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

September 2
Detroit Section
"Taste of NAB 2008" Roadshow

September 9
Toronto Section
Rogers Sportsnet Tour

September 10
New England Section
SD/HD and MPEG Monitoring Seminar

September 11
Rochester Section
Subject TBA

September 17
New York Section
Dolby 3d Digital Cinema

September 18
Washington, DC Section
Fiber Optic Technology

September 25
Hollywood Section
Linwood Dunn Theater

September 2008

SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Expo Update
Hotel rooms are going fast! Remember to 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. Stay tuned to for keynote announcements starting next week. The Annual Technical Conference & Expo will be held October 28-30, with the pre-conference symposium on October 27. [Register Now]

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Volunteers Needed for the 2008 SMPTE Technical Conference & Expo and the Preconference Symposium
The 2008 SMPTE Technical Conference & Expo and the "How Did They Do That?" Preconference Symposium are extremely important events for SMPTE Members and Non-members alike. Nowhere else in the world can you find such a broad range of motion imaging topics covered by so many of the industry's most revered experts!

Want to be a part of making the conference a truly world-class event? Please consider donating a little of your time. Not only will you be part of SMPTE's flagship conference, but you will also help to make the event a great one for your friends and colleagues! In exchange for your time, SMPTE will provide each volunteer free access to the conference on the day the volunteer works.

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

To volunteer or for more information, please email us at

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Global Summit Sponsorship Opportunities Opening at IBC
Corporate sponsorship opportunities open this month at IBC in Amsterdam for the Global Summit on Emerging Technologies presented by SMPTE and IABM in association with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The inaugural summit will be held May 21-22, 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. This 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]

Please stop by the Partnership Village at IBC! If you are interested in setting up a sponsorship review meeting with leaders from the organizations, please contact Mariette Yost at for more details.

Know an Outstanding Young Technical Professional?
Recognize the young talent in your engineering workforce. Broadcasting & Cable magazine announces the 2nd annual 2008 Engineering's Next Generation Leadership Award, presented at SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo Honors & Awards Ceremony that will be held in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, October 30. Nominations are due by September 19, 2008.

SMPTE Task Force on 3-D to the Home
Technologies are appearing that permit display of 3-D content in the home, and various forms of coding are being developed to get this content to the home, by some form of transmission, or some form of physical medium such as a DVD. SMPTE has formed a task force to examine the various technologies and determine the requirements that will apply to content production for this area. The Task Force will produce a report in early 2009 to guide the appropriate committees in the development of the standards necessary to support content production for the Home 3-D environment.

The inaugural meeting of the Task Force was held in Los Angeles on August 19, and was attended by some 160 professionals from all parts of the industry. The next meeting will be held in Geneva on September 17, courtesy of the European Broadcasting Union. Details are at Participation is open to all, but requires membership of the SMPTE Standards Community; instructions are available at

SMPTE PDA Now: Double the Benefit for SMPTE Members in September
Members know that SMPTE PDA Now provides live, monthly educational webcasts. In September, however, there will be two exciting SMPTE PDA Now events!

September 11, 2008 • 1 - 2 PM Eastern

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

Long at the core of motion imaging, the cathode-ray tube is on the endangered list, but what will replace it? LCD? plasma? OLEDs? FEDs? Please join SMPTE PDA Now’s guest speaker, Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting L.L.C as he shares the results* of performance tests he conducted using the display technologies currently trying to fill the CRT's shoes. See how each technology measures up to various image quality metrics in this important SMPTE PDA Now event.

September 25, 2008 • 1 - 2 PM Eastern

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

Want to know what you might expect when you install BXF messaging in your facility?* During this SMPTE PDA Now session, Rick Stora, Sundance Digital, part of Avid, explains what lessons were learned during an early installation of the BXF (SMPTE 2010) messaging technology at WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida.

Topics in this educational webcast include Beta site candidate selection, application software preparation and coordination with the facility and the traffic vendor. In addition, our speakers share what went well and what didn't.

* Views expressed during this event are expressly those of the speaker

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. [Register Now]

SMPTE PDA Anywhere
Wish you could see what was presented during the 2007 SMPTE Technical Conference & Expo? You can! SMPTE recorded the technical sessions from the event and they are available through SMPTE PDA Anywhere! Best of all, the recorded technical sessions are available free of charge only to SMPTE Members! For more information or to watch the recorded technical sessions, please visit

Test your knowledge
During July’s SMPTE PDA Now session, Avid’s Al Kovalick discussed the "Essentials of File-Based Technologies". Here’s a question based on Al’s presentation:

Which of the following requires the greatest amount of storage capacity and the highest access data rate (Bandwidth)?

1. TV Network HD Archive
2. Consumer fully interactive HD VoD server
3. Consumer Web video server
4. Facility Proxy video server

To find the answer, please go to and follow the instructions to access Al’s presentation!

Electronic Services
Most SMPTE communication with members is by email. 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!)

2008 Society Elections
The 2008 Society Elections for Officers and Governors of SMPTE are now open!

All Active, Fellow, Honorary, and Life Members of the Society are eligible to vote. The elections will close at 11:59pm ET on September 29, 2008.

Voting Instructions:

  1. Review the Candidates for SMPTE Officers and Regional Governors by logging in to the Members Area of the main SMPTE Website and clicking "2008 Society Elections for Officers and Governors" from the left-side navigation.
  2. Go to "My Groups" and select the group for your Region (not your Section)
  3. On the right hand side of your Group's home page, you will see a box called "Open Ballots," which will contain all open ballots on which you are eligible to vote. Please note that there is a separate ballot for each open position.
  4. Note: Even if there are no open Governor positions in your Region this year, you are still eligible to vote on SMPTE Officers up for election.

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