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SMPTE Events
Industry Events
Standards and Products

SMPTE Events

21-22 June 2011
SMPTE 2nd Annual International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment
New York, NY

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

Section Events

9 June 2011
San Francisco Section
A 3-D Extravaganza and LCos Projection Demonstration
AMC Mercardo 20 Cinema
San Clara, CA

14 June 2011
Philadelphia Section
Autodesk Smoke
Editorial Software
Comcast Spotlight Operations Management Center
West Chester, PA

14 June 2011
Toronto Section
Corus Quay Broadcast and Production Facility
and Annual BBQ
Corus Entertainment Inc.
Toronto, Canada

20 June 2011
Atlanta Section
Lies, Damned Lies
and Specifications
Comprehensive Technical Group - Conference Center
Atlanta, GA

21 June 2011
Hollywood Section
Hollywood World War II Classics Movie Night
Linwood Dunn Theater
Hollywood, CA

21 June 2011
Rocky Mountain Section
Planning for Deployment of ATSC-M/H
Denver, CO

30 June 2011
Dallas Section
Topic and location TBD
Dallas, TX


June 2011

SMPTE Events

SMPTE 2nd Annual International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment

21-22 June 2011
Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, New York

Last Chance to Register!!!

Register now for the only scientific event focused solely on the critical technologies needed for widespread and sustained 3D adoption—one that features the latest work of leading scientists, researchers, and engineers.

This year's event is co-located with DV Expo East, which will feature technology exhibits, keynotes, educational sessions, networking events, and more! And by registering for the SMPTE conference, you get a free, all-access pass to DV Expo East.

Together, it's a perfect gathering for motion-imaging researchers, practitioners, and business decision makers.

Register Now!

Conference hotel discount expires 13 June 2011!

Pre-order a copy of "3D Cinema and Television Technology: The First 100 Years," edited by Michael Smith, Pete Ludé, and Bill Hogan, when you register for the conference and receive a 20% discount.





2011 SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition

SMPTE11:  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 technological challenges of a world which 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

Preconference Seminar
24 October 2011

SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
25-27 October 2011

As the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education, SMPTE is proud to convene the SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition - the premier annual event for the communications, media, and entertainment industries.

Join the world’s leading motion-imaging artists, researchers, scientists, practitioners, manufacturers, and strategic thinkers during this information-packed, three-day event.

Call for Papers extended to 22 June 2011
Follow this link for more information.


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 Technology Committee Block Meetings

13-17 July 2011
Sydney, NSW

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

5-9 December 2011
Disney, Burbank, CA


Save the Date:
The SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media Technologies

Organized by SMPTE in Conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union

13-15 May 2012
Intercontinental Hotel
Geneva, Switzerland

Join SMPTE and EBU at a summit that brings together global thought-leaders to explore the technologies providing major insights into media technology 'game-changers' in the next five to ten years that will define the content business of the future. Understanding and predicting the future of media technology will be the key to successful decision-making in the years ahead. Click here for more information.


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


Industry Events

International 3D Society

3D University “3D: A Question of Size”
Saturday, 18 June, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. PDT
Sony Pictures Imageworks, Harryhausen Theater
Culver City, CA

It's been well understood for decades that shooting for the big screen and the little screen require different techniques. And it's also been understood that shooting for the big screen may not give optimum results for the small screen and vice versa. So what to do? What was once a problem in theory is now a real world problem for content producers whose images may appear in theaters or at home. Our panel of experts will grapple with the technical and aesthetic issues. Click on for more details and to RSVP. Free for I3DS members.


EBU Networks Seminar 2011 (co-produced by SMPTE)

Interconnecting Your Media Networks
28-29 June 2011
Geneva, Switzerland

Media networks is gaining in complexity. Today’s interconnected market and ever tightening budgets are encouraging more and more broadcasters to choose all-IP solutions in contribution and shared storage systems. Yet, are these solutions the most reliable, fast and trustworthy? What are the alternatives, are they interoperable/interchangeable?

The EBU Networks seminar is broadcasters’ annual rendezvous to monitor and discuss about the latest developments in Media networks, and consider realistic options for the near future. On this year’s program, the all-IP technology is under scrutiny.

Interactive tutorials are a new feature offered in the program this year. You will have the opportunity to analyze one topic of your choice more in depth, and discuss your issues in small groups with an expert.

Click for a draft copy of the program.

