SMPTE Monthly

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SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment Call for Papers Extended
2010 Digital Television Technology Conference
SMPTE Regional Seminars
SMPTE Toronto's 17th Technical Seminar - Boot Camp 4
SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment
SMPTE 2010 Annual Tech Conference & Expo Call for Papers
New Engineering Documents
SMPTE PDA Anywhere on-Demand Webcasts
SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal
Section Elections
AMWA and EBU Issue FIMS' Request for Technology
SMPTE Career Center
SMPTE Staff Contacts

National Events

July 13-14, 2010

SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Entertainment

New York, NY

October 26-28, 2010

SMPTE 2010 Technical Conference & Exhibition

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel

Hollywood, CA

Section Events

May 13, 2010

Australia Section

Post NAB Bash

Telstra Experience Centre

May 18, 2010

Hollywood Section

Contribution Quality Encoding

Linwood Dunn Theater

May 20, 2010

New York Section

Annual NAB Wrap-Up

HBO Auditorium

May 22, 2010

Atlanta Section

Audio from A to Z

May 24-25, 2010

Washington, DC Section

2010 Digital Television Technology Conference

May 2010

SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment Call for Papers Extended

The Call for Papers deadline for SMPTE's International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment has been extended to May 14, 2010

The conference is scheduled for July 13-14, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

To read the Call for Papers or for instructions on how to submit an abstract for consideration, please follow this link:


2010 Digital Television Technology Conference

The SMPTE Washington, D.C., Section, in association with WEBE, will hold a two-day seminar on HDTV Fundamentals and Advanced Technology Developments on Monday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Chesapeake Beach, VA. The event includes an HDTV Boot Camp on Monday and Advanced Technology seminars on Tuesday, covering topics in 3 Gb/s HD Facility Design, 3D Television Technology, Mobile DTV, End-to-End, Digital Systems Testing and Measurements, plus a special keynote presentation from Mark Schubin, highlighting the latest technologies from the 2010 NAB Show.

Visit for additional information.

For registration, visit


SMPTE Regional Seminars

File-based Workflows in Broadcast & Production

June 2, 2010 - San Jose, CA; June 4, 2010 - Englewood, CO

This popular SMPTE seminar covers the differences between baseband television production processes and more contemporary techniques using file-based approaches.

Register online at

In addition to the rich seminar content, registration includes lunch and a complimentary copy of Al Kovalick's book "Video Systems in an IT Environment"


Al Kovalick, Strategist and Avid Fellow, Avid Technology, Inc.

John Luff, Television Technology Consultant, HD Consulting

Seminars Sponsored by Omneon


SMPTE Toronto's 17th Technical Seminar - Boot Camp 4

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ryerson University - 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

This two-day technical seminar titled Boot Camp IV -The Next Dimension: 3D, Mobility and More, will focus on technologies essential to your career.

SMPTE Members Early Bird Price $100 before May 15. After May 15, registration for members is $150.

For additional information and registration, visit


SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment

July 13-14, 2010

Marriott Marquis, New York City

The SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment is the only 3D conference to focus on stereoscopic 3D technology for media and entertainment only as SMPTE can do it! The program looks beyond the hype deep into the state of the art, science, and technology of stereoscopy. This exclusive two-day program cuts across the gamut of stereoscopic 3D technology for entertainment, stereoscopic image acquisition, 2D to 3D conversion, computer-generated 3D space, plus display and transmission technologies.

Registration for this event is now open!!

To register, or for more information please follow this link:


SMPTE 2010 Annual Tech Conference & Expo Call for Papers

SMPTE 2010 Annual Tech Conference and Expo

Hollywood, CA, October 26-28, 2010

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is seeking proposals for technical papers and tutorials for the 2010 SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition. Proposed papers must be informational in nature and must address technical theory, research, application, or practice associated with technologies relevant to the Motion Imaging Industry.

The Call for Papers deadline to submit an abstract is June 30, 2010.

