Standards Webcasts On-Demand



The standards development process is crucial to the motion imaging industry. The process by which SMPTE standards are developed is best understood by those directly involved in it, but now, anyone can learn about SMPTE Standards by participating in this unique opportunity "peek under the hood". These live SMPTE Standards webcasts are captured for on-demand playback, so if your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate in a live webcast, you can always see what you've missed. 

Previous Standards Webcasts

SMPTE ST 2110 – Professional Media over IP Networks

Speaker: John Mailhot

​Original Airdate: 22 June 2017

Webcast Series: Standards

The SMPTE Standards Community has been working diligently to complete and publish the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. These standards allow for separate routing of video, audio, and ANC data flows over professional IP networks in real-time to support production and playout applications. This standard has been widely anticipated in the industry, and visitors to the 2017 NAB Show had the opportunity to experience the IP Showcase, which provided a unified industry-wide view dedicated to educating and energizing visitors to help build a better, more flexible, more efficient, and more creative broadcasting industry.

This webcast will cover the basics of the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards; how video, audio, and data signals are switched and routed; and the timing model that allows users to keep all the parts correctly time-aligned.

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SMPTE Standards’ Report from the March 2017 Meeting and Special Edition 2017 NAB Show Wrap-Up

Speakers: Alan Lambshead, Howard Lukk & Peter Putman

​Original Airdate: 25 May 2017

Webcast Series: Standards

SMPTE Standards Committees meet once per quarter to update committee progress and to ensure standards are both current with established engineering practices and compatible with international engineering documents. This webcast will inform attendees of SMPTE's progress in standards. Alan Lambshead, SMPTE standards vice president, and Howard Lukk, SMPTE director of engineering and standards, will summarize the outcomes of the March 2017 SMPTE Standards Committee meetings. 

But wait, there's more! Pete Putman, President, ROAM Consulting L.L.C., as he provides his expert perspective on the 2017 NAB Show.

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32NF-80 DG Report: SMPTE ST 2059 PTP Interoperability Testing and Demonstrations

Speakers: Jack Douglass

​Original Airdate: 30 March 2017

Webcast Series: Standards

Standards are developed to ensure interoperability, and interoperability tests were conducted recently for SMPTE ST 2059 Precision Time Protocol (PTP). During this SMPTE Standards Update webcast, the chair of the SMPTE 32NF-80 drafting group (DG), Jack Douglass of PacketStorm Communications, will discuss the recently published 32NF-80 DG Report. This report covers results from the second SMPTE interoperability tests conducted on June 13-17, 2016; results from the Joint Task Force for Networked Media (JT-NM) interoperability tests and IBC planning August 22-26, 2016; and timing demonstrations conducted at IBC2016 and the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition.

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SMPTE Standards Quarterly Summary Webcast – Q4

Speakers: Alan Lambshead & Howard Lukk

​Original Airdate:9 February 2017

Webcast Series: Standards

SMPTE Standards Committees are charged with developing Engineering Documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents. Each quarter, the Technical Committees and Sub-groups convene to fulfill this charge. Please join Alan Lambshead, Standards Vice President and Howard Lukk, Director of Engineering & Standards, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the December 2016 Standards meetings.

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The ST 2094 Standards Suite For Dynamic Metadata

Speaker: Lars Borg

​Original Airdate:12 January 2017

Webcast Series: Standards

The recently published SMPTE ST 2094 suite of documents defines metadata for use in color volume transforms of content. The metadata are intended for transforming high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) image essence for presentation on a display having a smaller color volume than that of the mastering display. The metadata are content-dependent and can vary scene by scene or image by image.

This webcast covers motivations for developing this standard, an overview of its various parts, some examples, and an outline of workflows using the standard.

