GV Expo Brings Technology to Feds
December 5, 2008
Times are tough for everyone, even the government. But as exhibitors and attendees saw this week at GV Expo, there are a wide variety of government video missions requiring highly specialized and technical tools.
From the Armed Forces to just about every executive agency and
at the nation’s museums and parks, the breadth of video production
might surprise folks outside Washington.
But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The feds have complex systems
of procurement and accountability and demand top-flight results in
their video projects, said exhibitors.
“Government communications are very sophisticated,” said Ted
Terrenoire, producer, director and editor at Moon Bounce Media, a
production company in Herndon, Va. “Government is dealing with really
big-picture concepts, ideas and regulations. … For their communications
needs, not just anybody can jump in.”
Telestream provides its video encoding boxes to outfits such
as the Navy and the Pentagon Channel, and was showing, among other
tools, its new Pipeline HD Dual, which can encode two 1080i streams in
real time. Big agencies have lots of video formats and legacy material
and want to get it on the Web, on cable, out to news agencies, on DVD
and to their own employees for training.
“There’s a lot of video sitting on the shelf that they need to
digitize,” said Rhett Mappin, Telestream Southeast/Mid-Atlantic
regional manager. “[Telestream’s Pipeline encoder] is kind of like a
Swiss Army knife of video formats.”
About 6,000 people attended the conference.FCC Commissioner
Jonathan Adelstein spoke at GV Expo Wednesday. Thursday, the keynoter
was Elizabeth Musteen, project manager of the new Sant Ocean Hall at
the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History.