Avid Connect 2017

Agenda

By Track

Transforming the Media Enterprise: Innovation in Business & Technology

EarlyLearnings: Shaping the Future of Cloud-based Media

Saturday | 11:15am - 11:55am

Avid customers are pioneering cloud-based innovation with the MediaCentral® Platform. In this session, industry leaders at the forefront of cloud adoption will share their experiences and perspectives on cloud, the core of our industry's transformation. Gain insight on:

  • Why global news gathering and delivery platforms are being overhauled
  • Critical cloud-based capabilities
  • What cloud model (Hybrid, Private or Public) is suitable for your business
  • Why Avid has been selected as the right partner in the move towards a cloud-based future

Join this fascinating and timely session to see how cloud has already begun solving strategic needs of today and tomorrow.

Featured Speakers:

Richard Duke, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Publishing Services Department

Clive Jones, BBCNI

Jon Mauldin, Fotokem

Speaker Bios

The Future of Sports Production: Panel With Sports Video Group

Saturday | 11:55am - 12:30pm

Sports production workflows continue to evolve as network connectivity between venues and broadcast facilities allows for long-distance content creation and file transfer, opening up new ways to staff, work, and create. Leaders in sports production discuss how they are leveraging the latest tools and technologies to improve the quality of sports content.

Featured Speakers:

Andy Beale, BT Sport

Ofir Benovici, Avid

Brandon Costa, Sports Video Group

Noah Gusdorff, Creative Mobile Solutions, Inc.

Darryl Jefferson, NBC Sports & Olympics

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Media Migrating to the Cloud: Insights from Avid

Saturday | 2:15pm - 2:40pm

In this session, Avid VP of Platform & Solutions Tim Claman will take you through how media enterprises can benefit from cloud technologies. He will explore best practices for moving your media workflows to the Cloud, dynamically allocating resources based on workload, as well as outline Avid’s perspective on Cloud migration. Great session to fast-track your cloud knowledge and put your business on the path to greater efficiencies.

Featured Speaker:

Tim Claman, Avid

Speaker Bio

Going All in on a Common Platform: Business & Operational Advantages

Saturday | 2:45pm - 3:05pm

Join innovative leaders driving efficiency and achieving success in their organizations with their adoption of the Avid MediaCentral Platform. Learn how organizations are making the most of their media and connecting with their audiences in powerful ways on the industry’s most open and tightly integrated platform. This panel session will provide insights on increased ROIs, improved collaboration, efficiency gains, audience captivation and more.

Featured Speakers:

Alan Hoff, Avid

Marcos Obadia, Univision Communications, Inc.

Del Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Jimm Popowytsch, AMC Networks

Speaker Bios

Find It Fast with Advanced Enterprise Search Toolsets: Insights from Avid Hosted by Oracle

Saturday | 3:10pm - 3:30pm

Hosted by Oracle

How many hours could you save if you had advanced, Google search-like capabilities for media assets? By integrating Nexidia’s Emmy award winning technology, Avid has infused MediaCentral with new and unique content discovery and audio analysis capabilities that can help your media organization:

  • Find any media clip in seconds by simply typing a word or phrase
  • Use powerful metadata search to find media that’s “gone missing”
  • Ensure that the right caption appears with the right media in the right language

Join Avid Advanced Asset Management expert, Tim Murphy, to see how enterprise asset management toolsets can help you accelerate workflow and better monetize content.

Featured Speaker:

Tim Murphy, Avid

Speaker Bio

Integration on the MediaCentral Platform: Openness & Enabling Efficiencies Across Workflows

Saturday | 3:30pm - 3:45pm

Want to work more efficiently in a more powerful and open workflow environment? With a focus on live sport workflows, join this session for a better understanding of how openness and integration optimizes efficiencies.

