SMPTE Monthly

National Events

October 27-29, 2009

SMPTE 2009 Technical Conference & Exhibition

Hollywood, CA

November 14, 2009

File-Based Workflows in Broadcast and Production Regional Seminar

Sponsor: Harris Corporation

Centennial College, Toronto

Section Events

September 9, 2009

Toronto Section

Advances in Camera and Imaging Technologies

September 14, 2009

Detroit Section

Taste of NAB Roadshow

September 15, 2009

Hollywood Section

Recent Film Preservation

September 22, 2009

Rocky Mountain Section

Remote Monitoring and Control Technologies for Radio and Television

September 24, 2009

Washington, DC Section

"Visualizer" Test Pattern from Sarnoff Labs

September 2009

SMPTE 2009 Annual Tech Conference & Expo Updates

Register now!

Looking to enhance your knowledge, expand your operation's ROI, and realize more workflow and capital budget efficiencies? The 2009 SMPTE Tech Conference & Expo will help accelerate your efforts to advance and expand critical revenue-generating opportunities in the areas of HD, digital cinema, stereoscopic 3D cinema and 3D television – as well as provide you with practical approaches to readying your operation for digital and new media rollouts. To find out more about this year's technical sessions, please visit

And join us a day early on Oct. 26 for a special seminar – Advanced Media Workflows and MXF – produced by the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA).

To register now for this year's premier technical event simply log on here:

More Bang For Your Marketing Bucks: Booth Space and Sponsorships Available

Take your marketing budget even further through established and effective promotion channels at SMPTE 2009!

SMPTE's annual conference brings together the highest quality of attendees: top level-executives, cutting-edge innovators, and some of the best and the brightest minds in the industry. If your company has not yet signed up for an exhibit booth or a sponsorship opportunity in association with the industry's premier technical event, there is still time to do so.

Visit to find the perfect targeted marketing opportunity for your organization.

Hotel Room Reservations

The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel is offering a discounted group price for SMPTE attendees. With the multiple networking opportunities offered by the annual SMPTE Tech Conference & Expo, staying at the hotel is a great way to connect with other professionals.

Register now

Regional Seminar to be held in Toronto-

November 14, 2009

SMPTE's File-Based Workflows in Broadcast and Production Regional Seminar is coming to Toronto!  If you were unable to attend one of our first three offerings you won't want to miss this one day event on November 14, 2009, hosted by Centennial College.  Thank you to our speaker John Luff and our sponsor Harris Corporation.  Registration will open soon!

Final Report for the SMPTE Task Force on Timing and Synchronization Available Now

At the end of 2007, SMPTE and the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) launched a Joint Task Force on Timing and Synchronization.  The Task Force, joined by over 100 professionals from the Television, Film, and Information Technology industries, and from Academia, studied requirements for synchronization systems and time labeling systems for the future.  The intention was to suggest technologies that might eventually replace color black synchronization, and the ubiquitous SMPTE Time Code.

After nearly two years of intensive work, we are delighted to announce the publication of the Final Report of the Task Force.  The Report (127pp) is in the form of a "Request for Standardization" that will be a reference document for the SMPTE standards committees that will work on selection and definition of the new systems.  The Report is now available for download from the SMPTE Store at for $25.00! 

SMPTE 365 - Welcome to the Future!

SMPTE 365 is your online professional community of practice. It makes it easier for SMPTE members to network, share knowledge, generate ideas, post resources, showcase projects or research, to collaborate, and to connect with members of like interests and expertise. Have fun exploring, meeting new people, or create your own community. Make SMPTE 365 your place to connect, communicate, and collaborate with your SMPTE colleagues from around the world!

Click here to enter SMPTE365

Thank you to Turner Broadcasting. SMPTE 365's founding Sponsor

SMPTE PDA Now: Stereoscopic displays in the home

Guest Speaker: Chris Chinnock, Insight Media

September 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific

Most of us are now aware of or have experienced stereoscopic 3D in the movie theaters.  There is, however, a tremendous amount of activity underway to bring the experience and glasses-free, auto stereoscopic technology to the home.  For notebooks, monitors, TVs and home theater projectors, several 3D technologies are starting to enter the home.  For small screens, 3D technology is starting to be commercialized for use in cellphones/smartphones, camera systems and picture frames.  Creating the 3D ecosystem requires content, a delivery mechanism and a display system.

Please join our guest speaker Chris Chinnock, President of Insight Media, as he explores the various stereoscopic platforms available for the home, describes basic in-home display approaches, and then updates us on the status of current products and the expectations for future products. 

The webcast is scheduled for Thursday September 24, 2009 beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific/17:00 UTC/GMT

To register, please visit us at

SMPTE Member Benefit Alert!

There are new and improved insurance programs available through SMPTE.  For more information go to 

Vote Now for the 2009 Society Elections for Officers

and Governors

Help determine SMPTE leadership! All voting members are encouraged to participate (Students and Associate members cannot vote in these elections).  The elections will close September 28 at 11:59pm Eastern time. Make sure your voice is heard. 

  1. Visit the election website:
  2. Enter your username and membership ID # .  If you do not know your username or membership ID #, please see below or contact Sally-Ann D'Amato at and she can provide you with this information

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"


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