Note: SMPTE Members will get EBU member rate.

Click here for registration and additional information.


Membership Updates

SMPTE Launches Official YouTube Channel

SMPTE has launched its official YouTube channel with a series of 60-second clips on the scientific and research findings to be presented at the Second Annual International Conference on Stereoscopic 3D for Media and Entertainment.

Among the clips on the SMPTE YouTube channel are those of SMPTE President Pete Ludé discussing key topics to be discussed at the conference, including human factors related to viewing 3D materials, live holographic television, computational photography, and more. The channel is available at:


New Website and SMPTE Membership System Coming Soon

Coming in July, SMPTE is moving to a new business, membership database system and website that will enable the Society to better serve its members. As the new site rolls out, members will be required to reset their password qualifications. More information will be made available as the system comes online, but get ready for an improved system in the coming weeks.


SMPTE in the News

SMPTE recently announced making the closed-caption standard for internet video freely available. As a public service benefit, SMPTE is pleased to support the hearing impaired community through this effort. Many publications covered this effort, but recently Broadcast Engineering gave this item a leading presence in its weekly e-newsletter. Just one of many ways that SMPTE is serving the community. Click here to read the article in BE.


Welcome, New Members!

This month, SMPTE welcomes 304 new members, including 23 new student members from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia and 221 new student members from several schools in Hong Kong.

Welcome to one and all – SMPTE is happy to have you on board, and we hope that you will find your SMPTE membership to be rewarding.


Congratulations to SMPTE Member Jim Starzynski of NBC Universal!

Jim Starzynski, principal engineer and audio architect for NBC Universal Advanced Engineering, received the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award from The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). This is the ATSC’s highest technical honor, presented in recognition for Starzynski’s work in audio and audio loudness issues. The presentation was made during the ATSC’s annual meeting on May 10.


SMPTE Members Now Eligible for New Healthcare Help Benefit!

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At some point in our lives, we will all need to navigate our complex healthcare system. Therefore, SMPTE is pleased to announce a new healthcare help service being offered to our members at a special rate.

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New Engineering Documents

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

SMPTE ST 203:2011 (Revision of SMPTE 203-2003), Motion-Picture Film (35-mm) – Prints – Two-Track Photographic Analog Audio Records

Extract from Scope
This standard specifies the lateral location and dimensions of two-track variable-area analog audio records on 35-¬mm motion-picture prints. This standard also specifies the area scanned in the audio reproducer.

SMPTE 292-0:2011, SMPTE Bit-Serial Interfaces at 1.5 Gb/s – Roadmap for the 292 Document Suite

Extract from Scope
The SMPTE 292 suite of documents defines the mapping of various source image formats onto serial digital interfaces operating at a nominal rate of 1.5 Gb/s. This informative “roadmap” describes the documents in the 292 suite.

SMPTE ST 292-1:2011 (Revision of SMPTE 292-2008), 1.5 Gb/s Signal/Data Serial Interface

Extract from Scope
This standard defines a bit-serial data structure and the coaxial cable interface specifications for 1.5 Gb/s [nominal] Signal/Data Serial Interface to carry either 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 or 2048 x 1080 active pixel formats mapped into the 1.5 Gb/s payload. This standard defines the method of serializing the parallel source format data to a serial bit stream. This interface may also carry packetized data mapped into the 1.5 Gb/s transport payload providing the constraints imposed by the reference source image formats are observed. This standard specifies a coaxial cable interface suitable for application where the signal loss does not exceed an amount specified by the receiver manufacturer, typical loss amounts would be in the range of up to 20 dB at one-half the clock frequency.

SMPTE ST 352:2011 (Revision of SMPTE ST 352-2010), Payload Identification Codes for Serial Digital Interfaces

Extract from Scope
This standard defines the specification of a 4-byte payload identifier which may be added to digital interfaces for the purpose of identifying the payload. The payload identifier is applicable to all serial digital interfaces and all payloads that produce a directly viewable image on a display device. Furthermore, the viewable image must be a recognizable representation of the source image content.

The standard defines how the payload identifier is placed into a 10-bit ancillary data packet according to SMPTE ST 291. It also specifies the repetition rate of the ancillary data packet, and provides the preferred horizontal and vertical location for the placement of the packet in different digital interfaces. The standard also includes definitions for the interpretation of each byte of the 4-byte payload identifier although the values for many payloads can have custom definitions. The standard also defines the Payload Identification Code assignment process and associated on-line register for Byte 1 Values. See Annex A for details on how to register new values.

