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Section Events
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17 October 2012
Advanced Video Codecs and DSLR Cinematography
Rule Boston Camera
1284 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02135
17 October 2012
The Advance of 4K Pro Monitors, a View Towards What's In Store
609 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10014
18 October 2012
Inaugural Event
4-6 Soho Square
United Kingdom


23-25 October 2012
Volunteers Needed for SMPTE 2012 Annual Conference
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Hollywood, CA


26 November 2012
SMPTE Regional Seminar: How To Generate & Automate Content for Multi-Platform, Multi-Display Distribution
635 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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  October 2012
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Loews Hollywood Hotel  

(formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa)
1755 North Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028 USA   


22 October 2012

SMPTE Symposium: High Frame Rates for Digital Cinema 

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Trumbull       


23-25 October 2012

SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Opening Keynote Speaker: Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO, Roku

Fellows Luncheon 

Honors & Awards Ceremony and Dinner


Premier Annual Event Draws Broadcast, Cinema, IT Thought Leaders


As the premier annual event for motion-imaging industry, SMPTE 2012 enables technical and high-level business professionals to hear from and engage with academic, engineering, executive, and standards thought leaders across the broadcast, cinema, and IT industries.

The SMPTE 2012 conference lives up to this standard, with scheduled presentations from the BBC, Belden, Cisco, Dolby Laboratories, Ericsson, FUJIFILM, Harmonic, Harris, HBO, IBM, Microsoft, NHK, NVIDIA, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm, Snell, Skywalker Sound, Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Technicolor, and Verizon. Also participating will be leading vision-science researchers from around the world - as well as representatives from the European Broadcasting Union and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Pre-Register with Promo Code: SMPTE2012 for a FREE exhibit-only pass.

Pre-Registration closes at 11:59 pm eastern on 15 October!

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SMPTE 2012 Exhibiting and Sponsorship


Exhibit space at SMPTE 2012 is SOLD-OUT! 


Interested in Sponsoring SMPTE 2012?  Download our Sponsorship Kit:


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2012 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.


SMPTE Members receive discounted registration rates.

Join us and walk away with practical knowledge that you can implement right away! 


Thurs. 27 Sept. - Montreal, Canada  
Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)
Bruce Devlin, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation;
Shaun Flagg, Cox Media  
Thurs. 8 Nov - New York, NY  Register Button 
The MPE Penthouse, 432 West 45th St., New York, NY  
Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation; 
Shaun Flagg, Cox Media 
 Sat. 10 Nov - Toronto, Canada Register Button  
 Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation; 
 Shaun Flagg, Cox Media 
Thurs. 15 Nov - Orlando, FL  Register Button 
WKMG-TV, 4466 North John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 
Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation 
Mon. 26 Nov - Washington, DC  Register Button 
Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation 



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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:

Industry Events

Sign up now and learn about the key test, measurement and monitoring techniques for today's video delivery.

All events are free and open to all who are interested in learning about measuring and monitoring Video and Audio Quality from production to the subscriber.

We are proud to offer a wide variety of VideoInsight events across the United States and Canada. These events include:

  • Seminars
  • Open Houses
  • Equipment Showcases
  • Content Clinics
  • Product Specific Hands-on Training
  • On-Site Tutorials
  • Luncheon Meetings
  • TroubleShooting Workshops  

Upcoming Events:


11 October:  Washington, DC - VideoInsight Seminar
11 October:  Kansas City, MO - VideoInsight Seminar
25 October:  New York City, NY - File-Based Workflow & QC Presentation

30 October:  Santa Clara, CA - TroubleShooting Workshop



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Submission Deadline Reminder: 19 October 2012
New Topics Announced
How are you and/or your company changing the face of Media and Entertainment? Submit your session ideas for this year's Education Program and help the industry keep up with evolving platforms, devices and consumer expectations for increased mobility, interactivity, customization, and an all-encompassing entertainment experience.
Submissions are currently being accepted for Conferences and PITS (on-floor education areas). Reminder: submission deadlines are October 19th and November 30th (PITS only.)
Check out the new topics added to the Broadcast Engineering Conference Call for Papers:
Hybrid Radio ● Next Generation Television ● New Radio Data Applications ●The Evolution of Newsgathering Advancements in Transmitter Technology ● The TV Second Screen ● Tests and Measurements in the Broadcast Plant Remote Monitoring of Broadcast Operations ● Centralizing Technical Operations for Radio and Television
Cloud Applications for Broadcast ● Advancements in Television Production ● Optimizing RF Coverage
Distributed Transmission Systems
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For more information contact the NAB Show Education Team:

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IEEE Bridging the Gap Course
9-10 November 2012
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
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This two-day, highly interactive seminar allows engineers and technicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to gain a mutual understanding of the complex relationships that exist between media and information processing technologies.
We are still actively recruiting students and looking for organizations that are able to host class sessions in their facilities. If you are interested in attending or hosting an upcoming class, or if you would just like more information, please email Amy Reeder.

