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 8, 2009
Atlanta Section
Panasonic- May the Cathode Ray Tube Monitor Rest In Peace… and Now What?

June 9, 2009
Philadelphia Section
Section Meeting

June 9, 2009
Toronto Section
Filmport Facility Tour

June 10, 2009
Australia Section
"Hello the Truck"

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

June 16, 2009
Hollywood Section
Section Meeting


June 2009

SMPTE Section Elections Voting- CLOSES TODAY, JUNE 5, at 11:59 EST.

Elections for Officers and Managers in the following Sections are open through June 5, 2009.

  • Atlanta
  • Australia
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Detroit
  • Hollywood
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Montreal/Quebec
  • Nashville
  • New England
  • New York
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Philadelphia
  • Rochester
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC

All members in Associate or higher grades are eligible to vote. Your vote makes a difference, so please be sure to participate in these elections!

To vote:

  1. Visit the election website:
  2. Enter the eballot username and password that were emailed to you on April 23. 

Remember: We are using a new voting system this year, so you will not find the ballots on the SMPTE website.  Please also take note that your username and password for the ballot are NOT the same that you use for the SMPTE website.

SMPTE PDA NOW: Peter Wilson and Matt Cowan to Speak

June 11 Session "Producing Stereoscopic Content: What Makes Great 3D Great and What Can Go Wrong?"

It has been said that not all stereoscopic 3D content is created equally. There are a number of technical and perceptual factors that must be considered when producing and projecting stereoscopic content. If these factors are addressed effectively, the excitement of the 3D experience is maximized. Don't pay sufficient attention to them and the excitement is diminished at the very least, or even worse, the experience can be uncomfortable for the viewer.

Please join our special guest speakers Peter Wilson, Principle, High Definition & Digital Cinema, Ltd., and Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, Real D, as they discuss differences between good and bad 3D content and how image acquisition and projection can impact 3D image quality.

Seats are limited so don’t delay! Please visit us at to register!

SMPTE PDA Anywhere:  Implementing 10G+ Ethernet in Motion Imaging Workflows Recordings Now Available

Recordings of the May 14, 2009 SMPTE PDA Now webcast, Implementing 10G+ Ethernet in Motion Imaging Workflows with guest speaker Michael D. Johas Teener of Broadcom, are now available in SMPTE 365’s “SMPTE PDA” Resource Library.  The library contains a Flash streaming version, M4V mobile compatible files, and a PDF of slides presented during the session.

To access files in this library, please log on to SMPTE 365 at and select the SMPTE PDA item from the “Community Libraries” menu.

Call for Papers Deadline - Last Notice!

2009 SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo

June 12, 2009 is the deadline for submitting technical paper abstracts for consideration by the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Program Committee. Abstracts and required technical papers must be informational and may not promote a specific company or product.

Any individual or organization may submit an abstract. Students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals also. (Student papers will be considered for the Lou Wolfe Student Paper award.)

Do not miss this opportunity to showcase your technical paper! Submit an abstract today!

For more information, please visit us at

Welcome SMPTE Student Chapters

SMPTE would like to recognize two new student chapters:

Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia and Stonehill College at Easton, MA. 

Welcome to SMPTE!

BXF Users' Group Created in SMPTE 365

"The BXF Users Group is an informal group with the aim of providing a forum for implementers of BXF to discuss anything related to BXF. It is important to note that this is not a due process standards group, but a place where we expect discussions will help all users with their BXF implementations. Members can ask questions relating to BXF, share experiences, and it's even possible that this group may feed back input to the SMPTE 32NF-10 BXF Working Group from time to time."  Explains Joseph L. Snelson, creator of the site.

To join the BXF Users Group community, log on to, select the “Groups” tab in your profile, enter “BXF” in the "Search for a Group or Community" box, and press "Go".

SMPTE Regional Seminars: File Based Workflows in Broadcast and Production, An Overall Success

Our File-based Workflow Seminars in Boston, Atlanta and Washington DC have now come to a close, yielding approximately 200 attendees.  Many of the attendees were already members; however, SMPTE is proud to report that we have gained a fair number of new members due to these seminars.  The events were a great success due to our talented speakers Al Kovalick and John Luff, who did a wonderful job presenting the material.  In addition, we would like to take this time to thank our Nationals Sponsors:  Avid Technology, CEI and Tektronix and our Site Hosts: Tandberg TV, Turner Broadcasting, and Atlantic Video for helping to make these seminars happen. 

SMPTE Wiki-What?

SMPTE’s online resource for abbreviations, acronyms, and definitions is up and running and waiting for you to add to it. Go ahead! Refine an existing definition or post a new term with YOUR definition. You can even post a term without a definition and let someone else define it!

The more you use it, the more valuable it becomes so contribute to the SMPTE Wiki today selecting the “SMPTE Wiki” link from the “Community Libraries” menu at

Technology Tips

How Can I Get a Receipt for My Membership Payment?

You can download and print your receipt by following these steps:

  1. Log in to the SMPTE site and click "My Account." 
  2. Click "Manage Memberships." 
  3. Click "View" next to the membership for which you need to print a receipt. 
  4. Click "Print-Ready Receipt" underneath the header "Action."
  5. This will open a pdf version of your receipt, which you can save and print.




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