SMPTE Virtual Courses

SMPTE Virtual Courses allow for global access.

Now, they come in two formats, providing you with more choices and more flexibility when it comes to choosing how to fulfill your learning needs!

Instructor-Supported Virtual Courses:

These are not traditional open-ended self-paced courses. Each virtual classroom offering has a specific start date, with specific stop date and established learning goals. Successful completion of these courses is determined by completing course activities and graded quizzes, and a final exam. Instructor-supported courses are “blended learning” learning opportunities where participants have a great deal of flexibility for an independent study during any given week. There is also an online discussion forum for each course, so you can ask questions and communicate with your instructor and others in the course. In addition, everyone is invited to participate in weekly, live, online instructor coaching sessions during which the instructor answers questions in real-time and helps further explain the more complex topics within the course.

Self-Study Virtual Courses:

These courses contain the same self-study lessons, quizzes, final exam, and an online discussion forum. There are also on-demand videos from recent instructor coaching sessions. There are two differences between the self-study courses and the instructor-supported courses; there is no instructor involved (you will have everything you need in the course) in the self-study courses, but they are twice as long as the instructor-supported courses. For example, if an instructor-supported course is four weeks long, the self-study version is eight weeks long. This provides a greater amount of flexibility for scheduling your study time.

Imaging System Fundamentals: From Light to Lenses - Register now! 

Now available: Imaging systems are a foundational technology in the cinema and television industry. Understanding imaging systems require a solid introduction to fundamental imaging physics. In this course, we introduce the imaging chain as the basis of all imaging system design and focus explicitly on the physics of image capture.  We explore the nature of light, the properties of light-matter interaction, and the intentional collection of light through optics. 



Internetworking, Routing & Switching Programs - Register here!

IP and Networking have become a high, priority challenge for SMPTE Members. To assist with the acquisition of this important new knowledge and associated skills, SMPTE has partnered with Cisco to become a Cisco Authorized Networking Academy (CCNA).  SMPTE's Professional Development Academy is now able to offer Cisco's world-class networking courses which are designed to provide each learner with deep theory and practical application of internetworking concepts and principles.




Essentials of IP Media Transport for Broadcasters: Moving Real-Time Video and Audio over Packet Networks - Register here!

This course will provide you with a good working knowledge of the key principles of IP video and audio transport intended for modern production and broadcasting facilities. After completing this course, you will have a solid grasp of the major elements of IP video technology, including content preparation, system architecture alternatives, and network performance management.


IMF Essentials: What You Need To Know - Register here!

Discover the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), what it’s for, how it works, how it’s used and the ways it improves content interchange! Learn how to build a delivery specification based on an existing IMF Application specification. Explore the many layers of IMF so that you get the best from your IMF applications and workflows.



High-Dynamic-Range: HDR Technology and Workflows for Media and Entertainment - Register here!

SMPTE’s newest Virtual Classroom course will explore workflows for mastering HDR content for theatrical and home distribution. In doing so, it will delve into foundational building blocks of HDR including human perception of light and how it is captured, the opto-electronic transfer function (OETF), the electro-optical transfer function (EOTF), the HDR ecosystem, HDR displays, HDR workflows, and more.  



Understanding SMPTE ST 2110: Standards for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks - Register here!

Internet Protocol (IP) is here! With the publication of several of SMPTE’s suite of ST 2110 standards, it is more important than ever that you understand how IP can be implemented in your professional media creation facility to ensure interoperability between all ST 2110 compliant equipment. Led by SMPTE Fellow Wes Simpson, this SMPTE Virtual Classroom course will provide you with the knowledge you need to help your organization make the most of SMPTE ST 2110, a critical enabler of fully internet protocol (IP)-based operations.