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The SMPTE UK Section is a vibrant and inclusive group of members from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, all of whom work with the technology of moving pictures, associated sound and metadata – creatively, practically and innovatively in any format, and on any platform.

This group, unique in the UK, brings together technical professionals at all levels of experience and seniority to share ideas and network. We have many early careers members, and actively encourage students, apprentices, and graduates to network and learn through SMPTE.

The UK Section holds monthly evening meetings, where we get together to socialise and discuss topics impacting our industry. Take a look at the meetings listed below, sign up and come along! Priority is given to SMPTE members, but newcomers are very welcome. At every event, there will be an interesting technically-oriented presentation, plenty of time to network with industry peers, and ample refreshments courtesy of our sponsors and supporters.

Take a look at our previous meetings to see what we've been upto! 2022 meetings | 2021 meetings

Next meeting

SMPTE UK showcases... Virtual Production

Register here!

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Join us as we showcase a mix of theatrical cinematic performances, driven by a menagerie of creative technologies within a large custom built Virtual Production LED stage.

When: Weds 22 Feb 2023

Where: Garden Studios, Unit 1, Townsend Industrial Estate, 21 Waxlow Rd, London NW10 7NU

Doors open 18:00. Talk starts at 19:00. Event ends at 21:00.

Open to professionals, technicians, production and below the line crew alike, this showcase in honour of the SMPTE ‘on-set virtual production initiative’ demonstrates the latest technological features within virtual production in an immersive production setting.

Our greatest showman will walk you through a series of environments and supporting acts performed by students of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, that will highlight useful applications and effects to enhance your production and how to capture realism on-set. Throughout the showcase we’ll be touching on motion capture, on-set actor performance, lighting effects, camera tracking, colour calibration, extended bit depth, and Unreal Engine 5.

After the showcase, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss these key insights in more detail with our participating partners:

Anna Valley | Brompton | Creature Bionics | disguise | Epic Games | Final Pixel | Garden Studios | Framestore | London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts | Mo-Sys

We’re thrilled to be hosting the showcase in a studio setting, so join us as we celebrate the union of technical and creative talents. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and make contact with those who were instrumental in the making of this one-of-a-kind event.

Attendance is free of charge, and there will be ample refreshments courtesy of our hosts, Garden Studios.

Parking spaces may be limited. Arrival by public transport is encouraged.

SMPTE is a members’ organisation - we gather together for community, to educate one another, and to set standards, and we'd really like you to play a part.

The benefits of SMPTE membership are vast. Whether you're a student, graduate or industry professional, there's a lot to gain. Click here to find out more! And as an extra benefit for UK tax-payers, your membership subscription can be offset against tax.

Meet the SMPTE UK Managers

SMPTE UK is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, all of whom have day-jobs as professionals in the Motion Picture and Television industries. SMPTE runs elections each year to appoint members to these and other leadership roles. If you'd like to help out with running SMPTE UK, or even run for election to one of these roles in a future year, come to our meetings and talk with our current Chair, John Ellerton.

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We look forward to welcoming you at our next UK meeting.

We really want to hear your ideas and suggestions as we build up SMPTE UK. Feel free to get in touch if you have topics for talks you think people would be interested to hear; or a venue we could use for one of our evening meetings. We're always on the hunt for a new venue or facility to tour!

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