SMPTE Monthly

June 2012

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SMPTE Events


2012 SMPTE Regional Seminars

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.

Dates and Locations:

Thursday 27 September – Montreal, Canada

Thursday 8 November – New York, NY

Saturday 10 November –  Toronto Canada

Seminars will also be held in Chicago and Washington DC.  Dates TBA

Thank you to our Global Sponsors:

Global Sponsors

Special thanks to the following companies for their expertise to the curriculum development process:
- Applied Electronics
- Miranda



2012 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

22 October 2012
Preconference Symposium: Focus on Higher Frame Rate Technology

23-25 October 2012
SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
Hollywood, CA

Call for Papers Deadline is June 22
The Call for papers deadline is quickly approaching, so if you have not submitted an abstract for the conference and would like to do so, don't delay! For more information and to submit an abstract, please click here.



2012 SMPTE Battle of the Bands—Coming to Hollywood this October!

SMPTE will be showcasing the talents of our members at this year's Honors & Awards after party, 25 October 2012 in Hollywood, CA. Attendees of the Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition who would like to participate and strut their stuff will be matched with other SMPTE musicians to perform at the party.

We are looking for anyone interested in participating as a musician, sound technician, or event organizer. We are also looking for in-kind donations of PA equipment, instruments, and amps for the evening. Anyone providing equipment for the event will receive a sponsorship package for the Annual Technical Conference. Please contact Sally-Ann D'Amato at!

Join Tektronix in our free video seminars to learn about the key measurements and test techniques for Digital TV, MPEG Test and File Based Workflows. Simply click here to register.


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:

SMPTE Members Receive a 15% Discount to DCM EAST

DCM East
19-21 June
New York, NY

The premise behind DCM East is simple: to help media & entertainment experts improve processes, build audiences, create relationships…in short, anything which enables you to monetize your digital content. DCM is designed to bring you closer to the projects that are making waves at the forefront of content monetization. Navigate the complex maze of devices, multiple platforms, new partnerships and cutting edge technologies. DCM East takes place in New York on 19-21 June.

Visit for more information. To gain your 15% discount quote DCMESMPTE.



HPA 2012 Awards — Call for Entries Deadline 22 June

The Hollywood Post Alliance invites you to submit your outstanding technology for consideration for theEngineering Excellence Award. Also enter The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post-Production, to be honored for new and inventive contributions to post- production. Click here for entry rules.  For complete information on the HPA Awards, click here.


Creative Storage Conference

26 June 2012
Culver City, CA

Come to the one-day Creative Storage Conference on 26 June 2012 in Culver City, CA, to make valuable connections and to participate in the latest trends and requirements for digital storage to serve creative minds and create new and growing markets.

Multiple sessions spread over the day cover:
• Living in Interesting Times: Changing Needs and Sources for Rich Content Storage
• Post-Production Never Sleeps: Storage Challenges and Opportunities in Video Editing
• Bringing it to the Masses: Storage for Content Delivery
• Keeping the Best to Last: Content Archiving and Asset Management
• Professional Entertainment and Media Users Reveal their Digital Storage Needs and Desires

To register for the event, go to

SMPTE Members get a discount of $100 off the regular early registration price with the coupon code onehundredoff709381.


Network Technology Seminar

26-27 June 2012
Geneva, Switzerland

The EBU Network Technology Seminar is an essential annual rendezvous for broadcast experts dealing with specialized and IT infrastructure, as well as IT network and storage specialists that deal with broadcast media content in production, contribution and B2B, and in primary distribution. NTS 2012 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.

Registration is now open! SMPTE Members get a discounted rate. Click here for more information and to register.



SBE Leadership Development Course

31 July-2 August
Atlanta, GA

This three-day interactive event challenges you to refine your leadership skills as you better understand and improve how you interact with others. Geared specifically to broadcast engineers, subjects of this course include: understanding the dynamics of leadership; CAPS Study: a self- assessment of your leadership style; effective motivation techniques; generations in the workplace; building winning teams; managing conflict, and much more. The course is led by Rodney Vandeveer, a professor of organizational leadership and supervision at Purdue University.

