SMPTE Monthly

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SMPTE Events
Industry Events
Standards and Products

SMPTE Events

2011 SMPTE Regional Seminars
US and Canada
Montreal, Canada - 12 May
Toronto, Canada - 14 May
Atlanta, GA - 24 May
Boston, MA - 26 May

6-7 June 2011
2011 SMPTE Washington, D.C., Section Annual News Technology Conference
Chesapeake Beach, MD

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

28-29 June 2011
EBU Networks Seminar 2011
Interconnecting Your Media Networks

Geneva, Switzerland

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

18 May 2011
New York Section
15th Annual NAB Wrap-Up
HBO Auditorium
New York, NY

19 May 2011
Washington, D.C. Section
NAB 2011 Wrap-Up
NAB Headquarters
Washington, DC

21 May 2011
Hollywood Section
From Scene To Screen:
Make It And Move It
Technicolor Interoperability Testing Center (ITC)
Burbank, CA

25 May 2011
New England Section
Maintaining Video Quality Throughout the
Broadcast Chain
National Boston Video Center
Brookline, MA

26 May 2011
Dallas Section
Topic and location TBD
Dallas, TX

26 May 2011
San Francisco Section
An Evening at
Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Screening Room
San Francisco, CA


May 2011

SMPTE Events

SMPTE Regional Seminar:
Implementing an Effective File-Based Workflow

Last chance to register for Montreal and Toronto!

Building on last year's highly successful offering, we are pleased to present Practical Steps In Implementing An Effective File-Based Workflow. Led by Alan Popkin, Director of TV Engineering at KLCS-TV/DT and Paul Turner, Vice President of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic, this seminar will cover the steps taken, the challenges faced, and the final successful steps of the KLCS-TV/DT transition from a traditional broadcast facility to one with a file-based workflow at its core.

Montreal - 12 May 2011
Toronto - 14 May 2011
Atlanta - 24 May 2011
Greater Boston Area - 26 May 2011

Sponsored by:

Harmonic KLCS

For complete registration information as well as seminar rates, objectives, and descriptions, please visit: or click on one of the cities above.



Depth Acquisition—3D Cameras

19 May 2011

With 3D production moving into the main stream, the age old battle of side by side vs. beam splitter is possibly more heated than ever.  The side by side configuration has the obvious advantage of looking and operating largely like an ordinary 2D camera. It is hampered however by limitations in certain capabilities. including control over the 3D effect. Beam splitters offer full control but are cumbersome and large. Discussions on the topic commonly revolve around questions like the following: If my eyes are 2.5 inches apart, why not just shoot everything with a camera that has an IO of 2.5 inches? Specifically how do beam splitters technically compare and contrast to a side by side 3D camera? What technologies are on the horizon?

Please join stereoscopic pioneer Jason Goodman, CEO, 21st Century 3D and SMPTE PDA Now as we navigate the landscape of 3D cameras.

Follow this link for more information.


The SMPTE Hollywood Section Presents a Forum In Support of the Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship

From Scene to Screen: Make It and Move It

21 May 2011
Interoperability Testing Center (ITC)
Burbank, CA

A day-long examination of production and post-production data, data wrangling and workflows.

Click here for more information.

All proceeds benefit The Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship. The Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship helps students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures & television, with an emphasis on technology.


2011 SMPTE Washington, D.C., Section
Annual Technology News Conference: Boot Camp

Bits on the Bay

6-7 June 2011
Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD

Bits on the Bay is a two-day annual conference covering the fundamentals and latest advancements in television technology with an emphasis on news coverage and production. It is being held at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, which is located on the Chesapeake Bay within an hour of both Baltimore and Washington. The 2011 conference will be held on Monday, 6 June and Tuesday, 7 June.

Monday, 6 June
Acquisition to Archives:  an all-day workshop focusing on the workflows in a file-based news environment.

Tuesday, 7 June
Advancements in Television Technologies: an all-day conference covering topics such as: new acquisition technologies, Mobile DTV, 3D, broadcast centralization and connected TV sets.

Full conference is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. One-day registrations also available.

Registration Now!


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

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

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.


Hurry, early bird rates end 16 May!

Prices are as follows:
Member - $559
Non-Member - $699
Student Member and Life Members/Life Fellows - $85
Student Non-members - $100

Register now and save!


EBU Networks Seminar 2011 — co-produced by SMPTE

Interconnecting Your Media Networks
28-29 June
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 here for more information.



