SMPTE Registered Disclosure Documents (RDDs) provide an easy way to open technology up to the media industry. RDDs are documents within the scope of interest of the Society, submitted by any sponsoring business or organization that wishes to make a disclosure available to the public and to use the Society’s publication and distribution mechanisms for this purpose. A SMPTE RDD can help ensure accessibility and stability for a particular product, interface, or control specification. With the Society’s backing, an RDD also affords the sponsor the benefit of both SMPTE’s distribution capabilities and its reputation as a well-established and accredited international standards organization.
Examples of suitable RDDs might include, but are not limited to, specifications of existing products, instructions for interfacing to products, instructions for controlling products and systems, and descriptions of design approaches intended to encourage the design of similar or compatible systems.
SMPTE RDDs are not standards documents and do not represent findings, representations, or recommendations by the Society. They cannot be used as normative references in engineering documents.
Any interested party may request initiation of a new SMPTE RDD, provided the following criteria is met:
The bullet points below describe the process of creating a SMPTE RDD, from application to publication.
More details and the complete process of SMPTE RDD creation are available in the SMPTE Standards Operations Manual (OM) under section 7.
Please Note: To create an RDD in SMPTE you have to be an SMPTE member and a member of the SMPTE Standards Community (SC). Please see the SMPTE store to find more information on how to become an individual or corporate member and on how to pay the Standards Participation fee to become an SC member.
A one-time payment of $5,000 USD is required to start an RDD. Payment by credit card is the preferred payment method.
Please use the email form below to contact SMPTE for additional RDD information, or to get started with an application for an SMPTE RDD.