National Events

October 27

How Did They Do That? Innovations in Filmmaking & Live Event Broadcast Hollywood, CA

October 28-30
SMPTE 2008 Technical Conference & Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

May 21-22, 2009
Global Summit on Emerging Technologies
Prague, Czech Republic

Section Events

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for details of each event

October 2
Pacific/Northwest Section
Making "Cents" out of Broadcast & Production

Toronto Section
Special Presentation by the ATSC

October 15
New York Section
Section Meeting

October 17
Hong Kong Section
Advance Digital Imaging Forum

October 18
Washington, DC Section
Library of Congress, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center

October 20
Rocky Mountain Section
Screening of Cinerama Adventure

October 22
New England Section
Evaluating Monitor Performance: How new display technologies compare to the CRT

October TBA
Atlanta Section
Dual Layer Optical Media by Sony




October 2008

The 2008 SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo is Here!

October 28-30 (October 27: Pre-Conference Symposium)
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA
This year’s conference boasts Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, widely known as the "father of the MP3" as keynote speaker, keynote panelists such as the Executive producers of "Lost", "Heroes" and "CSI", over 50 top of the line exhibitors, and a dozen cutting edge technical sessions over the four day conference. Exhibit booths and hotel rooms are almost gone! Register now for the technical event of the year. By the industry - for the industry, join us for the premier annual event for technology, production and operations in the motion imaging industry. [Register Now] [More Information]

Does your company want more exposure? Consider a sponsorship at the 2008 SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo! There is no better place to reach your intended audience. [More Information]

Make A Difference
Volunteers Needed for the 2008 SMPTE Tech
Conference & Expo and Pre-Conference Symposium
It takes a village to make the SMPTE Tech Conference and Pre-Conference Symposium happen. Be a citizen of that village by volunteering to support this important industry event! Your colleagues and SMPTE will thank you!

Want to be a part of making the conference a truly world-class event?
Please consider donating a little of your time.   Here's what we need:

  • Video Camera Operators
  • Speaker Timer Operators
  • Speaker Coordinators (Speaker Ready Room)
  • Individuals to run very simple Windows program (will train)
  • Individuals to answer Member Questions (will train)
  • Individuals for minor set up and distribution of member materials

In exchange for your time, SMPTE will provide each volunteer free access to the conference on the day the volunteer works.

To volunteer or for more information, please email us at

Thomson Signs as First Platinum Sponsor for GSET

May 21-22, 2009 Prague, Czech Republic
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are now available for the inaugural Global Summit on Emerging Technologies presented by SMPTE and IABM in association with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The summit will bring together global thought-leaders to explore the technologies that will define the content business of the future, as well as the whole foundation for the media and entertainment worlds in the next decade. [More Information]

If you are interested in setting up a sponsorship review meeting with leaders from the organizations, please contact Mariette Yost at for more details.

New Technology Committee for Broadband Distribution
SMPTE has formed a new Technology Committee (TC) on the application of Broadband distribution of content. A growing volume of content is flowing to consumers in methods other than the traditional television and cinema channels.  This new Committee addresses the need for interoperable content mastering and packaging standards that can enhance the rapid adoption of these new business models.

TC 23B's inaugural meeting will be hosted in conjunction with the SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on October 27, 2008.  While all are welcome to this initial meeting, membership of the SMPTE Standards Community will be required for ongoing participation. [Further Information and Registration]

Don't miss the next SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast
Topic: Digital Intermediates (DI): Practical Application
When: October 9, 2008 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

This SMPTE PDA Now event is intended to help participants understand the process of creating the highest quality digital intermediates. Topics will include a brief overview of the DI process, challenges and associated solutions, innovative techniques, and what lies over the horizon for DI. [Register Now]

SMPTE PDA Now is sponsored by Avid, Canon, and Insight Media.
SMPTE PDA Now is free to SMPTE members and $49 for nonmembers. Participation is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

SMPTE PDA Anywhere
If you've not heard, SMPTE PDA Now live educational webcasts are recorded and posted online for free access by SMPTE Members. Here is a list of available recordings:

Installing BXF Messaging: A case study
Guest Speaker: Rick Stora, Sundance Digital, part of Avid

Evaluation Monitor Performance: How do new display technologies compare to the CRT
Guest Speaker: Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting L.L.C.

BXF Inside and Out
Guest Speaker: Chris Lennon, Harris

Essentials of File-based Technologies for HDTV
Guest Speaker: Al Kovalick, Avid

HDTV Transition: Managing Aspect Ratio from Camera to the Home
Guest speakers: Graham Jones, National Association of Broadcasters and Larry Thaler, VP Distribution, NBC Universal

Bringing Stereoscopic 3D Content and TVs to the Home - How Will it Happen?
Guest Speaker: Chris Chinnock, President, Insight Media

Digital Cinema
Guest Speaker: David Reisner, D-Cinema Consulting

HD Image Acquisition
Guest Speaker: Larry Thorpe, Broadcast & Communications Division, Canon U.S.A. Inc.

Transitioning to Tapeless Digital Media: What to Expect - Lessons Learned from Those Who Made The Change
Moderator: Tom Butts, Editor, TV Technology Magazine
Panelists: Pete Couste, Supervising Producer, HORIZON Entertainment; Daine Pearson, Thomson Grass Valley; Gary Adcock, Founder, Studio 37

IPTV - What Does it Really Mean and How Does it Work?
Guest Speaker: Greg Thompson, Chief Video Architect, Cisco Systems' VCNBU

To access these recorded events and more SMPTE professional development resources, please visit us at

Stay tuned! There is a whole lot more to come from this Exclusive SMPTE Member benefit.

Electronic Services 
Are you receiving your Section emails?  Election notices?  Have you checked your information in your Member Account recently?  Problems logging in to your SMPTE account? 

Please review the article “Member Contact and Electronic Services” in the July/August 2008 edition of the Motion Imaging Journal, or see the same content online at (no login required to view this page!)

Call For Papers
13th ITG Symposium on Electronic Media Systems, Technologies, Applications
March 17-18, 2009
TU Dortmund, Germany

Authors are invited to submit original, technical-scientific contributions in English or German on topics in Electronic Media Technology including: Systems and their Applications, Networks and Transmission, and Technologies and Algorithms.

Contributions can be made in the form of oral presentations, demonstrations, or posters.

Please submit contributions to:

Oliver Hoffmann
Dortmund University of Technology
Communication Technology Institute
Otto-Hahn-Str. 4
44221Dortmund, Germany

Deadline for Abstract of presentation/poster--November 15, 2008.

For further information, please visit the [Conference Website].




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