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SMPTE 2008 Honors NVISION’s Birney Dayton with Prestigious SMPTE Progress Medal

Hollywood, CA, SMPTE 2008 – October 31, 2008 –– The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) honored SMPTE Fellow Birney Dayton, NVISION’S founder, chairman of the board, and chief technology officer, with its prestigious SMPTE Progress Medal at a gala celebration last night in Hollywood, CA. Dayton joins the ranks of previous SMPTE Progress Medal recipients Walt Disney (1940, motion picture photography and sound recording of feature and short cartoon films) ), Vladimir K. Zworykin (1950, developer of television), and Ray M. Dolby (1983, theater sound and continuing work in noise reduction and quality improvements in audio and video systems).

Dayton, a SMPTE member for over 30 years, was honored for the design and engineering of numerous industry-changing, digital audio, standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) products and technologies. Dayton has played a key role in the SMPTE standards committees, including the development of standards for HDTV and also chaired the ACATS Systems Subcommittee Working Party 1 during the development of the ATSC standard.

The 2008 Honors & Awards Ceremony and Reception took place on the closing night of the SMPTE 2008 conference and trade show, which is dedicated to the technology of content creation, management, distribution and display technologies. Since 1934, SMPTE has honored a handful of industry professionals each year who have significantly advanced the entertainment technology.

A pioneer of HDTV, Dayton founded NVISION, Inc. in 1989. Under his direction, the Company developed several award winning innovations used in the film and television industries, including synchronous AES routing; intelligent machine control routing; high-performance large-scale HD-SDI routing; redundant crosspoint routing; fully integrated master control and routing, and more. Prior to founding NVISION, Dayton was Vice President of Engineering at the Grass Valley Group. He holds a BSEE degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Today, NVISION is the leading provider of advanced technology and routing systems for the delivery of superior, error-free digital audio and HD/SD video used in all TV broadcast sectors and multi-format post production. NVISION is the first company to deliver 3Gb/s HD-SDI capability throughout its entire router product line and was the first to deliver HD-SDI capability, since 1998. A broad spectrum of companies rely on NVISION systems in their facilities, including ABC, NBC, DirectTV, NFL Network, Turner Broadcasting, BskyB, JSBC China, PBS, Comcast Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, Telegenic (UK), Modern VideoFilm, Ascent Media, The Letterman Digital Arts Center, as well as government agencies such as Voice of America (VOA), Library of Congress, and the US Senate –- to name a few.


The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. As an internationally recognized and accredited standards-setting body, SMPTE develops standards, recommended practices and guidelines and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the physical dimensions of 35mm film and the SMPTE time code. More recently, it codified the MXF file format to support the exchange of professional AV content and crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters. Headquartered in New York, SMPTE is comprised of engineers and other technical specialists, IT and new media professionals, filmmakers, manufacturers, educators and consultants in more than 65 countries. They are joined at SMPTE by more than 200 sponsoring corporations, principal players in content creation, production and delivery for all platforms and in entertainment hardware and software.

About NVISION: Moving Pictures and Sound Around, Perfectly

Headquartered in Grass Valley, CA (USA), NVISION is the leading provider of advanced technology and routing systems for the delivery of superior, error-free digital audio and HD/SD video used in all TV broadcast sectors and multi-format post production. The company’s sole focus is the development and manufacture of high-performance, high-reliability, scaleable, and cost-effective router, router control, master control, and modular broadcast systems. Since its founding in 1989, NVISION has pioneered groundbreaking technological advances, including large-scale HD-SDI routing and synchronous AES routing – first in HD; first in 3Gb/s-enabled routers. For more information, please visit