SMPTE opens registration for annual conference

Friday, August 12, 2016

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, has opened registration for the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (SMPTE 2016), scheduled for 25-27 October in Hollywood, California. The event begins with a one day SMPTE 2016 Symposium on 24 October. Early bird rates are available now until 20 August.

While SMPTE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition is already well-established as a forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology, SMPTE 2016 will also celebrate the Society's 100th anniversary. Taking place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, the event will fill two exhibit halls, multiple session rooms, and feature a C. Francis Jenkins Museum, a beer garden, and a series of special events culminating with the SMPTE Centennial Gala, hosted in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on 28 October.

"Every step along the media chain is evolving at a rapid pace, and SMPTE's centennial year is an ideal time to explore the path we've taken so far, as well as the new and emerging technologies that will drive us forward," said SMPTE education vice president, Pat Griffis. "With a growing slate of world-renowned technology thought-leaders presenting, SMPTE 2016 offers attendees unparalleled opportunities for professional development, relationship building, and 'mind sharing’. At the same time, a fabulous array of centennial-focused special events promises to add a new level of excitement and energy to the overall event."

SMPTE 2016 conference sessions will address topics including ultra high definition TV (UHDTV), high-frame-rate (HFR) imaging, and wide colour gamut (WCG); colour management; file workflows and formats; broadcast and IT-based networked media infrastructure; cloud media architectures; new distribution modalities; security; display technologies; audio; new cinema technologies and formats; image processing; asset management and storage; virtual reality (VR); compression; and diversity in the media workforce.

Tickets for many SMPTE 2016 events are limited, and early registration is encouraged. Early-bird registration pricing is available now until 20 August. Attendees can also save by taking advantage of the SMPTE group room rate at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, where a limited block of reduced-rate rooms will be available until 21 September, or while rooms are available.

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