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2023 Media Technology Summit - Registration Open!


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! 2023 meetings | 2022 meetings | 2021 meetings

Next meeting

SMPTE UK visits... BBC Research & Development

Pre-register Here!

General ticketing will open on Weds 11 Oct. Pre-register here and we'll email you the registration link on Mon 9 Oct so you can be first in line to get a ticket.

Where: BBC Research & Development South Lab, The Lighthouse, White City Place, 201 Wood Lane, London, England, W12 7TQ

When: Wed, 18 Oct 2023. Doors open at 18:00 BST. Main event from 19:00-21:00. Event ends at 22:00.

BBC engineers have been at the forefront of developments in broadcast technology since the founding of public service broadcasting in the UK.

We’re thrilled to be invited by our friends at BBC Research & Development to a visit. Come with us and see first-hand the innovative work the BBC is doing, including:

  • UHD production workflow & 5G wireless cameras at the King’s Coronation
  • Binaural audio production workflow at Eurovision Song Contest
  • Applications of large language models to tools & workflows
  • Flexible media audience experiences in Digital Products
  • Reaching new audiences with immersive live experiences
The evening will focus on innovations in content production and emerging operational practice, as well as the applications of Generative AI and future audience experiences in Digital platforms.

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 our hosts BBC R&D. If you're a student, we can help with your travel costs to get to the meeting. Get in touch with us.

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!

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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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