SMPTE U.K. Regional Seminar to Focus on Effective Use of IP Networks for Digital Media Workflows

Seminar Will Pack IP Technology Essentials for All Media Professionals Into Engaging One-Day Events 11 and 12 Feb. in London and Salford
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 8, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that it is bringing its “Digital Media: Production to Distribution Using IP” seminar to the U.K. in February. Led by SMPTE Fellow Bruce Devlin and Ben Davenport of AmberFin on 11 Feb. in London and 12 Feb. in Salford, the U.K. Regional Seminar will address the use of media over IT networks in both streaming and file-based workflows.
“The interconnected content creation and distribution workflow has arrived, and it is changing not only the technologies employed by media companies, but also the business models and strategies they implement,” said Peter Weitzel, secretary treasurer of the SMPTE U.K. Section. “The radical impact of the IT migration is altering the way media is managed, moved, and manipulated. This one-day regional seminar offers those working in film, television, or digital media a unique and valuable opportunity to meet and learn about IP technology and communications as they relate to media.”
After examining the many efficient, cost, and production-quality advantages afforded the entertainment media industry by adoption of IT networks, the seminar’s expert instructors will look at how these technologies and techniques can be adapted to achieve efficiency throughout the full media life cycle — from acquisition though production, playout, archiving, contribution, and distribution — on multiple platforms. Topics will include an overview of the IP-based facility and workflow, the elements of a successful migration to IP, and roadmaps for workflow transition to IP in live production, contribution, and postproduction.
This seminar will be useful for all operational staff, whether from an IT or broadcast/media background, as well as other key personnel, including those who design systems. It will give them the working knowledge of how to create and deliver content for any platform most effectively as IP-based environments grow. 
“We held SMPTE regional seminars here in the U.K. last year, and they were an enormous success,” added Weitzel. “Working on the leading edge of the field and playing a central role in SMPTE’s standards and education work, Bruce and Ben are positioned to offer information unavailable anywhere else. Their expertise, interaction with the audience, and engaging presentation styles will make this seminar highly informative and interesting — particularly for those professionals who are new to the media industry.”
Online registration is available at Thanks to support from the BBC Academy, the SMPTE Regional Seminar in Salford is free for all SMPTE members, provided they register while space in the seminar remains available. 
Further information about SMPTE is available at Information about the U.K. section program of meetings and activities is available at 
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The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students— who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at 
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