SMPTE Monthly

Table of Contents

National Events

9-10 April 2011
DCS 2011
Las Vegas, NV

6-7 June 2011
Bits on the Bay
Washington, DC Section
Chesapeake, MD

21-22 June 2011
SMPTE 2nd Annual 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

11 March 2011
New England Section
3D Update
Boston, MA

14 March 2011
Atlanta Section
The Digital SLR
Camera's Challenge:
Picture Perfect Video
Turner Techwood Campus
1000 Building
Atlanta, GA

17 March 2011
San Francisco Section
Petabytes in Motion:
Ultra High-Speed Transport
of Media Files over
Global Networks
Aspera HQ, 5900 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA

22 March 2011
Hollywood Section
Topic TBD
Linwood Dunn Theater
Hollywood, CA

24 March 2011
Washington, D.C. Section
File-Based Content Delivery
Washington, D.C.


March 2011

SMPTE Events

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

DCS 2011 is quickly approaching! With more than two highly-focused and information-filled days, the world's leading motion-imaging artists, researchers, scientists, practitioners, manufacturers, and strategic thinkers will converge to discuss a broad range of topics across cinema, broadcast, and broadband applications. Topics include key lessons learned in 3D, emerging advances across motion imaging, and significant trends that will affect the industry in the years to come.

As the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education, SMPTE is proud to co-sponsor this annual event.

Click here for more information.

Follow this link to register.


Student Mixer at NAB

A student mixer will be held on Tuesday 12 April at the SMPTE Booth in the upper lobby of the South Hall from 4 pm to 6 pm. All SMPTE members are invited to meet/greet with students, Board members and staff.


2011 SMPTE Regional Seminars

Practical Steps In Implementing An Effective File Based Workflow

Thursday, 12 May, Montreal, Canada
Saturday, 14 May, Toronto, Canada
Tuesday, 24 May, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, 26 May, Easton, MA

Presentations and discussions during the program will focus on real world experiences and lessons learned during the transition to a file based environment at KLCS-TV/DT in Los Angeles.

Instructors Paul Turner, Vice President of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic, and Alan Popkin, Director of TV Engineering at KLCS-TV/DT, will speak to the steps taken, the challenges faced and the final successful steps taken during the transition from a traditional broadcast facility to one with a file-based workflow at its core.

Registration opens March 15. Click here for more information.


2011 SMPTE Washington DC Boot Camp

News Technology Conference: Bits on the Bay
6-7 June 2011

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD

Bits On The Bay is a two-day annual conference covering the fundamentals and latest advancements in television technology with an emphasis on news coverage and production. It is being held at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, which is located on the Chesapeake bay within an hour of both Baltimore and Washington. The 2011 conference will be held on Monday, 6 June and Tuesday, 7 June.

Monday, 6 June
Acquisition to Archives:  an all-day workshop focusing on the workflows in a file-based news environment.

Tuesday, 7 June
Advancements in Television Technologies: an all-day conference covering topics such as: new acquisition technologies, Mobile DTV, 3D,  broadcast centralization and connected TV sets.

Full conference is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. One-day registrations also available.

Registration is now open!


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

21 -22 June 2011
Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, New York

SMPTE is pleased to invite you to the only scientific event focused solely on the critical technologies needed for widespread and sustained 3D adoption.

Once again, we'll feature the latest work of leading scientists, researchers, and engineers. Better still, we've co-located our event with DV Expo East, which will feature technology exhibits, keynotes, educational sessions, networking events and more!

Together, it's a perfect gathering for motion-imaging researchers, practitioners, and business decision makers. And by registering for the SMPTE conference, you get a free, all-access pass to DV Expo East!

Registration is now open at: .

The Early Bird Rate ends March 17.
Prices are as follows:
Member - $509
Non-Member - $649
Student Member and Life Members/Life Fellows - $85
Student Non-members - $100

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more details, or contact Jeff Victor at (847) 367-4073.


SMPTE 2011 Annual Tech Conference and Expo

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Preconference Seminar
24 October 2011

SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
25-27 October 2011

As the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education, SMPTE is proud to convene the SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition - the premier annual event for the communications, media, and entertainment industries.

Join the world's leading motion-imaging artists, researchers, scientists, practitioners, manufacturers, and strategic thinkers during this information-packed, three-day event.

Call for Papers
SMPTE is seeking proposals for technical papers for the conference. Follow this link for more information.


SMPTE Events Calendar

Don't forget to check the SMPTE Events Calendar for updated listings of SMPTE events, Industry events, and Section meetings. You may also add your own events by clicking on "Add an Event" at the bottom of the calendar. Sections are especially encouraged to add their meeting dates. If you have trouble adding an event, please e-mail Roberta Gorman at


Industry Events

3D Vision and Health Symposium

15 March 2011
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY

The 3D@Home Consortium and the American Optometric Association are holding a Symposium on 3D Vision and Health. SMPTE members are invited to attend this free event. Click here for more information.


The Business of Entertainment IV

16 April 2011
Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium
7500 Glenoaks Blvd.

Burbank, CA

The Business of Entertainment IV event will occur on Saturday,16 April 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium on the campus of Woodbury University.

This unique, professional networking opportunity is the fourth edition of our continuing dialog on the business practices, issues, and challenges facing today's filmed-entertainment industry.  Guests will include:

  • Peter Schneider (formerly President, Walt Disney Feature Animation/co-producer Waking Sleeping Beauty)
  • Jamie Oliff and Angie Jones (animators and visual effects specialists, co-authors Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2D and CG)
  • Joseph Chianese (SVP - taxes, Business Development and Production Planning for Entertainment Partners)
  • Jason Brubaker (Independent Filmmaker, co-author The Independent's Guide to Film Distributor's)
  • Shawn Gillespie (Director of Production Incentive Administration and Finance, Entertainment Partners)

SMPTE will co-sponsor a presentation entitled The New Media Ecosystem: Making Sense of Technology and Economics with Robert Yamashita and Glen Anderson (Principals - Cogentic Advisors).

