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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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360-degree VR camera demo

Our friends at Michigan Production Alliance are holding this event of interest on Thursday October 19.

Michigan Production Alliance and Switch Post invite you to immerse yourself in virtual reality and experience the only Nokia OZO 360º camera in metro Detroit.

Denny Thrasher of Switch Post in Royal Oak will demo projects that his team recently created with this new technology, and he will share insights learned during the shooting and editing process. You will have the opportunity to view this on a large screen, as well as experience virtual reality with a stereoscopic viewer. A leader in emerging technology, Switch Post specializes in commercials, long format videos, web videos, mobile ads, interactive presentations, large scale multiple screen projects, and 360º virtual reality capabilities.

The Nokia OZO boasts outstanding image quality: Eight 2K x 2K lenses, global shutter and 195º field of view per lens, allowing for 60º overlap with adjacent lenses, capturing 4K per eye of stereoscopic 360º images. Eight microphones capture full spatial audio from every direction, and they are mapped to the viewers’ orientation. Camera operation is Wi-Fi enabled. Accompanying editing software allows you to view and move seams for stitching, so you know exactly where to place your most critical subject matter.

Please RSVP at Switch 360 MPA Event (see below) to hold your seat, as we expect a full house and may reach capacity. $10 donation is suggested to keep the virtual lights on, that will allow MPA to continue providing interesting and informative events for the Michigan production community. Networking begins at 6:30, and the presentation starts at 7pm sharp.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing this fantastic, new technology!

Certified 501c6 in 2003, MPA is a non-profit with a mission to provide cohesiveness to the community through communication, continuing education and political awareness.

RSVP via MPA’s website

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.

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