SMPTE Monthly

Table of Contents

SMPTE Events

Industry Events


Standards and Products

Membership Updates


SMPTE Events

14-15 April 2012
TSC@NAB 2012
Las Vegas, NV

13-15 May 2012
The SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media Technologies
Geneva, Switzerland

22-25 October 2012
2012 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
Hollywood, CA


Section Events

Click on Section Name for details of each event

17 January 2012
New York Section
Tour of New York University's James L. Dolan Music
Recording Studio
New York University
35 West 4th Street Room 628
 New York, NY

18 January 2012
Rocky Mountain Section
Current Research and Tour of Cable Labs
Cable Labs, 858 Coal Creek Circle
Louisville, CO




January 2012

SMPTE Events

SMPTE Technology Summit on Cinema at NAB 2012

14-15 April 2012
Las Vegas, NV

SMPTE will hold its annual Technology Summit on Cinema (formerly DCS) at NAB 2012 on 14-15 April at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The 2012 Technology Summit for Cinema: Advances in Image and Sound, will provide an in-depth global view of the new wave of technology coming soon to your local multiplex, with an eye toward how it might later affect the broader media ecosystem. Hot topics this year will include the latest work on higher-frame-rate stereoscopic 3D: movies have been produced at 24 frames/sec for more than half a century, but now prominent filmmakers have started producing new 3D releases in 48 or 60 frames/sec.

Stay tuned for upcoming information.

Register Now for your FREE Exhibits Only Pass to NAB!
To receive your free registration, either click here or enter the code "EP12" during registration.

In addition, SMPTE Members receive $100 off the Non-Member conference registration rate!
To receive your discount, login to the SMPTE website and visit this page for promo code details.


SMPTE Forum on Emerging Technologies

13-15 May 2012
Geneva, Switzerland

The Forum on Emerging Media Technologies, an executive-level symposium to be held by the Society in May in Geneva and produced in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Confirmed speakers include executive leadership from ABC Australia, ATSC, BSkyB, EBU, the Fraunhofer Institute, Grass Valley, IBM, Intel, NHK, Radio Television Hong Kong, Sony, Warner Bros., zeebox and more!

Over the course of two days, The Forum will provide a science-based, non-commercial opportunity for executives and other senior leaders from the broadcast, broadband, and cinema industries to discuss the most important and innovative research taking place over the next 10-15 years, with a particular focus on technologies likely to come to market within the next three years.

Please note that conference rates include admission to all conference sessions, special events, and meals, as well as two nights lodging (13-14 May) at the InterContinental Hotel (Additional hotel nights can be purchased during registration.).

Early Bird Discount ends 31 January
Full Conference Rate $2,250 USD
SMPTE/EBU Member Rate $2,050 USD

Rates after 31 January
Full Conference Rate $2,500 USD
SMPTE/EBU Member Rate $2,250 USD

*All conference rates are in USD

Register Now!


SMPTE Regional Seminars 2012

Topic: File-Based Workflows:
How to Generate and Automate Content for Multi-platform, Multi-display Distribution

Today's consumers of motion imaging content have many options when it comes to service providers and display devices. They may subscribe to on-demand services via satellite or cable operators. PCs and the Internet are now very common sources for content, smartphones and tablets have matured and become almost ubiquitous. This creates many new challenges when it comes to producing and managing content. With this in mind, the 2012 SMPTE Regional Seminar is designed to provide crucial knowledge to help participants plan, produce and manage content so it can be effectively utilized with minimal regard to the distribution platform used or the display device viewed.

What participants should expect to learn:

  • Technological differences between types and formats of various multi-platform distribution systems and display devices.
  • Technologies and processes required to generate/automate content for correct display on a variety of devices and distribution platforms.
  • Methodologies for effectively planning workflows and technologies to support multi-platform distribution systems and various display devices.
  • Impact of SMPTE's Interoperable Master Format (IMF) standard on content produced for multi-platform/multi-display environments.

2012 will see six deliveries of this exciting new SMPTE seminar. Stay tuned to, for upcoming information.


SMPTE Events Calendar

Don't forget to check the SMPTE Events Calendar for updated listings of SMPTE events, Industry events, and Section meetings. Sections are especially encouraged to add their meeting dates. To add an event, please contact Roberta Gorman at



In partnership with other groups, SMPTE is pleased to inform you of these industry events:

A Bright Future: Seminar on Laser Projectors

18 January 2012
Hilton, Universal City, CA

Learn about laser projector technology and the ramp to market at a 2-hour seminar on 18 January, Universal Hilton, Universal City, CA!  Details on the benefits and remaining challenges as laser projection is introduced to theater-quality and large venue environments.  Click here for more details.



