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AMIA President Andrea Kalas to Moderate NAB Panel on the Complexities of Modern Day Mastering


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Andrea Kalas
Andrea Kalas
The Association of Moving Image Archivists, (AMIA) president Andrea Kalas will moderate a panel discussion entitled, “Next-Generation Mastering: Where do we go from Here?” as part of NAB’s Future of Cinema conference, April 17, at 10:45 a.m. in room S222 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Speakers will include Thad Beier, director of image platform workflow at Dolby; Rod Bogart, director of production R&D at HBO; Annie Chang, VP of postproduction technology at The Walt Disney Studio; and Chris Fetner, director of global media engineering and partnerships for Netflix.

The discussion will focus on the ways High Dynamic Range (HDR), Ultra-HD and object-based audio affect workflows and final deliverables – including the master for preserving content for future formats.

“Today’s ecosystem grows more complex, and professionals archiving content from multiple deliverables need to understand what components of the imaging and audio chain form the ‘new original negative,’” said Kalas. “Currently, there is no standard for a single master. Our goal for the panel is to explore ways of leveraging the existing infrastructure to obtain long-lasting results.”

AMIA plans to address this same topic at its annual conference in Pittsburgh in November. In addition, AMIA’s Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) in New York on May 5 will explore managing digital assets, via real-world cast studies.

“AMIA is the common thread linking the communities tasked with the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of audio-visual materials,” said Kalas. “Regardless of the segment of the industry, saving our visual heritage remains a vital movement that has been compounded by multiplying formats and a massive data explosion. By fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations, we can help each other solve the challenges that have been created by advancing technologies.”

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