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The Sacramento Chapter of SMPTE is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Dinner Meeting, Feb. 24th, 6-9pm

  • Social Hour: 5:15 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm (don’t be late!)
  • Meeting: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ensemble Designs, 870 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City, CA
  • Speakers: Peter Symes with SMPTE, Nigel Seth-Smith with Gennum Corporation

Peter Symes will be speaking about “SMPTE Standards for 3D to the Home.”

Peter Symes gained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1967 and began his career in television in the engineering department of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He worked in product management for Philips and Central Dynamics before joining Grass Valley. From 1983 to 2007 he held a number of positions with responsibilities that include strategic planning, intellectual property, and technological liaison. He represented Grass Valley in many organizations including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) where he served two terms as Engineering Vice President and one as Financial Vice President. In July 2007 he left Grass Valley to join SMPTE staff as Director of Standards & Engineering.

Symes holds patents and is the joint recipient of Emmy awards for the architecture of the digital picture processor. He is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of SMPTE.

He has written and presented numerous papers at industry conferences, and is the author of Video Compression (1998), Video Compression Demystified (2001), and Digital Video Compression (2003), all published by McGraw Hill. He has also contributed to other books, including Understanding Digital Cinema (Focal Press, 2004) and two editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook.

Nigel Seth-Smith from Gennum Corporation will be speaking about “Jitter Management in 3G-SDI Systems.”

Nigel Seth-Smith joined Gennum in 2002 as part of a team responsible for Strategic New Product Definition and Business Development. He represents Gennum on the ITU-R, the DTG and SMPTE. Prior to joining Gennum, Mr. Seth-Smith was in R&D design and engineering management at a number of organizations, including the UKIBA, Scientific-Atlanta, DPS and Snell & Wilcox.

He has been a member of the IET since 1982, the IEEE since 1995, and SMPTE since 2007. He has published a number of patents and papers, and has made presentations at IBC, NAB, Montreux, HD Masters and ICCE.

Directions: Coming from Grass Valley, head North on Hwy. 49. Take the Gold Flat Rd. exit. Turn right onto Gold Flat Rd. Ensemble is located about half a mile on the left.

Members and Non-Members are all welcome, but RSVP’S ARE REQUIRED!

RSVP to msmothers@ewingfoley.com by February 19, 2010.