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Call for Papers Extended for SMPTE Australia 2015 (SMPTE15)

Call for Papers Extended for SMPTE Australia 2015 (SMPTE15)

David Wheeler, chair of the SMPTE Australia Section Conference Committee

Sydney, AU (PRWEB) February 18, 2015

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE Australia Section has extended the call-for-proposals deadline for the biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE15), Persistence of Vision — Defining the Future. The new deadline for proposal submissions is midnight, 1 March, via

SMPTE15, titled “Persistence of Vision — Defining the Future,” will extend from 14-17 July at the Hordern Pavilion at Moore Park in Sydney. The three-day conference and four-day exhibition will focus on linking the cutting edge of development with practical solutions for problems facing today’s media industries. As previously announced, Netflix Director of Global Content Partners Operations Chris Fetner is scheduled to deliver the keynote. Fetner will discuss the global media marketplace and the technologies shaping decision-making and growth at Netflix.

“The Australian Conference is well-respected for its technical component, and the proposals we have already received for 2015 will allow us to put together a very strong program addressing the topical concepts and issues that impact the motion-imaging industry,” said David Wheeler, chair of the SMPTE Australia Section Conference Committee. “By extending the deadline, we are providing additional time for those who have ideas that would merit inclusion in the program or who have been considering submitting but have not yet done so.”

Proposed papers for SMPTE15 must be informational and must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry. Student papers and case studies are strongly encouraged. Papers that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered, nor will those that already have been published. Workshop and whole-session concepts should relate to the general theme of the event and should be demonstrably relevant to the careers and professional lives of delegates.

Topics for SMPTE15 papers include 4K/8K, ultrahigh-definition television (UHDTV) and the quest for higher dynamic range (HDR) and colour gamut; postproduction; broadcast infrastructure, 3G, Internet Protocol (IP), and file-based workflows; cinematography and image acquisition; fractional frame rates; psychophysics and the human vision system; asset management, storage, and archiving; the “Internet of everything”; the second screen; alternative content; event cinema; audio/video processing and compression; content security; new techniques in audio; content distribution; display technology; advanced image processing; mobile, IP, and future distribution technologies; cinema technology; immersive sound; and restoration and preservation.

Further information, including details on submitting a paper proposal is available at More information about SMPTE is available at

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)

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 throughout the world sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at

About SMPTE Australia Section

The Australia Section was founded in 1971. Today, it is part of the SMPTE Asia Pacific Region that includes more than 750 members. SMPTE in Australia has been a leader in building ties between like-minded and guild organisations serving the media and content industry. Further information about SMPTE Australia is available at

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Computer Maintenance Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

Computer Maintenance Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

IBISWorld Market Research

Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) December 06, 2012

Few people in Australia are comfortable repairing their own computer. Consumers continue to view internal operations of computers as complicated, although this has not translated to booming demand for the Computer Maintenance Services industry in Australia. Businesses today have made two clear shifts in operations that spell trouble for the long-term viability of computer maintenance providers. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Craig Shulman, “the tendency to lease computers rather than buy them often means that computers are replaced when, or before, they malfunction”. Furthermore, the increasing presence of comprehensive, in-house IT teams means that many repairs can be conducted at minimal cost. An influx of IT specialists occurred in the late 1990s due to the dot-com crash. Subsequent consolidation of the IT industry has meant abnormal growth in the number of firms offering maintenance services as many operatives established their own repair companies after being retrenched from a downsizing industry.

As a result, the Computer Maintenance Services industry in Australia is facing an uncertain future, especially after a difficult past five years. During the five years through 2012-13, industry revenue has contracted at an annualised rate of 0.2%. In 2012-13, industry revenue is forecast to increase by 1.3% to $ 1.8 billion. “The rapid pace of technological advancements, the growing need for faster processing speeds and the falling price of consumer electronics mean that replacing a faulty machine is often more economical than repairing it”, adds Shulman. In the aftermath of Australia’s economic downturn, companies are resorting to maintain servers and other peripheral equipment, and households are also following suit with their personal computers.

Today, while the IT industry at large has recovered, the need for repairs is falling and appears set to continue a downward trajectory. Industry revenue is forecast to decline in the five years through 2017-18, as private households become increasingly willing to lease computers, and as the price of consumer electronics continues to drop, resulting in decreased demand for repairs. The largest four operators are Hewlett-Packard Australia, IBM A/NZ, UXC and Symantec Australia, and account for the majority of industry revenue. IBISWorld expects that over the past decade, market share concentration has declined as the number of suppliers of computer equipment increased, and larger computer vendors outsourced some maintenance functions. The industry is becoming increasingly fragmented, as smaller firms specialise in skills that are in higher demand.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Computer Maintenance Services report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Competitors in this industry provide computer maintenance and repair services, including the repair of computer peripheral equipment such as servers. Repairs also include diagnostic efforts on poorly designed or installed software and hardware.

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About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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