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Countdown to History: 100 Years of SMPTE Standards Development

Speakers: Howard Lukk, S. Merrill Weiss, Michael A. Dolan and Mark Schubin

​Original Airdate:14 July 2016

Webcast Series: Standards

This year marks 100 years that SMPTE has provided essential support to motion pictures, television, and most recently, online and over-the-top (OTT), streaming media. SMPTE was established to help enable interoperability, in the early years of film and exhibition, through the development of essential standards. So, which SMPTE standards have made the biggest impact?

Please join Howard Lukk, SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards, and S. Merrill Weiss, president of Merrill Weiss Group LLC as they countdown the top SMPTE standards that have left marks and helped advance the motion imaging industry! Also scheduled to speak are multiple-Emmy-award-winning, SMPTE Fellow, Mark Schubin and Michael A. Dolan, the founder and president of Television Broadcast Technology.

Building Block Standards for HDR Imaging

Speaker: Raymond Yeung

​Original Airdate:14 July 2016

Webcast Series: Standards

This SMPTE webcast presents an integral workflow system for mastering HDR content for theatrical and home distribution. The foundational building blocks are SMPTE Standards ST 2084, ST 2086, and the ST 2094-X suite. The definitions and use of these standards in support of HDR content creation and distribution will be examined with an emphasis on the methods enabling visual consistency across displays with a broad range of characteristics. Finally, examples of these building block standards working with other international standards in current ecosystems will be reviewed.

SMPTE Standards Quarterly Summary Webcast - Q2

​Speakers: Alan Lambshead, Peter Symes, and Howard Lukk

Original Airdate: 7 July 2016

Webcast Series: Standards

SMPTE has more than 100 technical committees and other groups working on a myriad of technical topics to create, approve, revise and remove Standards for the industry.   

SMPTE Standards Committees develop new engineering documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents.

Please join Alan Lambshead, Standards vice president; Howard Lukk, director of engineering and standards; and Peter Symes, director of standards and engineering, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the June Standards meetings, hosted at CBS Broadcast Center in New York.

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“It’s About Time” - The New SMPTE Synchronization Standard

Speaker: Paul Briscoe

Original Airdate: 5 May 2016

Webcast Series: Standards

Synchronous by nature, media systems rely on legacy reference signals such as black burst and timecode, which pre-date today’s technologies by several generations. These signals require private distribution and are becoming insufficient for evolving system designs and workflows, particularly as live IP infrastructures gain prevalence. The SMPTE ST 2059 standards suite provides a method to accommodate all legacy reference and media signals using IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP), delivered over an IP network. This webcast examines how this new way of synchronizing systems will affect legacy, hybrid, and future all-IP infrastructures.

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SMPTE DCP Implementation

Speaker: Chris Witham, Walt Disney Studios & Nick Mitchell, Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema

Original Airdate: 7 April 2016

Webcast Series: Standards

SMPTE finalized standards for SMPTE D-Cinema packages in 2009. So why is the industry still delivering non-standard Interop packages? We’ll review the building blocks of the SMPTE DCP, the benefits of transitioning to SMPTE distribution packages, an overview of our experience delivering SMPTE packages to theaters in the United States and next steps.

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Moving Into A Coax-Free World (With SMPTE ST 2059 and ST 2071)

Speaker: Patrick Waddell, Harmonic

Original Airdate: 20 August 2015

Webcast Series: Standards

Many are aware of a much discussed revolution in media facility architecture, where signals no longer flow over coax cables (and life is good and the sky sunny). How real are the prospects for such a revolution?

To make it concrete, a number of areas of the ecosystem needed to be changed, not just the basic media flows themselves. SMPTE has had standards for baseband media over IP for several years, but they were not widely implemented for studio applications.

Why hasn't this change been implemented on a larger scale? This special SMPTE Standards Update webcast will address the reasons and summarize the new SMPTE standards published this year which will permit easier construction of "IP islands" in coax plants.

Please join guest speaker, Patrick Waddell, Manager, Standards and Regulatory at Harmonic, to learn more about these exciting new SMPTE Standards.

