Welcome to the Sacramento Section of SMPTE. We’re glad you stopped by our home page.

Much of the Sacramento Section’s interest and activities lie within the region of Grass Valley, CA.

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Grass Valley’s roots as a hub for video and broadcast equipment technology  were planted when Dr. Donald Hare founded a tiny research and development company in 1959 called Grass Valley Group. Today, the quaint communities of Grass Valley and Nevada City provide a technological refuge from the hustle bustle of the bay area by providing somewhere between 600-1000 high tech jobs. The video and broadcast companies who call this area home are always looking to bring in new talent. Many offer intern programs to expose and inspire college students into the exciting world of broadcast. For those people looking to relocate to this area, they will appreciate the benefits of competitive compensation packages as well as an amazing quality of life.

Less than an hour away is Sacramento, home to almost a dozen television stations, multiple cable TV head-end facilities and a wide variety of related broadcast technologies including transmitters, antennas and rental and staging equipment.
The Sacramento section of SMPTE is fortunate to have many generous sponsors who help us provide opportunities for social networking while we continue to provide informative, relevant, technological presentations at our monthly meetings where members and non-members are always welcome.

The speakers that present at our meetings come from a wide variety of industry-leading companies such as Dolby Laboratories, Sony Electronics, Cisco and Semtech Corporation as well as from our local pool of experts including speakers from Telestream, AJA Video and Ridgeline Entertainment.

As the Sacramento Section Officers, our mission is to provide those who are interested, access to the latest technology emerging into the broadcast and motion picture industries and perhaps even offer a glimpse into its potential future. We encourage students, retirees and professionals alike to join us at our monthly meetings as well as our once or twice annual social events. We enjoy providing the opportunity for people to reconnect with old friends and even make new ones.

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon!

Thank you.

Bob Hudelson                                                                 Mona Smothers                            
Chairperson, SMPTE-Sacramento Section             Secretary/Treasurer, SMPTE-Sacramento Section