SMPTE Fall Conference to Focus on Technology “Nut and Bolts”

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Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

New and emerging entertainment technologies of practical use to content creation management distribution and display professionals will be the focus of SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference and Expo. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers says early bird registration is now open for the international event. The three-day conference and trade show takes place October 28-30 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood California and will be preceded by a special pre-conference symposium on October 27.

SMPTE 2008 will feature keynotes white papers case studies and tutorials from thought-leaders worldwide who will detail their findings and experience on a broad range of topics from stereoscopic 3D theatrical and home entertainment to asset management via metadata to IPTV. “We designed the SMPTE 2008 Tech Conference and Expo to be a nuts and bolts resource for our members as well as a service to the greater professional entertainment technology community ” says Kimberly Maki executive director of the organization and the show. “It is a nonproprietary event where the industry can learn about the latest media-related technologies and how they will be employed and about the innovations likely to be put into place in the next five years.” 

 SMPTE 2008 will offer more educational sessions than previous annual shows brought about by a record number of white paper submissions. More than 55 percent of the tendered research came from experts outside the United States. Final presenters were selected by the SMPTE 2008 program committee which is chaired by Tom Scott vice president technology OnStream Media. An expanded trade show floor will complement this year’s conference with high-tech hands-on displays from companies in the entertainment hardware software tools and technologies marketplace.

 Peter Ludé senior vice president of engineering Broadcast and Business Solutions Sony Electronics is SMPTE editorial vice president; John Luff television technology consultant with HD Consulting is conference vice president; and Patricia Keighley vice president/general manager of David Keighley Productions 70MM Inc. is chair of the Local Arrangements Committee.
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