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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).

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Upcoming Event:

The Reality of Virtual Production

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Presenter: Noah KadnerWhere: Goal Line Productions - Pleasanton, CADate: Wednesday, February 28, 2024Time:          6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST) - Networking, studio tours                   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (PST) - PresentationThe SMPTE San Francisco Section welcomes SMPTE members, Visual Effects Society members, media students, and faculty to Goal Line Productions, the largest sound stage in Northern California featuring a giant 106-foot-wide LED set for virtual production.Noah Kadner will present a high-level overview of the elements that make up the ecosystem for virtual production - content creation, scaling processing, LED volume, cameras, and motion tracking.Kadner is the author of the Virtual Production Field Guide series for Epic Games, virtual production editor at American Cinematographer magazine, and host of the Virtual Production Podcast. He also founded and edits VirtualProducer.io.This meeting is open to all SMPTE members, VES members, students, faculty and guests. Please register in advance here:

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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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Access Code: 403-990-885