SMPTE Monthly

Table of Contents

Section Events

November 9, 2010

Toronto Section

IBC Review

Rogers Communications Centre

Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street


November 10, 2010

New England Section

Finishing for Broadcast:

Making it Street Legal

The New England Broadcast & Cable Expo Jr. Ballroom

DCU Center

Worcester, MA

November 12, 2010

Hong Kong Section

Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) in Television Technology

Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) Auditorium

3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, N.T.,

Hong Kong

November 15, 2010

Atlanta Section

3G Clinic

Turner Techwood Campus, 1000 Building

Atlanta, GA

November 15, 2010

Rochester Section

A Demonstration of the Kodak Laser Projection Prototype

Kodak Theatre on the Ridge, 200 Ridge Road W

Rochester, NY

November 16, 2010

Hollywood Section

Topic to be Announced

Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 N. Vine St.

Hollywood CA

November 17, 2010

New York Section

New Developments in Large-Single-Sensor Cameras and Workflow

The Old Castle Pub

160 West 54th Street

New York, NY

November 18, 2010

Washington, D.C. Section

Real World 3D Production

NAB Headquarters

Washington, D.C.


November 2010


Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) in Television Technology

12 November 2010

The SMPTE-Hong Kong Section will present a series of seminars/workshops on S3D television technology on Friday, 12 November 2010. The seminar, designed to provide the latest information on S3D technologies in television and related developments to members in the industry, will cover stereoscopic image capture, processing, storage, editing, color correction, mastering, distributing (physical media and broadcast transmission), exhibiting (including but not limited to S3D TV and cinema), and more.

Experts from China, Hong Kong, and overseas will share their experience. Participants include FIFA in South Africa, BskyB in the U.K, SkyperfecTV in Japan, DirecTV in the U.S., Expo 2010 Shanghai, and Guangzhou Asian Game 2010 in China etc.

Registration is free, however, pre-registration is required.

Click here for more information.


SMPTE Annual Technical Conference is a Success

About 1,200 people participated in SMPTE's annual technical conference, which took place last week in Hollywood, CA. Congratulations to Jerry Whitaker and the Program Committee for putting together a fine program of technical papers. Along with more than 80 presented papers and a sold-out exhibits floor, highlights included keynote addresses by Jim Baldwin, Microsoft, and Chris Carey, Paramount Pictures. Clyde Smith spoke at the private Fellows Luncheon. A special screening of the restored North by Northwest in 4k was a special treat, thanks to Christie and Warner Bros. The program was topped off by a celebration of technology at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. Thanks to all—volunteers, staff, and sponsors—for making it another great event.


SMPTE Bylaws Pass During Annual General Membership Meeting

During its annual general membership meeting held 27 October 2010 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, the SMPTE membership overwhelmingly voted to adopt the new Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. More than 600 members submitted proxy votes and 91 members attended the meeting in person. The Tellers Committee confirmed the vote by auditing the results at its 1 November 2010 meeting. The next step in the process is to dissolve the SMPTE Constitution and begin the work of updating the operating procedures. If you are interested in participating in developing the Operations Manuals, let us know via email at


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

Call for Papers

New York, New York

21-22 June 2011

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is seeking proposals for scientific, academic and highly technical papers for the 2011 SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Entertainment.  Proposed papers must be informational in nature and must address technical theory, research, clinical results, or emerging technologies specific to Stereoscopic 3D for Entertainment.

Technical Topics to be considered:

  • Novel stereoscopic and multi-view camera systems
  • Human perception factors for stereoscopic and volumetric imaging
  • Real time depth mapping using LIDAR, Time of flight and other methods
  • Light Field Camera systems
  • Assisted auto-edge segmentation
  • Real-time 2D to 3D Conversion Algorithms
  • Advances in image segmentation
  • 3D Tracking software
  • Visual error tolerances
  • Video codecs for stereoscopic and multi-view transmission
  • Metrology and test methods for 3D image quality analysis
  • Emerging technologies for computer generated synthetic stereo space
  • Advances in Autostereoscopic displays
  • Horizontal Image Translation
  • Holographic and volumetric display technologies
  • Other technologies that enhance 3D imaging

For additional information click here


Save The Dates

9-10 April 2011:

SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit at NAB

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

21-22 June 2011:

SMPTE International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Entertainment

Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York, NY

24-27 October 2011:

SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood CA

Visit for details.


Upcoming SMPTE PDA Events

9 December 2010 Stereoscopic 3D

(Please note - Calendar is subject to change.)

For additional information, follow this link:

Thanks to our SMPTE PDA Sponsor AJA Video Systems.



NEW! Online Subscriptions to SMPTE Standards

As of November 2010, SMPTE is pleased to provide customers with new online access to its Standards documents. Through a password-protected online service, users will have online access to all relevant documents plus the added benefit of access to new documents as soon as they are published.

