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Welcome

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! 2024 meetings | 2023 meetings | 2022 meetings | 2021 meetings


June meeting

SMPTE UK visits... GB News

Register Here!

Join us as we visit the London news studio of GB News. This is certain to be a fascinating evening!

When? Weds 12 June 2024. Doors open 18:15. Talk and tours start at 19:00. Event ends at 21:30.

Where? GB News, The Point, 37 North Wharf Road GB News, London, W2 1AF

GB News launched in the UK with a greenfield opportunity to build a newsroom with state of the art technologies. Join us and see first hand how this operation works, and hear from two of the key technology providers, DiNA and Mimir about their contribution.

Our evening will end in style with drinks and views on the rooftop terrace of The Point (weather permitting!).
Just like all SMPTE UK events, this meeting is open to existing professionals and students alike. Attendance is free of charge. Ample refreshments will be provided courtesy of GB News and their technology partners DiNA and Mimir.

Tickets are limited so please book early!

If you're a student, we can help with your travel costs to get to the meeting. Get in touch with us.


UK Conference

SMPTE UK and MPTS present... The Media Technology Conference 2024

Launching in May 2024, the Media Technology Conference is an industry-leading event that will take place as part of the Media Production & Technology Show in a new conference suite within Olympia London.

Designed to bring together senior technology leaders and experts in the field of broadcasting and innovation, the 2-day conference offers a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and exploring the latest trends and innovations.

Attendees can expect a mix of insightful keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and technology business insights. It's a must-attend event for anyone in the broadcast industry looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancements.

Topics include:

  • Emerging technologies
  • AI in media
  • IP workflows
  • Cloud for live production
  • Virtual production
  • Sustainability
  • Security
  • Skills

And much more!

More information can be found at mediaproductionshow.com/technology-conference.

All attendees need to register for MPTS to gain access to the Media Technology Conference.

Access to the Media Technology Conference Leaders Day on 15th May is by invitation only. Register your interest via the link above and a member of the team will be in touch. 

Day two of the event on 16th May is open to all MPTS attendees.


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.

SMPTE UK Board 23-24

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!

Add your name to our mailing list — click on 'Join our Friends List' at the top of this page, or contact us.

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.


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Past Events

November 26, 2019

Virtual Production