SMPTE Technology Committee Block Meetings

13-17 July 2011
Sydney, NSW


2011 SMPTE Australia Conference and Exhibition

SMPTE11:  Discover the Next Dimension

19-22 July 2011
Sydney Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour

Be quick:  Call for Papers for SMPTE11 is still open, but will close on 19 May. Details here.

The biennial conference and exhibition organized by the Australia Section of SMPTE is the largest professional media and motion imaging technology event in the southern hemisphere.  15,000 sq meters of exhibition, and three and a half days of conference is a lot of show.  Expect to see film, television, radio, cloud, workflow, transmission, and live-performance sound/light - all under the one roof.

Why not come to the Technology Committee Block meeting, and stay for SMPTE11?

Details on the event are here. Put the date in your diary, and start working those travel plans now!


SMTPE Technology Committee Block Meetings

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


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 2011 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Preconference Seminar - The Large-Sensor Imaging Revolution
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 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 end May 31
SMPTE is seeking proposals for technical papers for the conference. Follow this link for more information.


SMPTE Technology Committee Block Meetings

5-9 December 2011
Disney, Burbank, CA


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

These events are presented with SMPTE's permission.

Smart TV and the Connected Home:
Technologies Transforming Video for TV, Web and Mobile

12 May 2011
Mings Chinese
1700 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA

What are the opportunities and challenges presented by the delivery of video for TV, web and mobile platforms?
This program will address topics like key influencers shaping the Connected TV market, mobile and web apps, iPad, content discovery and hybrid TV standards. The business, content and technology of television are changing more rapidly than at any time since the medium went mass market in the mid-20th century. The internet, mobile platforms, interactivity and plummeting costs for advanced technology have turned old presumptions upside down:

Netflix has turned broadband into a new TV distribution medium;
Time Warner is distributing 32 channels of TV on iPads; 
Hulu offers direct to consumer content;
Google wants to become the gatekeeper for TV program navigation (and advertising);
and Apple, fresh from its video successes on the iPhone, may well be designing your next TV.

Topics Include:

  • Smart TV and IPTV
  • Mobile and video apps
  • Market trends and outlook
  • Impact on cable and telecom industry
  • Successful revenue models—who will win and who will fail
  • Consumer electronics trends
  • Who will set the standards

Follow this link for more information.


TVB Europe 3D Masters Conference

15 June 2011
Piccadilly, London

Get 10% Off Registration!
TVB Europe's second annual 3D Masters conference explores the challenges and opportunities offered by 3D TV in 2011 and beyond. It's a unique opportunity to benefit from industry updates, learn from real-life examples, and network with peers. Quote “SMPTE10” when booking your place to receive a 10% discount.

To register, visit:


J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Fund

The Hollywood Post Alliance will open the application period for the J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Fund on 17 May 2011. The intent of the scholarship is to promote the art and science of post-production. The Scholarship is open to students and those in the industry wishing to advance their career. Scholarship fund awards will include tuition assistance, software and registration to the HPA Tech Retreat(R). For information and to apply, go to


HPA Engineering Excellence Award

The Engineering Excellence Award is intended to showcase and reward inventors, manufacturers, vendors and/or peer post-production companies for their outstanding products and technology application offerings.

Entry forms and information are available at


Membership Updates

New Members

New Sustaining Members
Technicolor Diamond
Eyenix.Co.,Ltd. Supporting
InfoComm International Standards and Best Practices Program Supporting
New Members
Kenneth Glen Brady
Douglas E. Cole
Whit Norris
Brian T. Raslawski
Hannah Facey  
Joni L. Beatrice
Jerry W. Martin
Gregory-James Rufus
Robert Patrick Stern
Samantha C. Ealy
Bailey Eubanks
Mark Lucente
Kelly Musselwhite
Eric Stone
Nikolaus Hottong  
Carolyn G. Arnold
Scott Bowman
Harout Darmanchyan
Jeffrey W. DesCombes
Ken Gerstein
Charles Hamilton
Blake Henry
Ryan M. Kido
Shawn Leonard
Alexis Olivia Martinez
Peter Postma
Darryl E. Pugh
Alexander Shelkovnikov
Martin R. Waverley
David J. Wollman
Hong Kong
Zachary AuYeung
Chun Yim Ha
Chi Chung Tang
Pedro Carmona
Onofre Ortega Chavez
Henk Demper
Stephan Faudeux
Gerald Hinton
Max Lyth
Francisco Perez
Pavel Pribil
Simon Colin Wade
Fredy Labbaci Daniele Menchini
Martin Dupras
David Di Francesco
Julie Gagnon
Patrice Guay
John Montegut
New England
Linda Eknoian  
New York
Kent S. Charugundla
Chris Hughes
Larry Huston
John Parlopiano
John L. Traver
Joshua H. Unterbach
Other Asia
Hiroyuki Niwa David Pan
James George Wylie  
Rocky Mountain
David T. Boltz Kevin P. Gross
San Francisco
Kevin Clark
David G. Joseph
Daniel Kenyon
Daniel Large
Curt Miyashiro
Robert Molholm
Selma Ruzdijic
John Williamson
Barry M. Blitstein
Arvin Cordova
Ata Haq
Angelo Grippo
Tristan Tyrone Gordon
Carl Masaaba Mwambu
Graham Saywell
Weining Tan
Washington, D.C.
Stephen Bier
Jonathan Renuart
Philip Evans Schoene
Rick Singer


