The Canadian DTV/HDTV Tour 1999!

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A Two-Day Interactive Seminar For Engineers & Technical Business Professionals

Attendees of past Miranda DTV seminars: this is a new seminar with completely updated information and new topics presented by key industry leaders.


November 2nd and 3rd
November 8th and 9th
November 11th and 12th

"In conduction these DTV seminars, Miranda is helping to support CDTV's objectives of guiding the orderly migration of analog to digital television and promoting education and information about digital television for the industry and the consumer."

Michael McEwen,
President, CDTV

"Miranda's seminar was very up-to-date and covered topics that most broadcasters, specialty networks, and post production facilities are continually trying to find answers to.
I personally have never seen a better presentation that could break down the topics to a level that everyone could understand."

Stu Turner,
Director Operations, YTV / Treehouse

DTV is coming to Canada...and a unique two-day seminar on the challenges and oppportunities of the DTV transition is coming to a city near you.

60 to 90 minute instructional modules taught by industry experts from Miranda Technologies, Dolby Laboratories, Harris Corporation, CBC, Canadian Digital Television (CDTV)... covering a wide range of topics including video formats, audio and video compression, transmission issues, datacasting and DTV sytem implementation strategies.

a "complete system" demonstration room, including side-by-side comparisons of various standard and high definition formats and presentations on the effects of MPEG-2 compression, digital Surround Sound, home receiver issues, and a demonstration of a basic data casting scenario.

The 1999 Canadian DTV Tour is a special oppportunity for technical and technical management personnel of TV broadcast, production, and cable facilities to learn more about DTV issues...participate in hands-on ideas with peers from your local television community...and ensure a successful transition for your station or facility.

November 2nd and 3rd
Holiday Inn Calgary Downtown
119-12th avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta

Phone: 403-266-4611
Fax: 403-237-0978
Reservations: 1-800-661-9378
November 8th and 9th
Holiday Inn Don Valley
1100 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 1H8

Phone: 416-446-3700
Fax: 416-446-3701
November 11th and 12th
405 Avenue Ogilvy
Porte F Studio 2
Montreal, Quebec
H3N 1M4

Phone: 514-273-6311
Fax: 514-495-6120

Day 1: In Studio Issues

08:30-0950 AM
Introduction to DTV and Digital Video basics
Presenter: Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • Overview of video standards
  • Standard and high definition formats
  • Progressive vs, interlace

    09:50 - 10:10 AM
    Break and System Demonstration Session 1:
  • Comparison of SDTV and HDTV formats

    10:10 - 11:10 AM
    MPEG-2 Encoding and Decoding: A Practical Guide
    Presenter: Jay Adrick, Harris Corporation

  • MPEG-2 overview
  • Key MPEG-2 features:
        Noise reduction
        Chroma sub-sampling
        3:2 detection
  • Different characteristics of MPEG-2 in contribution, distribution and transmission applications

    11:10 AM - 12:00 Noon
    The Business of DTV in Canada and around the World
    Presenter: Michael McEwen, CDTV

  • DTV in Canada, who, what, where and when
  • A look at important DTV trends throughout the world
  • The role of CDTV in the Canadian DTV transition

    12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
    Lunch and System Demonstration Session 2:
  • Compression effects at different data rates and with different input formats

    1:00 - 2:20 PM
    Compressed Digital Audio
    Presenter: Steve Lyman, Dolby laboratories

  • DTV audio system overview
  • Digital audio data reduction methods
  • Practical implementations of DTV audio

    2:20 - 2:40 PM
    Break and System Demonstration Session 3:
  • Multi-channel audio from post production to the home receiver

    2:40 - 3:25 PM
    HDTV In the Post Production Environment
    Presenter: Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • Key trends in post production for HDTV
  • An overview of 24p and 24p segmented frame
  • The role of 24p and 24p segmented frame in post production

    3:45 - 4:20 PM
    In Plant Routing and Distribution of HDTV
    Presenter: Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • Routing SDTV and 480p60
  • HDTV in plant routing options
  • Forward looking SD/HD in plant routing strategy

    4:20 - 5:00 PM
    HD VTRs and other Storage Issues
    Presenter: Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • A Comparative study of HD DVTR and other storage options

