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SMPTE Conference Jam Packed with IP Networking Goodness

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) announced it will host a series of presentations at its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition that will focus on IP networking, file-based workflows and cloud services.

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SMPTE Details IP Networking, Cloud, File-Based Workflow Panels For SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

SMPTE 2012 ● 22 – 25 October ● Hollywood ●
Pre-Conference Symposium: High Frame Rates for Digital Cinema ● 22 October

White Plains, NY, 14 August 2012 – The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the media, entertainment, communications, and technology industries, today detailed a series of presentations at the SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition that will focus on fundamental, A/V-based changes to IP networks in advance of a predicted explosion in bandwidth use – as well as smart strategies for cloud migration and leading advances in file-based workflows.

SMPTE 2012 will take place 23 – 25 October in Hollywood. A special pre-conference symposium – High Frame Rates for Digital Cinema- will take place on 22 October. Registration and program information are available at

Premier Annual Event Draws Broadcast, Cinema, IT Thought Leaders
As the premier event for motion-imaging industry, the annual SMPTE conference enables technical and high-level business professionals to hear from and engage with academic, engineering, executive, and standards thought leaders across the broadcast, cinema, and IT industries.

SMPTE 2012 lives up to this standard, with scheduled presentations from the BBC, Belden, Cisco, Dolby Laboratories, Ericsson, FUJIFILM, Harmonic, Harris, HBO, IBM, Microsoft, NHK, NVIDIA, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm, Snell, Skywalker Sound, Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Technicolor, and Verizon. Also participating will be leading vision-science researchers from around the world – as well as representatives from the European Broadcasting Union and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

IP Networks Set For Fundamental Improvements As Bandwidth Set To Explode
While the use of Internet Protocol (IP) networks for real-time digital workflows is increasing, media and entertainment organizations face unique technical challenges to simultaneously route multiple video and audio formats, on a variety of physical interconnections, to an ever-growing array of devices. SMPTE 2012 will highlight how meeting those challenges is spurring changes to some basic network building blocks.

Belden, for example, will describe a rewrite by the IEEE of that organization’s Ethernet standard designed to help audio and video devices interoperate more easily. Meanwhile, researchers from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation will detail a modified transmission control protocol (TCP) – one of the core rule sets in the IP suite used to ensure the reliable transfer of data between computers – that dynamically allocates bandwidth to news stories based on their priority rather than being forced to share that bandwidth equally, as is the case today.

Other presentations will focus on improving network performance amid a predicted explosion in bandwidth requirements, including an evaluation of the new HEVC compression algorithm; the use of modern graphics processing units (GPUs) to support RAW format 4K workflows; and a review of the SMPTE BXF standard for moving commercial schedules and related metadata across a broad array of distribution platforms.

Smart Cloud Migration, Real-Time File-Based Workflows
Continuing the discussions that began in May at its Forum on Emerging Media Technologies held in Geneva, Switzerland, SMPTE 2012 will explore the use of cloud-based infrastructures in media and entertainment operations. To date, organizations have been reluctant to move to the cloud because of issues including available bandwidth, content security, and the still-complex nature of some workflows.

To that end, Deloitte Consulting will present three sample use cases to conference attendees, each focusing on the most commonly cited benefits of cloud service providers and highlighting considerations when assessing if the cloud is right for an organization’s digital content needs.

As for the workflows within digital infrastructures, SMPTE 2012 attendees will get a deep view into a scalable file system developed by researchers at Fraunhofer IIS in Germany – one that offers real-time access and enabling consumers to receive a different version of an image or video, depending on their current access rights.

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About The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, it spearheads multiple activities to advance moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. To join the Society, please visit