SMPTE Monthly

Table of Contents

SMPTE Events

Industry Events


Standards and Products

Membership Updates


SMPTE Events

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

Click on Section Name for details of each event

13 September 2011
Philadelphia Section
Dealing With Consumer Display Interfaces In A Professional World
WHYY Technology Center
150 North Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA

15 September 2011
New England Section
Portable 3D Acquisition
RULE/Boston Camera
Boston, MA

15 September 2011
San Francisco Section
Topic 1: Human Vision Algorithms in Picture Quality Measurements-Fidelity vs. Quality
Topic 2: QOE of Video-Quality of Experience -How to objectively Measure Subjective Quality Issues
2575 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara, CA

19 September 2011
Rocky Mountain Section
Impact of IPV6 on Broadcasters
Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMA)
1089 Bannock Street
Denver, CO

20 September 2011
Toronto Section
Gadget Night
Toronto, Canada

22 September 2011
Washington, D.C. Section
New Architectures for Production Switchers
Crystal City, VA


September 2011

SMPTE Events

IBC 2011

8-13 September 2011
RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The IBC Conference being held on Thursday 8 September to Tuesday 13 September is the leading international forum for analysis of the electronic entertainment industry. This year's event, which will be attended by the most influential thinkers from the world's foremost companies including The Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, Facebook, Microsoft, Vodafone, Liberty Global, and ESPN gives you a unique insight into the state of the industry and a glimpse at the roadmaps that will govern its future.

The 2011 Conference is split into four carefully selected streams—Technology Advancements, Content Creation and Innovation, and the Business of Broadcasting and highlights hot topics in Connected TV and Devices, 3D, Sports, Advertising and Next-Generation Workflows.

Visit for more information.

SMPTE Sustaining Member Exhibitors at IBC 2011

More than 1,300 companies will be participating in the IBC 2011 Exhibition on 9-13 September. New initiatives, such as the IBC Connected World, keep the show at the forefront of innovation and industry attention.

Be sure to visit SMPTE in the IBC Partnership Village at booth 8.F51f.

SMPTE Sustaining Members exhibiting at the event include:


Booth #

3ality Digital
Artel Video Systems
Axon Digital Design
B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio
BLT Italia
Calibre U.K. Ltd
Digital Rapids 
Gepco International/General Cable
Grass Valley
Interra Systems
Litepanels, Inc.
Marshall Electronics
Matrox Video Products Group
Miranda Technologies
MOG Technologies
Mole Richardson Company
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., NTT Group
Pixel Power
RGB Networks
Screen Subtitling Systems
THX Ltd.
Utah Scientific
Wohler Technologies
Xilinx, Inc.

8.B40; 1.A33
1.A61 & O.E115


SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

24 October 2011: SMPTE Symposium - The Large Sensor Imaging Revolution
25-27 October 2011: Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
1755 North Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA

The SMPTE Symposium - Pre-Conference 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.

The Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
Tuesday 25 October - Thursday 27 October

The Fall 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 Take Advantage of Pre-Registration Discounts!

Click here to view the complete program and speakers.

Book Your Hotel Room Now for the Annual Technical Conference!

SMPTE is pleased to be holding its 2011 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.

The Following Special Hotel Rates are available for Conference Attendees.
· Single/Double Rooms - $229 per night
· Executive Bedrooms - $269 per night
· One Bedroom Suites - $279 per night

Note: The SMPTE Room Rate includes complimentary Internet access in your hotel room.

Reservations must be made by 3 October 2011 in order to receive this group rate.

Click here to make your reservation at the Group Rate or call Marriott reservations at 1-800-266-9432 and mention that you are with the SMPTE Conference in October 2011.

Just planning to attend the Exhibition? Get a FREE EXHIBIT PASS!
Register now for an Exhibit Pass and enter the discount code "smpte2011" at checkout for your FREE registration!

Click Here for Rates and Program Information and to secure your Pre-Registration 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:
· Conference WiFi – 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!

Click here for more information on pricing and packages.

