[opendtv] Re: Production Codecs

  • From: Mark Aitken <maitken@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:33:48 -0400 (EDT)

Do I hear an "oops"? 

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From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 12:15:24 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York 
Subject: [opendtv] Re: Production Codecs 



You pay for SMPTE membership – list me as your referrer, and I’ll make a copy 
of my raw SMPTE folders (public documents) and non-disclosure. 

Not all the specifications, but many. Not necessarily the latest copy, and many 
are in process or are the FCD (last step before publication). You can decide 
which to buy (to make sure you have the bits right.) 

And, you will truly enjoy the work, joining committees, learning and having a 
say (when you exercise it) on new and modified standards. 

And, you can’t tell anybody I’ve done that, since SMPTE lives off document 

So, you can get started for $135 for one year, or (like me) $325 for three 
years. That renewal always seems to come up fast. 

I do believe the fee is tax-deductible, but of course, only us self-employed 
generally can take advantage of that … 


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Enviado el: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:06 AM 
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Asunto: [opendtv] Re: Production Codecs 

Good to know, especially since Avid, and possibly Sony, products will be so 
prevalent in our facility. 

You are quite right that I need to join SMPTE. I also need the specifications. 
Together they are major dollars and I am trying to save up for them since the 
university will not pay for them. 



"John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
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07/16/2008 08:54 AM     

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[opendtv] Re: Production Codecs 




MXF works just fine, between and among vendors. And, I suspect that you are not 
going to engineer an MXF system from source documents. 

There is a problem with the latest reworkings of the spec. It seems that two 
major vendors (Avid and Sony) made some technically non-compliant changes that 
didn’t seem to affect anything until the new changes were proposed, and ALL 
HELL BROKE OUT. Some of the changes were good, others seemed to have been 
intended to cause chaos. 

I have suggested to you time and time again to join SMPTE. The battle was “fine 
fun” last fall. People who aren’t on the WG email reflector only got this in a 
small dribble, and EVERY article I’ve read about the controversy was slanted, 
ill-informed or ignorant. Basically, customers like PBS, like NBC, were doing 
the log-rolling for Avid and Sony, who never commented on the reflector. At one 
point, the AAF acted like they should have a veto on SMPTE specifications. 

I have it on good authority that the changes wouldn’t break much on the Snell & 
Wilcox side, but that’s not exactly by design. The intellectual author of MXF 
is Bruce Devlin of Snell. At one time, they had a microsite on MXF, but this is 
what they have now http://www.snellwilcox.com/mxf/ . I wonder where my archive 
of the applications formerly there are … 

Before you ask someone hereabouts concerning something as technical as MXF, 
it’s important to ask how their employer supports MXF. In the case of Harris, I 
believe that’s about zero. Harris has been the big driver behind BXF, but aside 
from a similar moniker, they are quite different and have distinct domains 
within TV plants. 

It’s also important to ask about their personal experience with the technology, 
not “what they’ve heard.” MXF’s major problem is widely-deployed non-standard 
vendor-specific implementations, the inability or lack of a desire for vendors 
to fess up on what they’ve done, and how that will be dealt with in future 
upgrades. It’s close to a nightmare. 

What I wrote in the third paragraph above is actually news: you won’t have read 
it anywhere, at least anywhere I’ve seen. (Other than the original posts to the 

John Willkie 

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