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.

Current Issue

March 2018


A Message from the Executive Director: Reflecting on Our Achievements and Looking Ahead
Barbara H. Lange

Report from the Standards Vice President: Standards for Audio
Bruce Devlin

Section Meetings
James E. O’Neal; Ed Shrider

Technical Papers

An Open, Standards-Based Framework for Audio Metadata Transport in Live Content Workflows
Kent Terry

Speech-to-Text for Broadcasters, From Research to Implementation
Matt Haynes; Alex Norton; Andrew McParland; Rob Cooper

Why Does Cinema Sound Quality Mostly Fail to Realize Its Potential?
Glenn Leembruggen; Philip Newell; Brian Vessa

Evaluation of Color Pixel Representations for High Dynamic Range Digital Cinema
Ronan Boitard; Jean-Philippe Jacquemin; Gerwin Damberg; Goran Stojmenovik; Anders Ballestad

Active Depth Cuts Without Distortion of Stereoscopic Depth Reduce Annoyance
Stefan Eickelberg; Jianshuang Xu

Designing, Planning, and Executing Immersive Audio for the 2016 Rio Olympics
Michael Babbitt

Celebrating the Launch of 8K/4K UHDTV Satellite Broadcasting and Progress on Full-Featured 8K UHDTV in Japan
Satoshi Hara; Akira Hanada; Ichie Masuhara; Takayuki Yamashita; Kohji Mitani


SMPTE Almanac
Michael Dolan

Past Issue Archive