Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

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  • About 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 650 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.

    SMPTE strives toward its goal through its Three Pillars:

    • Mem­ber­ship: Pro­mot­ing net­work­ing and interaction
    • Stan­dards: Devel­op­ing indus­try standards
    • Edu­ca­tion: Enhanc­ing exper­tise through the Motion Imag­ing Jour­nal, con­fer­ences, sem­i­nars, web­casts and Sec­tion meetings

    Motion Imag­ing Journal

    Pub­lished eight times annu­ally, the SMPTE Motion Imag­ing Jour­nal is a view in the tech­ni­cal world of motion imag­ing sci­ence. Each issue cov­ers a spe­cial topic includ­ing file-​based work­flow, com­pres­sion, 3D, audio, dis­tri­b­u­tion for­mats, advances in light­ing, sus­tain­abil­ity, dig­i­tal cin­ema and much more.

    Peri­od­i­cally pub­lished wall charts add insight into a very com­plex tech­ni­cal domain.

    Spe­cial issues include wrap-​ups from var­i­ous SMPTE con­fer­ence events, includ­ing the SMPTE Annual Tech­ni­cal Con­fer­ence and the Tech­nol­ogy Sum­mit on Cin­ema held annu­ally at the NAB Show. Each Sep­tem­ber, the Progress Report is pub­lished which pro­vides a valu­able overview of the lat­est indus­try devel­op­ments with a par­tic­u­lar focus on the stan­dards com­mu­nity work.

    Mem­bers can begin access­ing the Jour­nal from the SMPTE Dig­i­tal Library a ben­e­fit of membership.

    Non-​members, indi­vid­u­als or insti­tu­tions may sub­scribe to either print or online sub­scrip­tion. Learn more


    The Soci­ety of Motion Pic­ture and Tele­vi­sion Engi­neers (SMPTE), is the lead­ing tech­ni­cal soci­ety for the motion imag­ing indus­try with more than 6,000 indi­vid­ual mem­bers and 200 insti­tu­tional mem­bers in 64 coun­tries worldwide.

    Our mem­bers include engi­neers, tech­ni­cal direc­tors, cam­era­men, edi­tors, tech­ni­cians, man­u­fac­tur­ers, design­ers, edu­ca­tors, con­sul­tants and field users in net­work­ing, com­pres­sion, encryp­tion and more.

    Our mem­bers come from a broad group of orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing stu­dios, tele­vi­sion, cable, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, pro­duc­tion and post-​production com­mu­ni­ties as well as from soft­ware com­pa­nies, sys­tems inte­gra­tors, man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­play tech­nolo­gies, and dis­tri­b­u­tion providers.

    Our mem­bers are orga­nized locally within Sec­tions where they pro­vide net­work­ing and a robust offer­ing of edu­ca­tion through monthly tech­ni­cal programs.

    SMPTE offers sev­eral dif­fer­ent lev­els of Mem­ber­ship. Choose a level that is right for you and your business

    • Indi­vid­ual: includ­ing Exec­u­tive, Pro­fes­sional, Asso­ciate and Student
    • Insti­tu­tional: Cor­po­ra­tions, Asso­ci­a­tions, Aca­d­e­mic and Government

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    Newslet­ters and Opinions

    Help­ing the indus­try nav­i­gate the com­plex tech­nolo­gies within the grow­ing media land­scape is one of SMPTE’s strengths. We deliver insights in digestible for­mats that help our mem­bers bet­ter under­stand the dig­i­tal media ecosystem.

    Mem­bers auto­mat­i­cally receive notices of these newslet­ters as a ben­e­fit. If you would like to be included, please join SMPTE, or come to this page to learn more.

    Indus­try Per­spec­tives — opin­ion pieces that pro­vide a per­spec­tive on a par­tic­u­lar hot indus­try topic. Experts share their insights and pro­vide another view into com­plex top­ics of the day.

    SMPTE is pleased to be part­ner­ing with the HPA in deliv­er­ing selected papers from the HPA Tech Retreats in Indus­try Perspectives.

    Monthly e-​newsletter — a monthly com­mu­niqué of SMPTE activ­ity. Keep cur­rent on meet­ing notices, paper sub­mis­sion dead­lines, spe­cial offers, indus­try events, and spe­cial announce­ments with this handy email.

    Newswatch e-​newsletter — a monthly top­i­cal com­mu­niqué writ­ten by Michael Gold­man. Each month, Michael high­lights a hot topic and dives right in, pro­vid­ing a quick, yet highly infor­ma­tive, read on today’s hot dis­cus­sion topics.


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