Category Archives: Societies

Societies really imply a lot of special efforts by individual. Here's some news from some of the many in this field.

NAB / CinemaCon Future Space.Time Conjunctions

The schedule for the NATO convention now known as CinemaCon* and the NAB Convention has taken on interesting time intersection. They both occur in Las Vegas. 

In the past the NATO convention (then known as ShoWest) was 4 or 5 weeks before NAB. With the first CinemaCon this year (2011) there was a 9 day difference between the end of CinemaCon and the beginning of NAB (if you consider the SMPTE/NATO “DCienmaDays” as the beginning of NAB…the weekend before the NAB Exhibits open.

In 2012 this takes an interesting twist. NAB begins on the 14th and closes on the 19th of April, with CinemaCon beginning just a few days later on the 23rd (and closing on Thursday the 26th.

2013 brings NAB on 6-11 April with CinemaCon on 15-18.

2014 switches them; first CinemaCon on 24-27 March and NAB on 5-10 April. (Perhaps these dates were chosen because Passover is on the 15th and Easter that year is on the 20th. There is no conflicts with these floating holidays the other years.)

Now if only the Hollywood Post Alliance festival in Palm Springs were moved from February to the week before CinemaCon us Europeans could schedule one trip and get our tech fix all in one long drip-fed dose. 



*It has been confirmed that the Con in CinemaCon has nothing to do with “Putting the Con back in Cinema” as has been suspected. 

NAB Wrap-up | Andy Marken

NAB is still sorta about TV and movies…but with a difference.

The difference is huge. They’re trying to figure out how to hook you up with their content, stuff, rather than letting the other guy suck you in. So they’re 

trying all the angles smartphone, tablet, notebook. Heck even the TV and theater. Seems as though you’ve given up work, exercise, just about everything to watch  content anytime, anywhere, anyhow. Continue reading NAB Wrap-up | Andy Marken

HPA Keeps Giving…Schubin Cafe

The HPA Technical Retreat has come and gone, but the Schubin Cafe keeps posting slide shows and videos from the event.

Don’t miss these two posts:
Schubin Cafe » Blog Archive » Alternatives to Two-Lens 3D (HPA 2011 Tech Retreat Presentation #2)
Schubin Cafe » Blog Archive » Alternatives to Two-Lens 3D (HPA 2011 Tech Retreat Presentation #2)

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MPEG envisages royalty-free MPEG video coding standard

At the 95th Motion Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) meeting, held at the end of January in Korea, the group announced it plans to issue a call, in March, for proposals for a video compression technology. This call will be for what is known as an ISO/IEC “Type-1 licensing” standard which would mean the new standard would be intended to be royalty-free. Continue reading MPEG envisages royalty-free MPEG video coding standard

EDCF Tech Meeting, HI/VI Presentation; 20/1/11

Continuing the HI/VI Discussion from the September 2010 IBC Presentation, this 20 Jan 2011 presentation to the European Digital Cinema Forum Technical Group covers new information on 3D Glasses Hygiene, Laser Light Engines, and news about the EU Ratification of the UN Convention | Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the US Department of Justice Hearings for Non-Discrimination, and SMPTE/InterOp DCP and HI/VI Plugfest Tests.

Sayonara CD-ROM: SMPTE

SMPTE LogoThe process of staying on top of standards has advanced another step to modernity. Instead of a CD-ROM subscription plan, which naturally could only be kept up to date at production cycle points, SMPTE has announce a new online subscription service (beginning 1 November) that allows online access to SMPTE Standards, Recommended Practices, Engineering Guidelines and Registered Disclosure Documents. The non-member price is $800, while individual members pay $500.

Why is this interesting? As we see from the recent IEEE 1722 (A/V over ethernet) voting and passage, the protocol still has another 6 weeks to wait before approved by the Board, plus another 3 months (at least) waiting for the publication cycle – getting the magazine printed and distributed. Only then, after publication, can the protocol be called a standard. But until then, people involved with the process might have variations of the documents, but the interested public will have nothing. Online publication will help speed this process. 

The following email to the membership explains the details and contact information for questions and suggestions…and yes, if you have a subscription now, it will be converted to online…tres cool.

Continue reading Sayonara CD-ROM: SMPTE

SMPTE Numbers Get New View

The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers has sent an email to membership giving details of a new normalization of their document numbering system. It mentions that the use of SI Units is the preferred set of units of measurement in all SMPTE Engineering Documents…which implies that the previous use of an “M” in document names (to designate the metric version) will no longer be needed. Further, the numbers will be in effect for new documents, but only changed in existing documents as they are revised. Thus, documents referenced in new documents might have the new or old style. 

What follows is the data sent in the letter from SMPTE.

Continue reading SMPTE Numbers Get New View

Call for Papers–SMPTE 2010 Annual Tech Conference

SMPTE logoSMPTE is pleased to once again be holding its Annual Conference at the 
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel

Fall Conference – Register Early & Save Up To 25%

I also want to encourage you to save the date for the SMPTE Annual Conference & Expo, which takes place Oct. 26-28 in Hollywood – and to take advantage our early-registration discounts.

Early conference registration opens on 6 August, 2010. To register for the event and receive up to a 25% member discount, please visit
You can also visit the same site to reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate today.

We plan to get you updates shortly with regard to the speaker and presentation lineups for this event – and look forward to seeing you in California this Fall.

Implications of Having Crossed the Chasm

Moore's Technology Adoption Cycle v DCinema Installations 2009Those who follow such things say that Screen Digest’s Senior Analyst, Head of Film and Cinema David Hancock correctly predicted the number of DCinema screens at the end of 2009. The April 2009 report, Digital Cinema Takes off Worldwide isn’t so bold in making predictions, nor was David’s presentation at CineExpo, except to note a half billion euro shortfall in the amount of money available to completely saturate the market. (Discussed here at Other aspects of this can be heard and read at: State of European DCinema Conference.)

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