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The Washington D.C. section of SMPTE includes society members from the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area as well as members in the Tidewater, Virginia and other nearby regions.
Section Officers include a chair, a secretary/ treasurer and six managers. There are also other volunteer positions such as Program, Membership and Publicity Chairs.
Our regular meeting is the third Thursday of the month at 7pm ET.  Check below for the latest update, and 
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Our Next Event 


May 22, 2024 2-9pm National Geographic (and Zoom) Washington, DC

After a long hiatus, Bits By the Bay, the Washington area’s own technical conference for media professionals, is returning on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 in a one-day form factor.  We hope to return to the full two-day format in 2025 at the renovated Chesapeake Beach location.  Jointly organized by the SMPTE Washington, DC Section and SBE Chapter 37 and hosted by National Geographic, the event will run from 2pm to 9pm and will feature three technical area with multiple expert presenters.
The hybrid meeting will be hosted at National Geographic in downtown DC (1145 17th Street, NW - Dupont Circle Metro). and limited to 50 people in person.  You can also participate via Zoom. 

1)  Ending Fractional Frame Rates and Interlace Part Two:  The Education Continues

In the U.S. we have been living with the 29.97fps video frame rate since the advent of color in 1953.  This legacy of NTSC analog television is so deeply ingrained in all aspects of broadcast and production that it's often forgotten or taken for granted.  Some equipment and production software may not even provide an option to use integer (30/60) rates for recording or display.

There are many factors behind the continued use of fractional frame rates (as well as interlaced video), but most have become irrelevant over time.  This session will review and continue the discussion of the problems created by these legacy concepts, and how they might finally be eliminated.

2)  An Emerging Technical Standard to Protect Against AI Fakes: C2PA

The Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) is an open technical standard providing publishers, creators, and consumers the ability to trace the origin of different types of media.  It provides the technical means to declare where media was captured, by whom, by what device, geolocation information from the point of capture, and any production or distribution processes that may have been applied.  C2PA allows producers to lay claim to their video in a way that cannot be faked or modified.  This not only protects their brand against AI fakes, but also allows them to better manage and monetize their own content and archives.

Technically, C2PA defines a schema for describing provenance and specific assertions of fact.  It allows this description to be digitally signed and locked to the media file through the use of certificates and a hierarchy of certificate authorities – very similar to how internet domains are protected today by certificates.

3)  Day-to-Day Operation in the Hybrid World of SDI and SMPTE 2110

This session walks through a typical day in the life of an engineer in managing quality and reliability in a hybrid SDI/2110 facility, which is where most of us will be the next few years. IP is just another I/O interface: It’s a way to get video, audio, and data to or from a switch. These presentations will discuss what operators and engineers need to know.


Upcoming Events...

April 14-17, 2024 NAB, LAS VEGAS, NV


If you have topics you would like us to cover, or want to ogranize an event yourself, reach out to managers@smptedc.org!

Let's hear from you! Members and friends of SMPTE-DC, what topics would you like to learn about? 

Send your ideas to managers@smptedc.org

Questions? Please send an email to managers@smptedc.org


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Past Events

January 17, 2019

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