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NAB2005 Announces Fourth Annual Digital Cinema Summit

NAB is joining forces again with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Ent. Technology Center at USC (ETC-USC) to present the fourth annual Digital Cinema Summit. The two days of speakers, panels and new product announcements center on the now complete Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) specifications; the issues faced in implementing them through SMPTE standards; and the impact of digital cinema on entertainment, technology and theatrical exhibition worldwide. The Digital Cinema Summit will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 16 and 17, 2005. Program details are at:

The connection between cinema and broadcast is expanding as both industries move into the digital age,said John Marino, NAB vp, Science & Technology. The issues addressed in this years Digital Cinema Summit are more relevant than ever to NAB attendees.

Added SMPTE president Edward Hobson, SMPTEs work to standardize the Digital Cinema specifications will provide the necessary data for manufacturers to build global, interoperable equipment and for users to calibrate it. At the Digital Cinema Summit, we will drill down into four components and explain how our standards address the issues they raise.

The completion of the DCI specification is a milestone that opens the window for the digital cinema system to flourish, explained Charles Swartz, ceo/exec director, ETC-USC. Now is the time to take a look at the spec and analyze how it will impact production, post-production and the design of the equipment used to create and distribute content.

The Digital Cinema Summit will present an executive overview of the DCI specification and examine, in depth, the color encoding, security, compression and packaging components of the proposed standard. There will be sessions introducing next generation digital cameras, servers and projectors and examining how this equipment will be integrated into the filmmaking process from production through exhibition.

Because the transition to digital cinema is a global effort, panels will look at the cutting edge, digital cinema research in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and at how digital cinema will be implemented in the theater circuits worldwide.

Among the Summits highlights will be a roundtable of six Hollywood studio ctos and executives discussing how digital cinema is changing the way their companies create content and do business.

The Digital Cinema Summit is designed for entertainment technology and entertainment business executives and their employees; people in the creative and technical production and postproduction arenas; and those interested in consumer content and the home viewer.

The Digital Cinema Summit is part of the 12th annual NAB Conference Series. NAB2005 will take place April 16 - 21, 2005 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 18). It is the largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums. Complete NAB2005 details are available at