National Events

February 10-13, 2008
2008 Joint Conference

InterContinental Houston Hotel

Section Events

Click on Section Name for details of each event


Feb. 6
New York Section
One Year and Counting ...(to the shutdown of analog broadcasting)

Feb. 7
Rochester Section
Enhanced Image Recording Capability

Feb. 12
Australia Section
Stereoscopic 3D Event

Feb. 12
Toronto Section
SOA: Service Oriented Architecture

Feb. 18
Atlanta Section
VCI and Automation

Feb. 19
Rocky Mountain Section
Annual Banquet

Feb. 20
New England Section
Panasonic (part 2 of 3 part series)

Feb. 21
Washington DC Section
New MPEG-4 Technology






February 2008

February SMPTE PDA Session

Sponsored by Canon and Insight Media
February 14 • 1 - 2 pm Eastern
Transitioning to Tapeless Digital Media: What to Expect - Lessons Learned from Those Who Made The Change
If they haven't already, tapeless cameras and media promise to become a big part of your professional future. But how will it affect the way you work? What happens to your workflow? Is all tapeless digital media the same? Our panel of expert users will share their real-world experiences in making the transition from tape to tapeless. They will explain why they chose the technology they did and what impact their selection had on their workflow.

SMPTE PDA Now is free to SMPTE members and $49 for nonmembers. Participation is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis
[Register Now]

SMPTE/VSF Conference —Registration Still Available

It's not too late to join SMPTE and VSF in Houston, Texas, for three days of informative technical sessions on the latest technologies, including digital content quality, acquisition and distribution, issues on IPTV, as well as hot topics such as streaming media and podcasting.

Running from Feb.10-13, The SMPTE/VSF Joint Conference showcases some of the latest applications, technologies and products in its exhibit hall and includes a number of special networking events, providing attendees the opportunity to interact with colleagues and peers.

Plus, just added, a special Sunday Panel: Local Exchange Carrier Video Access Issues, where panel participants will discuss provisioning issues related to providing local access video channels as well as success stories on embedding audio, testing ASI loops and provisioning uncompressed HD.

Click Here to Register Now.

SMPTE/VSF Conference —Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes at the SMPTE/VSF Conference. In exchange for your time, you'll be able to attend one day of the conference for free. For more information, contact Joel Welch.

SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit

April 12-13, 2008 • Las Vegas, NV
Get the complete digital cinema picture at the 2008 SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit at NAB 2008. Catch up on the entire process from production through exhibition, from an international perspective. Gain invaluable experience through reviews of lessons learned as well as a peek at what's around the corner from industry leaders. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from over 50 of Digital Cinema’s most respected experts. [Register Now]

SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit —Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? How about assisting at SMPTE's Digital Cinema Summit at NAB scheduled for April 12-13 2008 in Las Vegas Nevada? SMPTE is looking for a few people to assist behind the scenes. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Joel Welch.

Upcoming Standards Meetings

The Television Engineering Technology Committees meet quarterly. Upcoming dates include: March 3-7, 2008 at XILINX Incorporated in Longmont, Colorado and June 16-20, 2008 at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.
The Digital Cinema Technology Committee meets quarterly. The next meeting is February 27-29, 2008 at AMPTP in Sherman Oaks, California
SMPTE engineering standards committees are due process and open to all those materially affected by ongoing activities.
If you are interested in joining SMPTE Engineering Standards Committees go to Under Standards, pull down “Standards Community” and follow the process to join.

Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship

The Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship is designed to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology. The amount of the scholarship will be up to $2,000. [Apply Now]

SMPTE Student Paper Award

The purpose of this award to recognize the outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a Student Member. The paper receiving the Student Paper Award will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, giving recognition to the author and the institution at which the work was done. The Award winner will also receive a full conference registration to the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition in Hollywood, CA, where they will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony. [Info on submitting a paper]


The Society sadly announces that Edward P. Hobson, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2008, after a long illness.

Ed joined SMPTE in 1984 and served the Society in numerous capacities, including Conference Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Editorial Vice President, President, and most recently Past President. A SMPTE Fellow since 1994, Ed was co-founder of the SMPTE Sacramento Section and was devoted to strengthening and expanding the Society through education, standards activities, and as a worldwide leader in the television and motion picture industries. He was a main organizer and co-chair of the SMPTE-sponsored and produced, Digital Cinema Summit at NAB. He also served as a voting member of the Technical Emmy committee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Ed was also the SMPTE Representative and member of the IBC Conference Committee and produced the IBC Content Production Day in 2006.

An East Coast memorial will be held on Saturday, February 16th, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church in Mercerville, NJ. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Foothills in Ed’s name.


SMPTE Staff Contacts

Executive Director Kimberly Maki 484-875-3023 (direct)
Sections Sally D'Amato 914-761-1100 x 4965
Membership Charlie Barone 914-761-1100 x 4968
Standards Peter Symes 914-761-1100 x 4961
  Mark Hyman 914-761-1100x4964

Professional Development

Joel Welch 484-702-7339
Test Materials Anne Seminara 914-761-1100 x 4971
Marketing & Fall Conference Heather Tornvall 484-875-3024 (direct)
SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal Dianne Purrier 914-761-1100 x 4967
Accounting Ken Wendel 914-761-1100 x 4962