Consulting Services for the Video and Related Industries


Standards Drafting & Representation

Over 35 years' experience available to further your goals.

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Intellectual Property

Expert Witness Services

Successful contributions to multiple patent-related lawsuits.

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Patent Management

Patent Seminars

How to define a strategy, and interact successfully with patent professionals.

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In-House Training

Custom training or seminars to provide essential skills for your employees.

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Technical Writing

Technical Writing

Standards, Manuals, White Papers, original text or editing.

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Welcome to Symes TV Consulting

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Peter Symes gained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1967 and began his career in television in the engineering department of the British Broadcasting Corporation.  


He worked in product management for Philips and Central Dynamics before joining Grass Valley.  From 1983 to 2007 he held a number of positions with responsibilities that include strategic planning, intellectual property, and technological liaison.  He represented Grass Valley in many organizations including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) where he served two terms as Engineering Vice President and one as Financial Vice President.  


In July 2007 he left Grass Valley to join SMPTE staff as Director of Standards & Engineering.


Symes holds patents and is the joint recipient of Emmy awards for the architecture of the digital picture processor.  He is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of SMPTE.


He has written and presented numerous papers at industry conferences, and is the author of Video Compression (1998), Video Compression Demystified (2001), and Digital Video Compression (2003), all published by McGraw Hill.  He has also contributed to other books, including Understanding Digital Cinema (Focal Press, 2004) and two editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook.


Symes retired from SMPTE at the end of 2016 and formed Symes TV Consulting to offer a range of consulting services to the industry.


Please use the form at left to contact me, or call me at

+1 (530) 663-0437 to discuss any requirements.