Motion Imaging Journal

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2020 Editorial Calendar

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Current Issue

August 2020 - Compression












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: SMPTE2020: Another Turn in Our Evolution
Barbara H. Lange

Update from the Standards Vice President: Compression
Bruce Devlin

Section Meeting
Tony Meerakker


Speed-Distortion Optimization: Tradeoffs in Open-Source HEVC Encoding
Pradeep Ramachandran ; Praveen Kumar Karadugattu ; Alex Giladim ; Dan Grois ; Pooja Venkatesan ; Bhavna Hariharan ; Kavitha Sampath ; Kalyan Goswami ; Kevin Pikus

Technical Papers

MPEG-5 Part 1: Essential Video Coding
Jonatan Samuelsson ; Kiho Choi ; Jianle Chen ; Dmytro Rusanovskyy

Applications / Practices 

Forward-looking content aware encoding for next generation UHD, HDR, WCG, and HFR
Thomas Guionnet ; Mickaél Raulet ; Thomas Burnichon

Creating Bandwidth-Efficient Workflows with JPEG XS and SMPTE ST 2110
Charles Buysschaert ; Antonin Descampe ; Jean-Baptiste Lorent

New Product / Applications Practices 

UHD-2/8K 120-Hz Realtime Video Codec
Yasuko Sugito ; Shinya Iwasaki ; Kazuhiro Chida ; Kazuhisa Iguchi ; Kikufumi Kanda ; Xuying Lei ;Hidenobu Miyoshi ; Yoshifumi Uehara


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