The SMPTE booth at the 2013 NAB Show buzzed with traffic and enthusiasm about the society’s current work. Projects underway over the past year generated high interest at the show, where SMPTE announced key advances in standards development, including the formation of a task force and the results of the society’s latest quarterly standards meetings. With a conference produced in partnership with the NAB Show, SMPTE also demonstrated its ability to offer dynamic educational events featuring leading figures in the motion picture business. While keynote speaker Jon Landau, the Oscar®-winning producer of “Titanic” and “Avatar,” attracted a large audience to the conference session, word of mouth and social media posts brought a huge crowd of students to the SMPTE booth for the fourth annual Student Ice Cream Social.

Conference Session: 2013 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema

The 2013 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema, produced in partnership with SMPTE, provided two full days of insight into how advances in cinema image and sound are shaping the motion picture industry. The summit brought together an array of industry leaders and experts, who shared unique insights into the evolution and future application of motion-imaging technologies. Highlights included a discussion of high-frame-rate (HFR) technology and an insider’s look at the HFR release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” an exploration of topics including innovations in 4K and 8K, evolving postproduction workflows, and the latest in immersive sound technologies and laser projection systems.

SMPTE President Receives Leadership Award

During the 2013 NAB Show, SMPTE President Wendy Aylsworth received the 2013 Women in Leadership Technology Award from TVNewsCheck magazine. The award recognizes women who have contributed significantly toward technologically advancing the industry. As the senior vice president of technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Aylsworth is known for her work overseeing creation of the first digital cinema standards and her role in validating and rolling out high-frame-rate projection systems for the opening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” She is the first woman president of SMPTE and earlier served as both SMPTE executive vice president and as SMPTE engineering vice president.

SMPTE Student Support

About 70 students from colleges and universities all over the U.S. and Canada flocked to the SMPTE booth to enjoy ice cream while hearing SMPTE members discuss their work in sound, digital cinema, cameras, broadcasting, and manufacturing. SMPTE President Wendy Aylsworth, who began her career in the aerospace industry and today has reached the heights of the entertainment industry, addressed the group and shared a bit about her own background and career path.

SMPTE’s support for students goes well beyond offering expert advice and free ice cream. Through a $5,000 challenge grant established in 2012 by Mr. William Miller, a SMPTE member, the society has been able to put nearly $10,000 of donated funds toward the sponsorship of student memberships.