Note: This edition of SMPTE ST 352 incorporates all changes defined in Amendment 1:2011 to SMPTE ST 352:2010.

Amendment 1:2011 to SMPTE ST 352:2010, Payload Identification Codes for Serial Digital Interfaces – Amendment 1

Extract from Scope
This Amendment to SMPTE ST 352 changes the document title to more accurately reflect the current usage of the payload identifier; removes the normative reference to SMPTE 292; removes the definition of horizontal and vertical location of the payload ID; removes the precise payload definitions for 750 line and 1080 line interfaces in annex B and corrects language in five places that makes reference to SMPTE 292.

SMPTE ST 372:2011 (Revision of SMPTE 352-2009), Dual Link 1.5 Gb/s Digital Interface for 1920 x 1080 and 2048 x 1080 Picture Formats

Extract from Scope
This standard specifies the mapping of the source image data defined in Table 1 onto a dual-link 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI (Link A and Link B) in conformance with SMPTE ST 292-1. The total data rate of the dual link connection is 2.970 Gb/s or 2.970/1.001 Gb/s. This dual link also specifies carriage of the embedded audio, ancillary data and the payload ID of the stream in conformance with SMPTE ST 291, SMPTE ST 299-1 and SMPTE ST 352. The image source digital representations are defined in SMPTE ST 274, SMPTE ST 428-9, SMPTE ST 428-19 and SMPTE ST 2048-2.

SMPTE ST 390:2011 (Revision of SMPTE 390-2004), Material Exchange Format (MXF) – Specialized Operational Pattern “OP-Atom” (Simplified Representation of a Single Item)

Extract from Scope
This standard defines the specialized Operational Pattern “OP-Atom” or OP-Atom for the storage and exchange of an MXF file with a tightly defined structure for a single item of essence described by a single Essence Track. It defines the operating restrictions, Structural Metadata objects and individual attributes applied to the MXF file format specification to achieve interoperability when exchanging a single item of audio-visual material. Operational Pattern “OP-Atom” is intended to satisfy the demands of applications where there is a requirement for exchange of material and associated metadata together in a single file with an open and standardized format, yet also a demand for a simple, predictable, layout with minimum scope for variation. OP-Atom is specifically intended for applications where each Essence Track is held separately. Operational Pattern “OP-Atom” provides for a subset of MXF features.

  • The provisions of OP-Atom make it unsuitable for certain applications, in these cases a generalized Operational Pattern or a different specialized Operational Pattern is used. In all cases, the suitability of this pattern needs to be judged on a per-application basis. Some specific areas to consider are: OP-Atom is optimized for applications where the record (file creation) process is completed before a playout (file read) process is started. Therefore, it is unsuitable in applications where the record/playout (file creation/file reading) processes occur concurrently.
  • This Operational Pattern places a full Index Table in the Footer Partition which, with VBR essence, makes it impossible to use as a streaming format where stream delivery requires advanced knowledge of frame boundaries. With VBR essence, it also requires the (possibly very large) Index Table to be stored separately until the file recording ends.
  • Each OP-Atom file holds a single track of essence data therefore many applications will need an external mechanism to synchronize essence among multiple files. This standard does not define such a synchronization method; however, it does include an annex detailing a method of informatively recording synchronization among files created as a group.

SMPTE 425-0:2011, SMPTE Bit-Serial Interfaces at 3 Gb/s – Roadmap for the 425 Document Suite

Extract from Scope
The SMPTE 425 suite of documents defines the mapping of various source image formats onto a single link, dual link and quad link serial digital interfaces operating at a nominal rate of 3 Gb/s. This informative “roadmap” describes the documents in the SMPTE 425 suite. The SMPTE 425 series documents specify a virtual interface that is carried on a physical link specified by SMPTE ST 424.

SMPTE ST 425-1:2011, Source Image Format and Ancillary Data Mapping for the 3 Gb/s Serial Interface

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This standard defines three mapping formats: Level A, Level B Dual-Link mapping and Level B Dual-Stream mapping as described below.

Level A specifies: The direct mapping of various uncompressed video image formats as defined in Table 1; The direct mapping of packetized data; The carriage of ancillary data such as the audio data, the audio control packets, the payload ID, the time code, etc.; into a serial digital interface operating at a nominal rate of 3 Gb/s.