2012 SMPTE Virtual Classroom Cisco CCNA Exploration Program

CCNA2 Registration Now Open

SMPTE's first offering of Cisco's CCNA2: Routers and Routing Basics is scheduled to begin on 20 February 2012. (Prerequisite: CCNA1 Network Fundamentals) Registration is now open for this and our full line-up of CCNA courses. Click here to register or for more information.

The Cisco CCNA Exploration Program is comprised of four intensive Cisco's CCNA Exploration courses. Successfully completing all four courses in the CCNA Exploration Program may help an individual prepare for the Cisco CCNA Certification Exam.

Course offerings for 2012 include three CCNA1: Network Fundamentals courses (8 weeks each), three CCNA2: Routers and Routing Basics courses (9 weeks each) and one CCNA3: LAN Switching and Wireless course (10 weeks).

For more information or to register, please click here. Space is limited and the 2011 courses sold out in less than two weeks, so don't delay!

Virtual ClassroomVirtual Classroom



The Business of Live Web-streaming
9 February 2012: 10:00 Pacific/13:00 Eastern /19:00 Central European
Guest Speaker: John Naylor, VP Business Development, NewTek, Inc.

Is there a sustainable business in live web-streaming? Can content be sufficiently monetized if distributed over the web? SMPTE PDA Now guest speaker John Naylor, of NewTek, explains which businesses are using web-streaming and whether or not it is helping them. In addition, Naylor also describes the various models (Subscription, Pay-Per-View, Video-on-Demand, Ad Insertion) that may implemented to monetize content and what the streaming landscape currently looks like.

Register at

Planned 2012 PDA Now Topics:

Data Storage and Recovery in a Petabyte World (Storage and Archive Series)
8 March 2012

Multiview Coding
12 April 2012

Long Term Archive: Storing Media to Last 100 Years (Storage and Archive Series)
10 May 2012

Implementing BXF
14 June 2012

Other topics planned for 2012
Multicasting Bandwidth Management; Higher Frame Rates; Cloud Security; Ultraviolet Digital Rights Locker; FIMS; IMF; Connected Television; 4K Series – Cinema and Other 4K Standards; Asset Management; Production Networks; Challenges of File Based Production; Effective Packet Analysis; Quality Control in a Digital World, Laser Projection



SMPTE Standards Webcast Series Planned for 2012

The standards development process is crucial to our industry. The process by which SMPTE standards are developed is well understood by those directly involved in it. Now, those who rely on SMPTE Standards, but who may not participate in the standards development process have an opportunity to "peek under the hood." We are proud to announce a series of quarterly webcasts focused specifically on SMPTE Standards. Webcast topics will cover two primary tracks, the standards development process and key standards work of interest. 2012 topics include:

  • SMPTE Timed Text
  • Standards 101
  • Metadata Vocabulary
  • Interoperable Master Format

Please watch for registration notifications coming soon!


The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The January/February 2012 issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is themed, "Archiving/Storage." The interesting array of articles in this issue include: A Survey of Digital Storage in Professional Media and Entertainment, Planning and Managing the Cost of Compromise for AV Retention Access, Applications of Data Storage on Cinematographic Film for Long-Term Preservation of Digital Productions, Mastering the Integrity of Technical Information in Tapeless Production and Long-Term Archives, and Selecting a Digital File Format for France's Professional Television Archive.

Click here to view the latest issue of the Journal and to access the new digital library.

SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal 2012 Topics (Updated)
January/February – Archiving/Storage
March – Cloud-Based Architecture
April – Critical Monitoring
May/June – Perception
July/August – Compression
September – Progress Report
October – 3D
November/December – Audio

Topics are subject to change.

SMPTE Board of Editors Seeks Technical Papers and Tutorials
The SMPTE Journal publishes papers on technical, engineering, and scientific developments in motion pictures, television, and related fields. If you would like to submit a paper on any of the topics listed above, click here. Technical articles must be informative and well organized.



New Engineering Documents

The following SMPTE Engineering Documents were published during December 2011. Links to the documents in the SMPTE Store are noted below.

SMPTE ST 430-5:2011 (Revision of SMPTE 430-5-2008), D-Cinema Operations – Security Log Event Class and Constraints

Extract from Scope

The purpose of this document is to specify a Security Event Class and namespace for Security Log Records; and to constrain individual Log Records and sequences of such records (Log Reports) as they are used for security event logging purposes in D-Cinema applications. The items covered contain descriptions of events logged by the security system, which are intended to provide forensic information regarding security critical events.  This document does not specify the means of communication or the format of messaging between security devices in a system. Neither does this document define the format for storage of Log Events within the protected storage of a security device. The Security Log Records and Security Log Record Sequences (Log Reports) described herein are intended for reporting of Security Events previously recorded by the security system to consumers of that information which are external to the security system.


