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DTT, media asset management, 3D at Screen Africa Conference
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Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:54

Director of South Africa’s Department of Communications' Digital Migration Project, Sithembiso Manzini, will present the keynote address at the Screen Africa Technology + Production Conference, which takes place at the Coca-Cola Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg, on 20 July.

Manzini will provide an update on South Africa’s migration from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT), which is scheduled to launch commercially as from April 2012. This session will look at the five years of delay in the country’s digital migration project and will cover issues such as ICASA regulations; GE 06 frequency plans; two national DTT multiplexes (approximately 20 channels per multiplex); the lengthy SANS approval of DTT decoder specs; DTT network delivery; and the dual illumination period.

Minister of Communications Roy Padaychie in January this year approved the European DVB-T2 transmission standard for South Africa’s digital migration. A session at the Screen Africa Technology + Production Conference will present a detailed overview of DVB-T, highlighting both the core technologies embedded in the standard and its characteristics. TeamCast’s Christophe Trolet will illustrate how DVB-T2 provides an opportunity for the local broadcasters to introduce High Definition TV (HDTV) in the SADC region. Trolet will also highlight how DVB-S2 can be used in a complementary way to distribute the DTT multiplex to remote terrestrial transmitters.

Russell Southwood, CEO of Balancing Act, UK, will talk about broadcast trends and opportunities in Africa over the next five years and assess the rate of transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting in African countries.

The world renowned ‘Hi-Def Cowboy’, Bryson Jones, will present a session on media asset management for mid-sized production. He will open a dialogue between broadcast networks and producers to address the problems of digital delivery, as the industry blends enterprise-level broadcast solutions with desktop video creation tools in the modern production workspace.

Adding his expertise on the subject will be Kevin Duggan, a specialist in archiving workflows and digital asset management.

The Screen Africa Technology + Production Conference will present several sessions on the 3D format, looking at 3D preparation and acquisition, and 3D post-production.

Experts include Marius van Straaten, Stefan Nel, Russel Bowden and Shaun de Ponte, who will concentrate on 3D production.

Chairperson of the UK Digital Television Group, Roland Brown, will talk on 3D post-production and then open the discussion to representatives from production company Aquavision and facility The Refinery, both of which have worked with 3D.

To book your place for the Screen Africa Technology + Producttion conference contact Ellen Oosthuizen on 083 268 6868 or email

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