Level B Dual-Link mapping specifies: The mapping of the SMPTE ST 372 Dual Link interface (Dual-Link mapping) as defined in Table 13 into a serial digital interface operating at a nominal rate of 3 Gb/s.

Level B Dual-Stream mapping specifies: The mapping of 2 x SMPTE ST 292-1 (HD-SDI) interfaces (Dual-Stream mapping) as defined in Table 14 into a serial digital interface operating at a nominal rate of 3 Gb/s.

Uncompressed video image formats or packetized data, and all applicable ancillary data such as the audio data, the audio control packets, the payload ID, the time code, etc. shall be mapped into SMPTE ST 372 Dual Link and 2 x SMPTE ST 292-1 interfaces prior to mapping into the virtual interfaces. It is not necessary for implementations to include support for all formats defined in Table 1, Table 13 and Table 14 to conform to this standard. Implementers should indicate supported formats in commercial publications.

SMPTE 2048-0:2011, 2048 x 1080 and 4096 x 2160 Digital Cinematography Production Image Formats FS/709 – Roadmap for the 2048 Document Suite

Extract from Scope
The SMPTE 2048 suite of documents defines a family of progressive sample structures of 2048 x 1080 and 4096 x 2160 images intended for Digital Cinematography content creation. It also defines the mapping of the 2048 x 1080 pixel array into a 2200 sample x 1125 line interface structure required for the real time transport over SDI interfaces. This informative “roadmap” describes the documents in the SMPTE 2048 suite.

SMPTE ST 2048-1:2011, 2048 x 1080 and 4096 x 2160 Digital Cinematography Production Image Formats FS/709

Extract from Scope
This standard defines a family of progressive sample structures of 2048 x 1080 and 4096 x 2160 images for D-Cinema content creation as defined in Table 1 and Table 2 in Section 5. This standard specifies:

R’G’B’ color encoding and digital representation; Y’C’BC’R color encoding and digital representation; R’FSG’FSB’FS color encoding and digital representation.

This standard also defines tristimulus values and reference white of Free Scale-Gamut (FS-Gamut), Free Scale-Log (FS-Log) curve and a Color VANC packet. The FS-Log curve has an affinity with the sensitivity of human eye and can specify a much wider dynamic range than the nonlinear curve defined in Recommendation ITU-R BT.709. The Color VANC carries tristimulus values, reference white and parameter values of the FS-Log curve. An auxiliary component A may optionally accompany R’G’B’, Y’C’BC’R and R’FSG’FSB’FS; these interfaces are denoted R’G’B’A, Y’C’BC’RA and R’FSG’FSB’FSA. The “A” component if present, shall have the same characteristics as the G’, Y’ or G’FS channel. Sampling structures supported by this standard include, 4:4:4:4, 4:4:4, and 4:2:2. Note: FS-Gamut and FS-Log are identifying names of the defined color space and the Log curve in this standard.

SMPTE ST 2048-2:2011, 2048 x 1080 Digital Cinematography Production Image FS/709 Formatting for Serial Digital Interface

Extract from Scope
This standard defines the mapping of 2048 x 1080 pixel array into a 2200 sample x 1125 line interface structure as defined in SMPTE ST 274. This standard specifies: Pixel array structure, Digital Timing Reference Sequences (SAV, EAV) and Digital Representation for transmission with single link or multi-link SMPTE ST 292-1 or SMPTE ST 424; Recommended Location of the color VANC packet defined in § 6.3 of SMPTE ST 2048-1.

SMPTE RP 431-2:2011 (Revision of RP 431-2-2007), D-Cinema Quality – Reference Projector and Environment

Extract from Scope
This document defines the Reference Projector and its controlled environment, along with the acceptable tolerances around critical image parameters for Review Room and Theatre applications. The goal is to provide a means for achieving consistent and repeatable color image quality. The Reference Projector is a practical device. The nominal (Reference Projector) parameters are based on industry experience and have been demonstrated by commercially available projectors in controlled environments. Two levels of tolerances are specified, a tighter tolerance for Review Rooms where critical color judgments are made, and a wider tolerance for satisfactory reproduction in Theaters used for general public exhibition.


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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
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Roberta Gorman Manager, Member Relations 2376 +1 (914) 205-2376
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Standards & Engineering

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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

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