Subscriptions will be available to Individuals and Institutions, Member or non-Member, with discounted rates for Individual and Sustaining SMPTE members (and the Individual Member rate is reduced from the CD subscription). Full details at

For new or renewing subscribers, the new products are now offered in the SMPTE Store SMPTE will discontinue distribution of Standards and other documents on CD-ROM. All existing subscribers who would normally have received the October 2010 CD-ROM as part of their subscription will receive access to the online service until the anniversary date of their subscription. An individual notice will be sent to these subscribers within the next two weeks.

We are excited to be taking this next step in making SMPTE documents available to the industry in a simple and timely manner; please feel free to contact Peter Symes, SMPTE Director, Standards & Engineering, at with any questions or suggestions.


Numbering Style for SMPTE Standards

(What happened to the "M"?)

Please be aware of the following changes to document numbering:

  • All SMPTE Engineering Documents will be numbered as a two-letter prefix and a number; e.g. ST xxxx:year, RP xxxx:year, EG xxxx:year; multipart document numbers will include a part number; e.g. ST xxxx-pp:year.
  • All online listings and filenames will use leading zeroes as necessary to ensure appropriate ordering, and no spaces—e.g. ST0125:1995 (listing) and st0125-1995 (filename).
  • The "M" designator was originally introduced to signify metric dimensions. It will not be used for new publications, or in listings or filenames. Units of the International System of Units (SI) are the preferred units of measurement in all SMPTE Engineering Documents.
  • Document titles and text will not use leading zeros, and will use a space after the designator—e.g. ST 125-1995.
  • Document titles and text will be updated only when a document is revised.
  • Documents and references with the same root number and year are functionally identical; e.g. st0125-1995, ST0125-1995, ST 125:1995, and SMPTE 125M-1995 all refer to the same document.
  • References in newly-published documents will use the new style (e.g. ST 125:1995) even though the referenced document may carry the old-style number (e.g. SMPTE 125M-1995).


New Engineering Documents

The following SMPTE Engineering Documents were published during October 2010. Links to the documents in the SMPTE Store are noted below.

SMPTE ST 202:2010, Motion-Pictures—Dubbing Stages (Mixing Rooms), Screen Rooms and Indoor Theaters—B-Chain Electroacoustic Response (Revision of ANSI/SMPTE 202M-1991)

Extract from Scope

This standard specifies the measurement methods and characteristic electroacoustic frequency response of the B-chain of motion-picture dubbing theaters (mixing rooms), screening rooms, and indoor theaters whose room volume exceeds 125 m (4414 ft). It is intended to assist in standardization of monitoring and reproduction of motion-picture sound in such rooms. The goal is to have constant perceived loudness and frequency response from installation to installation, and from position-to-position within an installation. This standard does not cover that part of the motion-picture sound system extending from the transducer to the input source audio selector.


New Products for Digital Cinema

The SMPTE Digital Leader and DPROVE are both derived from SMPTE RP 428-6:2009.

DPROVE is an acronym for Digital PROjection VErifier, a set of D-Cinema Packages (DCPs) primarily intended for use in theaters as a check of digital projector performance, alignment, and picture-sound synchronization.

The Digital Leader is intended primarily for use by post production facilities and allows the addition of leaders and/or footers to D-Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) reels, prior to encoding and encryption, for use in quality check.

For full details see; both products are available in the SMPTE Store.


Membership Updates

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SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The November/December issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is themed Imaging. This issue includes an array of papers on the topic: A Biological Framework for Perceptual Video Processing and Compression, Sean McCarthy; Perceptual Color Film Restoration, Alessandro Rizzi and Majed Chambah, On-Set Generation of Color- Corrected Dailies in Digital Cinema Production, Robert B. Currier and Yuri Neyman, Advancements in Film Scanning Technologies, Michael Senge, and Next Generation CMOS Imager for Broadcast Cameras, Peter G. Centen.

Click here to view the latest online Journal.

Join the SMPTE Board of Editors

SMPTE'S Board of Editors plays a fundamental role in choosing the papers that are published in the Motion Imaging Journal. The contributions of reviewers in providing evaluation of papers in their specific areas of expertise ensure that papers published are the highest caliber in technical content, value of information, and interest to our readers. If you are interested in becoming a part of this team, contact at Headquarters or e-mail SMPTE Board of Editors Chair, Glen Pensinger at

Technology Tip

How to Renew Your Membership

1. Log in to the SMPTE website

2. Click your name in the top right of the screen and then click "My Participation"

3. Under "Tools" click "Membership"

4. Click "Manage Memberships"

5. Find your current membership in the list and under "Action" click "Renew"


SMPTE Staff Contacts

Executive Director

Barbara Lange 914-205-2370

Director of Operations

Sally D'Amato 914-205-2375

Manager, Member Relations

Roberta Gorman 914-205-2376

Executive Assistant

June Marie Sobrito 914-205-2384


Ken Wendel 914-205-2372

Director of Engineering & Standards

Peter Symes



Manager of Engineering Services

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Standards Publisher

Elizabeth Migliore 914-205-2373

Director of Professional Development

Joel Welch 914-205-2379

Managing Editor

Dianne Purrier 914-205-2377



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