National Events

April 12-13
Digital Cinema Summit
Las Vegas, NV

Section Events

Click on Section Name for details of each event

March 10
Atlanta Section
The MXF Mastering Format

March 11
Philadelphia Section

March 11
Toronto Section
"Green" Broadcasting

March 12
New York Section
Overview and Trends in a Conventional Broadcast Environment

March 13
Washington DC Section
Quantel's 3D Processing Platform

March 18
Detroit Section
Quantel Demo

March 18
Hollywood Section
Stereoscopic Cinema

March 18
Rocky Mountain Section
HDTV Measurement Update and Tour of KUSA

March 19
New England Section
A Technology Roadmap

March 20
Rochester Section
Visit to St. John Fisher College Media Dept.







March 2008

March SMPTE PDA Session
Sponsored by Canon and Insight Media
March 13 • 1 - 2 pm Eastern
HD Image Acquisition
HD video image acquisition has recently broadened to accommodate a wide spectrum of production genres that support the industry’s accelerating transition to high definition (HD) television. A hierarchy of professional HD cameras and camcorders has emerged priced from less than $10,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Such diversity suggests an equivalent wide range in HD image quality. Confusion surrounds the multiple technological compromises in optics, sensors, DSP, and recording bit rate reduction strategies that circumscribe the cost-performance ranking of each acquisition system.
This SMPTE PDA Now event emphasizes the intimate relationship between an HD lens and camera in terms of image format size, image sensor count, and related expectations in key performance parameters that include sensitivity, depth of field, resolution, contrast ratio, and dynamic range.
Guest Speaker: Larry Thorpe, Broadcast & Communications Division, Canon U.S.A. Inc.

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]


Gear Up—The SMPTE 2008 Recruit-a-Member Campaign Begins April 1
You are the greatest testimony to the benefit of SMPTE membership. By participating in SMPTE’s 2008 Recruit-a-Member Campaign and sharing the value with your colleagues, you’ll strengthen the outreach of the SMPTE organization, gain recognition, expand your professional network and win fabulous prizes.

SMPTE’s Recruit-a-Member Campaign begins April 1 and runs through June 30. This year's campaign features several individual prizes as well as prizes for the top Sections.Campaign details and downloadable Recruiter materials are available to get you started. [View Campaign info]

The SMPTE Professional Development Academy (SMPTE PDA) Recordings Now Available!
These days everyone is busy—schedules, meetings, and deadlines make it difficult to stay on top of your professional development. However, with the rate technology changes, it is more important than ever to keep up. For that reason, we have now made SMPTE PDA Now recordings available for viewing at your convenience.

Ideally, you would be able attend the live SMPTE PDA Now events to get the benefit of the live Q&A. But if attending the live event is not an option, simply access SMPTE PDA anywhere, where you'll find recorded presentations from past SMPTE PDA Now sessions, MP3s, and other resources you can download or watch on YOUR schedule. [View SMPTE PDA Anywhere]

2008 SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition Call For Papers
SMPTE is seeking proposals for technical papers and tutorials for presentation during the 2008 SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition. Proposed papers are to be informational in nature and must address technical theory, application, or practice associated with technologies relevant to the Motion Imaging Industry.

Technical paper proposals must be submitted to SMPTE no later than June
6, 2008. [More information]

SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit
April 12-13, 2008 • Las Vegas, NV
Get the complete digital cinema picture at the 2008 SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit at NAB 2008. Catch up on the entire process from production through exhibition, from an international perspective. Gain invaluable experience through reviews of lessons learned as well as a peek at what's around the corner from industry leaders. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from over 50 of Digital Cinema’s most respected experts. [Register Now]

VIP NAB Exhibits Pass Invitation from SMPTE
SMPTE would like you to be our guest at the NAB Exhibition April 14-17, 2008. Register for the NAB exhibits FREE before April 11, 2008 by following the steps below. (If you register after the deadline, a $20 processing fee will apply on-site.)
Simply click this link or
Visit and enter the code AE2348 when you register.
And while you're at NAB, don't forget to stop by the SMPTE Booth L30 in the South Hall Lobby!

SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit —Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? How about assisting at SMPTE's Digital Cinema Summit at NAB scheduled for April 12-13 2008 in Las Vegas Nevada? SMPTE is looking for a few people to assist behind the scenes. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Joel Welch.

SMPTE/EBU Joint Task Force Issues Request for Technology
The Task Force has completed the first part of its work in collecting
and reviewing user requirements for future synchronizing systems and
time-related labeling. The Request for Technology (RFT) invites
submissions of candidate technologies. Concept proposals are welcome,
as well as complete or partial solutions. Responses are due by May 1,
2008. [Download the RFT and/or join the Task Force]

Live Update for Standards CD-ROM Subscribers
SMPTE Standards, Recommended Practices, Engineering Guidelines, and
Registered Disclosure Documents are published twice each year on CD-ROM.
We offer for sale individual CDs, or subscriptions of 2 CDs. Society
members who purchase a subscription will now have access to a live
update site where they may download new documents as they are published.

Please note that this service is only for those with a current subscription, and is available to Society members only. 26 new documents online already!

Time to Renew your Standards Subscription?
Have you already received two CDs? If so, you need to renew your
subscription immediately or you will miss the next CD "going to press" later this month. Please go to the SMPTE store to renew as there are multiple shipping
options, particularly significant to overseas purchasers. [Renew Your Subscription]

2008 Pico-Projector Market Segment Analysis
Insight Media is pleased to announce the new 2008 Pico-Projector Market Segment Analysis.  Report Objective: Pico-projectors are expected to use either laser, LED or hybrid laser/LED illumination. The objective of this report is to apply the price, performance and system level knowledge about lasers and LEDs developed in the Laser and LED Projection Reports to the special needs of the pico-projector market. The goal is to generate realistic forecasts based on engineering analysis of price and performance, plus business, market and competitive analysis to guide the developments by companies working in the field.
Pricing: $2,000 USD for company site license. [Order Now]
[Complete report details]

SMPTE Staff Contacts

Executive Director Kimberly Maki 914-761-1100 x496
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