2017 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Kicks Off! @smpteconnect #SMPTE2017

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SMPTE 2017 Symposium Keynote

Jeff Kember, Technical Director for Media in the Office of the CTO at Google

The 2017 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition is underway in Hollywood, CA. This exciting forum for all things technical that enhances the wonderful world of media and entertainment will be in full force from October 23rd through 26th. The powerful three days of technical sessions, the awesome dual high-tech expo halls, and all of the special events highlighting the Annual Awards Gala and the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival is certainly a wealth of professional development and a true networking opportunity with some of the sharpest minds in the industry.

For all the information on pricing and packages go here:

Focusing on the Technical Conference Program. Andrew Shulkind Technologist, Director of Photography, and

Award-Winning Cinematographer will be the keynote at the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017), which will take place Oct. 23-26 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Technical conference sessions will address topics including advances in display technologies; cinema processing and projection technology; larger color and dynamic range; compression; content management and storage, restoration, and preservation; content security; virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR, AR, and MR); media infrastructure (SMPTE ST 2110) and distribution; image acquisition and processing; new techniques in audio; quality assurance and monitoring; workflow systems management; cloud technologies; and encouraging diversity technology.

Here’s the program rundown:

Monday, 23 October

  • The SMPTE 2017 Symposium: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future” will take place throughout the day.
  • SMPTE and Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Women In Post will present the annual Women in Technology Luncheon, which provides guests the opportunity to discuss ways to increase diversity in the media and entertainment workplace. Tickets are available for purchase separately, or as an add-on with conference registration.
  • The SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival will highlight the creative use of technology to support the art and craft of storytelling. Screenings will showcase outstanding short films submitted by students from around the world. Tickets are available separately, or as an add-on with conference registration. Tickets are free for students, and a donation to the SMPTE Education Fund is suggested for other attendees.

Tuesday, 24 October

  • The first day of the SMPTE 2017 technical conference will feature the opening keynote.
  • The Ray Dolby and Centennial Exhibit Halls will open at noon.
  • The Fellows Luncheon, open exclusively to SMPTE Fellows and Life Fellows, will honor the industry leaders newly elevated to Fellow status. SMPTE Fellows who wish to attend must select tickets with their conference registration.
  • The SMPTE Annual General Membership Meeting is open to all conference attendees, and separate ticket is not required.
  • The Oktoberfest Reception in the Centennial Exhibit Hall is open to all attendees, and no separate ticket is required.

Wednesday, 25 October

  • Day two of the SMPTE 2017 technical conference sessions will extend the entire day.
  • The Ray Dolby and Centennial Exhibit Halls will open at 10:00 am., and a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular cockail reception in the Ray Dolby Exhibit Hall is open to all conference attendees. No separate ticket is required.

Thursday, 26 October

  • The final day of SMPTE 2017 technical conference sessions will extend the entire day, with both exhibit halls open from 10:00 am. to 2:00 pm.
  • The SMPTE Annual Awards Gala will welcome ticketed guests on the red carpet and treat them to a reception and dinner honoring industry leaders. Tickets are available for purchase separately or as an add-on with conference registration.

Find out more about SMPTE at

For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are in force today. SMPTE Time Code and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars are just two examples of the Society’s notable work. Now in its second century, the Society is shaping the next-generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to the Society’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content.

SMPTE strives toward its goal through:

Membership Promoting networking and interaction
Standards Developing industry standards
Education Enhancing expertise through the Motion Imaging Journal, conferences, seminars, webcasts, and Section meetings


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