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.

Current Issue

May/June 2016
Color and High Dynamic Range


Message from the Executive Director: SMPTE Brings Ang Lee to Las Vegas
Barbara H. Lange

Report from the Standards Vice President: The Continuing Advance of Color Imaging
Alan Lambshead

2016 NAB Show's The Future of Cinema Conference: The Immortal Movie Dazzles Attended with Ang Lee Keynote
Aimée Ricca

Section Meetings

Technical Papers

How Independent are HDR, WCG, and HFR in Human Visual Perception and the Creative Process
S. McCarthy

The Academy Color Encoding System: Standards for Digital Image Interchange, Color Management and Long-Term Archiving
A. Maltz

An Analysis of System Contrast in Digital Cinema Auditoriums
M. Schuck, P. Ludé

A Display-Independent High Dynamic Range Television System
T. Borer, A. Cotton

How Loud is a Movie?—A New Measurement Procedure
I. Allen

Exclusive Articles Available Online Only 

Modeling of Achievable Contrast and Its Impact on HDR Projection in Commercial Cinema Environments
C. Tydtgat, D. Maes, G. Stojmenovik, A. Grillet

Extended Image Dynamic Range System for UHDTV Broadcasting
Y. Kusakabe, Y. Ikeda, N. Shirai, K. Masaoka, T. Yamashita, Y. Nishida, T. Ikeda, M. Sugawara


SMPTE Almanac
Michael Dolan


Past Issue Archive