Charles A. Poynton





Most Recent Affiliation(s):


  • Sun Microsystems, Staff Engineer

Other Affiliation(s):


  • Poynton Vector Corporation
  • Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Fellow, Author

Bio:

  • SIGGRAPH 1999

    Charles Poynton works to integrate video technology – particularly high definition television and accurate color reproduction – into computer workstations. While at Sun Microsystems, from 1988 to 1995, he initiated Sun’s HDTV research project, and introduced color management technology to Sun. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. Poynton designed and built the digital video equipment used at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to convert video from the Space Shuttle into NTSC for recording and distribution. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and in 1994 was awarded the Society’s prestigious David Sarnoff Gold Medal for his work to integrate video technology with computing and communications. He has organized and presented many popular courses and seminars, including HDTV Technology at SIGGRAPH 91, Concepts of Color, Video and Compression at ACM Multimedia 93, and Digital Color at SIGGRAPH 94, 96, 97, and 98. His book, A Technical Introduction to Digital Video, was published in 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, and is now in its fourth printing.  

    SIGGRAPH 1997

    Charles Poynton works to integrate video technology- particularly high definition television and accurate color reproduction – into computer workstations. While at Sun Microsystems from 1988 to 1995 he initiated Sun’s HDTV research project and introduced color management technology to Sun. His book A Technical IntroductIon to Digital Video was recently published by John Wiley & Sons. 

    SIGGRAPH 1994

    Charles A. Poynton is a Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation, where he is working to integrate video technology- particularly high definition television and accurate color reproduction- into computer workstations. Poynton was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and is an active participant in a number of SMPTE standards committees. Poynton organized the SIGGRAPH’91 course HDTVTechno/ogy and the ACM Multimedia’93 course Concepts of Color,Video and Compression.  

    SIGGRAPH 1993

    Charles A. Poynton is a staff engineer at Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation, where he is working to integrate video technology- particularly high definition television and accurate color reproduction – into computer workstations. Poynton was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and is an active participant in a number of SMPTE standards committees. Poynton organized the SIGGRAPH ‘91 course High Definition Television (HDTV) Technology, and contributed chapter 2, “The Current State of HDTV” to the recent book The New TV A Comprehensive Survey of High Definition Television


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