SMPTE Monthly

Table of Contents

National Events

October 26-28, 2010
SMPTE 2010 Technical Conference & Exhibition
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
Hollywood, CA

Section Events

August 18, 2010
Detroit Section
Taste of NAB Road Show
WKBD-TV Studios, Southfield

August 30, 2010
Atlanta Section
Turner Techwood Campus
Atlanta, GA

August 2010

SMPTE Members: We need you!

Your participation is going to be critical as the membership is called to vote on new governance rules at the upcoming annual membership meeting to be held on 27 October 2010 at 18:00 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, CA (USA).

With this vote, you will be enabling SMPTE to operate in a more progressive and efficient manner. The new Bylaws, approved by the Board of Governors, is available for your review at the website URL:

It is vital that we achieve quorum in order for this vote to take place. Quorum is described in our current Bylaws as one-fifteenth (1/15) of the voting membership. Based on a membership of approximately 5500, that means we will need 366 participants, either in person or through proxy. I encourage you to make every effort to attend this year’s membership meeting.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, I encourage you to participate by proxy. Proxy voting instructions and a proxy document will be posted on the above-mentioned webpage. You may send your proxy —in writing, by postal mail, email, or fax—at any time through one of the following methods:

If by postal mail:

Attn: Bylaws Proxy Vote
3 Barker Avenue, 5th floor
White Plains, NY 10601

If by email:

If by fax:

+1 914 761 3115

Thank you in advance for your participation. This is an important step for SMPTE’s future. Please review the documents and VOTE.

IBC2010 Conference

September 9-14, 2010
RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The IBC Conference provides a platform for discussing and debating the developments that are changing the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide.

Hot topics will run across four streams and cover some of the biggest opportunities and challenges in the industry:

  • Sports Broadcasting
  • Stereo 3D
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Who Pays for Content?

Visit for more information.


SMPTE 2010 Annual Tech Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2010
Hollywood, CA

The SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo brings together world-renowned technology thought-leaders from the media content business. Join us and network with colleagues in the motion picture studios, broadcast and cable networks, production and post-production community, software companies, systems integrators, manufacturers, display technologies and distribution providers. This year's event will provide a variety of technical workshops; a technology-focused exhibit hall; an exciting welcome reception in the exhibit hall to allow for in depth focus on our exhibitors; a high profile Industry Keynote Luncheon; the prestigious Honors & Awards Reception & Ceremony, and invaluable networking opportunities.

The Expo Exhibit Hall will provide an invaluable learning environment, where exhibitors and attendees alike can discuss various applications, products and services that the technology delivers. Go to for more information.

Lodging Information
Once again, SMPTE will be holding its Annual Tech Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

The SMPTE Group reservation rates are as follows:

  • Single/Double Deluxe Rooms:  $229
  • Executive Rooms:  $269
  • One Bedroom Suites:  $279

The cut-off date for reservations under the group rate is October 8, 2010.

Click here to book now


SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment—Content Available in SMPTE Store

This scientific event focused solely on the critical technologies required for widespread and sustained 3D adoption. From acquisition and conversion to transmission and display technologies, this event provided crucial information to the media and entertainment industry —including CTOs and chief engineers—as it makes long-term investments in 3D.

Conference technical papers and presentations are now available online in the SMPTE Store. Individual papers, sessions, or the entire conference content can be downloaded.

Click here for details.


Canon EXPO Happens Once Every Five Years—Now Is Your Chance to Be Part of It

Canon EXPO 2010 New York
September 2-3, 2010

Experience the new possibilities of imaging at Canon EXPO 2010 New York. It's an extraordinary opportunity to see Canon's latest products and solutions in real-world scenarios. Discover the power of Cross-Media Imaging. And share the excitement of Canon's breakthrough imaging technologies. Please go to this link and enter your codes to register: Passcode EXPO5, Invitation Code T5SMPTE.


Upcoming SMPTE PDA Events

  • September Cryptography
  • October Internet and Other New Media
  • November Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)
  • December Stereoscopic 3D

(Please note - Calendar is subject to change without notice.)

For additional information and to register, follow this link: Thanks to our SMPTE PDA Sponsor AJA Video Systems.


SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

Coming in September–The Progress Report issue.

  • October – 3D
  • Nov/Dec – Imaging

To view the latest issue, click:


New Engineering Documents

The following SMPTE Engineering Documents were published during July, 2010. SMPTE members who have a current subscription to Standards on CD-ROM may access these documents at Links to the documents in the SMPTE Store are noted below, but please remember that if you need more than one or two documents, the complete sets and subscriptions on CD-ROM provide much better value—and are heavily discounted for SMPTE Members (see

SMPTE RP 428-5:2010, D-Cinema Distribution Master – Mapping of Images into Constrained Tag Image File

Extract from Scope
This recommended practice defines the file formats, file naming conventions, file sequences, and metadata for the interchange of uncompressed picture files that make up the Digital Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM), utilizing a constrained version of the tag image file format (TIFF).

SMPTE RDD 14:2010 (Revision of RDD 14-2007), General Exchange Format-2

Extract from Scope
This RDD specifies a file exchange format for the transfer of simple clips and compound clips between television program storage systems. This RDD provides documentation of formats and contents, including specification of packet types, contents, and order. Informative information on a control scheme, a protocol stack, and an interface is included.

SMPTE 299-0:2010, 24-Bit Digital Audio Format for SMPTE Bit-Serial Interfaces at 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s – Roadmap for the 299 Document Suite

Extract from Scope
The SMPTE 299 suite of documents specifies 24-Bit Digital Audio Formats for SMPTE 292 Bit-Serial Interfaces. This informative "roadmap" describes the documents in the 299 suite.