SMPTE Engineering Committees meet at Disney Studios in Burbank

During the week of 5 December 2012, SMPTE Engineering committees met in Burbank, CA. Attendees pose for a group photo in front of the studios.


3D Cinema and Television Technology: The First 100 Years

This compendium contains more than 50 papers published in the SMPTE Journal during the past century from 1919 to 2010. These historic SMPTE papers provide a foundation for understanding the current innovations in 3D stereoscopic areas, including acquisition, content creation, exhibition, distribution, and display technology. Edited by Michael D. Smith, Peter Ludé, and Bill Hogan, with chapter introductions by Ray Zone, the papers in this book contain a wealth of information on the transformation of 3D from its early days of experimentation to current applications in media and entertainment. This book serves as an important reference tool in any technical library.

Members: $69
Non-members: $89

Purchase a copy today!


Shopping at Amazon Can Benefit SMPTE!

When you shop Amazon, remember to connect through SMPTE first. Every time you start your Amazon shopping experience from SMPTE, you help SMPTE at no cost to you. Click here to start shopping.


Membership Updates

SMPTE Members' Insurance Program - Available to US Members Only

For Association Members & Their Families

Help protect your income, and your family, with Disability Income Insurance.
An income-earning ability is one of your key financial assets. However, the loss of it due to a sudden and unexpected disability could mean unforeseen expenses for you and your family.

The SMPTE Disability Income Insurance Plan is designed to help you retain your independence and financial security, should such an incident occur. SMPTE members under age 65 and working 30 hours or more per week can apply for this coverage at affordable group rates. And, the plan offers the flexibility for you to select a monthly benefit amount and elimination period that best meets your needs.

Highlights of the Plan Include:
· Benefits paid directly to you
· Your choice of waiting periods
· Benefits for a recurring disability

Don't get stuck depleting your savings—or retirement fund—to stay afloat in the unfortunate incidence of disability. Enroll today in the SMPTE Disability Income Insurance Plan, and rest easy knowing that you are more prepared, should the unexpected occur. Plan ahead.

Click here to learn more about this valuable product, including plan features, costs, eligibility, renewability, limitations, exclusions and underwriting companies, and to access product application forms.


Welcome, New Members

Welcome to our new members who recently joined the Society. SMPTE is happy to have you on board and we hope that you will find your membership to be rewarding.

New Sustaining Members

Sisvel Technology srl, Italy


Starfish Technologies, United Kingdom


Khaldi Est, Saudi Arabia



New Members



Kevin Jittacotra

Leon Urban



Hiten Vadgama
Mark J. Chapman

James Waldron


Dallas/Ft. Worth

Sam Bennighof




Christoph Voges




Kevin O. Ratliff
Vincent Maza
William N. Snead
Randal Willis
W. Thomas Wall
Mark Walker

Tak Nakamori
William Beaudin
David John Donaldson
Peshala Vishvajith Pahalawatta
Edwin Talledo
Eric Johnson



Brian Kyle Hagler

Andy Lambrecht



Marco Certaldi



New York

Rick E. Hormigo
Christopher J. Bauer
Michael S. Liebman
Mark N. Koch

Felix Cisneros
Abdul Sulieman
Spencer T. Hood
Caitlin Hammer


Other Asia

Shoji Mitsuhashi - Japan
Amer M. AlKhaldi - Saudi Arabia

Wielder Diamse Catapat - Qatar


Other International / United Kingdom

Daniel P. Burton
Lorna A. Lewis

Scott Andrew Walker



Mark Triolo




Tony S. Kosinec
David Rumley

Brian J. Young
Denis G. Tremblay


Washington, DC

Louis Crozier

Courtney Egan



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SMPTE Staff Contacts


Executive and Admin.

Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Barbara Lange Executive Director 2370 +1 (914) 205-2370
Sally-Ann D'Amato Director of Operations 2375 +1 (914) 205-2375
Roberta Gorman Manager, Member Relations 2376 +1 (914) 205-2376
Aimee Ricca Product Marketing Manager 2381 +1 (914) 205-2381
June Marie Sobrito Executive Assistant 2384 +1 (914) 205-2384

Standards & Engineering

Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Peter D Symes Director, Standards & Engineering 2371 +1 (914) 205-2371
Mauricio Roldan Manager of Engineering Services / Test Materials 2374 +1 (914) 205-2374
Elizabeth Migliore SMPTE Standards Publisher 2373 +1 (914) 205-2373

Professional Development

Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Joel E. Welch Director of Professional Development 2379 +1 (914) 205-2379
Dianne Purrier Managing Editor 2377 +1 (914) 205-2377


Name & E-Mail Position Extension Direct Dial Phone
Ken Wendel Controller 2372 +1 (914) 205-2372





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