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Digital Cinema Content Distribution: Understanding Interop and the SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (DCP)

Speaker: Jim Whittlesey, Digital Cinema Consultant

Original Airdate: 11 August 2015

Webcast Series: Standards

Few will argue that effective distribution of digital cinema content is of vital importance. The process for doing this has evolved significantly over the years.

During this SMPTE Standards Update webcast, guest speaker Jim Whittlesey, will explain the function and technical parameters associated with a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) and a Composition PlayList (CPL). Both are key to understanding how digital cinema content is distributed, how it is effectively managed and then played back in a theoretical environment.

Discussion will also detail the differences, down to the file level, between an Interop DCP and a SMPTE-DCP. In addition, how to determine if a DCP is an Interop or SMPTE-DCP will be covered.

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Interoperable Master Format (IMF) - Application 2 and Beyond

Speaker: Annie Chang, Disney

Original Airdate: 18 March 2015

Webcast Series: Standards

The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is intended to allow content creators to transform a single file containing content into various versions of the content that can be distributed over multiple distribution platforms and to numerous consumer devices. Please join guest speaker, Annie Chang, VP, Post-Production Technology, Disney, and Chair, 35PM50, as she explains the details about IMF Application 2. Topics covered will include coding formats for essence and audio, plus other important parameters. But wait, there’s more! Ms. Chang will also discuss where IMF is headed and how it may prove crucial to today’s evolving multi-platform, multi-device and multi-lingual world.

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Immersive Sound for Cinema

Speaker: Pete Ludé, RealD

Original Airdate: October 2014

Webcast Series: Standards

Improvements in Digital Cinema image technologies have been well-publicized lately. But important advances in cinema sound systems are also dramatically enhancing the movie theater experience. Immersive Sound is the recently-adopted term for a three-dimensional soundfield, in which sound emanates not just from a few channels in a single plane (typical for 5.1 or 7.1 theater systems), but from many more positions located all around and above the audience.

In this SMPTE Standards Update webcast, we will provide an overview of what makes these new Immersive Sound Systems different from legacy technology, and review the status of adoption into worldwide cinemas.

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Perceptual EOTF

Speaker: Scott Miller, Dolby

Original Airdate: 6 May 2014

Webcast Series: Standards

With technological improvements in both capture and display technology, we are now in a position to utilize a much higher dynamic range in digital imaging than in the past. However, the challenge of traditional infrastructure limitations and the desire for efficient packaging prevent utilization of large bit depths everywhere. This SMPTE Educational Webcast explores how the Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) really defines an electronic imaging signal and what that means for the use of higher dynamic range content. In addition, the development of a signal definition based on the human visual system model promises to optimize its perceptual efficiency. 

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Networked Media and The Joint Task Force

Speaker: Felix Poulin, EBU

Original Airdate: 4 March 2014

Webcast Series: Standards

In the broad, fast-paced, ever-changing landscape of networked media, several interested organizations realized the need to collaborate to better understand the "bigger picture." As a result, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), SMPTE, and the Video Services Forum (VSF) formed the Joint Task Force on Professional Networked Streamed Media (JT-NM). Please join Felix Poulin, EBU's senior engineer and project manager of media production technologies, as he defines networked media and its potential for opportunity, explains why the Task Force was needed to encourage interoperability, and outlines the next steps. Mr. Poulin will also present highlights from the recently published JT-NM Gap Analysis Report. Please don't miss this important SMPTE Standards Update webcast.

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The Lip-Sync Challenge

Speaker: Paul Briscoe, Consultant

Original Airdate: 10 December 2013

Webcast Series: Standards

Since the first time a moving image was married to a soundtrack, maintaining sync between the two posed a challenge at every step, including acquisition, production, distribution and consumption. The implementation of the vast number of digital systems within the media ecosystem has increased this challenge significantly.
Please join guest speaker Paul Briscoe for a look at A-V synchronization related issues and an overview of the work underway within SMPTE to establish a standard which could solve the issue. This webcast will discuss the nature and causes of A-V sync problems, and explain, in detail, how the toolset in the proposed SMPTE Standard supports lip-sync for both live and file-based workflows, and holds the potential to provide utility through to the point of consumption.