    5:00 - 6:30 PM
    Cocktails, Mingling and System Demonstrations

Day 2: Delivery and Transmission Issues

08:30 - 09:00 AM
DTV: An Overview of Delivery Options
Presenter: Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • A comparative look at different delivery methods including DBS, terrestrial, cable and telcom

    09:00 - 09:45 AM
    Program Guides and Program Services
    Presenter: Jay Adrick, Harris Corporation

  • Why program guides
  • An overview of the ATSC PSIP (program & system information protocol) standard
  • The challenge of implementing program guides at the local and national level

    09:45 - 10:10 AM
    Break and System Demonstration Session 4:
  • Program guides and datacasting

    10:10 - 11:00 AM
    Presenter: Jay Adrick, Harris Corporation

  • How DTV enables datacasting services
  • The basics of datacasting
  • Datacasting application case studies

    11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
    Terrestrial DTV Transmission, Part 1
    Presenter: Francois Conway, CBC

  • Spectrum considerations
  • ATSC-T Terrestrial DTV transmission standard
  • Service planning criteria
  • Receiving considerations

    12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
    Lunch and System Demonstration Session 5:
  • Datacasting and Terrestrial transmission system issues

    1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Terrestrial DTV Transmission, Part 2
    Presenter: Francois Conway, CBC

  • Transmission considerations
  • Frequency allotment plan
  • Coverage planning and design
  • Typical terrestrial DTV transmitting station block diagram

    2:00 - 2:20 PM
    Break and System Demonstrations

    2:20 - 3:20 PM
    Practical Early DTV Implementations Scenarios
    Presenter: Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • Network distribution options
  • Local station scenarios
  • US network case studies

    3:30 - 4:15 PM
    Local DTV Plans... A Panel Discussion
    Moderated By Michel Proulx, Miranda

  • A panel discussion featuring local broadcasters speaking about key trends and their plans for DTV and HDTV

About the presenters
Steve Lyman
Senior Broadcast Engineer, Dolby Laboratories
Steve Lyman joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1980 where he developed a system of standard audio and video measurement techniques and was heavily involved with CBC's efforts to implement HDTV, DAB, and other new technologies. In 1996, he moved to the Research and Business Development department of Dolby Laboratories to help implement multichannel audio systems for DTV broadcasting. A fellow of the AES, Mr. Lyman has been involved throughout his career in the development of audio and video standards within the Audio Engineering Society, IEE, and SMPTE.

Francois Conway, ing.
Director, Delivery Technology, CBC Corporate Engineering
Francois Conway has been with CBC's Corporate Engineering group since 1983. Focused on the transmission area, he provides engineering consultation services for all CBC program delivery initiatives from DBS to New Media, specialized signal transport technology, coverage and spectrum engineering services, as well as leadership and coordination for the implementation of digital radio television broadcasting services.

Michael McEwen
President, CDTV
A 30-year veteran of Canadian broadcasting, Mr. McEwen currently practices as a consultant in the areas of media, strategy, policy and broadcast digital technologies. He is president of the World Digital Audio Broadcast Forum and President of Canadian Digital Television, a not for profit company supported by the television industry to guide the transition from analogue to digital TV in Canada. Mr. McEwen has over 30 years of radio and television experience, 27 years which were spent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jay C. Adrick
Vice President-Systems, Harris Corporation, Broadcast Systems
A 35-year veteran of the broadcast industry, Jay Hadrick is a leader in the design and integration of digital studio and mobile systems. With a focus on both digital standard and high definition systems, he headed the team that put the United States' first all-digital serial component television network, The Golf Channel, on the air in 1995. Since then, he has been involved in major digital systems projects for the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Allbritton Communications, and other broadcast leaders. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the development of DTV products including the Harris Flexicoder™ family of MPEG-2 encoding systems and the ARX series of professional DTV receivers. A member of SBE and SMPTE, he has authored and presented a large number of technical papers.

Michel Proulx
Vice-President Product Development, Miranda Technologies
Prior to joining Miranda in 1998 as Director Of Product Development, Michel Proulx worked for 5 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and then for 10 years at Leitch Technology, serving in a variety of roles including Software Design, New Product Development and Director of Engineering. Mr. Proulx presents frequently on serial digital, compression, DTV, and HDTV. In 1996 he was a co-recipient of a SMPTE Award for his work on a series of articles on serial digital television.

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