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8 2017 Mar

HPA Tech Retreat 2017 Recap: Creative Collaboration in the Desert

Hats off to HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) for last week’s lively and engaging HPA Tech Retreat — held at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Indian Wells, CA (just outside Palm Springs). Another year brought another great gathering of our Media & Entertainment peers together for some illumination and hydration out in the deserts of Southern California. We were excited to showcase our remote collaboration service — ClearView Flex — with the greater M&E tech community.

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6 2017 Mar

2017 HPA Tech Retreat: Eclair’s VP of Technology/Innovation Cedric LeJeune

We chatted with VP of Technology & Innovation at Eclair, Cedric LeJeune, during the 2017 HPA Tech Retereat. Eclair has post facilities in New York, London, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona and Paris. HDR technology is very important to the company – they are doing a lot of that work currently.

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6 2017 Mar

HPA Tech Retreat: Security Risks in Online Digital Media Workflow

This HPA Tech Retreat devoted three sessions to an issue that’s grown in importance over the last few years: cybersecurity. The digitization of workflow, media, distribution and even projection has generally been a boon for efficiency and cost savings, but it’s opened a Pandora’s box of issues related to security, piracy and privacy. Motion Picture Solutions CTO Laurence Claydon addressed security holes in film/TV, Warner Bros. security architect Chris Taylor talked about security for on-location networks, and Avid director of architecture Rob Gonsalves delved into the scary topic of ransomware.

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6 2017 Mar

HPA Tech Retreat: Extending the Cloud, Developing Delivery Specs, and the State of Light Field Imaging

The 2017 HPA Tech Retreat, in Indian Wells, CA, drew a sold-out crowd that gathered in dark rooms to hear about the latest developments in production and post. For more detail, see our stories on sessions discussing the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast transition and data security for online digital media. Here are a few more details from the sold-out technology event that didn’t quite fit into our previous coverage.

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3 2017 Mar

Tales from the Tech Retreat 2017 — Taking Stock of VR

In a tradition of several years now, I have devoted my January eNewsletter to covering the Consumer Electronics Show as it relates to content creators.  Then for our February edition I like to tell you about what I discovered at the HPA Tech Retreat from which I just returned; this year will be no different.  However, I took in so much at this year’s Retreat, from VR to Cloud Workflows, that I’m going to have to break it up.  So, for this essay I’m going to concentrate on VR.

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3 2017 Mar

HOME THEATER GEEKS 343 HPA TECH RETREAT 2017

Entertainment-technology consultants Geoff Tully and Ron Williams, just back from the 2017 HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Tech Retreat, talk about some of the main topics of discussion at the event.

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28 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat: Broadcasters Look Ahead to ATSC 3.0 Transition

Concerns About Cost, the Need for ATSC 1.0 Lighthouses, and Why HDR TV Will Come Before UHD

With the move to ATSC 3.0 coming up in the not-too-distant future, attendees at the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, CA, last week (photo, top, courtesy HPA) heard from a panel of broadcasters on issues surrounding the transition.

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27 2017 Feb

TV Broadcasters Say 1080p HDR Matters More than 4K

In an article by The Hollywood Reporter that’s based on comments made by a panel of broadcasters at Wednesday’s HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Tech Retreat in Palm Springs, the message from broadcasters is that 1080p HDR is coming to a broadcast TV when ATSC 3.0—the next generation of broadcast standards—is implemented.

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27 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat takes on realities of virtual reality

The HPA Tech Retreat, run by the Hollywood Professional Association in association with SMPTE, began with an insightful one-day VR seminar— Integrating Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality into Entertainment Applications. Lucas Wilson from SuperSphere kicked off the sessions and helped with much of the organization of the seminar.

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27 2017 Feb

HPA 2017: Lampen Talks Data Cable

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.—Belden’s Steve Lampen told HPA Tech Retreat program organizer Mark Schubin he could talk about 4K over coax cable, and  that Schubin said, “we’re tired of 4K. Talk about something besides 4K.”

Lampen said that made him realize that soon, they could talk about the next thing until everyone’s bored of it, declare victory, and then move on to the next thing, without actually making anything.

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