Baylor FDM SMPTE Chapter



About SMPTE and the Baylor Student Chapter

The Baylor University Film and Digital Media Student Chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE®), an official commissioned student chapter of the Society, provides students with the opportunity to meet industry leaders and professionals, and to interact outside of the classroom with other students and faculty who have an interest in the motion imaging industry.

The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections all over the globe sustain the Society. Through the Society's partnership with the Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content.

SMPTE strives toward its goal through its Three Pillars:

  • Membership-Promoting networking and interaction
  • Standards-Developing industry standards
  • Education-Enhancing expertise through the Motion Imaging Journal, conferences, seminars, webcasts, and Section meetings

    By providing structure, organization, and interoperability, SMPTE has helped advance the motion-imaging industry through all of the major transitions, from the advent and integration of sound and color to the shift from celluloid and analog to digital formats, including digital cinema, high-definition television (HDTV), and 3D TV. In addition to thousands of individual professionals globally, more than 220 organizations from around the world support SMPTE, with sustaining members representing leaders across the media and entertainment industry. SMPTE Diamond-level Sustaining Members include CBS, Inc., Disney/ABC/ESPN, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Fox Entertainment Group, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Electronics, Technicolor, Inc., Telstra, and Warner Bros.

    SMPTE leadership represents the world’s best-known media, entertainment, and IT businesses, Fortune 100 brands, and industry-leading companies. Current Executive Committee leadership is listed here.

    The Baylor University SMPTE Student Chapter began in 1984 and has been active in bringing top motion picture and television imaging artists, executives, engineers, and other creative and technology professionals to our campus. Recent SMPTE program presenters include: Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam; Steven Poster, ASC, President of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) and Past President of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC); Alan Gitlin of the ICG and Larry Thorpe, Senior Fellow for the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group of the Professional Engineering and Solutions Division of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Why Become a Student Member of SMPTE?

    Opportunities for scholarships and paper publications!

    Questions about the Baylor University SMPTE Student Chapter

    Questions may be directed to Dr. Corey Carbonara, Faculty Advisor

    Baylor University

    Dr. Corey P. Carbonara
    Film & Digital Media Department
    PO Box 97321
    Waco, TX 76798-7321
    254.710.4333 or main office: 254.710.1511

    To find out more on how to become a student member, see the following link:

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