Report From the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Conference

Report From the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Conference

Movie and TV industry consultant Ron Williams reports on the technical conference held last week by the Hollywood Post Alliance, where topics included high frame rate movies such as The Hobbit, 4K/UHD (including television production, content delivery, and transport using HDMI and DisplayPort), 8K coverage of the London Olympics, object-oriented sound systems such as Dolby Atmos, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

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A professional in the broadcast and film industries for 37 years, Ron Williams has successfully operated The Landmark Group as a design and consulting company in the broadcast and video, CGI, and film industry. The Landmark Group has designed and built facilities for all major networks, post-production houses, and government facilities, and it performs quality control and proof of performance for CGI, film, and HDTV facilities.

Mr. Williams served as Engineering and Technical Director for the ABC television network in New York and Hollywood. As one of the team leaders who designed six Olympic games, five political conventions, and many Wide World of Sports events, winning nine Emmy nominations, he went on to organize the special-events unit for the network.

In his time working for Sony as a product and sales marketing manager and Panasonic as the Western Regional Sales Manager, he brought many new products to market. He still contributes to manufacturers' development of new products.

Mr. Williams also served as the VP at Doremi Labs. Doremi is the leader in digital cinema exhibition servers and 3D servers and converters.

Most recently, he has contributed computer graphics for several major motion pictures, writing color references for the conforming data. Managing the color conversions and monitoring for film, TV, and CGI is part of the work of the Landmark Group. Consulting for several corporations, he is designing digital intermediate timing rooms for digital cinema. Landmark also performs measurements and testing for theaters and screening rooms and consults on display design and standards for many CE manufacturers.

Landmark was ahead of the times with a 4K LCD professional monitor developed in-house in 1996. The work in the scanning and recording was advanced at the time, working in 4K images for feature films.

The list of major motion-picture contributions is long and varied. Aiding in the color timing, alignment, gamma mapping, or quality assurance, he has touch most of the "A" titles released in the past five years.

Mr. Williams continues his work with various SMPTE committees. He worked on the standards for high definition television as well as the digital-cinema standard. He has chaired several SMPTE standards committees, including the Monitor Calibration committee and the DC28 colorimetry committee for digital cinema, and now Display standards.