SMPTE ST 299-1:2009, 24-Bit Digital Audio Format for SMPTE 292 Bit-Serial Interface

Note that SMPTE 299-2009 has been renumbered as SMPTE ST 299-1:2009; the renumbered document is functionally identical to SMPTE 299-2009.

Extract from Scope
This standard defines the mapping of 24-bit AES digital audio data and associated control information into the ancillary data space of a serial digital video conforming to SMPTE 292. The audio data are derived from AES3, hereafter referred to as AES audio. The AES audio data may contain linear PCM audio or non-PCM data formatted according to SMPTE 337. Not all implementations compliant with this standard may support all sampling frequencies. Manufacturers are encouraged to indicate which sampling frequencies are supported (see Annex D).

SMPTE ST 299-2:2010, Extension of the 24-Bit Digital Audio Format to 32 Channels for 3 Gb/s Bit-Serial Interfaces

Extract from Scope
SMPTE ST 299-2 defines an SMPTE 291M Type 1 packet structure for identifying audio channels numbered from 17 to 32, beyond the 16 channels defined in SMPTE ST 299-1. Four extended audio data packets and four extended audio control packets are identified. One of the extended audio control packets and one of the extended audio data packets is assigned to transport each of the four extended audio groups . Each extended audio group has four channels that carry up to four 24-bit audio channels with 32, 44.1, or 48-kHz sample rates, or up to two 24-bit audio channels with 96-kHz sample rate. 

SMPTE RP 2042-3:2010, VC-2 Conformance Specification

Extract from Scope
This recommended Practice defines the materials, procedures, and criteria for verifying conformance of SMPTE VC-2 video decoders. The documents that form this specification include this document, a register of test streams, a sample VC-2 stream generator and a reference decoder.


Member Updates

John Luff Named SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year

Congratulations to Past SMPTE Conference Vice President John Luff who has been selected as Broadcast Engineer of the Year by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).

Luff was nominated for his work in the broadcast engineering industry, and for his participation on the local level with SBE Chapter 20 in Pittsburgh. He is owner of HD Consulting in Sewickley, PA. Luff and other winners of the Society's annual awards will be recognized at its yearly dinner event October 27 in Madison, WI.

New Sustainings Member
We thank our sustaining members for their ongoing support that enables SMPTE to further its mission as the recognized leader in motion imaging.

Screen Subtitling Systems Ltd.




Industrial Technology Research Institute


New Members
Also, a warm welcome to the members who recently joined the Society:

Meric Adriansen
Robert Bentler
Jason Leo Bergman
John Michael Bleau
John F Bradford
Simon Sungho Cho
Philippe Cornichet
Matt Desborough
Gene Dolgoff
Tom Faigh
John Hall
Yukio Hayashi
Ken Hoffman
Christy MacKarell
Darryl Mardirossian
Martin Marietta
Justin McCoy
Sean McKee
Michael McLaurin

Hector Megy
Robert G. Oberlander, Sr.
Ben O'Brien
Joseph A. Osborne
Tom Paquin
Alessandro Pinto
Todd A. Sanders
Jason M. Schwartz
Jon P. Swain
J. Lee Thompson
Kamaldeep Tumkur Srinath
Edwin Vander Meersch
Carey Villegas
Michael Watford
Kelly T. Williams
Ikuyo Yamada
Kari Zahar
Jodie Zalewski


SMPTE Career Center

Need a new job? Post your resume on the SMPTE Career Center!
The SMPTE Career Center is an online resource designed to help you find the best job opportunities in the motion imaging industry, whether that is in motion pictures, broadcast and cable networks, production and post-production community, software companies, systems integrators, manufacturers, display technologies, distribution providers or anywhere else that your skills are needed.

The SMPTE career center provides:


FREE and confidential resume posting – Make your resume available to employers in the industry, confidentially if you choose.


Job search control – Quickly and easily find relevant industry job listings and sign up for automatic email notification of new jobs that match your criteria.


Easy job application – Apply online and create a password-protected account for managing your job search.


Saved jobs capability – Save up to 100 jobs to a folder in your account so you come back to apply when you are ready.

Why use SMPTE's career center?  Because SMPTE is more targeted than big, generic job boards, so the postings are more likely to be exactly what you are looking for.  

And the more resumes we have in the SMPTE career center, the more employers we can attract – so it's a win-win situation.   You get the job of a lifetime – and the employer gets just the right candidate, without going through thousands of unsuitable resumes.  

Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with the industry's best employers!  Post your resume today at



Technology Tip

Where Do I Find My Member ID Number?
This is a frequently asked question and we are currently working with our web developers to place your membership id in a more visible area. In the meantime, you can take these steps to find your member id:

1. Log in to the Members Area of the SMPTE Website
2. Click "My Account" on the left hand side of the page.
3. Click the "Edit" button next to your name at the top of the page.
4. You will find your member number under the heading "Additional Information."

New Telephone System at Headquarters

Please note that our telephone numbers at headquarters have changed. SMPTE staff can be contacted at the numbers below. The new numbers are also available on the SMPTE website at

SMPTE Staff Contacts

Executive Director
Barbara Lange 914-205-2370

Director of Operations
Sally D'Amato 914-205-2375

Manager, Member Relations
Roberta Gorman 914-205-2376

Executive Assistant
June Marie Sobrito 914-205-2384

Ken Wendel 914-205-2372

Director of Engineering & Standards

Peter Symes


Manager of Engineering Services
Mauricio Roldan 914-205-2374

Standards Publisher
Elizabeth Migliore 914-205-2373

Director of Professional Development

Joel Welch


Managing Editor
Dianne Purrier 914-205-2377



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