Since 2009, NAB Show has highlighted creative solutions that bridge the gap between on-the ground
challenges faced by military and government media professionals and innovative solutions found on
the cutting-edge of commercial technology.
Today’s Media Technologies for Military and Government Workshop provides an opportunity for the
two sectors to collaborate on the current multimedia landscape to find those solutions.
Throughout the day, guest speakers will demonstrate how integration of government and commercial
technologies jump the line to advance both sectors through sessions, expert panel discussions and
hands-on tutorials focusing on digital asset management, securing media content and encryption,
field operations and extracting mission-critical video-based intelligence.
“This event gives attendees from military and government organizations a chance to learn about the
latest technologies and applications that may be of value to this sector,” said John Marino, NAB vice
president, Technology. “Attendees have the opportunity to network and share thoughts on their needs
and learn how solutions offered by NAB Show exhibitors may answer those needs.”
Andy Nobbs, chief marketing and communication officer for Civolution, will start the day by delivering
the workshop’s keynote address and leading “Protecting Sensitive Government Multimedia Content
and Understanding TV Exposure.”
The presentation will focus on two aspects of video management: securing sensitive products from
both internal and external security threats, as well as the most effective means of leveraging and
tracking releasable media content using comprehensive broadcast monitoring applications. Other
sessions will run the gamut of multimedia content, from acquisition to how to transmit and manage
immense quantities of data.
“The vast amount of video being captured daily requires personnel to have workflows capable of
processing, cataloging and displaying video efficiently,” said Marino. “Many of the applications and
systems discussed in our workshop can vastly improve the ability of government organizations to
handle video professionally and effectively.”
Dr. Sean Varah, founder and chief executive officer, MotionDSP, focuses on improving the
effectiveness of media analysis during “Extracting Actionable Intelligence from Battlefield Video.”
Originally starting the company in 2005 with commercial applications in mind, Varah quickly
discovered a needs-gap the government was experiencing while analyzing poor quality video.
Today, with detection tracking algorithms and video
enhancement programs, the company’s applications
help explore the critical topic of how to maximize the
efficiency of military and forensic analysts by
removing routine tasks from the individual.
“Trained analysts are very good at what they do,” said
Varah. “However, their skills lie in understanding
human behavior and what is happening in a given
situation. Through this software, they can spend
more time thinking, and less time working to get there.”
Joseph Smith, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) deputy director of the Mission
Outcomes Office, National Systemfor Geospatial Intelligence, will moderate the Super Session
“Protecting our Assets: Cybersecurity and the Media,” which also is part of the workshop.
Panelists David White, chief information officer, NGA; John McCoskey, executive vice president
and chief technology officer, Motion Picture Association of America; and leading security expert
John McAfee of McAfee Associates.
“The panel discussion… will explore the weaknesses of organizations to cyber intruders and offer
thoughts on ways to protect mission-critical assets,” said Marino.
Concluding the day, Nicole Martinez, owner and lead instructor of Catalyst Media Training Labs, will
host a three-to-four-hour workshop and tutorial entitled “Digital Media Production Tools for Forensic
Discovery and Court Room Evidence.” With experience working with the Miami-Dade Police
Department and the U. S. Army, Martinez specializes in using out-of-the-box software like Adobe
Premiere and After Effects, and Avid Media Composer to get the best results from evidence to use in
the courtroom or real-world applications.
“I want to give people the opportunity to see features of the software they are not using that make the
process faster and more efficient,” said Martinez. “And, ultimately, I would like them to see that
mastery of production applications is possible.”
Attendees of the workshop will also be able to attend additional sessions on the ever-changing
environment surrounding border security and the satellite networks that help protect them, NASA
engineers’ use of multimedia technologies in the analysis of the ORION spacecraft exploration test
flight, and the challenges of high latency and packet loss while transferring sensitive data through
satellite and terrestrial links.