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7 December 2012
London, United Kingdom
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A top level conference and networking opportunity bringing together leading industry players to analyse, debate and discuss loudness in production workflows and delivery. The Broadcast & Audio Series Loudness Summits are a programme of exciting business information, educational and networking events designed to discuss the challenges of delivering high quality sound for television to the home. The Loudness Summit brings together technology experts, legislators, operators and industry professionals from around the globe who are all heavily involved in delivering high quality broadcast sound. During 2012, Loudness Summits will take place on both sides of the Atlantic to analyse, discuss and debate what impact the latest technologies, innovations and industry standards are having on delivering consistently high quality broadcast sound.

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10-11 December 2012
New York Hilton, New York, NY
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The Sports Video Group will hold its seventh annual League Technology Summit: Innovation in Sports Technology on 10-11 December 2012 at the New York Hilton Hotel. More than 700 sports industry professionals and 60 exhibitors come together for two days of networking, conference, sessions, and workshops. Highlights include a Remote Production Engineering Workshop and sessions on producing and directing sports television in the age of digital distribution. For a complete schedule and to register today please click here:


"Tech-ex Cup" International University Student Video Contest is organized by Tech-ex Dot Com Ltd. since 2005. Its aim is to encourage higher education students to show their talent on creativity, use of tools for producing and editing the video. For the past seven years, over 162 universities and colleges throughout China and Overseas have entries to the contest. Students have tried to show their best and brightest ideas on life, environment and worldwide. For more information, visit:

Live, interactive educational webcasts covering hot-topic technologies, issues and developments.
Offered Free to Current SMPTE Members! 
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Network Security in a Motion Imaging Facility:  Threats and Control

Guest Speakers: Mike Geller, Architect - Cisco's Office of the SP CTO;  

Thomas Kernen, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco
When: 11 October 2012 at 17:00 UTC/13:00 Eastern/10:00 Pacific

During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, Michael Geller discusses threats to network security from a content workflow perspective. Topics will include specific network threats, a facility's ability to address them, elements of visibility and control, plus a brief discussion about security in the cloud. Security is always an issue. Join us!  


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Cloud Computing in a Content Creation Facility: Is it time?

Guest Speaker: Keith Graham, Broadcast Consultant
When: 15 November 2012 at 18:00 UTC/13:00 Eastern/10:00 Pacific 


Over the past year or so, there has been a lot of buzz about "cloud computing". It certainly makes sense for certain applications, but how does it fit in the content creation ecosystem? Can content creators use cloud computing safely? Does it improve workflow? How secure is cloud storage? What are the real advantages and pitfalls? Please join SMPTE's guest speaker, Keith Graham, as he seeks to answer common questions about computing in the cloud.   


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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, 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 CCNA Exploration courses. Successfully completing all four courses in the CCNA Exploration Program may help an individual prepare for the Cisco CCNA Certification Exam.


Upcoming 2012 Course Offerings:


CCNA1 - Exploration: Network Fundamentals
Following a top-down approach, this CCNA Exploration Course introduces applications and application services very early in the curriculum to provide a foundation. Advanced technologies (voice, video, wireless, and security) are also introduced.  

Begins: Monday, 26 November 2012  
Ends: Friday, 11 January 2013 Register Now
Online - SMPTE Virtual Classroom Course


CCNA2 - Exploration: Routers and Routing Basics
Prerequisite: CCNA1 Exploration*

This CCNA Exploration Course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the principles of routing and routing protocols. Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, and OSPF. Course participants will also learn to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems.  


Begins:  Tuesday, 30 October 2012 Register Now
Ends: Friday, 21 December 2012
Online - SMPTE Virtual Classroom Course  


* Prerequisite courses may be completed at SMPTE or another Cisco Networking Academy


For more information, click here.

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SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal - Sept 2012

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, imaging processing, display technologies, audio, compression, digital cinema, and much more.   



The September edition of the Journal: 2012 Progress Report is now available in the digital library featuring updates on trends and developments in the motion imaging industry.     




