SMPTE honors this tireless advocate for accurate reproduction of video images and improving the entire television ecosystem.
Becoming a SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) Fellow is no small accomplishment—the honor is conferred on those few individuals whose contributions to the industry have made a global impact on the production, delivery, and display of content. Among the most deserving members of the industry is video guru and long-time friend of AVS Forum Joe Kane, who has been granted Fellow status this year along with seven other inductees.
Joe began his company, Joe Kane Productions, in 1982 with the express purpose of furthering the science and art of electronic imaging as well as contributing to the standards that allow display devices to accurately and consistently reproduce the content creators' intent. Toward that end, he has produced several discs that all became widely used reference tools, including A Video Standard on LaserDisc (1988), Video Essentials on LaserDisc (1996) and DVD (1997), Digital Video Essentials (DVE) on high-definition D-Theater videotape (May 2003) and standard-def DVD (August 2003), DVE Professional on DVD (2005) with high-def content in the Windows Media Video format, DVE Test & Demonstration Materials on HD DVD (2007), and DVE HD Basics on HD DVD and Blu-ray (2008). Many videophiles, including myself, have relied on these titles to properly set up and evaluate video displays of all types.
These days, Joe is focused on the next-generation television system called Ultra HD (UHD), arguing that it should encompass much more than increased pixel density—the standard should also include a wider color gamut, less chroma subsampling, higher dynamic range with greater bit depth, higher frame rates, and better codecs. In addition, he advocates that images should be captured with as much information as technically possible and downsized as needed for different display capabilities.
To help video enthusiasts and professionals enter the age of Ultra HD, Joe is just about to release a suite of UHD content called New Test Materials on USB memory stick, hopefully by the end of September. The list price will be $150—not cheap, but well worth it considering how little reference content there currently is and how particular Joe is about the quality and utility of his images.
I've been proud to welcome Joe as a guest on my Home Theater Geeks podcast a total of five times in less than five years—in fact, he was my second guest ever back in December 2009. In his three most recent appearances, Joe focused on the many issues surrounding UHD and how he thinks they should be addressed; you can hear the master himself in these episodes—Joe Kane on 4K
, Ultimate Ultra High Definition
, and Color My TV World
The 2014 Fellows will be officially inducted on Wednesday, October 22, during the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. I will be there to cover the event for AVS and to cheer as Joe Kane receives this well-deserved recognition. Congratulations, Joe!
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