SMPTE and CST Announce Memorandum of Understanding

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Commission SupÈrieure Technique de l'image et du Son (CST) announced a Memorandum of Understanding detailing increased cooperation between the two organizations.

The MOU provides for high level exchange of information between the organizations, fosters increased cooperation in the development of standards of mutual interest and provides for regular meetings of organization leaders, as well as joint projects where applicable.

Gavin Schutz, SMPTE Engineering Vice President said "We are delighted to reach this accord with our colleagues at CST. The agreement provides for increased participation from one of the industries' most respected associations. The CST represents significant expertise in the crafts of Digital Cinema, Television and Motion Imaging. Their expertise will not only help facilitate our ongoing international standards efforts, but will also add valuable expertise in the area of operational excellence and industry practice to the standards development process. The agreement also confirms the Society's role as a standards organization for moving image professionals that is truly international in scope, membership and expertise."

Pierre-Willam Glenn, Chairman of the CST, explains, "The CST is working for the CNC and AFNOR to develop recommendations and standards that in today's context are destined to become European and international. We are very pleased with the agreement drawn up with SMPTE, which will enable us to work towards this goal and to better regulate the methods and standards used for digital recording and broadcasting, guaranteeing the quality of the projected image."

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Founded in 1916 to advance theory and development in the motion imaging field, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. SMPTE has earned a strong reputation for its work in developing industry standards, recommended practices and engineering guidelines. SMPTE also publishes the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. SMPTE worldwide members include engineers and other technical professionals, directors and educators working in the technical and creative provisioning of motion pictures, television and new media. SMPTE also hosts more than 200 sustaining (corporate) members. Visit SMPTE online at