic AVC-I CODEC, a new high definition intra-frame H.264 compression CODEC implementation that promises unparalleled HD quality with bit rates normally associated with SD. Hardware will be demonstrated to show examples of the HD signal quality.

As Director of Engineering for the Business Development Group of Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company, Mr. Mahrer's current responsibilities include managing imaging and display, video compression and recording, and file systems and networking for the broadcast and production marketplace. Prior to joining Panasonic in 1991, Mr. Mahrer was employed at NBC's Technical Development group and the RCA Broadcast System Group in Gibbsboro NJ. He came to the US from RCA (Jersey) Ltd in 1984.

Managers' Dinner will be at 5:30 PM at Greek Isles, 39777 Grand River Ave., Novi (just west of Haggerty Rd. in Pheasant Run Plaza). (248) 442-9255. [Map]. All are welcome to join us.

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