Motion Imaging Journal

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2020 Editorial Calendar

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Current Issue

June 2020- Audio


The current title for this publication is SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is the key publication of the Society, providing peer-reviewed articles on topics in 3D, imaging processing, display technologies, audio, compression, digital cinema, and much more

Reports - Freely Available

Message from the Executive Director: Don't Worry, SMPTE Will Be OK
Barbara H. Lange

Update from the Standards Vice President: Audio
Bruce Devlin


Audio Fundamentals: Audio Magic in Movies and Our Daily Lives
Brian Vessa

Taking Object-Based Media from the Research Environment Into Mainstream Production
Mike Armstrong ; Sally Bowman ; Matthew Brooks ; Andy Brown ; Juliette Carter ; Andy Jones ;Max Leonard ; Thomas Preece

Requirements for the Hybrid Media Production Facility of the Future
Mike Strein ; Karl Paulsen


The Creative Process of Designing Today’s Movie Soundtracks
Randy Thom ; Paula Fairfield ; Mark Mangini ; Brian Vessa

Technical Papers

A New Signal for Measuring Loudspeaker Maximum Linear SPL
Roger Schwenke


SMPTE Almanac
Michael Dolan

With the addition of the online-only issue, the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is now published 10 times per year, continuing with nine print/online editions and now one online-only edition, to provide members and subscribers with even more of the exceptional content they expect from SMPTE. 

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

The Journal offers readers a view into the technical world of motion-imaging science. Each issue covers a particular topic, and past issues have focused on themes such as file-based workflow, compression, 3D, audio, distribution formats, advances in lighting, sustainability, and digital cinema. For its technical content, the achievement of purpose, and technical execution, the Journal earned a Merit Award in the Society for Technical Communication's 2017 International Summit Awards competition.

Particular issues of the Journal also include summaries of various SMPTE conference events — including the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, the Future of Cinema Conference held annually at the NAB Show — and the Progress Report, published each September to provide an overview of the latest industry developments with a particular focus on standards community work.

Past Issue Archive