SMPTE Technology Committee Meeting Outcome Summary

Thursday, 29 March 2018

1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST / 17:00 UTC/GMT

SMPTE Standards Committees are charged with developing Engineering Documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents. Each quarter, the Technical Committees and Sub-groups convene to fulfill this charge. Please join Bruce Devlin, Standards Vice President and Howard Lukk, Director of Engineering & Standards, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the March 2018 Standards meetings held in White Plains, NY, USA.

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Guest Speakers

Bruce Devlin

Bruce Devlin has been working in the media industry for 30 years and is the chief media scientist at Dalet Digital Media Systems as well as the founder of Mr MXF Ltd. and co-founder of the Media Bay LLC. He is well known in the industry for his technology presentations, especially his educational YouTube series—Bruce’s Shorts. Devlin has designed everything from ASICs to algorithms. He tweets as @MrMXF chaired the SMPTE working groups and literally wrote the book on the MXF format. Devlin is an alumnus of Queens’ College Cambridge England. He is a member of the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) and Digital Production Partnership, a fellow and U.K. Governor of SMPTE, a recipient of SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal, a recipient of BKSTS’ Achievement award, keen to educate the world about media and a rider of bicycles (occasionally quickly). Devlin is also a recipient of the SMPTE Excellence in Standards award.

Howard Lukk

Howard Lukk is SMPTE’s director of standards and engineering. Lukk was formerly a writer and director at independent film production and management company Pannon Entertainment, where he has worked on short films and providing technical consulting and education for clients. His last short film, "Emma," was shot and finished in high-dynamic-range (HDR). 

In an earlier role as vice president of production systems at The Walt Disney Studios, Lukk oversaw a team responsible for engineering, installation, and maintenance of on-lot and on-set feature film production and post-production systems. Responsible for helping to incorporate new technologies into the workflow, he assisted the studios' transition from analog to digital workflows. Lukk also spearheaded theatrical production, post-production, and distribution projects focused on digital capture, digital cinema, stereoscopic (3D), file-based workflow, color management, and archive.

During two years as director of media systems at Pixar, Lukk was responsible for managing both the audiovisual engineering as well as the image mastering departments and the work of maintaining the recording, projection, and post-production systems and workflows supporting Pixar filmmakers. Before joining Pixar, Lukk held his first role with The Walt Disney Studios. As vice president of production technology for the studios, he focused on integrating a new digital cinema workflow throughout the company's global operations. 

Lukk's early work with Disney built on his previous experience as director of technology at Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), where he was responsible for research and development, design, and documentation of a digital cinema system specification and test plan. Earlier, as chief engineer at International Video Conversions, Lukk worked with engineering staff to design, build, and maintain a high-end post-production facility specializing in digital cinema, telecine transfer, audio post, and standards conversion work. 

A SMPTE Fellow, Lukk has served the Society in numerous volunteer roles including Technology Committee co-chair, Working Group chair, document editor; and also director of the "Moving Images" documentary project. He has served as an advisor to the Board of Governors as an appointed standards director. In the latter role, Lukk has acted as one of the Society's key spokespeople with the entertainment industry, press, and public in matters relating to its standards efforts.