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Linear Acoustic Co-Promoting HD Transition Seminars

In cooperation with Omneon Video Networks and Miranda Technologies (February 28, 2006)

Linear Acoustic, in cooperation with Omneon Video Networks and Miranda Technologies, are hosting a second series of educational seminars for broadcasters planning to move from SD to HDTV broadcasting. Entitled "HDTV: Making the Transition," the first 2006 seminar will be held on February 28 in New York at the Midtown Holiday Inn (57th Street, between 9th and 10th), and will be followed on March 6 with a seminar during CABSAT at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The seminar program comprises a series of spotlight presentations on such topics as: . The Inevitability of HDTV - a look at the drivers for HD from consumers and broadcasters. . Fundamentals of Video and Audio Formats for HDTV. . HD Building Blocks - looking at distribution, routing, conversion, editing, servers and master control. . HD Case Studies - tales from the converted by senior broadcasters.

The seminars, which run from 9:00 am through 5:00 pm, are non-promotional, and are being presented by senior engineers from Linear Acoustic, Omneon and Miranda, as well as by leading broadcasters. Technology demonstrations associated with core themes also are being offered at the end of each seminar. (A modest attendance fee is charged to cover material and refreshment costs. While entrance to the CABSAT seminar in Dubai is free of charge, event registration will be required.)


Other upcoming seminar dates include:
North America
New York       February 28   
Midtown Holiday Inn Los Angeles       May 23         Venue TBC
Washington DC     June 27        Venue TBC
Chicago       September      Venue TBC
San Francisco     October 24     Venue TBC
Seattle           October 26     Venue TBC
Dallas            November 28    Venue TBC
Miami             December 12    Venue TBC

EMEA CABSAT, Dubai    March 6        Dubai World Trade Centre Please note that, because of prior commitments, Linear Audio staff will not be attending CABSAT

Paris, France     June           Venue TBC Munich, Germany   June           Venue TBC

Registration: http://www.miranda.com/hdtv-seminar/register.html

Tim Carroll's presentation, "Audio for HD:  From Playout to Delivery," will explore Emission Technologies - Audio from broadcaster to consumer; Contribution and Distribution Technologies - Audio to the network and local broadcaster; and Connecting it all Together - Monitoring, master control and other issues.

Key Metadata parameters are supported by all systems. "Dialog Level - DialNorm - controls a 1 dB/step attenuator in all consumer decoders, and is used to match program-to-program loudness," Carroll continues. "Dynamic Range Control value is generated within the encoder, and selectively applied by consumer decoders. Experience has shown that most loudness shifts are due to metadata differences between network and local programs; very seldom does the local station create the proper custom metadata. Dynamics Processing can help match local audio to default metadata values, while Upmixing helps mask two-channel/5.1-channel switching issues."

Current Linear Acoustic products include:
StreamStacker(tm) Multichannel Audio Distribution System, which comprises the Model LA-5421 StreamStacker Audio Bitstream Multiplexer and Model LA-5124 StreamStacker De-Multiplexer/AC-3 Splicer
Model LA-5124 with AutoNorm(tm) Automatic Dialog Normalization System. . OCTiMAX 5.1 Digital Television Audio Processor
UpMAX(tm) 2251 5.1 Channel Surround-Field Synthesizer.

Linear Acoustic has been involved in projects with Dolby Laboratories, Sirius Satellite Radio, Microsoft, all major terrestrial networks, multiple local stations, HBO, Viacom (Showtime, MTV, etc.), Disney, Miramax, Sony Studios, and others. It is also actively involved in the ATSC, the NRSC and other industry organizations, as well as being members of the AES, IEEE and a sustaining member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.


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