Attendance Up for SMPTE 2016

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Wed, 11/09/2016 - 08:29 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition held last month in Hollywood, California, drew nearly 2,500 registered attendees for an event that featured 72 expert presentations and more than 108 exhibitors spread across two exhibit halls.

"Attendance for SMPTE 2016 was higher than for last year's event, with guests from around the world joining us in Hollywood for an exceptional technical program and historic Centennial Gala," said Barbara Lange, SMPTE executive director. "In fact, it was a fantastic week, offering everything from the latest creative and technical innovations to a beer garden, '20s-themed honors and awards reception, and black-tie gala featuring great entertainment and honoring top motion-imaging innovators."

Like the Society's centennial celebrations, the three-day conference program built on the theme of the past, present, and future. Sessions addressed the industry's continued embrace of ultra high definition and 4K/8K resolution, higher frame rates, high-dynamic-range, and wider color gamut from perspectives ranging from aesthetics and psycho-visual effects to workflow, monitoring, distribution, and display. Sessions on video compression described low-bandwidth usage for over-the-top internet delivery to mobile devices and mezzanine encoding for high-end, intra-, and inter-studio/facility applications.

A full wrap-up of SMPTE 2016 will appear in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.