National Events

July 21-24, 2009
SMPTE Australia Section 2009 Conference

October 27-29, 2009
SMPTE 2009 Technical Conference & Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

Section Events

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for details of each event

June 13, 2009
Montreal-Quebec Section
NAB 2009 Post Party

June 16, 2009
Hollywood Section
Section Meeting

For the rest of the Sections… enjoy your summer breaks!


July 2009

2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Program Committee Considers Abstracts

The Program Committee for the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference & Expo is reviewing and selecting abstracts for 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference program. More than 100 abstracts were submitted prior to deadline. All Authors will be notified as to whether or not their abstract was accepted by July 17.

Jerry Whitaker, 2009 Program Committee Chair, had this to say about the conference, "Technology is reshaping the imaging business, from origination to display. This year's Technical Conference will focus on key aspects of this change. With the recent end of analog broadcasting, video professionals are making a clean break with the past. New technologies and techniques are revolutionizing the way programs are made, while Digital Cinema continues to advance. As the industries impacted by television and video/film production expands, so does the need for detailed information on the latest available technologies. Serving this need is the goal of the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition."

The Conference is scheduled to be held in Hollywood California October 27 – 29, 2009. For more information, visit

SMPTE Board of Editors Seeks Technical Papers and Tutorials from the Research Community

We continue to receive positive feedback about recent improvements to SMPTE’s Motion Imaging Journal continues to come in. The current offering of technical papers and other features is very solid and readers comment regularly about the high quality of papers. In an effort to continue to raise the bar, however, the SMPTE Board of Editors has convened an ad hoc committee to explore ways to attract technical papers and tutorials from the motion imaging research community to complement current content. The ad hoc committee members, Harvey Arnold (Sinclair Broadcast Group), Steve Stough (New Venture Strategies), Tom Holman (University of Southern California), and V. Michael Bove Jr. (MIT Media Laboratory), will collaborate with SMPTE's Editorial Vice President Paul Hearty (Ryerson University) and Glen Pensinger, Chair of SMPTE's Board of Editors in developing a plan of action to identify and solicit papers from a variety of relevant institutions.

July 9 SMPTE PDA Now: Improving News Workflow Efficiency

When news breaks, workflow efficiency can mean the difference between getting to air first - or not getting there at all. Building your newsroom around a shared storage architecture with integrated editors helps deliver the quickest time from content acquisition to air. Larger newsrooms can reap additional rewards by implementing a low-resolution workflow that allows scores of users to work on content simultaneously.

Please join us as guest speaker Bob Bolson, from Harris, talks about today's tools for optimizing your news production, from ingest through NRCS integration of your editors to play-out. The session is scheduled for 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific/6:00 PM UK on Thursday July 9. To register please visit SMPTE PDA Now under the Education tab at

Announcing 4 new sponsorship level opportunities for SMPTE Professional Development Academy

  • SMPTE PDA Now Premium Sponsorship - This is SMPTE PDA Now's most exclusive sponsorship level at $10,000 for a full 12 month period. This sponsorship includes: logo and name on all promo materials, logo on homepage and hyperlinks to company’s website, logo on slide and verbal recognition at beginning and end of every webcast, opportunity to develop content (non-promotional) for a PDA Now session.

  • SMPTE PDA Now Standard Sponsorship - SMPTE PDA Standard Sponsors are the foundation of SMPTE PDA Now support at $6,000 for 6 months. This sponsorship includes: logo and name on all promo materials, logo on homepage and hyperlinks to company’s website, logo on slide and verbal recognition at beginning and end of every webcast.

  • SMPTE PDA Now Supporting Sponsorship - Supporting Sponsors want to show their support of SMPTE Member's professional development efforts and this economical sponsorship level is a terrific way to do it at $3,0000 for 3 months. This sponsorship includes: logo on homepage and hyperlinks to company’s website, logo on slide and verbal recognition at beginning and end of every webcast.

  • SMPTE PDA Now Session Sponsorship - Now your organization can be associated with one of SMPTE's most popular Member Benefits, SMPTE PDA Now for as little as $1,000. This sponsorship includes: logo on slide and verbal recognition at beginning and end of one (1) webcast.*Recorded webcasts are available to SMPTE Members for an indefinite period of time so the Session Sponsor's exposure to the market is multiplied every time a SMPTE Member downloads the webcast recording or views the streaming version of the sponsored webcast.

To take advantage of these new sponsorship levels, please contact Joel Welch at

Thank you to our SMPTE PDA sponsor: Avid Technologies

Looking for interns? Looking for an internship? Let us help introduce you!

Please check out "Internship Bulletin Board" where organizations will post internship opportunities and student members can post their interest areas. Visit, click on drop down “student resources” tab and click on Internship Bulletin Board.

SMPTE Section Election Results 

Congratulations to all and thank you to the past, present, and future Section leaders!
To see a complete listing of section election results please click here:


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Technology Tips

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. You will find your member number under the heading "Additional Information"