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SMPTE Explores the Launch of a Pittsburgh Section

Monday, May 12, 2014 7:10
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Recognizing the growing importance of Pittsburgh in television, film, digital media and video gaming development; the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) – the premier standards and practices organization for motion imaging – is pleased to announce the exploration of a new Pittsburgh Section.  Under the leadership of SMPTE Fellows George Hoover, John Luff and Karl Paulsen, the new Pittsburgh SMPTE Section will focus on training, education and mentoring in all areas of motion imaging.

SMPTE’s new Pittsburgh Section will be open to those individuals and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh area (Western PA, Ohio, West Virginia and western Maryland), including professionals, educators and the many students in our region’s universities. The leadership team envisions monthly meetings beginning in September 2014 focused on a variety of related topics with presentations and training by industry professionals from throughout the country. SMPTE Pittsburgh Section will also be an excellent networking environment for the professional and student communities to get to know, and learn from, each other. From television to feature films to gaming and new media, SMPTE provides a home for all technologists. With considerable local interest and activity in new and merged media it is our intent to offer relevant programming and opportunities for professional networking that is suited to the landscape of emerging media solutions well beyond traditional models.

For nearly 100 years, SMPTE has been the leader in standards for the motion imaging industry, facilitating interoperability and therefore business. Among the many important things SMPTE does is provide access to education and professional development tools that advance the technical expertise of our members. Our new SMPTE Pittsburgh Section intends to focus on the practical application and understanding of those standards as encountered in today’s digitally driven media ecosystem.

The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning professional association, SMPTE, is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry with more than 6,000 individual members and 200 institutional members in 64 countries worldwide. Our members include engineers, technical directors, camera operators, editors, technicians, manufacturers, designers, educators, consultants and field users in networking, compression, encryption and more. There are various levels of SMPTE membership with annual dues in the range of $145 for individuals and $25 for students. For information on membership visit

SMPTE is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. For more about SMPTE please visit: .

In order to formally launch the Pittsburgh Section, SMPTE requires a minimum of 50 signatures of local members and approval by the SMPTE Board. We intend to present the petition to the Board at its next meeting on 16-June. Please register your interest in supporting this new Section by returning an email* or join us on Monday, May 19th at 6pm for an exploratory meeting to be held at:

The Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

RSVP to attend the event or indicate your interest in a SMPTE Pittsburg section by e-mail to Please include as part of the e-mail your contact information, including job title and company affiliation.


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