Welcome to SMPTE Detroit!

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

Special Membership Meeting

As of July 1, the Detroit SMPTE Section is in “limbo” status with the national SMPTE organization. For the recent Election period this past spring, we were unable to field a slate of candidates for Section Officers (Chair and Secretary/Treasurer), and had a minimum number for open Manager positions.

Since we as a group have not met for about a year, there will be an “unofficial” meeting of the SMPTE Detroit Section on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 PM, at the Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive in Novi (north of Twelve Mile just east of M-5). Besides being an opportunity for some networking and socializing, our primary agenda will be to discuss the future of SMPTE in Detroit. Should we:

  • Continue, possibly with altered formats and schedules for meetings and programs?
  • Form new liaisons with other industry groups, local and regionally?
  • Become a non-SMPTE-affiliated Professional Technical Interest Group (without having to meet the many organizational requirements for SMPTE Sections)?
  • Or, if lacking sufficient interest or potential participation, after many decades of existence, let the Detroit SMPTE Section do a graceful Fade to Black?

Whether you are working or retired, Active, Student or Lifetime Member, or even a still-interested former member, please consider attending this meeting. Your input will be most important. Please let us know if you are able to attend; this will help with seating arrangements, and we will know to whom to send any updated information.

If unable to come, please send thoughts and suggestions on the matter using our Contact form.

Results of 2016 Section Elections

The annual section elections have closed. Here are the results:

  • Chair (2016-17): Louis Johnson IV, Auxecutive/Arrington-Johnson, LLC
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2016-17): Charles W. Reti, CBS Television Stations
  • Managers (2016-18): Chris Hill, Retired; Gerry Matthews, RingSide Creative, and Frank Maynard, CBS Television Stations

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for your service to the Society.

The Detroit Section is always interested in involving new people in guiding the activities of the Section. If you would be interested in serving as an elected officer in the future, please contact any of the people above or use the contact form  to get in touch.

Toronto Section Boot Camp

Registration is now open for the SMPTE Toronto Section’s Boot Camp VII. Titled Pixels & Packets: Exploring UHD, HDR and Live IP, the all day session at Ryerson University will explore current topics in television technology and features a trade show, expo and barbeque. Registration is only C$150 for SMPTE members; free for student members and C$20 for non-student members.

February 2016 Meeting Notice – LED Lighting

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Detroit Section Meeting Notice

February 2016

  • DATE: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • LOCATION: WKBD/WWJ-TV Studios, 26905 W. 11 Mile Rd., Southfield (park in back parking lot and enter through door by fence)
  • SUBJECT: Advances in LED Lighting for Studio and Field Production

LED lighting technology continues to advance and is overtaking tungsten and fluorescent in both studio and field applications. Kevin Kennelly, regional sales manager for Ushio, will discuss and demonstrate some of his company’s LED solutions which address the persistent problems of both older lighting technologies. These include small and large Fresnel fixtures, panel-style softlights, LED black lights and long-throw LED fixtures as well as camera-top field lighting systems that produce consistent light at a fraction of the power usage of conventional lamps. The color temperature can be adjusted for color correction or special effects on many of the fixtures as well. Kevin will demonstrate the Zylight NEWZ camera-top light, the F8 fresnel, the IS3 color-adjustable wash light, and the Pro Panel variable-temperature softlight.

Based in southern California, Kevin Kennelly is the regional sales manager for the Entertainment Lighting Group at Ushio America, covering the western United States and Michigan. A ten-year veteran of Ushio, Kevin has been working in the lighting industry for about 20 years.

Managers’ dinner at 5:30 pm at Kerby’s Coney Island, 26245 Telegraph Rd., Southfield