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    Delivering Standards
    Since 1916

    Where Quality Meets Interoperability

    About Standards  

    As an internationally recognized standards organization, SMPTE provides a vital technical framework to the industry. Its more than 800 standards, recommended practices and engineering guidelines currently in force touch nearly every piece of motion-imaging content consumed by billions of viewers worldwide. SMPTE standards ensure that this content is seen and heard in the highest possible quality on any display screen, while they enable repeatable workflows for content creators and distributors, and the manufacturers who support them.

    Areas of Technology Focus

    Cinema Standards

    SMPTE maintains a multitude of standards for film gauges from 8mm to 70mm, covering all these parameters plus many others such as edge coding, analog, and digital sound.

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    Video-Related Standards

    We have accomplished progress in both analog and digital formats, and standards have been used as the basis for ITU Recommendations.

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    Cross-Industry Standards

    SMPTE standards are developed principally to meet the needs of the media industry

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    Our Technology Committees

    Learn about how we create our documents and get involved in Standards

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    By providing structure, organization and interoperability, SMPTE has helped advance the motion-imaging industry through all of its major transitions, from the advent of sound and color to the shift from analog to digital formats, receiving an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work. We've been the innovator of some of the most iconic standards for high-quality content, as well as those that are facilitating the transition to an IP-based multiscreen world. And SMPTE continues to innovate at a rapid clip, generating an

    Today's key standards include Material eXchange Format (MXF), Interoperable Master Format (IMF), and Serial Digital Interface (SDI and HD-SDI), while emerging standards like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and ST 2110 for digital video over IP continue to ensure that all areas of the industry have a common foundation for development, operation and quality.

    SMPTE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as an Approved Reference Organization.

    Standards development is a collaborative process dedicated to improved workflow, global interoperability and uncompromising quality. We encourage all interested SMPTE members to take advantage of this unique opportunity by volunteering to work with the industry's top technologists to help shape the industry through Standards development.

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    SMPTE’s Standards Liaisons:

    Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA)
    Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)
    Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE)
    Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB)
    Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE-DVS)
    World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
    Working Group 1 – Joint Photographic Experts Group (WG1 JPEG)
    Working Group 11 – Moving Picture Experts Group (WG11 MPEG)
    Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)