SMPTE Color Nook Winner at NAB

Congratulations to Michelle Jarvis, Eastern Connecticut University, who won a Nook Color, which was raffled at the SMPTE booth during the SMPTE Student Mixer.


Prominent Member of the SMPTE Australia Section John Bowring Dies Suddenly

John Bowring, ASC, a supportive and active member of the SMPTE Australia Section, passed away suddenly on 16 April 2011, in Hong Kong, on his return home from NAB 2011 in Las Vegas. A supportive and active member of the Australia Section, Bowring won more than 30 awards for his cinematography. Early in his career he shot and edited TV comedy programs including the Paul Hogan Show, Ernie Sigley, Graham Kennedy, and Don Lane. He was accredited by ACS by the Australian Cinematographers Society in 1990 and inducted into the ASC's Cinematographer's Hall of Fame in 2005; he was also a member of the BKSTS. Bowring was owner of Lemac Film and Digital in Australia before his passing. He is survived by his wife Sue and their children, Jack and Kate.

Click here for more information on Bowring's career.


SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The May/June issue of the Journal is themed 3D. This information-filled issue contains an array of papers on 3D, including content production tools, holographic TV, video and film conversion, and more! Also check out the DCS 2011 wrap-up.

Check out the latest digital edition!



SMPTE Makes Closed-Captioning Standard Freely Available, Widening Access to Broadband

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to adopt rules to ensure individuals with disabilities can fully utilize and enjoy internet-delivered video content, SMPTE has announced that it would make its standard for closed-captioning of online video content (known as SMPTE Timed Text and by the designation SMPTE 2052) available free of charge.

Click here for additional information; FAQ.


New Engineering Documents

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

SMPTE RP 2224v11:2011, SMPTE Labels Register

Extract from Scope
The SMPTE labels register defined by this practice covers the use of SMPTE universal labels as individual items where the meaning of each label is conveyed by the content of the universal label alone. A full definition is given in SMPTE ST 400. 

The labels register structure defined in SMPTE ST 400 covers the use of SMPTE universal labels for identification all types of essence (video, audio, and data in their various forms) and metadata. The standard specifies that any application must conform both to:  (a) the definitions and formats in SMPTE ST 400; and (b) this SMPTE labels register practice. 

The standard and this practice shall be used together as a pair; neither may be used in isolation. This practice contains a representation of the SMPTE labels register contents in the form of an excel spreadsheet. Other representations may be made available as defined by SMPTE ST 400. 

SMPTE RP 2057:2011, Text-Based Metadata Carriage in MXF

Extract from Scope
This document defines how to carry text-based metadata with a specified text MIME type encoded using either Unicode UTF-8 or UTF-16 character encoding (such as XML) in a MXF file. This standard defines two methods of text-based metadata carriage. The first method is to carry text-based metadata using the MXF Generic Stream Partition defined in SMPTE ST 410. The second method is to carry it in the MXF Header Metadata by defining a DM Framework which includes Text-based Sets.

This document specifies the Generic Stream Partition Pack for several text-based metadata formats including the KLV coding of the Generic Stream Data Element, and DM Schemes including DM Framework, Sets and Items for text-based metadata.

Amendment 2:2011 to SMPTE ST 421:2006, VC-1 Compressed Video Bitstream Format and Decoding Process – Amendment 2

Extract from Scope
This purpose of this amendment is to correct typographical errors and provide clarifying text to support correct interpretation of the standard.



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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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