Taking the Platform to the Next Level Insights from Avid

Saturday | 4:15pm - 4:45pm

As Avid’s Senior Director of Product management, Régis André is highly focused on providing media professionals with tools that continue to evolve based on the day-to-day needs of the user. In this session he will discuss specific techniques that can help maximize media assets and supercharge production workflows of all type across different geos, deployments and systems. He will also share how user interface and complex back end systems can be harmonized and brought together in a simple manner for end users.

Featured Speaker:

Régis André, Avid

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Winning with Avid: A Q&A Session on End-to-End Avid Workflows with the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors

Saturday | 4:50pm - 5:15pm

Building world champion teams requires talent, performance and vision. Building a world champion media facility is no different. When the right tools are in play, sports teams can create larger-than-life content under tight deadlines to bring fans right into the action. Hear from innovative leaders at the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors on how they are leveraging Avid’s end-to-end solutions to deliver award-winning content for video, pre-game, scoreboard, social, tv, advertising and more.

Featured Speakers:

Paul Hodges, San Francisco Giants

Blake Wilberding, Golden State Warriors

Speaker Bios

The Future of News Workflow: Panel by TVNewsCheck

Saturday | 5:20pm - 6:00pm

Senior technology and operations executives from Sinclair Broadcast Group, Nexstar Media, Al Jazeera and Avid will address the challenges of producing, distributing and monetizing news in a multiplatform ecosystem. Panelists will share how their companies are keeping up with story-centric workflow, social media and mobile-first news and what they are doing to attract millennials and other younger audiences.

Featured Speakers:

Mohammed Abuagla, Aljazeera Media Network

Kathy Haley, NewsCheck Media

Del Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Blake Russel, Nexstar Media Group

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The Power of the Cloud for the Media Enterprise

Sunday | 10:30am - 11:05am

Implementing cloud technologies for content production and distribution will enable new levels of agility, flexibility and scalability. Join this cloud expert-led session. Learn how to use the cloud to dramatically improve workforce utilization and infrastructure resource management. See how you can seamlessly support online audiences that surge to millions in minutes. Discuss security requirements for virtualized infrastructure in hybrid cloud deployments. Get tips for determining whether to replicate or reengineer workflows in the cloud.

Fully Immersive Sports Experiences with Mixed Reality: Inside the Making of the Super Bowl in VR

Sunday | 11:10am - 11:45am

An exclusive insight on the role virtual reality played in the making of the Super Bowl LI. In this session, you’ll see how FOX Sports, alongside LiveLike and Twizted Design, relied on Avid tools and Twizted Design's Flowgic to engage Super Bowl viewers with jaw-dropping VR experiences. The FOX Sports VR app provided users an immersive virtual suite experience where they could select various camera angles and watch VR replays in 4K. Don't miss this unique insight from behind the scene of one of the most talked about sporting events of 2017.

Featured Speakers:

Jan Umansky, Twizted Design

Fabrice Lorenceau, LiveLike

Speaker Bios

Perspectives on Harnessing Industry Challenges: A Panel by IABM

Sunday | 12:15pm - 1:00pm

In this exclusive panel from IABM, attendees will get a sneak preview of the latest IABM Business Intelligence research released during NAB. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with industry leaders on findings, trends and game-changing strategies for the next three years. With insights from executives looking at transition to New Media Offerings & Focus on Operational Efficiency , IT, Virtualization & Automation & New Video Quality & Experiences.

Featured Speakers:

Louis Hernandez, Jr., Avid

John Ive, IABM

Darren Long, Sky Production Services

Josh Peterson, HP Workstations

Peter White, IABM

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Empowering Collaboration: Talent, Tools, and Technology

Virtual Reality Rising: the Future of Editing Workflows, A Panel Discussion

Saturday | 11:15am-11:50am

Editing film-quality virtual reality content can be complicated because you lose control of the viewer’s perspective. They choose the experience. High-end VR requires the creation of a completely new language for visual storytelling. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear how VR is driving evolving workflows from Avid, JauntVR, Dell, AMD and Boris FX/Imagineer. Get “the outlook for continued changes” as VR rises in sports, entertainment and other high-end productions.

