Live, interactive educational webcasts covering hot-topic technologies, issues and developments.
Each month we present a one-hour online session, covering a top-of-mind technology topic.  Each educational webcast is designed to address specific technology and technical challenge facing the motion imaging industry. These convenient, non-commercial webcasts provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about highly relevant technology related topics.

Now sessions are available as a SMPTE member benefit. Non-members may attend Now webcasts for USD $49.00.

And if you are unable to attend a live event? Sessions are recorded and made available to SMPTE Members for later viewing through PDA On-demand.

Know a topic that needs to be covered? Send your suggestions to Joel Welch.

PDA Now Webcasts 2013

Please note: Schedule and topics are subject to change

High Frame Rate Cinema – A New Tool for Storytellers

Guest Speakers: David Stump, ASC and Andrew Watson, NASA

When: 25 April, 2013 at 17:00 UTC (13:00 EDT/10:00 PDT)

With the recent release of films produced and exhibited at frame rates higher than the traditional 24 frames per second (fps), many questions have arisen: What exactly is high frame rate in cinema? From where did the concept come? Why is it important today? What are the human psychophysical considerations? 

Guest speakers David Stump, ASC and Andrew Watson, NASA, explore this newly emerged storytelling tool. Please join us to learn more.                 




LED Lighting in Production

Guest Speaker: Yvonne Thomas, EBU

When: 23 May, 2013 at 17:00 UTC (13:00 EDT/10:00 PDT)

LED lighting for content production has recently seen significant levels of adoption. Part of their promise is significantly lower energy consumption and the associated cost savings. There are challenges to LED lighting, however, not the least of which are their potential impact on color temperature. Please join the EBU’s Yvonne Thomas, EBU, as she discusses the increasing role of LED lighting in production and how they may be used effectively.