National Events

February 10-13, 2008
2008 Joint Conference

InterContinental Houston Hotel

Section Events

Click on Section Name for details of each event

Jan. 8
Toronto Section

Jan. 10
Rochester Section
Photographing a War: World War II

Jan. 14
Atlanta Section
Fiber Optics 101 by ADC

Jan. 16
New York Section
"Back to Basics" Proper Set Up of Digital Video Cameras

Jan. 22
Hollywood Section
UCLA's James Bridge Theater
"A Look at the Past"

Jan. 24
Rocky Mountain Section
Audio Over IP: Can It Really Work?




January 2008

SMPTE PDA Launches with SMPTE PDS Now Webcast

Sponsored by Canon and Insight Media
IPTV – What Does it Really Mean and How Does it Work?
The inaugural event, SMPTE PDA Now, is a live, interactive webcast Jan. 17, 2008, from 1-2 p.m. ET called "IPTV What Does it Really Mean and How Does it Work?" This session will discuss the end-to-end architectural components in an IPTV chain, from the source to IP-based Set Top Boxes, in the home. It covers the services which can be provided by IPTV, the role of IPTV middleware in enabling them, and how IPTV can provide a platform for integration of video, voice and data (a.k.a the triple play).

SMPTE PDA's guest speaker for this event is Greg Thompson, chief video architect, Video & Content Networking Business Unit, Cisco.

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 Early-Bird Deadline January 11

The SMPTE/VSF Joint Conference, taking place February 10-13 in Houston, Texas, is 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.

In addition to technical sessions, the joint conference also 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.

Click Here to Register Now for Early-Bird Rate through January 11, 2008

SMPTE/VSF Conference Sponsorships Now Available

The SMPTE and VSF Joint Conference, taking place February 10-13 in Houston, Texas, features three days of informative technical sessions, an exhibit hall showcases some of the latest applications, technologies and products and a number of special networking events.

Put your company name out in front of this group of industry leaders by sponsoring an item or event during the conference. [Check out the opportunities]

DTV Transition Coalition

Many television stations are starting to broadcast their programs using digital technology instead of the traditional analog format. In fact, all full power television broadcasters must cease transmission of analog television signals by Midnight on February 19, 2009. From that moment onward, only digital television signals will be available over the air. This change affects only those television stations picked up “off-air”. Cable and satellite services are not affected.
SMPTE is a member of the DTV Transition Coalition. The coalition's sole purpose is to educate consumers about the February 17, 2009 federally mandated transition to digital broadcasting, with the goal of no consumer losing television reception due to a lack of information about the DTV transition. The coalition does not promote or oppose any public policy issues surrounding the transition.
Want more information about the DTV Transition? [More Info] 

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]


Former SMPTE Director of Engineering Carl Girod passed away Saturday night, December 29.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
The funeral was held this morning at at Holy Family Church, 1 Lloyd Avenue in Florham Park, New Jersey.

2007 Professional Video Monitors Report

SMPTE Members Receive 20% Discount!

Insight Media has released the 2007 Professional Video Monitors Report.  CRT monitors used in broadcast, post production and other high-end professional applications are nearing the end of their manufacturing life. What will replace them and can these replacements live up to the needs of the users?  The 2007 Professional Video Monitors Report is available to SMPTE members for only $799. [More Info] (additional report details, Table of Contents, SMPTE member link)

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