Featured Speakers:

Ed Caracappa, Avid

Koji Gardiner, Jaunt

Ross Shain, Boris FX / Imagineer Systems

Roy Taylor, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD

Rahul Tikoo, Dell Precision Workstations

Speaker Bios

Move Your Media Content Across the Platform at Maximum Speed

Saturday | 11:55am-12:30am

With the exponential growth of video content, the advent of geographically dispersed production teams and the promise of cloud-based storage, archive and asset management, media enterprises have come to rely on high-speed file transfer in virtually every workflow. Attend this session to learn how to:

  • Transfer video and metadata at full bandwidth, regardless of distance
  • Retrieve media clips securely from remote storage at high speed
  • Automate and take your content workflow to the cloud

Join Aspera expert, John Wastcoat, to discover how custom-tailored integrations of Aspera’s Emmy® award-winning transport technology within the Avid Platform are making it practical for remote teams to collaborate and access their content, to take entire or partial workflows to the cloud and drastically reduce time to market.

Featured Speaker:

John Wastcoat, Aspera, an IBM company

Featured Speaker:

John Wastcoat, Aspera, an IBM company

Speaker Bio

4K / HDR Workflows for Post- Production

Sunday | 12:15pm - 1:00pm

The evolution of high res and HDR workflows continues today, and introduces new possibilities for post-production. Maintaining frame and color information from set to editorial to conform means artistic choices aren’t hindered by technical limitations. Our experts will continue their discussion from last Connect with an update on their experiences with 4K, HDR, and working with Media Composer. They’ll discuss workflows that present new (and old) challenges, and examine how progressive ways of thinking about and using Media Composer not only presents solutions but new creative opportunities, as well. By examining the specifics of color management within an Avid workflow, they’ll also consider the possibilities for the advancement of conform techniques using Media Composer in the future.

Featured Speakers:

Luc Amiot, Avid

Joe Beirne, PostWorks New York

Matthew Schneider, PostWorks New York

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Streamlined Pro Tools Mixing Workflows for Atmos

Saturday | 2:15pm-2:55pm

To attract audiences, audio post professionals need to deliver the highest quality soundtracks. Dolby Atmos® has become the leading immersive audio format for providing spectacular realism and the most engaging experience available. Delivering for this format, however, can be a daunting task, riddled with complex routing and monitoring challenges.

In partnership with Dolby, Avid is improving previous Atmos workflows that rely upon the Dolby Atmos Panner plug-in, with the most comprehensive, fluid and efficient Atmos mixing workflows, built right into Pro Tools.

Meet the Avid and Dolby product managers that led the collaborative effort behind the forthcoming Pro Tools release with Dolby Atmos workflows—and get a deep dive into how these time-saving, fluid, creative integrations will streamline your work so you can cerate the most exciting, immersive mixes.

Featured Speakers:

David Gould, Dolby

Ryan Wardell, Avid

Connor Sexton, Avid

Speaker Bios

Impact of Cloud Technology on Post Production Workflows

Saturday | 3:10pm - 3:45pm

Post production in the cloud is much more than just the lift and shift of tried and true workflows into a different infrastructure. It represents entirely new ways of collaboration and facilitation. DigitalFilm Tree is leading the way in not only delivering cloud-based post production services, but also allowing for a degree of flexibility not seen before in post-production. Cloud allows for the decentralization of production and post-production, allowing DigitalFilm Tree to service customers worldwide from a small physical footprint; scaling its business instantaneously to accommodate demand. Reducing physical infrastructure allows for workflows to change on a moment’s notice, increasing creative flexibility, while incurring minimal negative business impact. DigitalFilm Tree will seek to explain the methodology, necessity, and education in transitioning to a cloud-based post-production facility.

