Schleich's first contact with SMPTE standards was in 2005, when he studied the file format specification for the Material Exchange Format (MXF) while an undergraduate student at Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany. Using his training as a software engineer, Schleich implemented software to validate and process prototype Digital Cinema Packages (DCP). Over time his involvement with the Society grew. Schleich went on to lead a drafting group for digital cinema standards and eventually the technology committee developing and maintaining all IMF standards.
In addition to implementing and authoring SMPTE standards, Schleich is part of the user community as well. In his current role managing technology partnerships and standards at Netflix, Schleich works with SMPTE and other bodies to ensure that standards and specifications address industry needs and to drive timely and successful implementation in the production technology space.
Florian Schleich has a webcast scheduled for Jan. 13 to talk about the future of SMPTE standards. Registration is available at https://www.smpte.org/webcast/jan-quarterly-standards?hsLang=en.