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Home to many of the early developments in television, the San Francisco Bay area continues to innovate and enable the creation, production and dissemination of rich media.

The San Francisco section of SMPTE offers a local forum for membership to be informed and educated on the rapidly emerging developments in the technology of our industry.

We are very pleased to welcome De Anza College as our new Student Chapter. Check out the videos on our YouTube page (Link above the picture).

The San Francisco section welcomes everyone to our meetings.

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Upcoming Meeting:

SMPTE San Francisco Section May 2023 Meeting - To The Cloud: Hybridized Video Productions


Video capabilities enabled by remotely operated video cameras, networked video interfaces, cloud processing tools, and remote site links have transformed live event production. SMPTE standards, such as ST 2110, help enable this new functionality, but cloud processing and other technologies such as NDI have important roles in practical systems as well. Jake  Fineman, Product Specialist at BirdDog (birddog.tv) will give an overview of hybridized video production using NDI, with live a demo. John Shike, Account Manager, ASG, will briefly compare NDI and SMPTE ST 2110 and how both can be used in video production systems.


Our host for the meeting will be Ciel Creative Space in Berkeley (cielcreativespace.com). Ciel has over 40,000 square feet of creative space available for photo, film, and event productions. Join us in person on Wednesday May 31st for an opportunity to see this exciting space and what Ciel has to offer for your next production.

This meeting is open to all SMPTE members, students, and guests. Please register in advance below

Topic: SMPTE San Francisco Section May 2023 Meeting - To The Cloud: Hybridized Video Productions

Presenter: Jake Fineman - BirdDog

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT) - Networking with food and drinks

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (PDT) – Presentation

Where: Ciel Creative Space, Studio 8

2611 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710


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SMPTE San Francisco Section December Meeting - Media and Entertainment Digital Storage During a Pandemic

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (Add to your calendar with the crededials below

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)

Location: Online (see below for link)

Speaker: Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates

With the movement to remote work, M&E storage has shifted to leveraging private and public clouds to complement local storage in today's collaborative workflows.  Digital production may be starting to recover following safety precautions and greater use of automation.   Content distribution has surged to entertain those who are stuck at home.  At the same time new storage and memory technologies are playing a bigger role in M&E, including NVMe SSDs and NVMe-oF based storage systems.  This talk presents results from the 2020 Digital Storage in M&E report looking at trends in 2020 and projecting into the future for digital storage for video production, post production, content distribution and archiving. 


About the speaker:

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst and business and technology consultant.  He has over 39 years in the data storage industry with engineering and senior management positions at several companies.  Coughlin Associates consults, publishes books and market and technology reports (including The Media and Entertainment Storage Report and an Emerging Memory Report), and puts on digital storage-oriented events.  He is a regular storage and memory contributor for forbes.com and M&E organization websites.  He is an IEEE Fellow, Past-President of IEEE-USA and is active with SNIA and SMPTE. For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications and activities go to www.tomcoughlin.com.


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