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


Standards and Products

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(published during September 2012)


SMPTE EG 2069:2012, Guide to SMPTE ST 297 Optical SDI Networks 


Extract from Scope:

This engineering guideline provides guidance on the implementation of SMPTE ST 297 optical SDI networks in the following areas:



  • Basics components of an optical network
  • Multimode versus Single mode fiber
  • Link budget - how to calculate, important factors
  • Differences between Optical SDI interfaces and components and datacom interfaces and component
  • Issues arising from the use of non-optimized ST 297 optical components
  • Optical attenuators - why are they required and when to use them
  • Optical isolators - why are they required and when to use them

Evaluation of an optical system and its components:

  • Test and measurement equipment
  • Test and measurement methodology
  • Important test parameters
  • Ensuring interoperability


The SMPTE Digital Library features new integrated search functionality, allowing users to expand their search across the entire SMPTE Digital Library material. 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 SMPTE Digital 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. SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is the Society's key publication providing peer-reviewed articles on topics in 3D, imaging processing, display technologies, audio, compression, digital cinema, and much more.  


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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

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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 Student Membership Challenge! Bill Miller, SMPTE Fellow and Progress Medal honoree   


Bill Miller, a SMPTE Fellow and Progress Medal honoree, has challenged the membership to a fund that pays for the first year of membership for new student members. He will personally match donations, up to a total of $5000!



Your first year of SMPTE Membership can be yours, free! Click the button below to get started. Once you have completed the application, we will let you know how your membership will be supported.  


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What is the Student Membership Challenge?  
Proposed by Bill Miller, the Student Membership Challenge is a fund that is represents donations by members who wish to support students as SMPTE members.  Bill has generously agreed to match donations up to $5000.  As Bill says, "Donate so that you will cost me money!"


Why now?
SMPTE needs to attract students to membership to help us grow - and we need the best and brightest in our industry.  One of the best ways to do this is to educate college students in technical fields about our industry through their membership in SMPTE.  Even though the $35 annual student dues may seem to be quite modest, for a student on a very limited budget, paying for college, $35 can be significant amount.


How can you help?
SMPTE has set up a Student Membership Challenge Fund for this purpose.  Mr. Miller has committed to personally match dollar-for-dollar all contributions to this fund up to $5,000.  


Remember to check if your employer offers matching charitable contributions; please look into this as policies vary from company to company.  Mr. Miller will match company contributions as well as individual,  so if you have a company match, your every donation would be multiplied fourfold.

And since SMPTE is a non-profit scientific, educational or cultural institution qualified under section 501 (c) 3 of the US Internal Revenue Code, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  


Donate now to help introduce Students to SMPTE and the Motion Imaging Industry! 



SMPTE Announces Results of the 2012 Society Elections 
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) announced the results of the organization's elections for Officers and Governors.  All newly elected Officers and Governors will take office on January 1, 2013.

The full roster is listed here.



SMPTE Announces 2012 Honors & Awards Recipients


The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) unveiled the roster of outstanding technology leaders, innovators and industry visionaries who will receive the Society's 2012 Honors and Awards. SMPTE also disclosed that Emmy® Award-winning television personality, Robb Weller, will host the industry- and technology-leader-studded award ceremony, which takes place 25 October at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.


The full list of recipients is listed here.


 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 have just a few Speakers right now, but 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



A Medicare Solution You Can Live With.

You'll join a select group of others when you choose Transamerica Life Insurance Company (Cedar Rapids, IA). This plan is designed for SMPTE members and is regularly monitored by the SMPTE Members' Insurance Program to make sure we're offering the best, most affordable options for you.


These group Medicare Supplement rates are not available to the general public and may help you save hundreds of dollars a year. And since the Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan benefits are now "standardized", it's easy to compare price, quality of service and the stability of the company behind the plan.


Highlights of the plan include:

  • SAVING: hundreds of dollars a year
  • NO WAITING: for pre-existing conditions if you decide to switch plans
  • NO NETWORKS: choose your own doctors and seek the best specialists
  • NO RISK: review your certificate of insurance and return if you are not completely satisfied
  • NO HASSLES: outstanding service and fast claims handling


You will be making decisions that will affect your livelihood for years to come.

Apply today and take steps to protect your financial future.


There is no time like the present! If you have any questions or would like more information, Click here.  



Please call the plan administrator, Selman & Company, at 1-800-556-7614, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.


*Underwritten for residents of NY by Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company; Harrison, NY


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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
Chirp, Inc. (Supporting)
Qube Cinema (Supporting)


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


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:


SMPTE Staff Contacts


 Executive and Admin.


Name & E-Mail
Position Ext 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
 Aimée 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 Ext Direct Dial Phone
Peter D Symes Director, Standards & Engineering 2371 +1 (914) 205-2371
 Mauricio Roldan Manager, 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 Ext 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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