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.