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 800 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. Through the Society's partnership with the Hollywood Professional Alliance® (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content.

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

When You See High-Quality Motion-Imaging Content, You See SMPTE®

Have you ever seen the color bars television test pattern? Watched a live sports broadcast in high definition, or a movie in 3D? Downloaded or streamed content your device? Gone to see a live sporting or music event? Or, used closed captioning?

Then you’ve most likely seen the Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) in action!

SMPTE standards touch nearly every piece of motion-imaging content consumed by billions of viewers around the world, ensuring that content is seen and heard in the highest possible quality on any display screen. Our standards also enable repeatable workflows and profitable business models for content creators and distributors, as well as the manufacturers who support them.

With nearly 100 years of motion-imaging standards leadership, SMPTE is the innovator of some of the most iconic standards for high-quality content, as well as those that are facilitating the transition to an IP-based multiscreen world.

SMPTE Standards are recognized across the world. SMPTE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the International Standards Organization (ISO). Among its many roles on the international stage, SMPTE is the Secretariat for the ISO Technical Committee on Cinematography, TC-36. 

800 Standards, 64 Countries, and 6,000 Members Strong

Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has developed more than 800 standards (ST), recommended practices (RP), and engineering guidelines (EG), and it continues to innovate at a rapid clip, generating an average of 50 new standards annually focused on film and digital cinema, television, and Internet video.

By providing structure, organization, and interoperability, SMPTE has helped advance the motion-imaging industry through all of the major transitions, from the advent and integration of sound and color to the shift from celluloid and analog to digital formats, including digital cinema, high-definition television (HDTV), and 3D TV. In addition to thousands of individual professionals globally, more than 220 organizations from around the world support SMPTE, with sustaining members representing leaders across the media and entertainment industry.