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Bob Paulson, very distinguished engineer, passes
Phil Livingston, Technical Liason for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Passes
In Memory of Bob Turner, Influential Columnist and Consultant to the Post Production Industry
The (Painful) Way It Was: Editing Video the Old-Fashioned Way
A Behind-The-Scenes look at the Democratic National Convention
BF/VF Closes: Memories of Boston's Premiere Media Arts Center
SIGGRAPH/2003: Impressions of the Computer Graphics Extravaganza
A New Englander Abroad: The BBC Television Centre
Product Management: How to Build Consistently Successful Products
Product Management, Part II: Selling a Better Mousetrap
Digital Cinematography: HDTV is alive and well
Lighting for Inner Peace
The Webcasting Medium: How the technology is advancing
In memory of Jack Newcomb, former Associate Director at pioneering video production facility at MIT
Technical Innovations at NAB: New Englanders star at the show.
QuickTime 3.0 and the Avid/Microsoft Advanced Authoring Format
QuickTime 3.0 Allows Adobe To Move Into Pro Video Editing with Premiere 5.0
Demo Reels
A Eulogy to CMX, by Bob Turner
Switcher NT: Ramblings from IBC
A Producers' Lament
Keeping the Bank Happy and Credit Flowing
An Historic Parable, A Lesson for April 1
Meeting Follow-Up: Film Preservation News
Technical Report: New Developments in Nonlinear Video, a three-part series. Part 1: Putting High-Performance Nonlinear Systems on Personal Computers.
Part 2: Networking and Video Servers.
Part 3: System Design Issues
Editing Video with Adobe Premiere
The Coming of Video and its Influence on Home Movies
From Vintage Film to Betacam: Saving the Past for the Future
A Personal View of Curt Rawley's (Avid President) Dismissal, by Bob Turner.
4:2:2 Profile in MPEG-2 Compression Heirarchy
Technician's Corner: Questions people have asked me lately
Film/Video Museums Around the World
Recent Progress in Computer Graphics
Wicked Funny April Fool Article
Virtual Reality Movies
Fall Survey Results

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At the Wednesday, June 13 meeting...
Our Annual Barbecue!!!
And Life Lessons from John Gates' Long Career...

Learn some lessons about Light and Life as John Gates shares his insights, humor, and discoveries from his award-winning career as a Lighting Designer & Consultant. John has been working with lumens for more than 40 years, helping clients create attractive lighting for their television, film and special event projects.

John has lit six U.S. Presidents, one Pope and a whole bunch of other world leaders, won two Emmy® awards & the top Illuminating Engineering Society Award, is a Life-Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and has worked in various motion picture formats (film & non-film), including 3D.

His work has appeared on almost every domestic broadcast and cable network and several foreign networks. John founded Gates Service Group, Inc. in 1982 to provide a wide range of lighting related services and solutions for moving image production, including facilities and systems design for well over 60 construction projects around the world.

John has a long-standing reputation as a teacher, having led more than 100 workshops, seminars and master classes during his career. He is in his 27th year as an Adjunct Lecturer at Boston University’s School of Communication, teaching Lighting and Cinematography. John is a distinguished former officer in SMPTE, serving as a past New England Section Chairman, Regional Governor and now a Life Fellow. We are extremely honored to have him make this "Life's Work" presentation.

Special thanks to John Cini and his team at High Output for hosting this meeting event.

Please help us figure out how much food to buy...

BARBECUE & SOCIAL at 5:30 PM. WE REALLY DO NEED AN RSVP TO PROPERLY JUDGE THE FOOD QUANTITY. If you're planning to attend, a quick RSVP to will help us judge the volume of hot foods to prepare.

Wednesday, June, 13, 2018
Refreshments at (Barbecue) 5:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

High Output
495 Turnpike St,
Canton, MA 02021


High Output is just off Route 138 in Canton: Click here for a Google Map

For more information, please contact Paul R. Beck at 508-633-6859 (mobile) or

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2017-2018 Season...
Section Calendar
Some dates are still tentative

SMPTE/New England meetings are usually held at 7:00pm (refreshments at 6:30) on the third Wednesday of every month from September through June. Locations vary to allow attendees to tour various sites of interest. You don't have to be a SMPTE member to attend and there is no admission charge. Students and the public are invited to attend. Join our e-mail meeting announcements list and we'll send you e-mail every month so you don't have to keep on checking the web site. You don't have to be a member to get these announcements.

Writeups of past seasons' meetings

Updated: 1 June 2018
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor