SMPTE Monthly

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SMPTE Events
Industry Events
Standards and Products

SMPTE Events

19-22 July 2011
SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition
Sydney, Australia

8-13 September 2011
IBC Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

24-27 October 2011
SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

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

Section Events

22 July 2011
Rocky Mountain Section
20th Annual Lookout Mountain
SBE Chapter 48/
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section
Annual Picnic Luncheon
Denver, CO

28 July 2011
San Francisco Section
Maximizing HD-SDI and
3G-SDI Cable Performance
Hi-Vision America
Conference Room
San Francisco, CA

28 July 2011
Dallas Section
Topic and location TBD
Dallas, TX


July 2011


On 3 August, SMPTE will be launching a new website and membership database system. This new web presence will enable SMPTE to improve its services to you, the members. On the surface, you will see a new "look and feel" of the website. Behind the scenes, we are developing a more robust membership database system.

Current membership data is being transferred from the existing system to the new database. During the transfer process, members will not be able to update their records from Monday 25 July through Wednesday 3 August.

To complete the process, starting 4 August after the transfer, all members must login to the new system and create a new password to confirm their records. And as always, we continue to take great measures to protect your personal data.

If you have any questions about this transfer, please e-mail You will learn more about the process through the SMPTE Monthly e-newsletter and other email communiqués in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

SMPTE Events

The 2011 SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition is Almost Here!

Discover the Next Dimension

19-22 July 2011
Sydney Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour

What's more impressive than 5,000 square meters (50,000 sq. ft.) of full-on film, television, and media exhibition and a day of conference? Three times that, which is what you'll find at the SMPTE11 Conference and Exhibition in Sydney starting 19 July.

The provisional conference program is now available online, carefully crafted to offer something for all technologists and practitioners in the Television, Film, Radio and media industries. It's an exciting combination of papers, bootcamps and workshops designed to help you meet the challenges of a world that is developing faster than this sentence. SMPTE11 is an incredibly affordable event in one of the world's greatest cities. There's never been a better time or reason to come and join us, and if you miss it you'll have to wait another two years. Organized by the SMPTE Australia Section - by the industry for the industry.

For everything you need to know, special pricing deals, and the conference program, click here.


SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

25-27 October 2011

The 2011 SMPTE Technical Conference program addresses the key technologies, engineering issues, and challenges facing the industry today! More than 70 industry technology experts will share crucial knowledge and insight with those in attendance. Plus, attendees get immediate access to the technical papers and PDFs of presentations. You will find this breadth and depth of knowledge at no other industry event.

The SMPTE Symposium - Preconference Seminar
Monday 24 October 2011

The Large-Sensor Imaging Revolution
This special SMPTE Pre-Conference Symposium will explain the fundamental difference in three-sensor and single-sensor systems, with emphasis on the practical implications, benefits and limitations of the two approaches.

Register now for the conference and get early-bird registration and hotel discounts!

This conference is the preeminent annual gathering of the world's leading researchers, scientists, practitioners, and manufacturers. It features a full exhibit floor, great speakers, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

You don't want to miss it!

Register NOW and save 20%! SMPTE Members enjoy even greater savings!

Click here for rates and program information and to secure your Early-Bird Discount Now!

We look forward to seeing you!


Sponsorship Opportunities Available for the Fall Conference

Sponsorship packages start as low as $1,500 and include the following opportunities:

  • Mobile Program Guide – New for 2011!
  • Conference WiFi – New for 2011!
  • SMPTE Networking Reception & Battle of the Bands – New for 2011!
  • Honors & Awards Ceremony (Includes a speaking opportunity)
  • Industry Luncheon (Includes a speaking opportunity)
  • Fellows Luncheon (Includes a speaking opportunity)
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lanyards and Badge Holders
  • Conference Registration Bags
  • And More!

Visit for more information on pricing and packages.


Book Your Exhibit Space Now for the Fall Conference!

Be sure to reserve your booth now for the 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in October! The exhibit floor is over 70% sold and space is going fast!

  • 10'x10' Booths are available for $2,900 for Sustaining Members and $3,900 for non-members
  • 6'x6' Booths are available for $1,450 for Sustaining Members and $1,950 for non-members

For a current Exhibit Floorplan and Exhibitor Contract, visit



SMPTE Student Awards – Deadlines Extended to July 25!

Application deadlines for both the Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship and the SMPTE Student Paper Award have been extended to July 25!

The Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology. Full-time students enrolled in an accredited high school, 2- or 4-year college or university are eligible to apply! You can find more information and an application on the SMPTE website:

The SMPTE Student Paper Award recognizes an outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a Student Member. The paper receiving the Student Paper Award will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, giving recognition to the author and the institution at which the work was done. More information, including application guidelines, can be found here:

Recipients of both awards also receive complimentary registration to the 2011 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, where they will receive their award at our Honors & Awards Ceremony.

All Students are encouraged to apply!

For inquiries or more information, contact Sally-Ann D'Amato at, or via telephone at 914-205-2375.


SMPTE Battle of the Bands is Coming This October!!

Were you born to rock? Well this October you'll have a chance to party like a SMPTE Rock Star at the 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Expo in Hollywood, CA. SMPTE will be holding its first Battle of the Bands during a poolside reception on the evening of 26 October. 

We are looking for people (members and non-members) who are interested in participating in this event, either as musicians, or as volunteers to work on the event.  Interested Conference and Expo attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and SMPTE Staff will be formed into bands that will perform a minimum of two songs of their choosing during the event. You can choose your bandmates, or we can match you up with a group. You'll have to work on your song selection before the event and then each band will have rehearsal time scheduled during the conference.  Then on Wednesday night, 26 October, the bands will battle it out for bragging rights and fabulous prizes!

If you're interested in participating, please e-mail Sally-Ann D'Amato at

Be sure to include your preferred form of participation (musician or volunteer, instruments played, etc.)


SMPTE Recognizes Support of 2011 SMPTE Regional Seminars

Practical Steps In Implementing An Effective File Based Workflow

The 2011 SMPTE Regional Seminars were held during May in the following Sections:

  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Atlanta
  • New England

"We are pleased to recognize Alan Popkin, Director of TV Engineering at KLCS-TV/DT and Paul Turner, Vice President of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic," noted Joel E. Welch, SMPTE's Director of Professional Development. "They provided the content and then delivered four exceptional seminars. It is this level of support and commitment to industry education that allows the Society to provide its Members with such high quality, relevant educational opportunities"

In addition to the efforts of the instructors, it is important to recognize the support provided by the four host Sections. They helped organize venues, audio-visual support and truly gave the seminars a home.

This was truly a team effort. Thanks to all involved!


SMPTE Technology Committee Block Meetings

14-18 September 2011
Fraunhofer Institute, Erlangen (nr. Nürnberg), DE

5-9 December 2011
Disney, Burbank, CA



Live, interactive webcasts covering high demand topics and recent technology developments. Each monthly, one hour session covers a single technical topic and will be designed to address specific technical aspects, technical challenges or answer questions associated with technologies of high interest to the engineering and technical communities within the motion imaging industry.

Thanks to sponsors!

AJA and Black Magic

SMPTE Members: Unable to attend a live event? Sessions are recorded and made available to SMPTE Members for later viewing through SMPTE PDA On-demand. link


SMPTE Events Calendar

Don't forget to check the SMPTE Events Calendar for updated listings of SMPTE events, Industry events, and Section meetings. You may also add your own events by clicking on "Add an Event" at the bottom of the calendar. Sections are especially encouraged to add their meeting dates. If you have trouble adding an event, please e-mail Roberta Gorman at


Membership Updates

New Sustaining members

Doremi Labs Supporting Member
FilmLight Supporting Member


Welcome, New Members

A special welcome to the 84 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 Engineering Documents

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

SMPTE ST 331:2011 (Revision of SMPTE 331M-2004), Element and Metadata Definitions for the SDTI-CP

Extract from Scope

This standard specifies the formats of the elements and metadata used by the SDTI content package format standard (SDTI-CP).

This standard defines element and metadata formats where they are simply specified or where a publicly available reference is available. It is not intended that this document provide detailed specifications for complex formats which may have broader application.


SMPTE 2nd Annual 3D Conference Content Available for Purchase

Technical papers and presentations from the SMPTE 2nd Annual 3D Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media & Entertainment are available for purchase in the SMPTE store. Click here purchase.


New SMPTE Book

3D Cinema and Television Technology: The First 100 Years
Selected Papers on Stereoscopy from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

Editors: Michael D. Smith, Peter Ludé and Bill Hogan

This compendium contains over 50 papers published in the SMPTE Journal during the past century. 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, 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 will serve as an important reference tool in any technical library.

Price: $69: members; $89: non-members

Click here to purchase a copy.


Shopping at Amazon Can Benefit SMPTE!

Every time you start your Amazon shopping experience from SMPTE, you help SMPTE at no cost to you! Click here to start shopping.


Promote Your Organization with 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


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





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