The cost for members of the SBE or SMPTE is $590, and $640 for non-members. As a SMPTE member, simply put 'SMPTE' in as the member number. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

"I learned more about myself in three days than I have in the last 30 years!" –Robbie Winter, CTO, CBT

Click here for registration and more information.




Laser Illumination Systems for Digital Cinema: What They Are and How Do They Work?
Guest Speaker: Bill Beck, Founder | EVP Business Development - Laser Light Engines, Inc.
When: 28 June 2012 at 17:00 UTC/13:00 Eastern /10:00 Pacific

You may have heard about laser projectors as the breakthrough digital cinema projection technology, but do you know what makes them tick? During this SMPTE PDA Now webcast, our guest speaker, Bill Beck, will explain how these bleeding-edge projectors work. You will learn about the basics of lasers, how they are being used in digital cinema laser projectors, what specifications are important and what the performance characteristics "jargon" means. This is truly an intriguing topic.

Register Now!

Thank you to our Sponsor Digital Rapids.


Standards Webcast

Topic: Motion Picture Metadata: Beyond the Basics
Guest Speaker: Karen Broome, Sony Electronics US Technology Standards Office
When: 28 August, 2012 at 7:00 PM CEST/10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern

Most large studios and archival institutions realize the critical importance of metadata for development, description, and delivery of audiovisual content. But the recent explosion of new media formats and a growing need for coordinated management of multilingual resources is putting a strain on existing systems. Can SMPTE help? Karen Broome, metadata specialist for Sony's U.S. Technology Standards Office, goes beyond the basics to discuss emerging requirements for motion picture metadata and the complexities of context.

Register Now!


SMPTE PDA and Standards 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, 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 Program

SMPTE's Virtual Classroom courses are an innovative and educational service. Through the Virtual Classroom, we offer learning opportunities to individuals from around the world.

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.

For our current CCNA Exploration course calendar or to register for a course, click here.


The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The May/June 2012 issue of the Journal, themed "Perception," is now available in the digital library. Click here to view.


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, for further information at



New Engineering Documents

New Engineering Documents (published during May 2012):

SMPTE ST 266:2012 (Revision of SMPTE 266M-2002), SD Digital Component Systems –
Digital Vertical Interval Time Code

Extract from Scope

This standard defines the digital data representation of the digitized values of the Digital Vertical Interval (VITC) code words defined in SMPTE ST 12-1.

The intended use is with the standard definition (SD) digital coding given in SMPTE ST 125 (for 525-line, 59.94-Hz field rate, SD Digital component signals) or Recommendation ITU-R BT.601-7 and Recommendation ITU-R BT.656 (for 625-line, 50-Hz field rate, SD Digital component signals).

SMPTE ST 296:2012 (Revision of SMPTE ST 296:2011), 
1280 x 720 Progressive Image 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Sample Structure– Analog and Digital Representation and Analog Interface

Extract from Scope

This standard defines a family of progressive image sampling systems for the representation of stationary or moving two-dimensional images sampled temporally at a constant frame rate and having an image format of 1280 pixels by 720 lines and an aspect ratio of 16:9 as given in Table 1. All systems in the table have the common characteristic that all the samples gathered within a single temporal unit, a frame, shall be spatially contiguous and provide a complete description of that frame (Section 6).  This standard specifies:
– R′ G′ B′ color encoding;
– R′ G′ B′ analog and digital representation;
– Y′ P′B P′R color encoding, analog representation, and analog interface; and
– Y′ C′B C′R color encoding and digital representation.

A bit-parallel digital interface is incorporated by reference in Section 11.

This standard specifies multiple frame rates (Table 1) in 8-bit and 10-bit systems.  It is not necessary for an implementation to support all formats to be compliant with this standard. However, an implementation must state which of the system formats are supported.

