SMPTE Monthly Masthead
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In the News
Section Events
SMPTE Events
Industry Events
Standards and Products
Membership Updates

SMPTE in the News
Highlights of SMPTE's media coverage, in the last month, are listed below. Please click each link to view the stories. 

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Section Events
Click on the Section Name for more information about each event:
18 September 2012
Philadelphia Section
HD Broadcast Technology at Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148

18 September 2012

Revenge Of The Great Camera Shootout 2012
SIRT @ Pinewood Studios
255 Commissioners St.
Toronto M4M 0A1

19 September 2012
Hollywood Section
Motion Picture Distribution & Exhibition Challenges and Advances
Academy of Motion Picture 
Arts & Sciences
Pickford Center
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

20 September 2012
What You Need to Know About "Over-the-Top" (OTT) Broadcasting
NAB Headquarters
1771 N Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20036

21 September 2012
New England Section
Digital Streaming Technologies
WCVB-TV Channel 5
5 TV Place
Needham, MA

25 September 2012
Australia Section
The Hidden Treasure - Your CSIRO at Work!
Cnr Vimiera & Pembroke Roads
Marsfield (North Ryde) 
NSW 2122

26 September 2012
Rocky Mountain Section
Tour of National CineMedia
9110 E. Nichols Ave., Suite 200
Centennial, CO 80112

27 September 2012
Montreal Section
Regional Seminar: Multi-Platform, Multi-Display Distribution
CBC Montreal

27 September 2012
HFR - High Frame Rate Acquisition featuring 
Douglas Trumbull
609 Greenwich St. 
New York, NY 
18 October 2012
Inaugural Event
4-6 Soho Square
United Kingdom

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  September 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

Honors & Awards After Party: SMPTE Jam  


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. 

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SMPTE 2012 Exhibiting and Sponsorship


Exhibit space at SMPTE 2012 is over 80%, yet we still have prime locations available


All booths were sold out in 2011 and 2010, so act now!


Please contact Wes Simpson, Exhibits Manager, via email or call +1 203-376-3372 today!


Interested in Sponsoring SMPTE 2012?  Download our Sponsorship Kit:


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SMPTE 2012 Honors & Awards After Party: Join the SMPTE Jam!


Are you a musician?  Show us your stuff by participating at our 1st SMPTE Jam, following the SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony on 25 October in Hollywood, CA.


Register to participate and we'll pair you up with other musicians that highlight your musical taste - from bluegrass to jazz to pop to rock.  Groups will perform in 15-20 minute sets at the SMPTE Jam.  


Don't have an instrument?  We're looking for rentals and donations, so that's not an excuse.  And, of course, you can bring your own.


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 equipment, instruments, and amps for the evening. 


Anyone providing equipment for the event will receive a sponsorship package for SMPTE 2012.


So, register below and join in the fun at the SMPTE Jam in Hollywood!
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SMPTE Events
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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 Register Button 
Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)
Bruce Devlin, AmberFin; Mark Darkow, 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
27 September 2012
The Hitchcock Theatre at Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Knowledgeable industry leaders will present on such topics as FCC rules and updated information on the CALM Act, practical solutions for implementation, loudness measurement and monitoring technology, receiver processing and equipment solutions, an in-depth tutorial on ATSC's Recommended Practice A/85, and more.
The SBE is extending the member rate to anyone who is a member of SMPTE: SMPTE Members, simply enter SMPTE  in the 'member number' box.
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29 September 2012
UCLA Boelter Hall & CNSI
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA


Come and celebrate the anniversary establishing SID as an organization and attend a technical conference with a line up of great speakers. Visit with founding members and people that have made an impact in the display industry.
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IEEE Bridging the Gap Course
11-12 October 2012 
Concordia University in Montreal, Canada

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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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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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Live, interactive educational webcasts covering hot-topic technologies, issues and developments.
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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, Architect in Cisco's Office of the SP CTO, 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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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.


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: Monday, 15 October 2012 Register Now
Ends: Friday, 7 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 August 2012)



SMPTE ST 2042-1:2012 (Revision of SMPTE ST 2042-1:2009), VC-2 Video Compression


Extract from Scope:

This standard defines the VC-2 video compression system through the stream syntax, entropy coding, coefficient unpacking process and picture decoding process. The decoder operations are defined by means of a mixture of pseudo-code and mathematical operations.


VC-2 is an intra frame video codec that uses wavelet transforms together with entropy coding that can be readily implemented in hardware or software at very high bit rates. Additional standards and recommended practices may define specific constraints on the encoding for particular applications.

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3-D 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. Clickhere to start shopping. 

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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! 



Vote Today in the 2012 SMPTE Elections!  
The 2012 SMPTE Elections for Officers and Governors of the Society are now open through 24 September. All Professional, Executive, Fellow, Honorary and Life Members of the Society in good standing are eligible to vote at  If you encounter login problems, please contact us at  The elections will remain open until 11:59pm Eastern on 24 September 2012. Please be sure to cast your votes for the leaders who will represent you on the 2013 SMPTE Board!


 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



Help protect your income, and your family, with Disability Income Insurance.


An income-earning ability is one of your key financial assets. However, the loss of it due to a sudden and unexpected disability could mean financial hardship for you and your family.


The SMPTE Disability Income Insurance Plan is designed to help you retain your independence and financial security, should such an incident occur. SMPTE members under age 65 and working 30 hours or more per week can apply for this coverage at affordable group rates. And, the plan offers the flexibility for you to select a monthly benefit amount and elimination period that best meets your needs. Choose a Monthly Benefit amount from $500 to $5,000. Concerned with how long you may have to wait before your benefits begin? The elimination period is the number of days, at the beginning of each continuous disability, that you must be disabled before disability benefits become payable. You may select an elimination period of 60, 90 or 180 days. The plan allows up to 14 days return to work without interrupting or extending the elimination period.


Highlights of the plan include:

  • Benefits paid directly to you
  • Your choice of waiting periods
  • Benefits for a recurring disability

Don't get stuck depleting your savings - or retirement fund - to stay afloat in the unfortunate incidence of disability. Enroll today in the SMPTE Disability Income Insurance Plan, and rest easy knowing that you are more prepared, should the unexpected occur.


Plan ahead.
Click here to learn more about any of these insurance products--including plan features, costs, eligibility, renewability, limitations, exclusions and underwriting companies--and to access product application forms.  



Please call the plan administrator, Selman & Company, at 1-800-556-7614, Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.


*All benefits are subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. Policies are underwritten by Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company & Hartford Life Insurance Company detail exclusions, limitations, reduction benefits and terms under which the policies may be continued in force or discontinued. Policies sold in New York are underwritten by Hartford Life Insurance Company. Home Office of both companies is Simsbury, CT.



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
Teradek, LLC (Supporting)

Colorfront (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 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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