Mini Bits By The Bay 2024
with Too Many to Name!
Leader Phabrix, Leeward Software, Sherwood Insights; Sony, Telestream, Amazon Web Services

National Geographic Headquarters - Register Here

1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States

The Nat Geo Campus is fully under construction. The doors on 17th Street are the ONLY doors open.

- No on-site parking
- Metered street parking, but watch for restrictions
- Many parking garages may close at 6pm
- Late hour parking:
- 1725 Desales St
- 1660 L St NW
- 1150 15th St NW

- Farragut North: Red Line
- Farragut West: Blue / Orange / Silver Line
- Dupont Circle: Red Line

Mini Bits by the Bay 2024 Logo
Who: Too Many to Name!
What: Mini Bits By The Bay 2024
When: May 22, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Where: National Geographic Headquarters - Register Here
Address: 1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States

Sponsor: Leader Phabrix, Leeward Software, Sherwood Insights, Sony, Telestream, Amazon Web Services

After a long hiatus, Bits By the Bay, the Washington area’s own technical conference for media professionals, is returning on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 in a one-day form factor. We hope to return to the full two-day format in 2025 at the renovated Chesapeake Beach location. Jointly organized by the SMPTE Washington, DC Section and SBE Chapter 37 and hosted by National Geographic, the event will run from 2pm to 9pm and will feature three technical area with multiple expert presenters.

The hybrid meeting will be held at National Geographic in downtown DC (Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro). and is limited to 50 people in person.  Attendance via Zoom is also available.  Please Register Here via the Zoom link for both virtual and in-person attendance.  Presenters include: Renard Jenkins, Merrill Weiss, Dan White, James Snyder, Mike Palmer, Andy Rosen, Karl Kuhn, Fred Willard, Joe Castellano, Scott Cannon, Steve Holmes. For the most up to date information, please check

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2:00-2:15 Welcome and intro by SMPTE DC Section Chair Maciej Ochman, Jim Ragsdale, president Society of Broadcast Engineers, and Keynote with SMPTE President Renard Jenkins
2:15-4:00 Fractional Frame Rates II
4:00-4:15 break
4:15-6:00 C2PA AI protection standard
6:00-6:20 Mentorship in media engineering and management
6:20-7:00 dinner and fellowship / camaraderie
7:00-7:10 Organization meeting, updates, and news
7:10-9:00 Operating in a hybrid SDI + 2110 facility: What an engineer needs to know


1)  Ending Fractional Frame Rates and Interlace Part Two: The Education Continues
In the U.S. we have been living with the 29.97fps video frame rate since the advent of color in 1953. This legacy of NTSC analog television is so deeply ingrained in all aspects of broadcast and production that it's often forgotten or taken for granted. Some equipment and production software may not even provide an option to use integer (30/60) rates for recording or display.
There are many factors behind the continued use of fractional frame rates (as well as interlaced video), but most have become irrelevant over time. This session will review and continue the discussion of the problems created by these legacy concepts, and how they might finally be eliminated.

2)  An Emerging Technical Standard to Protect Against AI Fakes: C2PA
The Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) is an open technical standard providing publishers, creators, and consumers the ability to trace the origin of different types of media. It provides the technical means to declare where media was captured, by whom, by what device, geolocation information from the point of capture, and any production or distribution processes that may have been applied. C2PA allows producers to lay claim to their video in a way that cannot be faked or modified. This not only protects their brand against AI fakes, but also allows them to better manage and monetize their own content and archives.
Technically, C2PA defines a schema for describing provenance and specific assertions of fact. It allows this description to be digitally signed and locked to the media file through the use of certificates and a hierarchy of certificate authorities - very similar to how internet domains are protected today by certificates.

3) Day-to-Day Operation in the Hybrid World of SDI and SMPTE 2110
This session walks through a typical day in the life of an engineer in managing quality and reliability in a hybrid SDI/2110 facility, which is where most of us will be the next few years. IP is just another I/O interface: It's a way to get video, audio, and data to or from a switch. These presentations will discuss what operators and engineers need to know.