National Events

April 18-19, 2009
NAB Digital Cinema Summit
produced by SMPTE and ETC

July 21-24, 2009
SMPTE Australian 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

March 17, 2009
Rocky Mountain Section
Remote Monitoring Technologies for Radio and Television

March 18, 2009
New England Section
Section Meeting

March 19, 2009
Washington, DC Section
Section Meeting at Newseum

March 24, 2009
Hollywood Section
Special program with the ASC on Digital Projection White Gamut

March 26, 2009
Rochester Section
Digital Projection



March 2009

Zoradi and Lussier to Keynote NAB Digital Cinema Summit –
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NOTE:  In order to take advantage of the SMPTE discount for NAB registration, check "Partner" upon registration, and choose SMPTE from the drop-down box and the registration discount will be applied. 

The 2009 Digital Cinema Summit, produced by SMPTE and the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, will focus on the theme "3D: Lens to Living Room".  Leading producers, cinematographers and technologists will review the entire 3D path from acquisition, through post production, distribution and display.   Leading engineers will explain and demonstrate the various techniques used for packaging and distributing compressed 3D images for satellite, over-the-air, IP download and package media, such as Blu-ray Discs. 


Saturday, April 18 Keynote: Patrick Lussier, Director, Editor

The 3-D version of My Bloody Valentine, the widest theatrical 3-D film release to date, was responsible for 71% of the total box office for the movie. Setting a new record for 3-D, the 3-D screens outperformed 2-D screens 6:1 in the opening week. The film's director, Patrick Lussier, will join us to pull back the curtain on the making of the 3-D version of the film, including several sequences that broke traditional "rules" of 3-D and set a new standard for live action 3-D. Lussier also recently edited Lionsgate's horror film The Eye and also acted as a visual consultant on the film. He directed and edited White Noise: The Light (aka White Noise 2). Lussier also directed and co-wrote the vampire trilogy Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000, Dracula II: Ascension and Dracula III: Legacy. 

Sunday, April 19 Keynote: Mark Zoradi, President, Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group

Mark Zoradi's 29-year career at Disney has spanned the television, home entertainment and film businesses. As president of the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, Zoradi oversees the worldwide distribution and marketing of all Walt Disney Studios films including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, and Touchstone Pictures. The Studio's 2009 release schedule includes ambitious and entertaining new animated titles from Pixar (Up in Disney Digital 3-D, and the 3-D debut of the original Toy Story) and Disney (The Princess and the Frog), along with such family-oriented live-action films as Race to Witch Mountain, G-Force, Old Dogs, and the groundbreaking Disney Digital 3-D holiday release of Disney's A Christmas Carol

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New Membership Levels Available 
Two new levels of membership are now available.  One is an associate level at $35 and the other is an executive level at $245.  The $35 associate membership was designed to encourage young professionals and shoulder-industry professionals to join SMPTE.  As such, it is only open to NEW members and it does NOT carry the benefit of receiving the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.   However, a significant new benefit that launches in April and that will be available to ALL levels of membership is a new web 2.0 professional networking community called SMPTE 365. More information will be provided on SMPTE 365 at launch. Check out the new levels and their benefits HERE.

Participation Fees for Standards Committees
The Society's Board of Governors authorized a supplemental charge for SMPTE engineering standards committees, which is now being implemented.   Although standards activities are a very important part of the Society's work, only a relatively small proportion (less than 15%) of members participate.  These charges will enable continuing improvement of the infrastructure and support for standards activities without impacting the resources available for core services applicable to all members. 

Not all members will pay the new charges; all companies who support SMPTE through Sustaining Memberships will be permitted a number of complimentary participants.  In addition, educators and those not earning income as a result of their standards activities will be exempt.  Full details are available HERE.

SMPTE 2009 Technical Conference & Expo Call for Papers - Submit Your Abstract Today Before it's Too Late
SMPTE's 2009 Technical Conference & Expo, scheduled for October 27 – 29 in Hollywood, California, is the Motion Imaging Industry's premier technology conference and is the only industry event to address the breadth of motion imaging technical disciplines in a single conference. To count your organization amongst the brightest and the best, submit a technical paper abstract for consideration by the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Program Committee. For more information and instructions on how to submit your abstract, please visit us HERE.

Calling All Students
Are you in school and have an idea for a technical paper on a technical topic that you think should be considered as part of the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference & Expo program? Consider this notice as your invitation to do just that. SMPTE recognizes that the world's students are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. This is your chance to get a head start on your career in motion imaging technology and engineering. The 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Program Committee is now accepting proposals for technical papers and student papers are welcome. For more information or to submit your abstract, please go here. Don't wait! Do it today! The future is now! 

SMPTE PDA - Making a Difference in Tough Economic Times
Looking for a way to enhance your knowledge about key technologies in the Motion Imaging Industry, but travel and training budgets getting tighter? SMPTE's Professional Development Academy (SMPTE PDA) has a solution! SMPTE PDA offers a variety of professional development options and many of them are available at no charge to SMPTE Members. SMPTE PDA offers live, interactive and recorded webcasts, PDFs of important technical papers, recorded SMPTE Section meetings, recorded sessions from a variety of SMPTE Conferences, and more resources are added all the time. Also, keep an eye out for new SMPTE professional development services in coming months! So don't let the economy slow down your career. Do something to expand your resume in case the unthinkable happens. If you want to demonstrate your commitment to professional growth and knowledge, turn to the SMPTE Professional Development Academy: Your professional development resource. For more information please visit us HERE.

DTV Transition: Terrestrial DTV Reception – An Update from the Field
The live SMPTE PDA Now session "Terrestrial DTV Reception – An Update from the Field" was held on Thursday February 26, 2009. During the session, ROAM Consulting's Pete Putman field test results that demonstrate just how well current ATSC receivers work for indoor and outdoor reception of 8VSB signals with simple antennas, through mountains, over long distances, and even underground, using the latest standalone set-top boxes and NTIA converter boxes.

The recording(s) for this event and more are now available at SMPTE PDA Anywhere.  To access, please go HERE . Follow the link under "SMPTE PDA Now Recordings" to the SMPTE Member's Only Area

Enhanced Online Journal 
The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is now provided in a new digital page-turning format. This enhancement was implemented in direct response to suggestions made by SMPTE Members. This new format more accurately reflects the experience with the printed Journal and provides real-time navigation and clicks through to supplemental content. It also benefits our International members who have, at times, experienced delays in receiving the print edition of the Journal. To access the online Journal go to and select the "SMPTE Journal" Tab at the top of the page or click on the Journal thumbnail image on the right.  You can also save a pdf as well. 




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