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NAB Show 2023

San Francisco

Welcome to the San Francisco Section of SMPTE.

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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.

The section thanks our local sponsors

Upcoming Meeting:


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Thrusday, 7 April 2021

10:30 - 11:30 (PDT)

Free Event for Students and Professionals

San Francisco State University welcomes media students and the
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to a
special event being hosted by SMPTE, BECA—the department of
Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts—and the CSU
Entertainment Alliance, the hub for students interested in
entertainment technology careers

The topic for the meeting will be multi-camera production for live
streaming and will feature a demonstration of Telestream’s Wirecast,
a low-cost, software-based application for Mac and Windows
platforms, using Bird Dog’s versatile SDI and NDI cameras.

We will also have a virtual, first-look tour of BECA’s brand new TV
studios and production centers on the SFSU campus.

The event will be available live on Twitch and Discord 


Thank you to our Sponsors

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Past Events

January 26, 2023

SMPTE San Francisco at Silicon Valley Video Summit

Silicon Valley Video Summit January 26, 2023 Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA Produced by SVG
November 17, 2022

SMPTE San Francisco November Section Meeting

Cloud Media Processing for Optimized Content Delivery
April 7, 2022

SMPTE SFSU Special Event

March 15, 2022

SMPTE San Francisco March Section Meeting

Remote Live Video Production using IP and 5G
November 4, 2021

San Francisco November Section Meeting

SMPTE San Francisco Section November 2021 Meeting - Hardware Considerations for Unreal Live Production
March 31, 2021

San Francisco Section March Meeting

This month our presentation provides an overview of the practical applications for Fiber Optics in AV and Broadcast.
December 15, 2020

San Francisco December Virtual Meeting

Media and Entertainment Digital Storage During a Pandemic
November 18, 2020

De Anza SMPTE Chapter

The De Anza SMPTE Chapter is hosting the annual SMPTE Panel. This event showcases industry professionals as they discuss how they got into the industry, their experiences, and is an opportunity to ask and learn more about the film and tech industry. This event is November 18, 2020 from 5:30-7:00PM.

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.


Meeting Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/403990885

You can also dial in using your phone:

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 403-990-885