For a list of possible topics or for instructions about how to submit an abstract, please follow this link:


New Engineering Documents

The following SMPTE Engineering Documents were published during April 2010. SMPTE members who have a current subscription to Standards on CD-ROM may access these documents at  Links to the documents in the SMPTE Store are noted below, but please remember that if you need more than one or two documents, the complete sets and subscriptions on CD-ROM provide much better value - and are heavily discounted for SMPTE Members (see

SMPTE ST 379-2:2010, "Material Exchange Format (MXF) - MXF Constrained Generic Container"

Extract from Scope

This standard specifies numerous refinements based on SMPTE 379 -1. This standard specifies the format of the MXF Generic Container (GC). The MXF GC is the native essence container of the material exchange format (MXF) file body. The MXF GC is defined for the interchange of streamable audio-visual material.  This standard defines the data structure at the signal interfaces of networks or storage media. This standard does not define internal storage formats for MXF compliant devices.

SMPTE RP 428-4:2010, "D-Cinema Distribution Master - Audio File Format and Delivery Constraints"

Extract from Scope

This document specifies constraints on the technical parameters, file structure, file naming and other relevant information pertaining to audio essence delivered from final post-production as a Digital Cinema Distribution Master.

Amendment 1-2010 to SMPTE 429-9-2007, "D-Cinema Packaging - Asset Mapping and File Segmentation" (free download)

Clarification of normative references

SMPTE RDD 20:2010, "Cinelink 2 Specification"

Extract from Scope

This document provides details of the implementation of the Cinelink 2 Link Encryption from Texas Instruments.


SMPTE PDA Anywhere On-Demand Webcasts

SMPTE Members are free to stream SMPTE PDA Now recordings directly to your computer from the SMPTE PDA Anywhere archives located in the SMPTE PDA Library on the SMPTE 365 website. Go to and select the title of the session you wish to view and the stream will begin within a few moments. 

Also, Professional Level SMPTE Members can download mobile versions of their favorite SMPTE PDA Anywhere recordings. Simply choose the title of the desired session, select the format, streamed to your PC, MV4 video or MP3 Audio only, and load onto your mobile device of choice. Hint: To download files, right click and select "save as" or "save link as."


SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The May/June issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is themed Service Oriented Architecture. This issue includes an array of papers on file-based workflow, including: An Introduction to Service Oriented Architecture by John Footen, How Metadata Enables Enriched File-Based Production Workflows by Dieter Van Rijsselbergen et al., Realizing Collaborative Film and Television Workflows by Paul Walland et al., Workflow-Driven Design in File-Based Systems by Joey Faust, File-Based Sports Production by Michael Bergeron, and Case Study: File-Based Workflow from Acquisition to Air by Michael Foti. Also, be sure to read the 2010 NAB DCS write-up in this issue.

If you would like to include your Section meeting report or any other material in the July/August issue, please submit by June 1.

To view the digital journal, click


Section Elections

Elections are now open for the following Sections:

  • Atlanta
  • Detroit
  • Hollywood
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • New England
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC

All members in grades Associate and above are eligible to vote.  Please cast your vote today by visiting: Elections close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 1, 2010.

You will need to enter your Username and your MEMBER NUMBER (NOT your PASSWORD) to log in to the voting system.


AMWA and EBU Issue FIMS' Request for Technology

The Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are co-publishing a Request For Technology (RFT) as the result of joint activities in the FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Services) Task Force. The Task Force has been created to address issues around interoperability in digital workflows. The joint effort between the EBU and the AMWA to seek out a common approach to integrate hardware and software components in modern TV production facilities is believed to be a fundamental need of the whole media industry.

All interested parties are invited to consult the RFT, which can be downloaded from For more information, please contact Respondents need not be members of either the EBU or the AMWA.


SMPTE Career Center

Looking for new career opportunities?  Check out SMPTE's Career Center  to see the latest postings.


SMPTE Staff Contacts

Executive Director

Barbara Lange 914-761-1100 x4960

Director of Operations

Sally D'Amato 914-761-1100 x 4965


Ken Wendel 914-761-1100 x 4962

Director of Engineering & Standards

Peter Symes 914-761-1100 x 4961

Manager of Engineering Services

Mauricio Roldan 914-761-1100 x4964

Standards Publisher

Elizabeth Migliore 914-761-1100 x4963

Director of Professional Development

Joel Welch 484-702-7339

Managing Editor

Dianne Purrier 914-761-1100 x 4967


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