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Industry Events
Standards and Products
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SMPTE in the News
Highlights of SMPTE's recent media coverage are listed below. Please click each link to view the stories. 

SMPTE Names Wall Street Communications Its Global PR Agency of Record

(IABM News & Media)

TVNewsCheck To Honor WB's Aylsworth

Section Events
Click on the Section Name for more information about each event:
31 January 2013 
Regional Seminar: How to Generate and Automate Content for Multi-Platform Multi-Display Distribution 


31 January 2013
Washington, DC
Update on the status of wireless audio, spectrum battles, etc.
1771 N Street, NW
Washington, DC

6 February 2013
United Kingdom
Regional Seminar: How to Generate and Automate Content for Multi-Platform Multi-Display Distribution 
BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS
United Kingdom 

7 February 2013
United Kingdom
Regional Seminar: How to Generate and Automate Content for Multi-Platform Multi-Display Distribution
BBC MediaCity UK
Q5 Space, 5th Floor
Quay House
Salford, Manchester 
M50 2BH United Kingdom

14 February 2013 

Open Mic Evening 

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SMPTE Dental
  January 2013
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SMPTE Events
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Regional Seminars: 

How to Generate and Automate Content for Multi-Platform, Multi-Display Distribution


Today's complex environment of service providers, content delivery formats, and multiple user devices - televisions, computers, smartphone, and tablets - creates tough technical challenges to deliver a seamless user experience. Join us and walk away with practical knowledge that you can implement right away! 

Thurs. 31 Jan - New York, NY:  Rescheduled! Register Button    
The MPE Penthouse, 432 West 45th St., New York, NY  
Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation; 
Shaun Flagg, Cox Media; Harold Geller, Ad-ID 
SMPTE Members receive discounted rates. 
Wed. 6 Feb - London, UK:  Register ButtonJust Announced! 
Bruce Devlin, AmberFin
Ben Davenport, AmberFin

FREE Admission for SMPTE Members, Sponsored by the BBC Academy 
Thurs. 7 Feb - Salford - UK:  Just Announced!  Register Button 
Bruce Devlin, AmberFin
Ben Davenport, AmberFin
FREE Admission for SMPTE Members, Sponsored by the BBC Academy 

Instructors may be subject to change. 

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As a proud partner of the 2013 NAB Show, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is pleased to extend this special offer. 

Register today with code EP33 to get $100 off SMART Pass or Conference Flex Pass non-member rates. Or use code EP02 for a free Exhibits-only pass.

Please join SMPTE at the Technology Summit on Cinema Saturday, 6 April - Sunday, 7 April.    
*Discount does not apply towards P|PW One-day, P|PW Certification Prep Classes and Exams. Registration includes access to the Show Floor.

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Entertainment technology development and content deployment has historically been the purview of Hollywood and traditional broadcast media. However, rapid convergence of technology improvements in connectivity, bandwidth, and media processing coupled with consumer interest has caused a surge in media distribution over the Web.
Produced by the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers in partnership with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering, this two-day conference at the beautiful Stanford University campus will explore the technical, creative, and business requirements for delivering a compelling, high-quality, monetizable entertainment experience over the Web, covering four aspects of the ecosystem.
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To inquire about sponsorships, please email:


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SMPTE Australia 13SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition 
23-26 July 2013
Sydney Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour
The SMPTE Conference and Exhibition is the pre-eminent event for suppliers, technologists and content creators in the motion-imaging, sound and broadcast industries. SMPTE Australia conferences have an international reputation for linking the cutting edge of development with the practicality of solving today's problems.

We will be seeking informative and thought-provoking papers and panels on a broad range of topics. Papers may be related to academic work, new developments, case studies, and professional interpretation. If you have a message to deliver, or  would like to share the secret of working smarter, then we want to hear from you. 

Your contribution will be recognized by leaders and practitioners who shape our industry's future. A selection of suggested topics will be released soon.

Conference Enquiries:

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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 email Roberta Gorman:  

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Industry Events

Playwrights Horizons Presents: The Flick
The world premiere of a play by Annie Baker, directed by Sam Gold
15 February - 31 March 2013
Mainstage Theater
416 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), New York, NY
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye,The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

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Order 15 January - 5 March 2013, with code FLICSMP and tickets are just 
$50 (reg. $70) for performances 15 February - 31 March 2013.


By phone: (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily)

In person: Ticket Central, 416 West 42nd Street (Noon-8pm daily)  


* Tickets are subject to availability. Limit 4 tickets per order.  

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HPA Tech Retreat® 2013
18-22 February 2013
Hyatt Regency - Indian Wells, CA

By now you've come to know that the HPA Tech Retreat is a "MUST attend" technology conference and this year's event is no exception. The conference sessions always include the favorite annual updates such as the Broadcasters Panel, what's happening in the industry  now and what the future may hold, and the "unusual" and "obscure" topics Mark Schubin incorporates into the program.
Some of the topics to be covered this year include visual perception, high dynamic range, high frame rate, lampless projection, cloud-based distribution and processing, mobile devices, accessibility, lightfield capture, what comes after file-based workflows, and even a look at a half century of watching remote sports before television!
In addition, there have been exciting changes and more opportunities for both attendees and participants in the Tech Retreat Demo Room.

Make plans to join the Hollywood Post Alliance at the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat®!

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NTS 2013
EBU Network Technology Seminar 2013 
The Media & IT Rendezvous 
25-26 June 2013 
EBU, Geneva

The EBU Network Technology Seminar is an essential annual rendezvous for broadcast experts dealing with specialized and IT infrastructure, as well as for IT network and storage specialists that deal with broadcast media content in production, contribution and B2B, and in primary distribution. NTS 2013 will cover the latest developments in this field and will focus on sharing the experiences of EBU Members through detailed use case presentations. It is a key meeting point for this community of experts and the industry.

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Live, interactive educational webcasts covering hot-topic technologies, issues and developments.
Offered free to current SMPTE Members! 
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Closed Captioning Challenges for IP Video Delivery: One Deadline Down, More on the Way

Guest Speaker: Jason Livingston (CPC Closed Captioning)
When: 24 January 2013 at 18:00 UTC/13:00 EST/10:00 PST


On 30 September, an FCC regulation came into effect requiring TV broadcasters to implement captions for prerecorded programming that is not edited for Internet distribution. In preparation for the five additional deadlines to come online between now and March 2016, CPC Closed Captioning's Jason Livingston will remind webcast participants about the specific deadlines and will discuss a number of challenges to implementing captions for video delivered by IP. Livingston will also discuss best practices for workflows involving CEA-608 and CEA-708 broadcast closed captions data and translation into SMPTE 2052.   

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Harold Geller
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Chris Lennon
Chris Lennon

BXF & Advertising Workflows

Guest Speakers: Chris Lennon, Consultant and Harold Geller, Ad-ID
When: 28 February 2013 at 18:00 UTC/13:00 EST/10:00 PST
2013 finds us at the intersection of several tools that enable advertising workflows, which many have been seeking for years. New developments in SMPTE's Broadcast eXchange Format (BXF), along with Ad-ID, AS-12, and other areas mean that we can now automate the flow of data throughout the advertising chain - from creation to airing and billing of a commercial. Guest speakers Chris Lennon, SMPTE Engineering Director and Consultant, and Harold Geller, Ad-ID, will explore these developments, along with their impact on real efficiency gains from one end of the process to the other.

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PDA Now and Standards Webcasts On-demand Playback Videos

SMPTE captures every PDA Now webcast for on-demand playback. Our growing library of topics covers, storage, stereoscopic 3D, live streaming and much more. Members are permitted to download previously recorded PDA Now and Standards webcasts, free-of-charge.  Click here to access.


SMPTE Virtual Classroom Cisco CCNA Exploration ProgramCisco Networking Academy Logo


One of the SMPTE Professional Development Academy's most innovative educational services is its Virtual Classroom courses. Through the Virtual Classroom, we are able to bring learning opportunities to you, anywhere in the world.


SMPTE Virtual Classroom programs are "blended learning" courses where you will spend a good deal of time studying independently, while also participating in live instructor coaching sessions online to assist with more complex topics and activities. Each Virtual Classroom offering has specific start and end dates and established learning goals. Successful completion of these courses is determined by completing course activities and graded assessments.

The SMPTE Virtual Classroom is one of a global network of Cisco Networking Academies. Course materials are written and produced by Cisco; offered and delivered by SMPTE and its instructors. We are pleased to offer you the acclaimed Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Exploration program. 2013 Course Schedule

Classes begin 4 February, class size is limited - Register today!



