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The Detroit Section of SMPTE is made up of professionals, students and others interested in the technology of motion imaging. The Section holds monthly meetings with a technical topic. Non-members are always welcome and there is usually no admission charge.

Detroit Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

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Prism Sound Mic to Monitor Tour

Audio-engineering-SocietyOf interest to many SMPTE members is a presentation offered by the Audio Engineering Society Student Section at the University of Michigan. Here are the details:

On Tuesday, September 15th, Gik Acoustics will be holding a seminar that will deliver key insights into modern recording and mastering techniques as well as dispel popular myths surrounding these processes. Glenn Kuras, owner and president, will be conducting the presentation.

Whether you have a home theater, a listening room, a home recording studio, or a professional studio, every room’s acoustic issues must be treated. There are many variables that make a room unique — windows, columns, cathedral ceilings, doors, fireplaces —  this presentation will give insight on how to address these acoustic issues as well as how to set up a room correctly.

For more information, please see the attached poster.

When & Where:
University of Michigan
Watkins Lecture Hall Room 1350, E.V. Moore Building

School of Music, Theatre & Dance
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Vendor Technology Seminars and Events

Technology seminars and vendor events scheduled in our area this fall include:

Tektronix Videoinsight Events Tour

Tektronix presents a day of instructional sessions on video delivery and quality measurement. Topics include waveform monitors, plant synchronization, CALM Act and audio loudness, ancillary data/closed captions, interfaces, adaptive bit rate monitoring, HEVC compression and file-based workflows. Breakfast and lunch are included. There is a session in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, September 23, and in Farmington Hills on Thursday, September 25. See more information on the series of seminars and register online. (SBE Certified members: this seminar qualifies for recertification credit.)

Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscope Seminars

Rohde & Schwarz will offer two seminars on troubleshooting using oscilloscopes on Thursday, October 9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The morning session covers getting the most out of oscilloscope measurements, and the afternoon session is on serial bus analysis. View the course descriptions and register for the seminar by contacting Jackie Mancini at Rohde & Schwarz via e-mail at Jackie(dot)Mancini (at-symbol) rsa.rohde-schwarz.com. Space is limited to the first 30 registrations.

AVI Systems Technology Showcase

AVI Systems presents its fall Technology Showcase Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12 at the Sheraton Detroit Hotel in Novi. According to AVI, over 75 manufacturers will be represented, including Sony, Kramer, Barco, Panasonic and Polycom. Professional development seminars and complimentary breakfast and lunch are offered to attendees. Get more information on the event; you may register online.

SMPTE Officer and Governor Elections

Elections for the officers and governors of the Society run from August 18 to September 29, 2014. All members of the Society are eligible to vote.

Eligible members will be receiving voting instructions by postal mail or e-mail.

Members who cast their vote will be entered into a drawing for several prizes; the top prize is a year’s membership dues or registration at the 2014 Technical Conference.

Officers to be elected are President, Executive Vice-President, Education Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. Detroit Section members additionally can vote for the Central Region Governor.

Please go to the SMPTE Elections Information Page for candidate biographies and other information about the election, and don’t forget to vote prior to the deadline.

ADR Demonstration Friday, June 6

Ever wonder about the Hollywood magic to making the dialog you hear onscreen come out crystal clear? They use a little trick called ADR (Videomaker.com, 2010). We have a special opportunity for those who may be curious about how Automatic Dialogue Replacement (ADR) works.
You have seen the term used in the end credits of your favorite movie or TV show, ADR…often in the same frame as Foley.

One of our former SMPTE technical speakers Ken Glaza has extended an invitation to SMPTE guests and members to demonstrate how they do ADR at his company, K&R, this Friday around 1:30p. Space is limited, so we need everyone who is interested to RSVP so that he may prepare the space.

This is not the official June SMPTE meeting, which will be presented June 17th on Digital Cinema Packaging. An official invitation to that meeting will be sent out shortly.

Remember, please RSVP for the ADR demonstration to Ken Glaza of K&R Digital Media Production: 248-557-8276 or email

When you RSVP, Ken will provide the address where the demonstration is being held.