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

October 14, 2009

Australia Section

Hoyts D-Cinema Update

October 15, 2009

Dallas/ Fort Worth Section

The Changing Face of Broadcasting: IP Video Distribution

October 15, 2009

Rochester Section

Future Image Interchange Paradigms

October 20, 2009

Hollywood Section

An Update on Piracy 

October 20, 2009

Washington, DC Section

IT-Based Master Control & Disaster Recovery 

October 21, 2009

Sacramento Section

Closed Caption Oen House

October 23, 2009

Pacific NW Section

Analog, Digital, High Definiton System Timing

October 27, 2009

San Francisco Section

"Intellectual Property: What Engineers Need to Know about Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and Agreements"

October 28, 2009

New England Section

A Taste of Tapeless Technology

October 2009


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 logon here.

Make Your Hotel Reservation Now- While Discount Lasts!

SMPTE Hotel Block Extended- Closes Friday October 16

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

Author and Columnist Scott Kirsner to Keynote 2009 SMPTE Annual Tech Conference & Expo

Author and Variety contributor Scott Kirsner, the thought-provoking writer on the complex role of digital technologies in supporting advances in motion imaging and the new media industry, will deliver the keynote address at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Annual Tech Conference and Expo on Wednesday October 28, 2009.

Kirsner's address, "Innovation in Hollywood: A Love-Hate Relationship," will take attendees on a fast-paced tour through cinema's technological past, present and future.

"We are thrilled to have Mr. Kirsner as our keynote presenter for the Fall Conference, and bringing thoughtful perspectives regarding technology and cinema to our colleagues across the media content and motion imaging industries," said Ken Fuller, President of SMPTE.

Among other works, Kirsner is the author of the books "The Future of Web Video" and "Inventing the Movies". In addition to his contributions to Variety, his blog CinemaTech ( is widely read throughout the entertainment industry and his column, Innovation Economy, appears in the Boston Globe every Sunday. His writing also has appeared in Business Week, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit us at

Join us at the 2009 Honors & Awards Ceremony and Reception

Congratulations to 2009 Fellows:

  • Harvey Arnold
  • Trevor Bird
  • Gregory M. Coppa
  • Sterling E. Davis
  • Richard M. Friedel
  • Charles Garsha
  • Michael F. Korpi
  • Alan Lambshead
  • Christopher J. Lennon
  • Walt Ordway
  • Glenn A. Reitmeier
  • Paul John Treleaven
  • Philip Nicholas Tudor

Congratulations to 2009 Award Winners:

The Louis F. Wolf, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Dillon Mercer Herbert

The Excellence in Standards Award

Peter Dare

The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society

Nicholas DiLello, Graham A. Jones and W. Mark Ritchie

Journal Certificate of Merit

Laurence Thorpe, Ysuyuki Tomita, Ken Ito for their article, “Auto-Focus System for HDTV Field Lenses” published in the March 2008 volume of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.


Nestor M. Rodriguez and Richard Wheeler for their article, “Integrated Calibration and Management of Color, Tone, and Image Structure in a Digital Intermediate System” published in the october 2008 volume of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.

The Journal Award

H. Kiening for the Paper “4K+ Systems: Theory Basics for Motion Picture Imaging”

Published in the April 2008 Issue of the Smpte Motion Imaging Journal.

The David Sarnoff Medal Award

Al Kovalick

The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal Award

Clyde R. McKinney

The Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Gold Medal Award

Drake Michno

The Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award

Lynda Weinman

2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Updates on SMPTE 365

The IBC updates posted on SMPTE were very well received so SMPTE will bring the concept to the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference scheduled for October 27 - 29 in Hollywood. You can expect videos containing observations and comments from conference attendees, program committee members, members of SMPTE's Board of Governors, and the exhibit floor. We'll bring along our video camera looking for interesting tutorial type opportunities from SMPTE Conference exhibitors and post them to the conference update site.

To get the ball rolling we've posted "3 Questions" in the 2009 SMPTE Conference Community. Simply go to and you will see the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference Community in the "Featured Community" area. Go to the Conference Discussion Home and post your answers.

Bloggers Wanted

Have you ever blogged? SMPTE 365 needs bloggers!

Not sure what a blog is? Blog is a contraction of the term "web log" and it is a way to communicate with others. Bloggers generally share information about themselves, projects on which they are working, and day to day observations about the world in general. The life blood of any community is the people who live in it. This is true of all communities real or virtual. SMPTE 365 is no exception. If you found yourself saying something like "No one ever posts anything!", ask yourself, "What was the last item I posted on SMPTE 365?" If you've never done it, do it now! If it's been a while, do it again!

No need to be nervous or shy. SMPTE 365 is all about SMPTE Members and they WANT to hear from you!

So write a blog or upload a file or join one of the communities in SMPTE 365. The value you get out of YOUR professional online community of practice is directly proportional to what you contribute to it.

Featured SMPTE Member

Corey Carbonara is this month's featured SMPTE Member in SMPTE 365. Corey is a professor at Baylor University and requires all his students to become SMPTE Members. SMPTE extends a very appreciative "thank you" to Corey for going to such great lengths to bring our industry's future leaders to SMPTE. To find out more about Corey and your other SMPTE colleagues, please visit

Where In The World Are SMPTE 365 Users?

This graphic represents all the regions from which people have visited SMPTE 365. The darker the color, the greater the number of people who have landed on

Register NOW to reserve your space for the Toronto Regional Seminar- November 14, 2009 and Governors

Space is becoming limited for our Regional Seminar in Toronto, Canada on November 14, 2009 hosted by Centennial College. Attendees will receive a copy of the second edition of Al Kovalick's groundbreaking book on "tapeless", file-based workflows - Video Systems in an IT Environment (a $60 value). This 512 page, 235 figure book, covers the salient aspects of hybrid AV+IT systems. Thank you to our speaker John Luff and our sponsors Aspera, Harris Corporation, Rogers Sportsnet, and Tektronix.  Registration is open- sign up now!


Technology Tips

Where Do I Find My Member ID Number?

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Workspace” at the top of the  page and then login. 
  3. Once you have logged in you will see your name in the upper right hand portion of the screen. 
  4. Click on your name and then click “My Account.”  This will allow you to review and edit your membership profile information. 
  5. Under the “Additional Information” header in your profile you will see your member number.


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