Motion Imaging Journal

Published eight times annually, the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is a view in the technical world of motion imaging science. Each issue covers a special topic including file-based workflow, compression, 3D, audio, distribution formats, advances in lighting, sustainability, digital cinema and much more.

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

Special issues include wrap-ups from various SMPTE conference events, including the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and the Technology Summit on Cinema held annually at the NAB Show. Each September, the Progress Report is published which provides a valuable overview of the latest industry developments with a particular focus on the standards community work.

Members can begin accessing the Journal from the SMPTE Digital Library a benefit of membership.

Non-members, individuals or institutions may subscribe to either print or online subscription. Learn more

Current Issue

Tools for Cinema and Video
January/February 2015


2015 Newly Elected Officers and Governors

Message from the Executive Director
Barbara H. Lange

Message from the Standards Vice President
Alan Lambshead

Section Meetings

Technical Papers

Light-Field Acquisition System That Facilitates Camera and Depth-of-Field Compositing in Post-Production
Frederik Zilly, Michael Schöberl, Matthias Ziegler, Joachim Keinert, and Siegfried Foessel

New-Generation Scalable Motion Processing from Mobile to 4K and Beyond
Mike Knee

Lens Considerations for Digital Cinematography
Fumiaki Usui, Ryuhei Kamata, and Laurence J. Thorpe

A Technical Overview of VP9—the Latest Open-Source Video Codec
Debargha Mukherjee, Jingning Han, Jim Bankoski, Ronald Bultje, Adrian Grange, John Koleszar, Paul Wilkins, and Yaowu Xu

VC-5 Video Compression for Mezzanine Compression Workflows
Edward Reuss

Study on the Acceptance of Higher-Frame-Rate Stereoscopic 3D in Digital Cinema
Wolfgang Ruppel, Yannic Alff, and Thomas Göllner


SMPTE Sustaining Members


SMPTE Almanac

Membership Application/Renewal

Past Issue Archive