SMPTE RP 200:2012 
(Revision of RP 200-2002), Relative and Absolute Sound Pressure Levels for Motion-Picture Multichannel Sound Systems – Applicable for Analog Photographic Film Audio, Digital Photographic Film Audio and D-Cinema

Extract from Scope

This practice specifies a measurement method and wideband sound pressure levels for motion-picture dubbing theatres, review rooms, and indoor theatres using steady state wideband pink noise methodology. Together with SMPTE ST 202, it is intended to assist in standardization of reproduction of motion-picture sound in such rooms.


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.

Purchase a copy today!

Members: $69
Non-members: $89


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 is Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship and the 2012 Student Paper Award — Deadline July 2!

The Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship is designed to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology.

Applicants must be:
• Full-time students enrolled in an accredited high school, 2- or 4-year college or university.
• Current members of SMPTE. (SMPTE Student membership is available for $35 per year.)

The amount of the scholarship will be up to $2,000.
Each award will be paid to the accredited educational institution the scholarship winner is attending. In addition, the award includes full conference registration to the 2012 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition in Hollywood, CA. Scholarship winners will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony during the Conference.

For more information, or to apply, please visit:

The SMPTE Student Paper Award recognizes the outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a Student Member. The winning paper will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, giving recognition to the author and the institution at which the work was done. The Award winner will also receive a full conference registration to the 2012 SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition in Hollywood, CA, where they will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Applicants must be:
• Full-time students enrolled in an accredited high school, 2- or 4-year college or university.
• Current members of SMPTE. (SMPTE Student membership is available for $35 per year.)

The paper must address some technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation, or their closely allied arts and sciences. The style and format should be similar to that of papers published in theSMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and should be no more than 3,000 words.

For more information, or to apply, please visit:


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


U.S. Members—We've added new insurance products at your request. Here is a full list of programs with links to each.

The SMPTE Personal Portfolio is a group of insurance and discount programs available to our members who reside in the U.S. This quality collection offers valuable coverage with options that can be tailored to fit your needs and budget.

Please click on each of the listings below to get more information. 

Member Benefit Update – SMPTE Members' Insurance Program
Featured Product: Cancer Protection Insurance Plan

About 1 out of every 3 women in the United States is at risk for developing cancer
during their lifetime.*

The SMPTE Members' Insurance Program can provide you with a source of financial help in the event that cancer affects you or someone close to you. About 1 out of every 3 women in the United States is at risk for developing cancer during their lifetime.* Basic health insurance may not be enough to cover the treatments and procedures you need. This cancer insurance plan is a practical way to help supplement your existing medical coverage and limit your out-of-pocket expenses. And, the benefits are paid directly to you or anyone you choose. Cancer protection insurance offers to help protect you and your loved ones from the financial strain associated with cancer therapy.

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

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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
Quantum Corporation Supporting
Tunnel Post Supporting
New Members
Cooper Pope Michael Turfler
Philip A. Baldovino
Hanno Basse
Keith DeBelius
Eren Gozaydin
JoAnne Kim
Bruce I. Main
Chris Marzullo
Randy Reck
Colette Scott
Candy Williams
George M. Randell  
New York
Michelle C. Ambruz
Jacqueline E. Anscombe
Rufus Loane de Rham
William Hernandez
Charles W. Kerman
John B. Lednak
Ryoya Terao
Kinya Washino
George Blood Elaine B. Ivy
Rocky Mountain
Leland Kent Putnam  
San Francisco
Constantine Lackides
David Nahman-Ramos
Huy Nguyen
Mike Stover
Mick Carberry
Jeff Dimock
Michael Fetherston
Kazuo Kogusuri
Richard Kraemer
Eugene C. Kwong
Matt Loucks
Ryan O'Quinn
Glen Osborne
Vallace Richards
Mike Sherman
Washington, DC
James Deigan John Brian McCune
Gerardo Demarco  
George Carter
Mal Chandler
Steen Jensen
Peter Maier  
Hong Kong
Sing Pui O Sonia Raphael
Anirvan Ghose
Vikram Arun Joglekar
Nitin Sagar
Renzo Satti  
Mizuki Kanada  
Russian Federation
Alexey Iosifovich Vinokur Alexander Sergeevich Volkov
Oleg Dovbenko  
United Kingdom
Ingo Aicher Alistair Bryn Gear


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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