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White Plains, New York—Sep 23, 2005

All-Day Forum on Digital Cinema Kicks Off SMPTE Conference

Under the programming guidance of renowned technology expert Larry Thorpe, SMPTE has just wrapped up its program and presentation selection for the SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition scheduled for Nov 9th through 12th, 2005 in New York City. This highly anticipated event will start with a full-day forum on Digital Cinema. In light of the accelerating advances in technologies and standardization related to Digital Cinema, SMPTE believes its Technical Conference this November is an ideal time to report to the conference attendees on the present status of this exciting and now fast-paced industry movement. The ensuing three days conference will encompass some twelve separate sessions that focus on a broad range of technologies and infrastructures relating to the creation and management of digital content.

The Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) consortium has reached a major milestone with the finalization of their specification in mid-2005. This substantive document reflects the consensus of the major studios on all that should constitute an end-to-end digital cinema system, as well as their detailed technical specifications and recommendations relating to all of the primary elements that constitute the total system. Because of the importance of this achievement SMPTE has asked representatives from DCI to conduct a detailed tutorial explaining the core sections of their specification. The morning session of the All-Day Seminar will be dedicated to this technical seminar.

The afternoon session will be conducted by SMPTE and will broaden the exploration of works in progress relating to digital cinema. This session will encompass some in-depth technical tutorials on technologies central to a digital cinema system. In particular, an update of the JPEG 2000 compression algorithm, color management system, and security systems will be included. Representatives from National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) will outline their present thinking on a rollout model for digital cinema. SMPTE will provide the latest overview on the current status of standardization activities within their various DC-28 Working Groups on Digital Cinema.

The following three days of the conference (Nov 10th through 12th) will highlight recent developments in both digital Standard Definition and High Definition Television. A special focus on content creation will examine new products and systems for HDTV Newsgathering, Small Format HDV Acquisition, Large Sensor digital motion imaging, and recent advances in Motion Picture Film technologies. Other sessions will focus on areas of digital infrastructure including digital Storage systems, digital Sound for Broadcast and Cinema, Media Infrastructure (like MXF, GXF, and AAF) and IP-based Broadcast plant. There will also be sessions on Content Consumption and Protection and the latest in Display Technology (with particular emphasis on Fixed Pixel Displays).

“The Conference and Exhibition is one individuals can turn to for a deeper understanding of the many new technologies that are presently changing the way the industry does things,” says Thorpe, “and if you’re not on board now, what will happen when these new technologies are required by competitive marketplace dynamics, consumer trends and demands, or even government?” Thorpe is generally considered to be one of the leaders of the HDTV movement. His impressive list of accomplishments include pioneering HDTV market development in the United States, and holding ten patents in the field of broadcast development.


One of SMPTE’s salient missions is to disseminate information about the latest in motion imaging technology. Though not purely academic or hypothetical, the SMPTE conference is geared to presenting solid technological information to attendees and to fostering vigorous information exchange among them. Peter Ludé, SMPTE Editorial Vice-President, explains. "When we hear that an attendee has learned something at the SMPTE Conference, and successfully implemented what they’ve learned at their own organization, we’re delighted. Their success is our success."

In addition to the educational side of the conference, a full exhibit hall with a host of companies, both big and small, will be demonstrating their wares in the SMPTE Exhibit, which runs the first three days of the conference. “The SMPTE Exhibit brings an even greater authority to this technical event, by flanking the discussions in the session rooms on the technologies of tomorrow, with a broad range of contemporary, real, and successful applications in the Exhibition Hall,” says SMPTE Conference Vice-President Ken Fuller.

SMPTE meetings and social events are planned for the conference, affording attendees, exhibitors, and guest speakers to network and converse. These include the conference’s opening night Welcome Bash, SMPTE’s Fellows Luncheon for members of the Society who have been inducted as Fellows, and the Honors and Awards Reception, where SMPTE annually lauds those in both the Society and the industry who have contributed greatly to the advancement of motion imaging.

For more information about SMPTE’s Technical Conference and Exhibition, please see their website at www.smpte.org.
About Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers: Winner of an Oscar(R) and multiple Emmy(R) Awards, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is a global leader in advancing the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. A professional membership association that is internationally recognized and accredited, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. For a century, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. 

Nearly 7,000 members -- motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students -- who meet in Sections worldwide, sustain the Society. Through the Societys partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by 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 www.smpte.org/join.
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