3G SDI Interfaces

Speaker: John Hudson, Semtech Corp

Original Airdate: 10 September 2013

Webcast Series: Standards

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Since its arrival in 2006, the latest generation of the Serial Digital Interface, 3Gb/s SDI, or "3G", has achieved wide-spread adoption, rapidly becoming the real-time streaming media interface of choice. But what exactly is 3G SDI and how can it be used to create a reliable real-time streaming infrastructure? Webcast participants will learn about the latest developments in “3G” standardization and technology. They will also hear practical advice on the installation and operation of reliable 3Gb/s SDI infrastructure using both copper and optical fiber interfaces. Finally, webcast guests will accompany the speaker as he explores emerging production requirements and how the core 3Gb/s broadcast infrastructure can evolve to accommodate future needs.

Video Over IP Using The SMPTE 2022 Standards

Speaker: Brad Gilmer, AMWA

Original Airdate : 11 June 2013

Webcast Series: Standards

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SMPTE's latest Video over IP Standards, 2022-5 and 2022-6 provide for the transport of professional video at bit rates of up to 3Gbit/sec over IP networks.  Attend this webinar to learn more about the implementation of these Standards and to learn more about the impact of IP technology on professional media networks.

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Cinema Sound Systems:
Raising the Bar Through New Standards

Speaker: Brian Vessa, Sony Pictures
Original Airdate: 12 March 2013
Webcast Series: Standards
Movies can sound quite different depending on the theater in which you see the film.  There can also be a great deal of variation between how the movie sounds on the mixing stage and how it sounds in the exhibition theater. SMPTE has a new standards committee, TC-25CSS, that is working to update the current Standards and Recommended Practices in order to address these issues, raise the bar, and help make movie theaters sound better and more consistent.


SMPTE Standards Development Update: IMF (Interoperable Master Format)

Speaker: Annie Chang, VP, Post Production Technologies at The Walt Disney Studios

Original Airdate: 27 November 2012

Webcast Series: Standards

Today's wide range of consumer options for viewing content has significantly challenged content creators who need to deliver masters to CDNs and downstream distribution companies.  SMPTE is working to develop an Interoperable Master Framework (IMF) Standard. Please join Ms. Annie Chang, VP, Post Production Technologies at The Walt Disney Studios, as she explains what IMF is and specifically how it will be used.

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Motion Picture Metadata: 
Beyond the Basics

Speaker: Karen Broome, Sony Electronics US Technology Standards Office

Original Airdate: 28 August 2012

Webcast Series: Standards

Most large studios and archival institutions realize the critical importance of metadata for development, description, and delivery of audiovisual content. Karen Broome, metadata specialist for Sony's U.S. Technology Standards Office, goes beyond the basics to discuss emerging requirements for motion picture metadata and the complexities of context.

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SMPTE Timed Text

Speaker: Michael Dolan, Television Broadcast Technology, Inc.

Original Airdate: 24 February 2012

Webcast Series: Standards

The industry is moving to more and more Internet-delivered media. To date, closed captioning and subtitles have been delivered using proprietary methods. SMPTE developed a standard for the native encoding of captions and subtitles known as “SMPTE Timed Text”.  The webcast will cover the technical details of these SMPTE standards and is targeted at the engineer involved in using them.

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SMPTE Standards 101

Speaker: Peter Symes, Director, Standards & Engineering, SMPTE

Original Airdate: 24 May 2012

Webcast Series: Standards

As you may know, SMPTE is the premier standards development body for the motion imaging industry. What you may not know, however, is how those standards are developed.
Peter Symes, SMPTE's Director, Standards & Engineering will discuss the process behind development of SMPTE Standards. You will also learn how and why you too can be involved.