SMPTE Monthly

National Events

February 9, 2010

File-based Workflows in Broadcast & Production

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Registration opens soon!

October 26-28, 2010

SMPTE 2010 Technical Conference & Exhibition

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel

Hollywood, CA

Section Events

December 3, 2009

Australia Section

Annual Christmas Bash

December 5, 2009

Sacramento Section

Documentary Production in a Challenging Environment

December 8, 2009

Montreal Quebec Section

3d Stéréoscopique - De la caméra à la diffusion en passant par la postproduction

December 8, 2009

Philadelphia Section

Managing your Career in Difficult Economic Times

December 8, 2009

Toronto Section

Internet Connected Television

December 10, 2009

Washington, DC Section

Annual SBE/ SMPTE/ WEBE Holiday Party

December 11, 2009

Rocky Mountain Section

December Luncheon at Park Hill

December 12, 2009

Hollywood Section

Holiday Screening of The Princess and the Frog

December 14, 2009

Atlanta Section

2009 Holiday Party

December 15, 2009

New York Section

Annual Holiday Party

December 16, 2009

New England Section

Section Meeting

December 2009

Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year!

The Staff and Board of SMPTE would like to wish all SMPTE members, in all corners of the earth, a joyous and safe holiday season. We thank you for your support of SMPTE and look forward to the growth and development of the society in 2010!


December 7, 2009

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)/10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Pacific)/6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC)

Beyond HD

Guest Speaker: Mark Schubin

Super- and ultra-high definition resolutions are one way future television might go beyond HDTV, but there are other technological innovations. Sharpness can be increased independently of resolution. High-dynamic-range cameras and displays can go beyond common HDTV's contrast capabilities. Other systems move beyond HDTV's color palette, aspect ratio, and sound imaging. And then there's stereoscopic 3-D. Please join our very special guest speaker, multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin, as he shares what he sees over the technology horizon.

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File-based Workflows in Broadcast & Production: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

February 9, 2010

This program will discuss the differences between baseband television production processes and more contemporary techniques using file based approaches.

The conference will present a sound foundation in Information Technology (IT) concepts and principles as they relate to real time media and non real time production techniques. This will support material presented on file-based workflows in the context of broadcast television operations, television news, file-based content distribution networks, episodic program production and corporate video post production. Sessions will also provide practical guidance on conversion from production using baseband audio & video to file-based processes. Finally, the use of metadata, archives, and asset management will be discussed.


Al Kovalick, Strategist and Avid Fellow, Avid Technology

John Luff, Television Technology Consultant, HD Consulting

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VANC Survey Extended until January 10, 2010

SMPTE is conducting an important worldwide survey, and we are reaching out to all television broadcasters and TV equipment manufacturers to obtain as much information as possible. This survey is NOT restricted to SMPTE members so, if you have any close contacts in the business who might not receive this message, please feel free to forward the invitation to them.

Users of vertical ancillary space (VANC) data (TV stations, networks, studios, other facilities) and also manufacturers of associated equipment are requested to take part in an industry survey regarding the location of data packets carried in the VANC space of serial digital video signals. This involves data such as AFD/Bar Data (for aspect ratio control), closed captions, time code, program description, audio metadata, film transfer data, and many others.

SMPTE has an initiative to harmonize the use of VANC data, to reduce problems with implementation. Please contribute to this important activity by completing the on-line survey at:

If collecting and collating the information is complex you may wish to print the appropriate survey page (user or manufacturer) and assemble the data before completing the survey online.

Many thanks to those who already responded; to ensure that our data is as complete as possible we have extended the survey, and it will now remain open until January 10, 2010.

SMPTE Store Now Has "Official" SMPTE Merchandise

Please visit to get your own SMPTE Hat, mug, polo shirt, etc.

Who is Mike Lemme?

Go to to find out.

SMPTE 2010: Annual Tech Conference & Expo- Mark Your Calendars and Spread the Word

The Annual Tech Conference will be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California on October 26-28, 2010. Already 15 companies have signed up to exhibit. Exhibitor information available here.

Author’s Query – HDTV Development

Your input is requested for a book exploring the development and deployment of HDTV, to be published by McFarland & Company, a publisher of scholarly, reference and academic books. Especially helpful would be personal memories, insights and comments about any aspect of engineering (R &D, prototype, system, facility and receiver), facility and studio construction, and initial HDTV broadcasts.

Insights from the global effort - including all three regions, Japan, Europe and the US - will also enable the documentation of the full scope of HDTV's genesis. Input from those involved in HDTV in South America, China, Australia and Africa would also be appreciated.

Please contact the author, Philip Cianci, at, or visit for additional information.

Technology Tip

How Do I Change My Company Name on my Membership Profile?

  1. Click on "Workspace" from the SMPTE home page and log in
  2. Click your name in the upper right hand side of the screen and then click "My Account"
  3. Next to “Company” enter a complete or partial company name in the box and either choose from the list that appears, or click “Look Up” to find an exact match
  4. If your company does not appear on the list, please send an email to with the new company name and we will update your record.


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