November/December Journal

The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is the key publication of the Society, providing peer-reviewed articles on topics in 3D, image processing, display technologies, audio, compression, digital cinema, and much more.   


Click here to access the Journal.




Join the SMPTE Board of Editors


The SMPTE Journal is seeking members interested in actively participating in its on-line peer review process. Members of the Board of Editors have the opportunity to review and evaluate papers submitted for publication in their areas of expertise and interest. Board membership also provides the opportunity to suggest and discuss important issues in motion imaging to determine relevant topics for publication in the Journal. Working with the Editorial Vice President, Managing Editor, and your colleagues on the BoE in shaping and maintaining a high level of editorial quality in the Journal, you will provide a valuable service to all SMPTE members and the Motion Imaging industry in general. If you are a SMPTE member and would like to join this volunteer effort please contact Glen Pensinger, BoE Chair, at, for further information.


Standards and Products


The SMPTE Digital Library features integrated search functionality, allowing users to expand their search across the entire platform. Search results reveal the number of hits and the source of the information, whether it comes from the Society's Journal,Conference Proceedings, or the Standards book content.    


The SMPTE Digital Library provides one-stop access to SMPTE resources, informing professionals about the latest technology, products, and industry research as they happen. The Library ties together the various elements of the Society's products, including the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, from 1916 to the present, the Society's conference proceedings, and the full suite of SMPTE standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.  


Visit the SMPTE Digital Library:
Click here for pricing and to purchase a subscription. 



SMPTE CamBook 3SMPTE CamBook® 3
Now available in the SMPTE Store

SMPTE CamBook 3 is a precision tool designed to help optimize image quality in:

* Align and set up cameras to REC 709
* Compare/match camera makes, models
* Test lenses for colorimetry and resolution
* Select the best camera for the job
* Use as an on-the-set reference
* Color correct images in post

SMPTE OneShot™ Pocket Chart SMPTE Pocket OneShot
Now available in the SMPTE Store

The DSC Labs OneShot chart is designed to capture as much camera and scene lighting information in one shot as possible so that dailies look as close to the DP's intent as possible.

Unlike most other DSC Labs charts, the OneShot is printed with a matte surface to reduce obvious reflections. Glossy charts offer improved dynamic range as blacks can be made deeper and whites brighter, but film-style production schedules don't generally allow the time necessary to shoot a glossy chart and eliminate reflections. A matte chart will still show some glare if held at an improper angle to a light, and the contrast range of the chart is not as high, but overall it is much faster to shoot accurately in a high-pressure and time-sensitive shooting environment.

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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 Speakers Bureau


A new resource for Sections has been added to under Members Only (you will have to login to use this resource). In the Speakers Bureau, you can find Speakers for your meetings, volunteer to be a speaker, or nominate someone to speak at a meeting. Just follow the directions and the links on the main page.  


We currently have just a few speakers. With your help we will continue to build the resource, adding Speakers and organizing it by topic. Please contact Roberta Gorman at if you have any questions. Stay tuned for more updates!


Be a Part of SMPTE's Centennial!


SMPTE is planning for its Centennial Celebration in 2016!  We're looking for members who are interested in participating on the Centennial Planning Committee.  If you'd like to contribute your ideas, time, or knowledge, please contact us at


Welcome, New Members!


Welcome to our 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.

Sustaining Members
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For a complete list of all SMPTE Sustaining Members, please click here


For a complete list of NEW Individual Members, please click here.


SMPTE Members Insurance Program 

Promote Your Organization and Support SMPTE


Taking advantage of one of SMPTE's outstanding promotional opportunities is a great way to ensure your organization stays front of mind with the most important people in the Motion Imaging Industry. Advertising on, in SMPTE newsletters or in the SMPTE Journal provides visibility to a group you cannot access any other way. 


Want to demonstrate your company's commitment to elevating the Industry and SMPTE's furthering education and professional development efforts? There is no better way than to sponsor SMPTE's Professional Development Academy (SMPTE PDA). Supporting SMPTE PDA through one of its highly cost-effective sponsorships is a win-win-win. For more information, please visit SMPTE at: or download our 2013 Media Kit:

SMPTE 2013 Media Kit
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Contact SMPTE Staff


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