Thank you to our Sponsors



My Eye Media




Net App

Net App


Industry Partners

3d @ home

Digital Cinema Society



Media Partner

Broadcast Engineering


Fall Conference Exhibit Floor is 95% SOLD OUT!

Time is running out to reserve your booth for the 2011 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in October!  The exhibit floor is 95% sold and space is going fast!

· 10'x 10' Booths are available for $2,900 for Sustaining Members and $3,900 for non-members

For a current Exhibit Floorplan and Exhibitor Contract, click here.


Annual Meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

When: Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Time: 18:00
Place: Grand Ballroom, Salon 1
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
Hollywood, CA


SMPTE Events Calendar

Don't forget to check the SMPTE Events Calendar for updated listings of SMPTE events, Industry events, and Section meetings. Please e-mail Roberta Gorman at for information on how you can add your own events.



In partnership with other groups, SMPTE is pleased to inform you of these industy events:

3D@Home sponsors "3D User Experience Technical Summit" on 22 & 23 September at Hollywood & Highland. The 3D Technical Summit provides a look at the latest research and knowledge on the human dimension of 3D and what factors should be taken into consideration when creating, distributing and displaying 3D content. SMPTE members receive a 20% discount if registered by 5 September 2011 (use discount code '3DSMPTE2000').

For more information visit



Oh Say Can You See? The Present and Future of Reference Monitors

A Full Day Symposium on Saturday1 October 2011
9:00 - 16:30 PDT
Disney Studios, Burbank, CA

HPASee the industry's leading reference monitors and consumer displays. Meet the foremost monitor experts and learn how to see your way through the breakthrough technology that is bringing reference display options back to our industry. Learn from respected cinematographers and colorists how they use reference monitors to ensure creative intent throughout content creation and delivery. Walk away with an understanding of reference monitor technology, applications and best practices for set up and use.




When: Thursday 22 September 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT /19:00 CET
Topic: Technical Exploration of MXF: The Major Formats

During this SMPTE PDA Now educational webcast, co-architect of the MXF Standard, Bruce Devlin, CTO, Amberfin, explores the technical differences between IMX, XDCAM, P2, OP-ATOM, JPEG 2000, AS02, AS03. Devlin also explains how the MXF structures provide for synchronization and application optimization. Discussion also includes a brief review of the IMF working group and why there are differences in the MXF application designs.

This PDA Now educational webcast is the second in a monthly series of four MXF webcasts. Participate in all four live events and earn yourself a SMPTE Certificate of Participation!

Register Now!

Registration is FREE for SMPTE Members and $49 for Associates and Non-Members.

Click here for more information on upcoming SMPTE PDA webinars and more.

Thanks to sponsors!

AJAand Black Magic


SMPTE Virtual Classroom Offering

CCNA1 Networking Fundamentals
26 September 2011

SMPTE is now part of the Cisco Networking Academy network and, as such, now offers the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Course, Networking Fundamentals through its innovative blended virtual classroom environment. That's right, virtual classroom! There is no travel requirement and the seven week course can be completed using your high speed Internet connected computer. Led by an expert instructor, course participants complete online lessons and actually configure simulated networks using Cisco's Packet Tracer program. Our first class is scheduled to begin on 26 September 2011. For more information or to register for this exciting learning opportunity, please click here.


The Business of Entertainment V (co-produced by SMPTE)

Saturday, 22 October 2011
9:30 - 17:30 PDT
The Fletcher-Jones Foundation Auditorium on the campus of Woodbury University
7500 Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA

This event will include a presentation titled, "A Technology Update from the Front Lines of Change" by SMPTE Past Governor Rick Dean, THX, who will cover the fundamentals and opportunities of technological advances in an industry where technology can be both friend... and foe. This presentation is co-sponsored by SMPTE.

In addition, the event will feature Peter Schneider, Randy Greenberg, and Chris Philip.  Schneider was chairman of the Walt Disney Studios and president of Feature Animation during the Lion King, AladdinMermaid etc. He is also the Tony award-winning producer of The Lion King on Broadway. Schneider will guide the audience through the various steps that have most often led to artistic success, including: breaking the rules, marrying the experimental with the proven, and unleashing through strategic thinking the "happy accidents" that are at the heart of the creative process. Greenberg is executive producer of Cowboys and Aliens among other significant accomplishments and will cover the step-by-step process a producer should undertake regardless of the project's budget. Philip, president of Electus-Engine Distribution, will guide attendees through the treacherous tides of global media sales.

