White Plains, NY (November 26, 2014)—The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) reports that the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) concluded successfully, setting a new record for paid attendance.
Through presentations, debates, panel discussions and technology exhibitions, the three-day event brought attendees an array of expert perspectives on the technologies, formats and standards on which the industry's future is being built. SMPTE 2014 attracted approximately 2,000 attendees representing 31 countries: the U.K., Japan, Germany, Belgium, China, South Korea, Hungary and France, as well as the U.S. and Canada. Paid registrations were up 11 percent over 2013.
For the first time, the pre-conference SMPTE Symposium was hosted by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA). Held at the historic El Capitan Theatre, "Making Do with More" was a day-long event that included creative sessions with filmmakers, cinematographers, visual effects artists, sound specialists, and colorists providing an in-depth discussion on the challenges they face and the opportunities now open to them with new tools to support their vision. The Symposium also included a demonstration area supported by Canon, where Sony Electronics, FilmLight, Dolby Laboratories, Technology Made Simple and Sundog Media Toolkit conducted demonstrations.
The Women in the Technology Workspace Luncheon, produced by SMPTE and HPA Women in Post, featured discussion centered on differences between women and men in the technology workplace and on how women can better position themselves for advancement.
SMPTE Hollywood Regional Governor, Paul Chapman and SMPTE Fellow, Jim DeFilippis served as program chairs for SMPTE 2014. Over the course of the event, more than 80 presentations were made through technical conference sessions that covered hot-button topics like networked media, file-based workflows, cloud security, asset management, UHDTV, higher frame rate (HFR) and audio technology. This year's technical papers were drawn from the U.K., Japan, Germany, India, Norway, China, and Canada, as well as the U.S. The sold-out exhibition hall featured displays and demonstrations from more than 80 technology and solution providers.