Featured Speaker:

Guillaume Aubochon, Digital Film Tree

Speaker Bio

High-Speed Collaboration for Post Production

Saturday | 4:15pm - 4:55pm

Sponsored by HP

Join Sonic Magic’s proprietor Jonathan Wales as we host an open dialog on maximizing operational efficiency in a pro audio post facility. Hear about the requirements met and strategies employed by a thought leader in the industry, traversing the landscape of shared storage, interoperability, the most integrated gear available, collaboration, and more.

Featured Speaker:

Jonathan Wales, Wildfire Sonic Magic

Speaker Bio

Engaging & Building a Better Fan Base

Saturday | 5:00pm - 5:45pm

More than ever, an artist's success hinges on their ability to build and engage their fan base. And this isn't easy in a crowded market filled with artists who are all vying for attention. To be successful, you not only need great music, you need to make the most out of the most powerful marketing and distribution infrastructure.

In this session, you’ll get the perspective of an artist as well as insights from businesses who have built tools that empower artists to build and engage their fan bases.

Featured Speakers:

Tony Cariddi, Avid

Joe Conyers, Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing

Benji Rogers, dotBlockchain Music

Evan Sanders, a cappella group Accent

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Building Long-Lasting Viewer Loyalty through More Powerful Engagement, Leveraging Real-Time, 3D, On-Air Graphics

Sunday | 10:30am - 11:05am

Viewer loyalty can never be taken for granted. Today it’s got to be reinforced using state-of-the-art tools and technologies that keep your viewers engaged and hungry for more. Our panel will show you how to employ the best in real-time, 3D, on-air graphics to create a more dynamic, immersive viewer experience. Then learn how to maximize the use of social media to attract and keep viewers, while building greater brand loyalty.

Featured Speakers:

Gerry Belec, Global News, Corus Entertainment

Arturo Brena

Speaker Bios

Challenges Facing Music Rights Stakeholders & Ideas on How to Fix the System

Sunday | 11:10am - 11:45am

Today's complex digital landscape presents enormous challenges for artists to get properly paid for their work. But could the digital nature of the market support a solution through better documentation and tracking?

How we solve for this is one of the most contentious issues in entertainment and media today. Join the most prominent leaders for a discussion about how they propose to fix the system for music rights owners.

Featured Speakers:

Greg Chin, Avid

Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing

George Howard, OMI

Benji Rogers, dotBlockchain Music

Ryan Wardell, Avid

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Mastering Your Craft: The Art of Cutting Edge Storytelling

Delivering Award Winning Soundtracks Under Tight Deadlines

Saturday | 11:15am - 11:50am

Whether you're working on the biggest blockbusters, independent documentaries, or short form promos, you feel the pressure to deliver better, more complex work within tighter deadlines. 

Supervising sound editor, James Mather, has experienced this pressure as much as anyone on releases like Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, a number of Harry Potter movies, and currently on the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman from Marvel.

Join us for a conversation with James and get the inside track on how he hits his due dates with the highest quality, award-winning soundtracks.

Featured Speakers:

James Mather (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, Me Before You, Wonder Woman)

Rich Nevens, Avid

Speaker Bios

Designing and Implementing Foley Sounds in Video Games

Saturday | 11:55am - 12:30pm

The game industry is projected to grow by 30% over the next three years, making it the fasting growing industry for audio professionals.  Foley, as important for games as it is for TV and film, is a sound design technique that creates a sense of intimacy and realism by emphasizing the small details of the game world.  

Join sound designer and educator Eric Kuehnl for a look at editing techniques and implementing Foley sounds in a simple game.

Featured Speaker:

Eric Keunl, Foothill College

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Telling Tales in Episodic TV: Panel with Award Winning Editors

Saturday | 2:15pm - 3:10pm

Sponsored by HP

With the quality and quantity of original scripted series at its high point, often times the editor must gracefully guide story arcs and character development over many, many years to fully realize the vision of the show. Come join this interactive session and learn from some of the industry’s most decorated storytellers in dramatic television: Kelley Dixon, ACE (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Kabir Akhtar, ACE (Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Arrested Development), Catherine Haight, ACE (Transparent), and Josh Earl, ACE (Deadliest Catch).

