SMPTE, the organisation whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, announced that the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2018) and the SMPTE 2018 Symposium preceding it were a success across the board.
SMPTE 2018 featured 78 technical presentations selected from 156 paper proposals, advanced technology exhibition, a ceremony recognising newly elevated SMPTE Fellows, the Annual Awards Gala, a luau reception, an Oktoberfest reception, a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular reception, on-location video coverage by postPerspective, and a daily newsletter published by The Broadcast Bridge.
“It proved to be a dynamic conference, covering topics including artificial intelligence and its growing influence on the motion imaging industry, the ongoing shift toward IP-based facilities and workflows, the expanding role of the cloud in media production applications, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion across our industry — topped off by a spectacular Awards Gala recognizing the industry’s best talent, “said executive director, Barbara Lange, SMPTE. The SMPTE 2018 Symposium drew a crowd with the topic ‘Driving the Entertainment Revolution: Autonomous Cars, Machine Intelligence, & Mixed Reality.’ It explored how AI and machine learning, coupled with improvements in picture and sound, are coming together to create fully immersive experiences. Intel Automated Driving Group’s senior VP, Douglas Davis delivered the keynote: ‘Safety Today for the Autonomous Tomorrow.’
The day’s events also included the annual Women in Technology Luncheon, presented by Hollywood Professional Association’s (HPA’s) Women in Post Committee and SMPTE. The technical conference sessions began with a keynote presentation by 30 Ninjas’ CEO, Julina Tatlock. Over three days of technical presentations, speakers and panellist-addressed topics such as professional media networking, IP-based solutions and workflows, the Better Pixels Project, managing complex workflows, evaluating image quality for brighter displays, AI algorithms and why they will become a must for any content producer and provider, the evolution of streaming services, the cloud, the metamorphosis of today’s encoding technologies, advances in display technologies, and using media asset management (MAM) to better manage metadata.