Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2018)—The SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2018) and the SMPTE 2018 Symposium were held at a new venue in downtown Los Angeles this year and, according to the organization, were “a success across the board.”
Held October 23-25 at a new and more expansive venue, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, SMPTE 2018 featured 78 technical presentations selected from 156 paper proposals; advanced technology exhibitions; a ceremony recognizing newly elevated SMPTE Fellows; the Annual Awards Gala; a luau reception, an Oktoberfest reception, and a Trick or Treat Spooktacular reception; on-location video coverage by postPerspective; and a daily newsletter published by The Broadcast Bridge.
"We leveraged our new venue to expand the technical and educational offerings at SMPTE 2018, as well as the social and networking opportunities available throughout the event," said SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange. "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."
On Monday, October 22, the full-day SMPTE 2018 Symposium drew a crowd with the topic "Driving the Entertainment Revolution: Autonomous Cars, Machine Intelligence, & Mixed Reality." 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 and featuring tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Rachel Payne, CEO of FEM Inc.
SMPTE 2018 kicked off on Tuesday, launching with the SMPTE Annual General Membership Meeting. SMPTE president-elect Patrick Griffis joined SMPTE president Matthew Goldman to introduce a strategic business plan, newly approved by the SMPTE Board of Governors, that articulates SMPTE's guiding principles, vision, and mission statements and details a three-year roadmap and investment plan.
Over three days of technical presentations, speakers and panelists addressed topics such as professional media networking; Internet Protocol (IP)-based solutions and workflows; the Better Pixels Project; managing complex workflows; evaluating image quality for brighter displays, immersive visual experiences, and high-dynamic-range (HDR); 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.
Live video from the Annual General Membership Meeting and video interviews are available for on-demand viewing on the SMPTE YouTube channel. Photos are available on the Society's Flickr page.
Video of presentations and technical papers are already available to conference attendees, and they will be available to the general public on January 28, 2019 at www.youtube.com/smpteconnect. Subscribers to conference proceedings in the SMPTE digital library hosted on the IEEE Xplore platform will have access to the presentations and papers by Jan. 28.
Next year's event, the SMPTE 2019 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2019), will take place from October 21-24 at the same location — the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. The call for paper proposals will open in February 2019.
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