Tickets are available at SMPTE members receive an additional 15% off by typing the word 'SMPTE' in the Discount Code box at check-out!


Membership Updates

San Francisco Section Has Successful kick-off Meeting
and great plans for 17 March!

The newly revitalized San Francisco Section held its first meeting for 2011 on 24 February at HDI in Los Gatos. The subject was Laser & LCoS Technology in Image Displays. Fifty attendees heard CEO Ingemar Jansson, and Chief Scientist Edmund Sandberg talk about their novel display technology using their own proprietary LCoS devices with laser illumination that can be used in both front and rear projection applications. Thanks to meeting organizer John Hartwell, SMPTE San Francisco Section Manager for a great program. 

If you are in the area, be sure to attend our 17 March meeting at Aspera HQ in Emeryville, CA.  The topic will be Petabytes in Motion: Ultra High-Speed Transport of Media Files over Global Networks. Michelle Munson, President and CEO of Aspera, along with her R & D team, will explain their findings in testing ultra-high-speed file transfers with enterprise storage and cloud computing providers, and particular technology solutions that Aspera and its partners have developed to overcome the bottlenecks and resource sharing problems that occur in the network transport, the file systems and storage, and in virtual machines themselves, for the movement of large media files and large sets of files. 

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a lively evening of discussion at the Aspera offices in Emeryville.  For more details, please visit the San Francisco Section website.


Newest SMPTE Member Benefit for U.S. Members

SMPTE is pleased to announce a new partnership with Health Proponent, a division of Health Advocate, Inc., the nation's leading independent healthcare advocacy and assistance company, serving over 15 million Americans. The health advocacy service is available for purchase, at a discounted rate, to SMPTE Members and their families. 

Health Proponent helps Americans to personally navigate the healthcare system, and resolve clinical and insurance-related issues, to save time and money. The company's Personal Health Advocates, usually registered nurses or benefits and claims experts, can assist with finding the name of a nearby specialist or straightening out months of insurance bills. Their services focus on four key areas:

  • Clinical Support – finds best doctors, obtains second opinions, researches treatments, schedules appointments with specialists.
  • Administrative Support – helps untangle billing claims, negotiates provider charges, corrects billing mistakes, clearly explains plan.
  • Healthcare Coaching – prepares members for doctor visits; informs about medical tests and treatments, clarifies complex conditions and doctor's instructions.
  • Caregiver Support – assists with eldercare services and Medicare issues, arranges wellness services and transportation.

For information about services and special member pricing, go to


New Members

New Sustaining Members

Prasad Film Laboratories

Supporting Member



New Members

Matt Antalek
Denis Marcel Barriault
Sandy Bonilla
Eric Brevig
Carle Bumpus
Tony Copley
Roman P. Dabrowski
David Paul Desmarais
Edward J. Ford
Randy M. Garrett
Eric Gemmer
Sarah May Guenther
Luis E. Gurrieri
Jason Hancock
Trent Heady
Tahvo Hirvonen
Jonthan Kassen
Robert Scott Keeney
Chun Kit Lam
Rémy Lemerre

Brian W. Leong
Johan Lim
Angela Sarah Lum
Peter Mitchell
Dustin Go Ong
Christopher Lyndon Ord
Patricia Carolina Ovando
Patrick Queen
Dan Reines
Semone Roberts
Stephen Mark Rose
Steven D. Rubin
Alexander Schwerdtner
Miguel Angel Seoane
Justin Joseph Shertick
Jake Smothers
JD Vandenberghe
Michele Winn
Chui Ki Yeung


SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The March issue of the Journal is themed File-Based Workflow. Papers in this issue include Cloud Computing for the Media Facility: Concepts and Applications, by Al Kovalick, The Silver Lining—Utilizing Cloud Computing in Broadcast Applications, by A.S. Davies, File-Based Workfllows: Key Challenges in Real-World Facilities by Matthias De Geyter and Luk Overmeire, Developments in Automated Tapeless Production for Multicamera Programs, by P.N. Tudor et al., and Challenges in the Migration of Analog Closed Captioning by Justin Kovar, our 2010 SMPTE Student Paper Award winner.

Check out the latest issue!



New Engineering Documents

The following SMPTE Engineering Documents were published during February 2011. Links to the documents in the SMPTE Store are noted below.

SMPTE RDD 19:2011 Television – Guidelines on the Use of Dolby® E with Video Signals at Frame Rates Greater than 30 Hz

Extract from Scope
This document describes how Dolby® E audio codecs can be used in conjunction with Television signals operating at frame rates higher than 30 Hz. Because the Dolby E encoded audio data is normally carried in an AES3 stream, wrapped per SMPTE ST 337, it may be transported separately, or embedded in a video signal. It also provides advice to equipment designers and manufacturers on the requirements of associated equipment and to systems integrators engaged in building complete systems.

SMPTE ST 428-21:2011 Archive Frame Rates for D-Cinema

Extract from Scope
This standard defines archive frame rates for D-Cinema that are in addition to the primary frame rates of 24 and 48 fps and the additional frame rates of 25, 30, 50 and 60 fps. These archive frame rates are defined to ensure that the artistic intent of the content producer can be maintained at the point of delivery. All other parameters defined by SMPTE ST 428-1 remain as specified. This document is part of a suite of SMPTE engineering documents. This part defines the archive frame rates at 16/1, 200/11 (=approx 18.18181818), 20/1 and 240/11 (=approx 21.8181818) frames per second and defines the resulting audio samples per edit unit.


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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


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