Click here for more information.



New Engineering Documents

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

SMPTE ST 292-2:2011, Dual 1.5 Gb/s Serial Digital Interface for Stereoscopic Image Transport

Extract from Scope

This standard defines a means of transporting stereoscopic images (Left eye and Right eye images) using an interface consisting of two streams based on the SMPTE ST 292-1 data structure. The Left eye images are carried on one stream of the interface and the Right eye images are carried on the other stream.  The stereoscopic image formats to be transported using this standard are the 4:2:2/10-bit image formats defined by SMPTE ST 274, SMPTE ST 2048-2 and SMPTE ST 296, which can be transported by a single SMPTE ST 292-1 serial interface. Audio and other associated ancillary data may also be transported. This standard also defines a payload identifier.

SMPTE ST 2053:2011, Media Package for Storage, Distribution and Playback of Multimedia File Sets and Internet Resources

Extract from Scope

This document describes the physical packaging format of the SMPTE Media Package. This specification is derived from the ISO 29500-2 specification for Open Packaging Conventions. The SMPTE Media Package Format may combine multiple media files, metadata files, playback applications, and other files, along with an XML Table of Contents, in a single ZIP file that can be stored and distributed as a single object using simple file transfer protocols such as HTTP:.  Systems that have ZIP file readers may read or extract or add individual files in a Media Package.  The Table of Contents and related XML files enable a media player to select appropriate media files, tracks, DRM licenses, presentation applications, and other media-specific constructs for playback, download, streaming, or updating.  A reader that fully supports Open Packaging Conventions can utilize additional functionality, such as advanced file properties and digital signatures.

SMPTE ST 2047-4:2011, Carriage of Level 65 VC-2 Compressed Video Over the SDTV SDI

Extract from Scope

This standard defines the method of mapping VC-2 data onto an SDTV SDI link operating at 270Mbps, based upon the data structures defined in SMPTE ST 259 and ITU-R BT 656 to transport the compressed HD video formats listed in Table 1. The compressed HD video formats supported by this standard are those supported by the low delay profile of VC-2 at level 65. These formats are 1080I at 50 or 60/1.001 fields/s (i.e., SMPTE ST 274 systems 5 and 6), and 720P at 50 or 60/1.001 frames/s (i.e., SMPTE ST 296 systems 2 and 3). Additionally VC-2 level 65 supports the compression of SMPTE ST 274 systems 5 and 6 in which the horizontal sample rate has been reduced to 1440 pixels. The SDTV SDI link defined herein supports the carriage of embedded audio, ancillary data and payload identification. A signal coded in accordance with this standard incorporates a noisy but recognizable picture that can be viewed using a standard SMPTE ST 259 / ITU-R BT 656 video monitor.

SMPTE RP 2047-3:2011, VC-2 Level 65 Compression of High Definition Video Sources for Use with a Standard Definition Infrastructure

Extract from Scope

This recommended practice defines constraints on the VC-2 video compression specification such that 10-bit high definition video signals may be compressed to only occupy the bit rate of 8-bit standard definition signals. Specifically, it defines constraints for compressing interlaced source video having 1920 or 1440 pixels/line by 1080 lines/frame at 25 or 30/1.001 frames/s, or progressive source video having 1280 pixels/line by 720 lines/frame at 50 or 60/1.001 frames/s, using 4:2:2 sampling in all cases.  This document defines a VC-2 bit-stream for video compressed according to this practice. It also defines an application specific level for VC-2 compression.


3D Cinema and Television Technology: The First 100 Years Available for Purchase

This compendium contains over 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, 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 serves as an important reference tool in any technical library.

Member price: $69
Non-member price: $89

Click here to purchase a copy.


SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The September issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is the highly anticipated Progress Report issue. The 2011 Progress Report includes detailed information on SMPTE's standards activities, insight into the standards work of several related organizations such as ASC, ATSC, CEA, SCTE and articles providing a "snapshot in time" on particular technologies. Click here to view the latest issue.


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Membership Updates

2011 Society Elections are Now Open through 26 September!

The 2011 Society Elections for SMPTE Officers and Governors are now open, and will close 26 September at 11:59 pm EDT. 

All Professional, Executive, Fellow, Life, and Honorary grade members are eligible to vote in this election and are encouraged to do so.  There is much work to be done by our elected Officers and Governors in ensuring the growth and improvement of the Society. SMPTE can only be as strong as those who lead it.  My thanks to all those who are willing to volunteer their time to help lead and grow our Society.

Don't forget to cast your vote before the elections close on 26 September 2011 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 

You can cast your vote on our balloting website here:

Please Note:
In order to log in to the balloting site, you will need to enter the Email Address associated with your member record and your MEMBER NUMBER.


When was the Last Time You Reviewed Your Life Insurance Needs?

Life Insurance is not something you buy once and forget about.  Major life events such as getting married, having a child, sending your children to college and planning for retirement often require a reassessment of your life insurance needs.

The SMPTE 10-Year Level Term Life Insurance Plan was designed with those needs in mind.  You can apply for up to $1,000,000 of coverage at competitive group rates—and lock in those rates for the next ten years.* Many experts recommend that you have as much as ten times your annual income in life insurance protection.  The benefits your loved ones receive may help them pay off mortgages, replace lost income if you are not there to provide for your family and pay expenses incurred at the time of death.

For more information about the SMPTE 10-Year Level Term Life Insurance Plan Click Here.

*The initial premium may not change for the first 10 years; however the insurance company reserves the right to change the premium rates but only if rates are changed for all insureds under the group policy and with 60 days written notice.


Medicare Plans from SMPTE's Members Insurance Program

Watch your mailbox for information on Medicare plans from SMPTE's Members Insurance Program for U.S. members.


Welcome, New Members

Welcome to the new members and Sustaining member companies 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

DG Fastchannel


Genesys Logic, Inc.


Amberfin Ltd.


Clark Wire and Cable




Konica Minolta Sensing Americas


Thomson Video Networks





New Members



Douglas Durkee

David Unsworth



Kim Beamish
Tom Cavdarovski
Nathan Clark
Ben Curry
Sharon de Smet
Jonathan Dyer
David Eames
Kendall Espedido
Michael Ferguson
Mark Foster
Samantha Fox
Belle Galpin
Sasha Hadden
Philip Harding
Paul Hasler
Ron Higgins
Glenn Jacobson
Russell Lang

Michael Lawrence
Olgierd Mroz
Bruce Nancarrow
Tony Oetterli
Rishikaysh Patanckar
Matthew Pearson
Iain Russell 
Tim Ryan 
Phil Sansome 
Jason Silsby 
Ian Sneddon 
Julie Spencer
Nathan Taylor
Jason Tuendemann
John Wilkinson
Winnie Yang
Jeff Yeates



Hal Buttermore

Scott Fehl



Ven Alluri
Bob Anstett
Cody Charfauros
Sean Fitzpatrick
Theodore Garcia

Jeniffer Henson
Scott Likens
Jason Menzies
Kevin Sprout
Paul Weaver


Hong Kong

Tee Sat Chan

Chi-Long Tsang


International (Asia)

PK Chen

Tim Gorter



David Abel
Tim Gale

Patrick Gendron
Stuart Jones



Shailendra Mathur



New England

Paul Cintolo
Richard Dellacanonica

Douglas Trumbull


New York

Vincent Diaz
Joe Esteves

Steven Kahn
Jerome Kalke



Dave Culver




Peng Yin



Rocky Mountain

Lamont Dorrity

Tom Inglefield


San Francisco

Ikuko Hasumi
Ziyad Ibrahim

Edward Reuss



Nadia Aftab
Sean Barnes
Stephane Billat

Oscar Diaz
Ken Rice


Washington, DC

Andrei Henry




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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

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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

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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Ken Wendel Controller 2372 +1 (914) 205-2372



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