SMPTE 2018 featured 78 technical presentations selected from 156 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.
The full-day SMPTE 2018 Symposium drew a crowd with the topic “Driving the Entertainment Revolution: Autonomous Cars, Machine Intelligence, & Mixed Reality.” The Symposium explored how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, coupled with improvements in picture and sound, are coming together to create fully immersive experiences that will revolutionize the entertainment industry. Intel Automated Driving Group Senior Vice President Douglas Davis delivered the keynote: “Safety Today for the Autonomous Tomorrow.”
The events also included the annual Women in Technology Luncheon, presented by Hollywood Professional Association’s (HPA’s) Women in Post Committee and SMPTE. The luncheon featured a conversation with tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Rachel Payne, who is CEO of FEM Inc., a company founded by women whose mission is to serve and empower diverse audiences.
SMPTE 2018 kicked off, 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.
The technical conference sessions began with a keynote presentation by 30 Ninjas CEO Julina Tatlock, who is an award-winning writer-producer, virtual reality (VR) director, and social TV specialist. Tatlock provided SMPTE 2018 attendees with a rich and rare perspective on how leading-edge creatives are working with next-gen technologies to redefine the very nature of media and entertainment.
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.
Dean McFlicker, producer and director at NBC, served as host of the after-party program, recognizing individuals for their technical achievements and contributions within the media and entertainment industry.
Live video from the Annual General Membership Meeting and video interviews are available for on-demand viewing on the SMPTE YouTube channel. Photos are also available on the Society’s Flickr page. Video of presentations and technical papers are already available to conference attendees, and they will be available at 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, will take place from Oct. 21-24, 2019, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. The call for paper proposals will open in February 2019.