Technology Summit On Cinema (Formerly Digital Cinema Summit) At 2012 NAB Show To Feature Laser Projection Demonstration

Technology preview part of expert-panel discussion on 14 April


White Plains, NY, 11 April 2012 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education, today announced that one of the panels at the Technology Summit On Cinema (formerly Digital Cinema Summit), will include a preview demonstration of laser projection technology. The panel will take place from 4:00 p.m. to  5:30 on 14 April in room 222 of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Complete program and registration information for the Technology Summit on Cinema, which is co-produced by SMPTE at the 2012 NAB Show, are available at

SMPTE officials said brighter 3D images are one of the next big challenges in digital cinema projection – and that a potential solution lies in laser illumination systems that can lower operating costs, reduce power consumption compared to xenon lamps currently in use, increase system life spans, and display increased color gamut.

The Society’s panel, produced in association with the Laser Illuminated Projector Association, will take a deep, technical look at laser projection, myths surrounding laser use, and recent developments that include the dramatic progress in mitigating one of its important challenges, despeckling.  Panelists also will discuss the current U.S. and worldwide regulatory landscape relating to laser projectors, including updates on recent activities within the IEC and other standards bodies.

Projection technology from Laser Light Engines will be used to support the panel’s discussions.

“SMPTE is happy to facilitate this technology preview using one of the several excellent laser projector prototypes being tested by leading manufacturers,” said Dr. Paul J. Hearty, the editorial vice president of SMPTE and head of the program committee for the summit. 

The annual Technology Summit On Cinema, co-produced by SMPTE for the 2012 NAB Show, brings together the world’s leading motion-imaging researchers, scientists, practitioners, and manufacturers. This year’s event will also include filmmakers, movie theater operators, manufactures, and other experts focused on advancing the state of the art in cinema. 

In addition to laser projection, the two-day summit will focus on a number of critical cinema topics, including high frame rate stereoscopic 3D production, theatrical piracy and countermeasures, 4K production updates, cinema sound advances, content accessibility, LED lighting, the impact of multi-screen viewing, and digital deployment and standards updates.

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