The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the organisation whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology. The SMPTE Australia Section’s Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE17) returns in 2017 to Darling Harbour, delivering a premiere exhibition space and world-class conference program. Attendees will be offered unparalleled opportunities for professional development, relationship building and technical education sessions. SMPTE17 runs over 18-21 July at the new International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbour in Sydney.
Alongside a top-class line-up of exhibitors participating in the exhibition, the SMPTE17 Conference runs across three days focusing on ‘Embracing Connective Media’.
Delegates will have the chance to learn from some of the brightest local and international minds in the industry. “We’ve got a wide array of sessions and presenters who will provide educational, thought-provoking, and even controversial perspectives on the trends and technologies driving our industry forward, consider it to be the first day of the next ten years of television,” said Paul Broderick, chair of the SMPTE Australia Section. “A truly international conference, SMPTE17 will give attendees the chance to hear from thought leaders from around the globe and to gain insight into the future of media creation, delivery, display, and consumption. I am particularly delighted to welcome the Shadow Minister of Communications Michelle Rowland MP as our keynote speaker.”
The huge variety of sessions include implementation of cloud and IP technologies, working with ultra-high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) content, and vision and sound considerations for Virtual and Augmented Reality production. Several fascinating case studies will be presented, including delivering drama for extreme screen sizes, new approaches to remote sports production, and using IP technology to bring a “live cinema” project to life. Bookings are now open for the conference with attendees able to select from a bundle of six or the complete program – with discounts for members or affiliates of SMPTE.
Broadcast and IT engineers, solutions architects, specifiers, project managers, technicians, producers, students, trainees, equipment suppliers and manufacturers, as well as CTOs and CEOs in related industries – all will find the Conference offers valuable sessions on the latest trends, technologies and operational practices for the broadcast, content production and media industries. The conference will balance technical matters with creative, operational and business topics.
The Exhibition will feature over 100 of the leading suppliers delivering solutions to meet the needs of thousands of qualified buyers looking for the latest products and technology. Acting as Australia’s most comprehensive forum for connecting buyers and suppliers face-to-face, visitors will be able to source all the products they need in one convenient location. Visitor registration for the exhibition is free and can be completed online.
According to show organiser, Expertise Events’ Managing Director, Gary Fitz-Roy, many of the organisations involved in broadcasting and content creation utilise SMPTE as a platform to launch new products and showcase the latest technology.
“Running every second year really facilitates an amazing display of the latest technology that is on offer, and it is always great to see such a positive and immediate reaction from the visitor audience,” Fitz-Roy said.
All the information on the 2017 SMPTE Conference & Exhibition can be found by visiting smpte.com.au/
About SMPTE Australia Section
The Australia Section of SMPTE was founded in 1971. Today, it is part of the SMPTE Asia-Pacific Region that includes more than 750 members. SMPTE in Australia has been a leader in building ties between like-minded and guild organisations serving the media and content industry. Further information about SMPTE Australia Section is available at www.smpte.org.au
For more than a century, the people of SMPTE (pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of SMPTE’s notable work. As it enters its second century, SMPTE is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.
SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to SMPTE’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join