Technology Committees meet at White Oaks Resort in Niagra

3-7 March 2014

Nine SMPTE Technology Committees and eighteen subgroups scheduled meetings at this round, hosted by Semtech Corporation, 3-7 March. There has been a change to the Technology Committee structure, and the Time Labeling and Synchronization TC and its sub-groups have now moved to a Working Group of the Network and Facilities Architecture TC.

Some 60 members attended in person over the 5 days, and there was additional participation by remote access. This Executive Summary captures some of the more notable projects. More information on the current status of the 160+ active projects is in the detailed report, below.

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Content Creation

Essence-10E

The application of the general scope as it applies to electronic capture, generation, editing, mastering, archiving, and reproduction of image, audio, subtitles, captions, and any other master elements required for distribution across multiple applications

Applications Committees

Film 20F
The application of the general scope as it applies to application of mastered essence to theatrical film distribution, including, media and component creation, marking, laboratory methods, reproduction, packaging, projection, and related topics. Additionally film capture, editing and recording.

D-Cinema 21DC
The application of the general scope as it applies to application of mastered essence to theatrical digital distribution, including compression, encryption, wrapping, marking, packaging, media, logging, playout, projection, reproduction, and related topics.

Television and Broadband Media 24TB
The General Scope as applied to mastered essence for television and broadband distribution (both separately and for hybrid television/broadband environments), including compression, encryption, wrapping, marking, packaging, media, tracking/control, presentation, reproduction, and related topics.

Cinema Sound Systems 25CSS

The application of the general scope as it applies to standards for cinema sound and cinema B-Chain systems, including performance, measurements, setup, calibration, acoustics and related topics.

Infrastructure Committees

Metadata/Registries 30MR
The application of the general scope as it applies to definition and implementation of the SMPTE Registration Authority, used to identify digital assets and associated metadata. Additionally, the common definition of metadata semantic meaning across multiple committees.

File Formats and Systems 31FS
The application of the General Scope as it applies to definition of common wrappers, file formats and file systems for storage, transmission, and use in the carriage of all forms of digital content components.

Network/Facilities Infrastructure 32NF
The application of the general scope as it applies to definition and control of elements supporting the infrastructures of content production and distribution facilities, including file management, transfer protocols, switching mechanisms, and physical networks that are both internal and external to the facility excluding unique final distribution methods. 

Time Labeling and Synchronization 33TS
The application of the general scope as it applies to the definition of time labeling of essence and the synchronization of systems and essence in both digital and analog forms over networked and streaming transports.

Media Systems, Control and Services 34CS
The General Scope as applied to the implementation of media services, methods of managing and controlling hardware devices and software systems, and the management of media workflow processes, including associated signalling and control mechanisms

Media Packaging and Interchange 35PM
The General Scope as applied to the packaging of media elements, to facilitate interchange and interoperability of formats within specific integrated application ecosystems in the professional fields of media creation, production, post-production archiving and related topics.