National Events

SMPTE 2009 Regional Conferences
"File-Based Workflows"
National Sponsors: Avid, CEI, Tektronix
Sign Up Now!

June 2, 2009:
Atlanta, GA- Hosted by Turner Broadcasting

June 4, 2009:
Washington, DC- Hosted by Atlantic Video

July 21-24, 2009
SMPTE Australian Section 2009 Conference

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

Section Events

Click on Section Name
for details of each event

May 12, 2009
Detroit Section
Modern and Efficient Broadcast Control Room Operation

May 12, 2009
Hollywood Section
The Digital Dilemma

May 12, 2009
Philadelphia Section
DTV: Lessons Learned

May 12, 2009
Toronto Section
NAB 2009 Wrap Up

May 13, 2009
Australia Section
2009 Post-NAB Bash

May 20, 2009
New England Section
Real Time Control of Ethernet Infrastructure in a Broadcast Environment

May 20, 2009
New York Section
NAB 2009 Product Review Panel Discussion

May 28, 2009
Rochester Section
Historical Films of Rochester

May 28, 2009
San Francisco Section
The Technology of Current TV: A Unique Business/Engineering Model

May 28, 2009
DC Section
NAB 2009 Wrap Up


May 2009


SMPTE Regional Seminars: File Based Workflows in Broadcast and Production
Register Today!

SMPTE's 2009 Regional Seminar Program continues after a very successful event in Boston.

Upcoming Seminars:

  • June 2, 2009 in Atlanta (Hosted by Turner Broadcasting)
  • June 4, 2009 in Washington DC (Hosted by Atlantic Video)

The seminar is intended for individuals involved with the evolution to file-based facilities in broadcast and production at all technical levels. Our esteemed speakers, Al Kovalick of Avid and John Luff of HD Consulting, will provide a firm foundation for understanding the relevant technologies and will discuss implementation of these technologies from real world experience.

Seats are limited so register today! For more information or to register, please visit us at

Thank you to our sponsors: Avid, CEI, and Tektronix

SMPTE Section Elections Voting- Cast Your Vote Now!

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

  • Atlanta
  • Australia
  • Detroit
  • Hollywood
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Montreal/Quebec
  • Nashville
  • New England
  • New York
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Philadelphia
  • Rochester
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • 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.  If you do not know your username and password, please contact Sally-Ann D'Amato at and she will provide you with this information.

 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 365: An Online Professional Community of Practice
Log On Now

You may have heard about SMPTE 365, SMPTE’s new online professional community of practice. What you may not have heard is what SMPTE 365 can do for you.

SMPTE 365 is a SMPTE Member benefit where members can connect, collaborate, and share. Every SMPTE Member has a profile in SMPTE 365. This profile is your vehicle for locating and connecting to other SMPTE Members, plus it allows you to participate in communities of interest and even create your own community to attract other members with similar interests and expertise. The easy to use search function allows for finding others by name, company, Section, interest, or other criteria.

Interested in High Definition Television? There are many SMPTE Members who are also interested in the topic. Look to see if there is a discussion group on a specific aspect of HD or resources that you may find helpful. If a discussion forum doesn’t exist, create one and invite colleagues that you know and even those you don’t know yet, to participate in a virtual conversation about the issues, challenges, solutions, etc. Have technical paper you want to share? Create a community library for the community you create and upload your paper for others to access. You can also invite others to do the same.

Have an opinion you want to share on a topic? Blog about it! Have a short video you want others to see? Upload it! Need help finding an answer to a question? Ask it in SMPTE 365! Have a rich library of resources, but no one to share it with? SMPTE 365 is the place!

SMPTE's Wiki is also part of the New SMPTE 365 online community. Help your colleagues build a usable reference to define industry terms, acronyms and abbreviations, or even post a term you would like others to define for you.

The thing about SMPTE 365 is, the more you and other SMPTE members use it, the more valuable it will become to you. Start today and encourage your colleagues to do the same. SMPTE 365: connect, collaborate, and share!

