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    A Standard is a document that states basic specifications, dimensions, or criteria that are necessary for effective interchange and/or interconnection within the system described.

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    Registered Disclosure Documents

    Registered Disclosure Documents (RDDs) are not Engineering Documents and do not represent findings, representations, or recommendations by the Society.

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    Public Committee Drafts

    Public CDs are open documents that are distributed for review and comment by the professional community for a limited time.

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    Engineering Reports

    Download the latest Engineering Reports from our Technology Committees

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    Recommended Practices

    A Recommended Practice is a document that states basic specifications, dimensions, or criteria that are not necessary for effective interchange and/or interconnection but that facilitate implementation of systems.

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    Engineering Guidelines

    An Engineering Guideline is an informative document, often tutorial in nature, which incorporates engineering Consensus on specifications, dimensions, and/or Version practices.

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    Overview Documents

    These Overview Documents are available at no charge.

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    Advisory Notes

    An Advisory Note is a brief informative document developed by consensus of a Technology Committee detailing an issue before the Technology Committee.

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    SMPTE Documents

    SMPTE Engineering Documents consist of Standards, Recommended Practices, Engineering Guidelines, and Amendments. SMPTE Engineering Documents may be intended for further submission to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Standards Organization (ISO), or other standards bodies. 

    The Society also publishes Registered Disclosure Documents and Technical Specifications, but these are not considered to be Engineering Documents and have separately defined procedures. To learn more about the Technical Specifical process, visit the TSP FAQ page.

    These documents can be found in the SMPTE Digital Library on IEEE Xplore. In total, the SMPTE Digital Library contains more than 23,000 documents including all SMPTE Journal articles back to 1916; conference papers dating back to 1969; and more than 800 standards documents covering all aspects of motion image technology including the iconic color bar test patterns, time code, timed text, and digital cinema.

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