SMPTE Monthly

Table of Contents

National Events

9-10 April 2011
Las Vegas, NV

6-7 June 2011
Washington, DC Section
Boot Camp
Chesapeake, MD

21-22 June 2011
2nd Annual SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment
New York, NY

19-22 July 2011
SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition
Sydney, Australia

8-13 September 2011
IBC Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

24-27 October 2011
SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

Section Events

18 January 2011
Hollywood Section
H2k vs. 4k Exhibition
(tentative subject)
Location TBD

19 January 2011
New England Section
Topic and Location TBD

20 January 2011
Washington, D.C. Section
Captioning and New Media
Washington, D.C.

24 January 2011
Atlanta Section
A New Method for Audio
System Design
Atlanta, GA

26 January 2011
New York Section
Turn Down the Volume
NBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY


January 2011


DCS 2011

Advances in Image and Sound:  3D, 4K, and Beyond
9 - 10 April 2011

From the latest developments in 3D – in motion and sound – to innovations in ultra-high-definition capture and display, DCS 2011 will deliver sessions on developments and industry strategy over a broad range of technologies and applications, spanning cinema, broadcast, and broadband.

Click here for more information and to register.

Follow this link for information about the NAB Show.


2nd Annual SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment

New York, New York
21 - 22 June 2011

The 2011 SMPTE 2nd International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment is the only scientific conference to focus solely on the critical technologies needed for widespread and sustained 3D adoption.

This exclusive two-day event will feature leading scientists, researchers, and engineers addressing a variety of topics, including human factors of stereoscopic 3D, stereoscopic 3D image acquisition, spatial authoring, and stereoscopic 3D display technologies.

Call for Papers
If you have deep scientific information that the decision makers need to hear, consider submitting an abstract for consideration by the SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment program committee.

Click here for more information.


SMPTE PDA Now 2011 Calendar

10 February
Topic: Imaging
Title: Introduction to DSLR Imaging

10 March
Topic: 4K
Title: Is There a 4K Roadmap?

14 April
Topic: File-Based Workflow
Title: Making Sense of the World of Codecs

12 May
Topic: 3D
Title: Depth Acquisition Techniques

9 June
Topic: Mobile Content
Title: Managing Mobile Content from the Field

14 July
Topic: Status of Cinema Audio Standards

11 August
Topic: The Digital Ecosystem: Rights Management

8 September
Topic: Autostereoscopic Displays: State of the Art and the Way Forward  

13 October
Topic: Content Creation for Multiple Distribution Formats

10 November
Topic:  Laser Projection

8 December
Topic: Technologies at the Edge – What Lies Beyond the Technology Horizon

Click here for additional information.

Please note: Schedule and topics are subject to change



New Engineering Documents

The following SMPTE Engineering Documents were published during December 2010. Links to the documents in the SMPTE Store are noted below.

SMPTE ST 428-7:2010 (Revision of SMPTE 428-7-2007), Digital Cinema Distribution Master – Subtitle

Extract from Scope
This document specifies the format of a DCDM Subtitle file. A DCDM Subtitle file contains a set of instructions for placing rendered text or graphical overlays at precise locations on distinct groups of motion picture frames.  A DCDM Subtitle File is an integral component of a D-Cinema composition and may be present in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) file sets.  Consequently, its design reflects features of other DCP file formats.  The DCDM Subtitle file format is not intended for use in streaming applications.

SMPTE 2052-0:2010, SMPTE-TT and Format Translation – Roadmap for the 2052 Document Suite

Extract from Scope
This document provides context to the 2052 "family" of the core standard and the related, optional, format conversion document(s). This document is introductory and does not contain any normative requirements.

SMPTE ST 2052-1:2010, Timed text Format (SMPTE-TT)

Extract from Scope
This Standard defines the SMPTE profile of W3C Timed Text Markup Language (TTML), designated SMPTE-TT, which may represent Captions or Subtitles. It identifies the features from TTML required for interoperability between display systems for the format. In order to preserve certain semantic features of the input formats, SMPTE-TT also defines some standard metadata terms to be used, and some extension features not found in TTML.