Featured Speakers:

Kabir Akhtar, ACE (Arrested Development, Crazy Ex Girlfriend)

Kelley Dixon, ACE (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul)

Josh Earl, ACE (Deadliest Catch)

Catherine Haight, ACE (Transparent, Girls, New Girl)

Speaker Bios

Cutting to the Quick: Paul Machliss

Saturday | 4:15pm - 4:55pm

While editor Paul Machliss is widely known for the kinetic, quick take transitions he's mastered in Edgar Wright's films (The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), it's how he's accelerating the pace of editing on set that is most remarkable in Wright's upcoming Sony release, Baby Driver. Join Paul to learn the techniques he uses in the edit room and on location to make 'em laugh and make it fast.

Featured Speakers:

Paul Machliss, ACE (Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The World's End, The IT Crowd, Fleabag)

Matt Feury, Avid

Speaker Bios

Lateral Thinking: Psychological Techniques to Make You a More Creative Editor

Saturday | 5:00pm - 5:25pm

Can we harness the untapped power of our mind to maximise creativity on our timelines? Is it possible to use modern psychology to access our enormous artistic potential? These are just a few of the questions answered during Inside The Edit’s new masterclass at Avid Connect 2017. 

Primetime level editors have to watch a mountain of uncut footage and craft into a logical, compelling and dramatic narrative in very little time. There are thousands of structural and dramatic possibilities in any one film and so training your mind to see which one is best sets you apart from the crowd. 

Join Inside The Edit Founder Paddy Bird as he takes you on a fascinating journey through different creative mindsets and their practical application in high end television. https://insidetheedit.com/

Featured Speaker:

Paddy Bird, Inside the Edit

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Crafting Documentaries that Educate, Enlighten and Entertain

Saturday | 5:30pm - 6:00pm

With different goals, structures, and processes, documentaries present challenges for the editor who plays a key role in shaping the final outcome. This session will feature Norman Hollyn, author of The Film Editing Room Handbook, and Doug Blush, editor of The Hunting Ground (2015). These distinguished professionals will provide their insights on documentary structure, style, story arc, and character. They’ll also share tips on using stills, conducting interviews, organizing material, and working with non-timecoded source material.

Featured Speakers:

Doug Blush, ACE (20 Feet from Stardom, The Music of Strangers, Jim: The James Foley Story)

Norman Hollyn

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A Private Cloud for Creative Professionals

Sunday | 10:30am - 11:00am

Connect. Collaborate. Create. With anyone. Anywhere. On any device. Work faster. Better. Smarter. This is the power of cloud collaboration for today’s audio and video professionals. Learn how powerful new collaboration capabilities in the cloud can help take audio and video editing to the next level.

Reality TV Editing with the Masters

Sunday | 11:05am - 11:45am

There is no greater or more demanding workflows than that of reality TV editing. Incredible shooting ratios. Unbelievably tight deadlines. An overabundance of content. In this Masters session, hear how veterans of Reality Television deal with the demands and challenges of Reality TV editing. #MasterThis

Featured Speakers:

Josh Earl, ACE (Deadliest Catch)

Scott Roy, Trailblazer Studios

Eric Johnson, Trailblazer Studios

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Mix With the Best Audio Networking Session

Sunday | 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Join Avid Product Management, guest event speakers, and other audio professionals in the Avid Connect Lounge for an exclusive networking session for those in the audio space.

Master This: Feature Film Editing

Sunday | 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Sponsored by HP

Listen as Gravity’s Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger says, “It’s a thin line we walk in late stages of post-production. We have to be brutal. But not too brutal.”  

Learn why Dan Lebanthal, (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) says, “Don’t just cut the story, create the tone. See the right approach and press for it.”  

Hear Debbie Berman (Invictus, The Jesuit)offer insights on the transition from journeyman to the director’s choice for editing great films.

Featured Speakers:

Debbie Berman

Dan Lebental

Mark Sanger

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