Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Licenses Standards to HDcctv Alliance

White Plains, NY, Nov. 30, 2009 - The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) today announced that it has entered into an Agreement with HDcctv Alliance, the consortium managing worldwide technical standards for security equipment interoperability. The Agreement licenses SMPTE documents, including the family of video interfaces known as HD-SDI, to HDcctv, entitling the Alliance to create derivative standards for its member companies in the security surveillance industry.

The license agreement brings the latest digital technology to the HDcctv specification, enabling plug-and-play security systems and equipment to deliver high-definition (HD) surveillance video with minimal delays, image artifacts, or jitter. SMPTE developed the HD-SDI (High Definition, Serial Digital Interface) standards for efficient and reliable transmission of high-quality HDTV over coaxial cable and fiber. Today, nearly all broadcast studio equipment relies on HD-SDI. Coaxial cable is the predominant connective technology in broadcast operations - as well as in more than 95% of the installed base of security systems.

"The well-proven SMPTE Standards provided a solid foundation for HDcctv's development," said Todd Rockoff, Executive Director of HDcctv Alliance, "and allowed us to create specifications to meet our members' needs much more quickly than would otherwise have been possible."

"This is a win for everyone," said Peter Symes, Director of Standards and Engineering for SMPTE. "Basing the HDcctv specifications on existing SMPTE Standards avoids unintentional divergence leading to incompatibilities that can be very expensive for the industry."

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

The OscarÆ Award-winning and EmmyÆ Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion-imaging industry. As an internationally recognized and accredited standards-setting body, SMPTE develops standards, recommended practices and guidelines, and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the physical dimensions of 35mm film and the SMPTE-time code. More recently, it crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters. Underscoring SMPTE's leadership in technology and standards development, the Society received a prestigious technical EmmyÆ Award in January of 2009 for its work in the development of the MXF and GXF file formats. Headquartered in New York, SMPTE is comprised of engineers and other technical specialists, IT, and new media professionals, filmmakers, manufacturers, educators, and consultants in more than 65 countries. They are joined at SMPTE by more than 200 sponsoring corporations, principal players in content creation, production, and delivery for all platforms and in entertainment hardware and software.