Log on Now

SMPTE Page on Linked in and Facebook

Virtual networking has become very main stream of late. So much so that a number of people have asked why there isn't an "official" SMPTE presence on sites like Facebook or Linked in. That question need not be asked again. To complement SMPTE's online professional community of practice, SMPTE 365, Members can now link to SMPTE's official home pages on Facebook and Linked in. Associating these three Web 2.0 sites allows for greater "field of vision" so SMPTE Members can connect with a larger number of individuals, members and non-members alike! So go ahead, reach out to your colleagues and friends and invite them to become part of the global SMPTE community.

To access direct links to SMPTE Facebook and Linked in sites, point your browser to and select "External Communities" from the Communities of Interest menu.

Call for Papers – Student Papers Encouraged

 2009 SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo

The deadline for submitting technical paper abstracts for consideration by the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Program Committee is June 12, 2009. Proposals will not be accepted after this date.

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

Abstracts and required technical papers must be informational and may not promote a specific company or product. For more information, please visit us at

SMPTE Student Chapters Connect Globally

The "Stonehill SMPTE Club," a student SMPTE Chapter at Stonehill College has been very busy and very active in 2009. Under the leadership of Michael Pietrowski of Stonehill College and co-advisor John Kitson (contactable through SMPTE 365), two exciting student events were held to connect SMPTE Student Members to others from around the globe.

  • In March, the student members of Stonehill College and Mashpee High School connected with the Hong Kong Student Chapter via SKYPE for an international interconnected Student Chapter meeting.
  • In April, the student members of Stonehill College and Mashpee High School again used SKYPE (and a VBRICK system) to talk to John Maizels of the Australian SMPTE Section (contactable through SMPTE 365). During the call, John discussed some of the challenges associated with making such an event happen. He also offered career advice and some of his own professional experiences, all the while keeping the students entertained with his quick wit and humor.

Want YOUR Student Chapter to participate in events like this or want to START a SMPTE Student Chapter? Contact Joel Welch, SMPTE’s Director of Professional Development, or Sally D’Amato, SMPTE’s Director of Operations (both are contactable through SMPTE 365) for more information.

SMPTE at NAB 2009

Once again the highlight for SMPTE was the Digital Cinema Summit presented by SMPTE in conjunction with the USC Entertainment Technology Center.  The two-day event focused this year on 3D movies and 3D to the Home, and was "standing room only" at times.  Attendees were treated to an awesome array of speakers and panelists discussing a wide range of topics covering the creative, technological, and business aspects of 3D.

Day-one keynote Patrick Lussier (Director and Editor, My Bloody Valentine 3D) talked about the reality of making a movie aimed primarily at the 3D audience.  On day two Mark Zoradi (President, Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group) used his keynote to reveal Disney's plans for an array of 3D releases over the next few years, and showed trailers and exploratory material never previously screened in a public venue.

SMPTE thanks our principal sponsor, Sony Digital Cinema Systems, and Real-D who provided additional technology and the all-important 3D glasses!

For the remainder of the week, the SMPTE booth was a venue to chat with a large number of SMPTE members, and to welcome some new ones.  A hot topic for conversation was the newly-released report from the SMPTE Task Force on 3D to the Home (available for sale online).  SMPTE has taken the lead in this area by bringing together the players from all parts of the "food chain" and establishing parameters for a "3D Home Master," a single deliverable that will be used by all distribution systems.  Standards work on the Home Master will start in June.

Generally, NAB 2009 was a pleasant surprise.  Given the current economic situation, attendance was down this year, but those that did attend found improved opportunities for in-depth discussion, and most of the exhibitors reported strong interest and rated it a successful show.


SMPTE PDA Anywhere “The Art of Stereography” now available

Lenny Lipton, one of Motion Imaging’s 3D stereoscopic luminaries, presented “The Art of Stereography” during the April 9 SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast. The recording of this outstanding session is now available for streaming or download at SMPTE 365. Point your browser to, log in, and select SMPTE PDA from the Community Libraries tab. Now sit back, relax, and learn!

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"




Click here to unsubscribe.

3 Barker Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601