SMPTE RP 2052-10:2010, Conversion from CEA-608 Data to SMPTE-TT

Extract from Scope
This recommended practice document defines the preferred method of converting from CEA-608 data streams to SMPTE-TT (as defined in SMPTE ST 2052-1). This document details how such a conversion can be made, and defines some constraints on the translation process so that the resulting SMPTE-TT file is interoperable between SMPTE-TT implementations.

SMPTE EG 432-1:2010 (Revision of EG 432-1-2007), Digital Source Processing – Color Processing for D-Cinema

Extract from Scope
This document provides guidelines on the encoding of the color information for the Digital Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) and for the decoding of the color signal in the projector. A series of standards and recommended practices define exactly what to do to encode and decode the color for digital cinema. This document leads the user through all of those documents so that an image, once created, will both match the creator's intent and will be displayed as the same image in every theatre within the recommendations of these documents. In addition to the guidelines on how to do the color encoding and color processing, this document will give some historical background on the development of the color encoding. In order to make this document more readable, the historical information will be put in a series of annexes after the guidelines. Therefore, this document describes the color transformations required for encoding an image into the DCDM X'Y'Z' code values in mastering and the reciprocal process of decoding these code values in the exhibition projector. Because the appearance of any color patch is dependent on the viewing conditions under which the color patch is seen, this document will also describe how the contents of the standards and recommended practices relating to the display of images using digital projection relate to the color encoding and decoding. The purpose of this guideline is to show how to use all of the Digital Cinema color-related documents in order to achieve the objectives of interoperability and color consistency.


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Historic Camera Available

Interested in historic cameras? A High-Speed Focal-Plane Shutter Framing Camera, described by Jacobs et al., in the J. of SMPTE, Vol. 72, No. 12, Dec 1963, pp. 923-926 is available. The camera is 60" wide x 60" high x 11" deep with a 4"-thick angle steel frame on the back. The motor projects 11" from the back and the lens mount projects 11" from an end. The base is 26" wide by 61" long on 6" casters. Total height is 74".

If interested, e-mail for further details.


SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The January/February issue of the Journal is themed Archiving and Retrieval. Articles in this issue address techniques and technologies in storage, protection, and retrieval of film and television archives. 

Click here for additional information on the Journal or to view the latest online edition.


Membership Updates

Moving Ahead in 2011: A Message from the San Francisco Section Chair

The SMPTE San Francisco Section wishes you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the 83 new members in our region who joined the Society in 2010. We are happy to have you with us as part of this august body of media professionals.

The section managers are focused on re-vitalizing the San Francisco section in 2011. We are well aware that the Bay Area is home to some of the most innovative technological developments that are already affecting the way the world consumes moving media and will continue to do so for years to come. The traditional delivery methods of motion pictures and over-the-air television are rapidly morphing into a plethora of different distribution channels, increasing the opportunities for the connected world to consume media product, whether at home, in the theatre, or on the move. The future is exciting and we are lucky to be right in the middle of so much of the innovation.

As we work to bring the San Francisco section back to full speed your section managers are actively searching out opportunities for interesting, thought-provoking and mind-stretching section meetings that will hopefully be of interest to you all. We are well aware that the "San Francisco" section covers the whole of the Bay Area, with all its geographic- (and traffic-) related challenges. We aim to spread the meeting venues around the whole area, giving everyone as equal a chance of attending as possible. If you have any thoughts for a topic you would like to see covered, please drop us a line and let us know your ideas. It is my goal that the section functions as a valuable networking opportunity for those of us in the media delivery business as well as continuing the process of educating our members to advances in technology and methods.

We kick the year off in February with a meeting at HDI in Los Gatos. HDI have developed a fascinating new 2-D and 3-D display technology combining lasers with their own proprietary Liquid Crystal on Silicon technology. Their 100-inch Rear Projection screen is only 10 inches thick! This meeting will be held on Thursday, February 24th, starting with a "social hour" at 6pm. Our web page has more details of the meeting. I hope as many of you as possible can attend – I look forward to seeing you there or at any of the future meetings we are planning for 2011.

Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous 2011. —Keith I. Graham, Section Chair


Joe Flaherty Named Member Emeritus, ATSC Board of Directors

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph A. Flaherty who was named to a special new honorary position— Member Emeritus—by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), in recognition of his unparalleled industry leadership and decades of contributions to the ATSC.

Flaherty is senior vice president, technology, for CBS Broadcasting and has served on the ATSC Board of Directors and the preceding ATSC Executive Committee since 1983. In 1982, he helped bring together EIA (now CEA) IEEE, NAB, NCTA and SMPTE to form the ATSC.

Flaherty is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, is a member and fellow of many international industry organizations, and is a frequent lecturer and technical author on television technology and High Definition Television (HDTV).

For a full biography of Joe Flaherty, please visit


New Members

New Sustaining Members

The Tiffen Company


National Geographic


New Members

Jocelyn Rabaja Abad
Shanele Alvarez
Dominick Bozzi
Krys Thomas Buerck
Donald V. Burt
Carl Camenisch
Floyd Bruce Carpenter
Eric Corbeek
Costas Costanta
Jon Crampton
Ayres D. Cunha
Albert Dunk
Walter Benjamin Gear
Jim Gilson
Ed Giovannini
Akio Hashimoto
Cyrus Hira
Sherry Kao
Maria Karam
Kenneth Allen Kistner
Sam Klatt
Sandeep Kumar

Terry V. Lee
Reinhard R. Lorenz
Timothy John Macmillan
Jerry Mahabub
Horst Mueller
Ian Munro
Keith Murray
Brad Patterson
Dan Plucinski
Jovan Christopher Richards
Andrew Rinehart
Glenn Roop
Bryan Santangelo
Harris Savides
Patrick Shirkey
Michael C. Shoukry
Paul Smale
Michael James Tolan
Andre Van Kesteren
Man Kit Derek Wan
Peter Ward
Alan Zaccario


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Looking for New Job Opportunities in 2011? Then the SMPTE Career Center is the Place to Be

Job seekers – want your resume to be seen by relevant employers in your industry? Then post your resume in a career center that specializes in your industry only - the SMPTE Career Center.

Why post now? It's easy to do – and the more resumes we have, the more we can market our job seekers and the more employers we will attract. Kick start your job search! Create an account and post your resume today!

Need new hires in 2011? You need the SMPTE Career Center, too.
If your company is hiring, make sure that they know about the SMPTE Career Center. It's an inexpensive way to get the best applicants who know the industry – and a much more targeted audience than any of the big job boards. For more details, go to the Career Center!


Promote Your Organization With SMPTE

Taking advantage of one of SMPTE's outstanding promotional opportunities is a great way to ensure your organization stays front of mind with the most important people in the Motion Imaging Industry. Advertising on, in SMPTE newsletters or in the SMPTE Journal provides visibility to a group you cannot access any other way. Want to demonstrate your company's commitment to elevating the Industry and SMPTE's furthering education and professional development efforts? There is no better way than to sponsor SMPTE's Professional Development Academy (SMPTE PDA). Supporting SMPTE PDA through one of its highly cost-effective sponsorships, is a win-win-win. For more information, please visit SMPTE 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. Click "Manage Memberships"
5. You will find your member number under the heading "Additional Information"


SMPTE Staff Contacts


Executive and Admin.

Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Barbara Lange Executive Director 2370 +1 (914) 205-2370
Sally-Ann D'Amato Director of Operations 2375 +1 (914) 205-2375
Roberta Gorman Manager, Member Relations 2376 +1 (914) 205-2376
Aimee Ricca Product Marketing Manager 2381 +1 (914) 205-2381
June Marie Sobrito Executive Assistant 2384 +1 (914) 205-2384

Standards & Engineering

Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Peter D Symes Director, Standards & Engineering 2371 +1 (914) 205-2371
Mauricio Roldan Manager of Engineering Services / Test Materials 2374 +1 (914) 205-2374
Elizabeth Migliore SMPTE Standards Publisher 2373 +1 (914) 205-2373

Professional Development

Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Joel E. Welch Director of Professional Development 2379 +1 (914) 205-2379
Dianne Purrier Managing Editor 2377 +1 (914) 205-2377


Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Ken Wendel Controller 2372 +1 (914) 205-2372



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