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File-based (IT) production and broadcast workflows are now the norm across a large percentage of the our industry. Though the transition to file-based systems is a relatively recent evolutionary milestone, there are already a number of disruptive technologies poised to move real-time AV workflows several giant steps forward. No doubt you’ve already heard about Software Defined Networks/Storage, 10G/40G Ethernet, Precision Time Protocol, fast network switching, compute virtualization methods and widely available web apps (SaaS). These are the foundation upon which the “all IT facility” will be built. SMPTE’s guest speaker will discuss these catalytic technologies and why they are essential to move to all IT. He will also describe the associated technical challenges and potential means to overcome them .
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Guest Speaker: Al Kovalick, Avid Technology
Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV/IT systems for the past 20 years. Previously, he was a digital systems designer and technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. Following HP, from 1999 to 2004, he was the CTO of the Broadcast Products Division at Pinnacle Systems. Currently, he is with Avid Technology and serves as an Enterprise Strategist and Fellow. Al is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies including SMPTE and AMWA. He has presented over 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide and holds 18 US and foreign patents. He is the author of the book “Video Systems in an IT Environment, 2ed”. In 2009 Al was awarded the David Sarnoff Gold Medal from SMPTE. Al has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a SMPTE Fellow.
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