#SMPTE2016 Celebrates 100 Years! Conference and Gala

100logoThe Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE®) will be celebrating a remarkable milestone that not too many organizations reach, their centennial year!  For an organization that supported technological advances in the world of media time and time again and who has shaped our work standards throughout the years (100 years to be exact) is just mind blowing! The SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, and the SMPTE 2016 Symposium will be hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in the Ray Dolby Ballroom in (no other place in the world) Hollywood, California. There is bunch of information, video coverage, and features that will be provided throughout the week from Broadcast Beat Magazine (the official video partner of the  SMPTE/Hollywood & Highland 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition). SO let’s not delay any further! Here is a highlight run down of the Conference Program (full conference program can be seen here:

The SMPTE 2016 Symposium titled “Preserving Stories for the Future: A Technology Perspective” will be launched dteruggiby Daniel Teruggi, Director of Research and Experimentation Department at the National Audiovisual Institute in Paris. *Mr. Teruggi has been the coordinator of the FP6 European project PrestoSpace, devoted to the development of new technology for digital preservation, and the FP7 European project PrestoPRIME, dedicated to the long-term preservation of digital audiovisual content. He is a member of the Europeana project and Foundation and general secretary of the International Federation of Audiovisual Archives (FIAT/IFTA). Within these projects, new technological devices and new methods for digitization and long-term preservation were successfully developed with many industrial applications and developments. Teruggi has composed nearly 80 works, mainly for the concert and always using electroacoustic devices with or without acoustic instruments. He is the author of numerous research articles on sound and musical perception, and musical analysis. Teruggi is a founding member of the International Electroacoustic Musical Studies network. *(provided by SMPTE) The SMPTE 2016 Symposium is a full day of exciting speakers and informational topics that will be well worth your time. Topics that range from Enhanced Formats Need Enhanced Archival Brains described as Object based audio; enhanced theatrical, virtual reality require very smart people to dissect and describe their atomic archival parts; Wrapper’s Delight described as: IMF, AXF, MXF, DCI…there are many wrappers with many acronyms and many more uses. How do these standards help preserve and protect moving images? What is assumed about the futures.

“On SMPTE‘s 100th anniversary, it’s fascinating to see how much technology has transformed not only the way we tell stories but also how we preserve them,” said Andrea Kalas, president of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and program chair for the SMPTE 2016 Symposium. “With Daniel’s presentation, the Association of Moving Image Archivists is happy to pay tribute to SMPTE‘s role in preserving heritage by bringing to the symposium a fascinating set of discussions on the changing role of the archives in 2016. Why restore films anymore, how do you archive a video game, and what does archiving have to do with human biology? These are just a few of the provocative sessions. We look forward to some lively discussion.”

The SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference Opening Keynotes will be based on topics and discussions from the past, present and future of the technology that is the evolution of cinema! From Cinerama and Cinemascope to never-before-seen clips of a 3D 120fsp system called Magi. Doug Trumbull, Visual Effects and Immersive douglas-trumbullMedia Pioneer will bring his expertise and his long list of work as a photographic effects supervisor on such films as: *”2001: A Space Odyssey” and on subsequent titles such as “The Andromeda Strain,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” and “Blade Runner.” He has also directed the feature films “Silent Running” and “Brainstorm,” contributed to the design of groundbreaking theme park attractions, and invented simulation ride technology. In the 1990s he helped to bring IMAX into the commercial feature film marketplace. Now through Trumbull Studios, he is pushing the boundaries of the giant screen, higher frame rates (HFR), extreme-brightness 3D and virtual digital production with his revolutionary Magi process.

Trumbull holds more than 20 patents, including one for the first entertainment simulator ride, “Back to the Future: The Ride” at Universal Studios theme parks, and another for the Academy Award®-winning Showscan® process for high-speed 70 mm cinematography. He was recently awarded the coveted Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award for his contributions to cinema technology, and at the Oct. 28 SMPTE Centennial Gala, he will join James Cameron in accepting SMPTE‘s top honors. Trumbull will receive the SMPTE Progress Medal, and Cameron will receive Honorary Membership. *(provided by SMPTE)

robert_seidel_a_pLastly, Robert Seidal, SMPTE Preisent and VP of Engineering and Advanced Technology at CBS will continue discussions on digital television, current trends in 4K television and over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and more! *Over his career at CBS, Seidel has played a key role in the evolution of the network’s broadcast technology. He directed the design and installation of the CBS Broadcast Origination Center and later led the engineering team that made broadcasting history on July 23, 1996, when WRAL-HD, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, became the first television station to transmit in high-definition (HD). He has received an Emmy® Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his innovation in portable satellite uplink systems used for worldwide newsgathering, and in 2014 he received the National Association of Broadcasters Television Engineering Achievement Award. *(provided by SMPTE)

“With their incredible experience and transformative involvement in the evolution of media consumption, Doug and Bob can provide a truly unique overview of the tremendous achievements our industry has made over the past century — and they’ll also offer an informed look ahead at what we might accomplish in the next 100 years,” said Barbara Lange, SMPTE executive director. “We are proud to open our centennial year Annual Technical Conference with a joint keynote from these two industry leaders.”

Stay tuned for more updates and coverage at the #SMPTE100 from BROADCAST BEAT MAGAZINE!

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
smpte_logoFor the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in 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 earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.

SMPTE‘s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at  

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