The 75th annual NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology (BEIT) Conference is now available as video-on-demand (VOD) and can be purchased exclusively at BEIT Online 2021 on NABAmplify.com. Click here to purchase the BEIT Conference Presentations.

The full set of papers compiled in the Proceedings of the 2021 BEIT Conference are also included in the purchase of the VOD offering, and access information will be sent via email to BEIT Online 2021 pass-holders’ inboxes.


Welcome to the NAB’s Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology (BEIT) Conference Proceedings. The papers offered here were prepared for the annual BEIT Conference at NAB Show, the world’s largest trade show for the media content creation and distribution industry. The Table of Contents for the 2021 BEIT Conference Proceedings is available for review here. The 2020 BEIT Conference Proceedings remain available here.

Note that the Proceedings is now only available online—there is no physical format published. Papers can be downloaded below, either individually or as a complete set.

Now in its 75th year, the BEIT Conference’s program is established by the NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference Program Committee, a rotating group of senior technologists from NAB member organizations and elsewhere, along with representatives from the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Broadcast Technology Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE-BTS), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE). The most recent BEIT Conference Program Committee roster is available here.

The content available in the BEIT Conference Proceedings is covered under copyright provisions listed here.

2021 BEIT Proceedings

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All 2021 Papers

AI and Cloud Technologies for Broadcasting

Is The Cloud There Yet? - $15

Winner, 2021 BEIT Conference Proceedings Best Paper Award

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Peter Wharton | TAG Video Systems | Tel Aviv, Israel

Abstract: Workflow Step-by-Step: This session will examine how the cloud can enable different application workflows, and how to ensure high reliability while building and maintaining systems in the cloud. 

Handling Event-Based Frame Rate Conversion in OTT Streaming Services - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Paola Hobson | InSync Technology Ltd | Petersfield, Hants, United Kingdom
  • Valentijn Siebrands | M2A Media | London, United Kingdom

Abstract: This paper explains how a fully on-demand cloud-based, live, real-time frame rate conversion service was created and evaluated by a major streaming service.

How to Maximize Hybrid Cloud Capabilities for the “New Normal” - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Julián Fernández-Campón Montero | Tedial | Málaga, Spain

Abstract: The effective use of cloud services is key to the industry going forward and the main requirement is access to the cloud from anywhere, without sacrificing Quality-of-Service – enter Hybrid Cloud.

Live Video Transport in the Cloud with JPEG XS and AWS CDI - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Thomas Edwards | Amazon Web Services | Santa Monica, California, United States

Abstract: Describes use of JPEG XS compression to move low-latency, live video to/from the cloud, and the Cloud Digital Interface (CDI) SDK to move uncompressed video inside the cloud.

Smart Compression with Artificial Intelligence - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Richard Fliam | MediaKind | Frisco, Texas, United States
  • Nelson Francisco | MediaKind | Frisco, Texas, United States

Abstract: Uncovering new-found techniques that leverage AI-based compression technology to enable optimal video encoding performance and utilize infrastructure in a more operational- and cost-efficient way.

Cloud Live Production: The New Resource Perspectives for Media Tech Broadcasters – A Case Study - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Carlos Cesar Abrahao | Globo | Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract: This case study describes a disruptive pathway from on-premises baseband ecosystem to a cloud-based enviroment capable to quit traditional production resources like Obvans and Control Rooms.

ColorNet 1.5: Improving Machine Learning Color Correction for Video - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Michelle Mayer | Clemson University | Clemson, South Carolina, United States
  • Erica Walker | Clemson University | Clemson, South Carolina, United States
  • D. Hudson Smith | Clemson University | Clemson, South Carolina, United States

Abstract: This presentation will share the results of the expanded ColorNet algorithm and the compression format tests. 

The Importance of Remote Access, Virtualization, and Hybrid Cloud for Live and Post Production - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Karen D. Gondoly | Leostream Corporation | Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Abstract: With a backdrop of real-world examples, this presentation covers the key considerations and technologies involved in architecting a performant and secure remote access solution for hybrid clouds.

Mitigating Facility Risks - Cyber & Physical

Living with Current Faults at End-of-Branch Broadcast Facilities - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Thomas LaBarge | Groundlinx Technologies | Blue Ridge, Georgia, United States
  • John Broccoli | Groundlinx Technologies | Blue Ridge, Georgia, United States
  • Nancy Swartz | Groundlinx Technologies | Blue Ridge, Georgia, United States
  • John H. Belk | Groundlinx Technologies | Blue Ridge, Georgia, United States

Abstract: Technical and business risks to an end-of-branch broadcast facility can be mitigated in part by acting on an improved understanding of the broadband nature of the energy in such faults.

Can I Really Protect my Broadcast Plant from a Cybersecurity Attack? - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Wayne M. Pecena | Texas A&M University - KAMU | College Station, Texas, United States

Abstract: Cybersecurity is not an option as exploit attempts continue to target broadcast facilities. The broadcast engineer must have the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a secure network.

Cyber Hygiene – Protecting Content in a Work-From-Home Environment - $15

Date: November 2, 2021
Author Name:
  • Gary Olson | GHO Group LLC | New York, New York, United States

Abstract: 2020 created new challenges in media production.  @Home is now Work from Home AND Cyber Security (technology) and Cyber Hygiene (Best Practices) in an IP world are critical and have new meaning.

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