National Events

October 27

How Did They Do That? Innovations in Filmmaking & Live Event Broadcast Hollywood, CA

October 28-30
SMPTE 2008 Technical Conference & Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

May 21-22, 2009
Global Summit on Emerging Technologies
Prague, Czech Republic

Section Events

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for details of each event

August 7
Rocky Mountain Section
The Arbitron Portable People Meter System

August 11
Atlanta Section
A Theatrical Look at Digital Cinema

August 19
Rochester Section
“Taste of NAB 2008” Roadshow





August 2008

REGISTRATION OPEN for SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo
New and emerging entertainment technologies of practical use to content creation, management, distribution and display professionals will be the focus of SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo. The three-day conference and trade show takes place October 28 – 30, 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, CA. It will be preceded by the special pre-conference symposium, Shooting and Broadcasting Live Events, on October 27 at the same location. SMPTE Members save $100 on early bird registration for full conference and full conference plus symposium.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help support this important conference, please contact Joel Welch at

SMPTE to Establish 3-D Home Entertainment Task Force
SMPTE is establishing a task force to define the parameters of a stereoscopic 3-D mastering standard for content viewed in the home. Called 3-D Home Display Formats Task Force, the project promises to propel the 3-D home entertainment industry forward by setting the stage for a standard that will enable 3-D feature films and content to be distributed to the home via broadcast, cable, satellite, packaged media, computer screens, and more. The inaugural meeting of the Task Force will take place on August 19, 2008 and will be hosted by the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern California, near downtown Los Angeles. [More information  

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August SMPTE PDA Now Session
Sponsored by Avid, Canon and Insight Media
August 14, 2008 • 1 - 2 pm Eastern
"BFX Inside and Out"
Development of the BXF (Broadcast eXchange Format) Standard was one of the more popular standardization activities in recent years within SMPTE, with more than 150 individuals contributing to the process (SMPTE 2021). The standard was published in April after more than three years of work. BXF is primarily targeted at enabling systems to exchange schedule, as run, and content metadata, as well as content transfer requests. Please join us for a better understanding of what BXF is, how it works, and what it does.

SMPTE PDA Now is free to SMPTE members and $49 for nonmembers. Participation is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. SMPTE Members receive SMPTE Professional Development Academy services free of charge, or nonmembers at a substantially discounted cost, because of the generosity of our current sponsors. Sponsorship opportunties are available by contacting Joel Welch at

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Company-wide Standards License FREE to SMPTE Diamond Level Membership 
Do you have the correct license for using SMPTE Standards? SMPTE offers individual, and multi-user licenses with substantial discounts for members. For Sustaining Members, corporate-wide licenses are available at price points for all company sizes, and this is usually the best solution to ensure that all employees are entitled to use the documents. Members and Sustaining Members have an additional benefit—subscribers to subscription licenses receive the CDs, but also have access to a secure online location where they can download new documents as they are published.

Best of all, Sustaining Members at the Diamond Level receive a corporate-wide standards subscription for free.

Global Summit Sponsorship Opportunities Opening at IBC
Corporate sponsorship opportunities will open next month at IBC in Amsterdam for the Global Summit on Emerging Technologies presented by SMPTE and IABM in association with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). If you are interested in setting up a sponsorship review meeting with leaders from the organizations, please contact Mariette Yost at for more details. The inaugural summit will be held May 21-22, 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. This summit will bring together global thought-leaders to explore the technologies that will define the content business of the future, as well as the whole foundation for the media and entertainment worlds in the next decade. [More information]

Know an Outstanding Young Technical Professional?
Recognize the young talent in your engineering workforce. Broadcasting & Cable magazine announces the 2nd annual 2008 Engineering’s Next Generation Leadership Award, presented at SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo Honors & Awards Ceremony that will be held in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, October 30. Nominations are due by September 19, 2008.

New SMPTE PDA Anywhere Recordings Available 
HDTV Transition: Managing Aspect Ratio from Camera to the Home
The introduction of HDTV and wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio images into the video world has brought a number of challenges for production, distribution, and displays. This applies particularly where 4:3 and 16:9 formats and images have to coexist in a broadcast facility or within a program. The newest SMPTE PDA Now Anywhere session covers Active Format Description (AFD) and how it may be used to manage 4:3 and 16:9 images in the broadcast studio environment and to optimize images for display on consumer televisions. It also covers some recommended techniques for downconversion of HD signals for distribution to NTSC receivers via cable and satellite. The SMPTE, ATSC and CEA standards relating to AFD and Bar Data will be explained, and experience gained in practical implementation in a broadcast facility will be shared. [View New Content]

SMPTE Web-Access
Changing Companies? Not sure how to switch your company affiliation in the SMPTE Database?

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to the SMPTE Website ( by clicking "Members Area"
  2. Click "My Account"
  3. Click "Edit"
  4. In field "1", enter the name or partial name of your new company
  5. Click "Lookup"
  6. In field "2", select the name of the company (If your new company name does not appear on the list, click the link directly below this box which says, “Don’t see your company above? Add your company”)Type in your company's name and click "Add New Company"
  7. Edit any other personal information that you'd like to change
  8. Click "Save"

SMPTE Groups - Email Subscriptions
Want to make sure that you are signed up to receive email from your Section or Engineering Committee Group?

  1. Log in to the Members Area of the Website
  2. Click "My Subscriptions" at the bottom of the page.
  3. You will see a list of all Groups you belong to, and the type of subscription you have for each Group. If you're not subscribed, you will have the opportunity to do so!




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