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In-Home Stereoscopic 3D at the Core of 2009 Digital Cinema Summit Program
With over 30 stereoscopic productions in the pipeline, 2009 and 2010 are expected to continue the trend of explosive growth in 3D cinema. Now the question is "When can I have 3D at home?" Some industry veterans believe that the answer is "soon".
The 2009 Digital Cinema Summit, produced by SMPTE and the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, will focus on the theme "3D: Lens to Living room". Leading producers, cinematographers and technologists will review the entire 3D path from acquisition, through post production, distribution and display. Leading engineers will explain and demonstrate the various techniques used for packaging and distributing compressed 3D images for satellite, over-the-air, IP download and package media, such as Blu-ray Disc.
The 2009 Digital Cinema Summit will educate and inform on all aspects of 3D, allowing you to decide if the current explosion of stereoscopic content is a fad – or the future.
February SMPTE PDA Now Special Events
February 5, 2009
When the DTV switch is actually flipped, there are two things on which we can count. First, we can expect that the transition will not be 100% problem free. The second thing is the fact that all parties involved in the switch will need to quickly adopt a highly cooperative approach to avoid finger pointing when things don't work as planned.
February 12, 2009
The transition to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting is closing in on D-Day – February 17, 2009, when analog (NTSC) broadcasts from full-power TV stations will shut down for good. (Unless Congress extends the cut-off date one more time, that is!)
Vestigial sideband modulation (VSB), the standard used for terrestrial digital TV transmission in the United States, has come a long way since the first problematic tests in 1997 and 1998. Today's VSB receivers have evolved to fifth- and sixth-generation designs that can provide steady reception of DTV signals in numerous locations where analog TV reception would be all but impossible.
Don't miss these two exciting learning opportunities! To register please visit us at www.smpte.org/education/education_pdanow
Special thanks to SMPTE PDA Now sponsors Avid and Canon!
SMPTE PDA Anywhere Archives Enhanced
Joel Welch, SMPTE's Director of Professional Development explained, "As a service organization, it is important that we be proactive and continually work to ensure that SMPTE Member services provide maximum value to members. Because only a portion of SMPTE Members were able to play certain SMPTE PDA Anywhere recordings, it became a priority to find a file format with maximum compatibility and good compression characteristics, especially for the videos intended for our "mobile" users. So far, it seems the M4V video format is achieving both these objectives."
As you may know, the recordings of SMPTE PDA Now sessions have typically been broken into smaller, 10 minute segments. This provided for smaller more mobile video segments, but was inconvenient if a Member wanted to just watch the entire recording start to finish. SMPTE now offers these recordings in two forms. For our mobile members, recordings are still broken into small segments of approximately 10 minutes each to make it easier to download and conserve storage on a video-capable mobile device. A complete recording of the event, start to finish, is also available for those who want to watch the video on a computer without having to download it. FYI - We are currently planning to systematically convert all 2008 SMPTE PDA Now videos to M4V.
Whether you are a mobile member or you want to view SMPTE PDA Anywhere recordings on your computer, just go to www.smpte.org/education/education_pdaanywhere for access.
SMPTE PDA Now is Seeking Sponsors
For more information about how to sponsor and the benefits of sponsoring SMPTE PDA Now, please visit us at www.smpte.org/education/education_pdanow/pda_sponsorships
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