SMPTE Standards Community Members attending the September 2017 meetings at Sky Central in London

SMPTE has more than 100 Technical Committees (TC's) and other groups working virtually on a myriad of technical topics to create, approve, revise and remove Standards for the industry. Each year, usually quarterly, the Standards Community meets in week-long TC Meetings to report on progress and to move forward with Standards work that is more easily accomplished in face-to-face meetings. 

The Standards Quarterly Report summarizes the current progress of SMPTE Technology Committees that are working to create, approve, revise, and remove standards for the industry.

The report is helpful for: 

  • Members who participate actively in the Standards Community, and need a quick reference source.
  • Members who participate and were unable to attend a particular TC meeting.
  • Members who follow what is happening in the Standards Community to identify key issues.
  • Members and non-members who have no idea what is taking place in the Standards Community and would like to learn more.

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Quarterly reports summarizing the most recent block meetings:

Report from September 2017 hosted by Sky, London, UK

Report from June 2017 hosted by SMG, Shanghai, China

Report from March 2017 hosted by Intel, San Jose, CA, USA

Report from December 2016 hosted by The Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, USA

Committee Scopes

The general scope of all Technology Committees is to develop SMPTE Engineering Documents; to Review existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents, where possible; to recommend and develop test specifications, methods, and materials; and to prepare tutorial material on engineering subjects for publication in the SMPTE Journal or for other means of dissemination benefiting the Society and the industry.

Content Creation Committees

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 application of the General Scope as it applies 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 and Media Management Committees

Metadata/Registries 30MR
The application of the General Scope as it applies to the definition and implementation of the SMPTE Registration Authority, used to identify digital assets and associated metadata such as the definition of shared metadata semantics across multiple committees.

File Formats and Systems 31FS
The application of the General Scope as it applies to definition of common wrapper and file structures 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. 

Media Systems, Control and Services 34CS
The application of the General Scope as it applies 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 application of the General Scope as it applies 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.