Standards Webcasts On-Demand

The standards development process is crucial to the motion imaging industry. The process by which SMPTE standards are developed is best understood by those directly involved in it, but now, anyone can learn about SMPTE Standards by participating in this unique opportunity "peek under the hood". These live SMPTE Standards webcasts are captured for on-demand playback, so if your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate in a live webcast, you can always see what you've missed. 

Previous Standards Webcasts

ST 429-18 Immersive Cinema Track File and 429-19 Immersive DCP constraints

Speaker: Steve LLamb

Original Airdate: 23 May 2019

Building on the work done in 25CSS to create the Immersive Audio Bitstream Essence (SMPTE ST 2098-2) published last year, work was continued in 21DC to create standards based on current practice for packaging and distributing DCPs that contained the 2098-2 Essence. The DCP needed to be functional with existing deployed systems, while also maintaining backward compatibility with existing Dolby ATMOS content and rendering systems. Work was done to create a track file (ST 429-18) that would be compatible with a DCinema CPL (ST 429-7), and concurrently, to create additional constraints for Immersive Audio DCPs (ST 429-19) that would be used in addition to, and maintaining compliance with, current DCP Operation Constraints (ST 429-2). This webcast will explore those topics in depth. ​

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SMPTE Quarterly Update and an Introduction to the new Workspace Environment

Speaker: Bruce Devlin and Thomas Bause Mason

Original Airdate:  28 March 2019

SMPTE Standards Committees are charged with developing Engineering Documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents. Each quarter, the Technical Committees and Sub-groups convene to fulfill this charge. Please join Bruce Devlin, Standards Vice President and Thomas Bause Mason, Director of Standards Development, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the March of 2019 Standards meetings held in White Plains.

Standards Update Webcasts are a FREE and open to all!

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Beyond SMPTE Time Code – the TLX Project
Speakers: Peter Symes 

Original Airdate: 21 February 2019

SMPTE Time Code, standardized as SMPTE ST 12, was originally defined in the 1970s and, although there have been many updates and enhancements, the fundamental attributes remain unchanged.  ST 12 is key to electronic video editing, and has found application in many other fields and industries.

But, ST 12 is constrained by the original design that reflects the technology landscape of the time (quad VTRs and Nixie tubes). ST12 has many limitations that cannot be addressed while maintaining backwards compatibility; it is time for a new approach. The TLX project (Time Label, eXtensible) seeks to define a new labeling system, more suited to the needs and technologies of today, that may be used alongside ST 12, and that could eventually replace it.

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Building Large SMPTE ST 2110 Systems Using JT-NM TR-1001-1

Speakers: John Mailhot & Brad Gilmer

Original Airdate: 10 January 2019

With the publication of several documents in SMPTE’s suite of ST 2110 standards, it is more important than ever that you understand how IP can be implemented in your professional media creation facility.

The SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite is designed to provide a great deal of flexibility in system implementations and focuses mainly on the definitions of media stream contents. Likewise, the AMWA IS-04 and IS-05 specifications are highly flexible APIs that allow a variety of media types and infrastructures. SMPTE ST 2059, based on IEEE 1588, describes how to synchronize video equipment over an IP network is also very flexible.

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SMPTE Technology Committee Meeting Outcome

Speake: Bruce Devlin & Thomas Bause Mason

Original Airdate: 20 December 2018

SMPTE Standards Committees are charged with developing Engineering Documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents.

Each quarter, the Technical Committees and Sub-groups convene to fulfill this charge. Please join Bruce Devlin, Standards Vice President and Thomas Bause Mason, Director of Standards Development, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the December 2018 Standards meetings held at Los Angeles.

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The SMPTE DCP: Ensuring the Ultimate Cinematic Experience Every Time

Speakers: Jack Watts & Tomasz Witkowski

Original Airdate: 13 December 2018

In this SMPTE Standards webcast, our speakers focus on both the technical and business aspects of the ratified SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format. The SMPTE DCP allows implementers and users to achieve the ability to support and exhibit HDR, HFR imagery,  immersive audio,  and automation within an auditoria environment by leveraging the enriched metadata held within a composition. It also aids future advancements in the medium by providing a solid and secure foundation to which people can extend existing technologies and build new ones, truly allowing for the ultimate cinematic experience every time.

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SMPTE Technology Committee Meeting Outcome Summary

Speaker: Bruce Devlin & Thomas Bause Mason

Original Airdate: 4 October 2018

SMPTE Technology Committees (TCs) are charged with developing engineering documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents. 

Each quarter, the TCs and sub-groups convene to fulfill this charge. Please join Standards Vice President Bruce Devlin and Director of Standards Development Thomas Bause Mason as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the September Standards meetings held at European Broadcast Union (EBU) in Geneva.​

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The Ins and Outs of ST 2098-2 Immersive Audio Bitstream

Speaker: Stan Cossette

Original Airdate: 16 August 2018

Immersive media environments are getting a great deal of attention recently. ST 2098-2 is the new SMPTE standard for distribution of immersive audio. Please join SMPTE and guest speaker Stan Cossette, Senior Staff Engineer - Cinema at Dolby, as he explains this new standard. 

Stan will provide you with an overview of ST 2098-2, and also then cover more detailed topics including the hierarchy of the bitstream frame elements, extensibility mechanisms designed into the standard, typical use cases for the immersive audio metadata, and much more!

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What is Immersive Audio and why is it so cool?

Speaker: Brian Vessa

Original Airdate: 9 August 2018

With all manners of entertainment using the moniker “immersive”, what does this mean with regard to audio? Since the introduction of immersive audio to the cinema, SMPTE has been working to create standards to foster interoperability between the many variations of playback systems and the many variations in mixing tools. A number of standards documents have been created that address different aspects of the problem.  

This webcast will describe what immersive audio is, why it is so cool, and what makes it vital to the industry. We will take a deep dive into ST 2098-1, which defines immersive audio metadata, and is the first document in the suite of SMPTE immersive audio standards.

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SMPTE Technology Committee Meeting Outcome Summary

Speakers: Bruce Devlin & Thomas Bause Mason

Original Airdate: 26 July 2018

The June 2018 Technology Committee meetings were held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The TC's are charged with developing standards documents and reviewing existing documents to ensure that they are current with established engineering practices and are compatible with international engineering documents.

In this TC meeting outcome webcast, Bruce Devlin, SMPTE's Standards Vice President, and Thomas Bause Mason, SMPTE's Director of Standards Development, will explain the progress was made during the TC meetings, but that's not all...

There are several types of documents published by SMPTE:  RPs, RDDs, EGs, Technical Specifications, as well as Standards. Our speakers will explain what these documents are, why they exist, how they are used, and what their differences are.

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SMPTE Technology Committee Meeting Outcome Summary

Speakers: Bruce Devlin & Howard Lukk

Original Airdate: 29 March 2018

Please join Bruce Devlin, Standards Vice President and Howard Lukk, Director of Engineering & Standards, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the March 2018 Standards meetings held in White Plains, NY, USA. In addition to the meeting outcome summary, Bruce will explain what “registers” are and what they do. Then, Cinecert’s John Hurst, will do a live, online register walk-through.

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A Conversation with SMPTE Leadership: The Society Looks Forward to 2018 and Beyond

Speakers: Matthew Goldman, Patrick Griffis, Bruce Devlin, Richard Welsh, Peter Wharton & Barbara Lange

Original Airdate: 25 January 2018

Webcast Series: Special Edition

In 2018, SMPTE is poised to serve its members as never before. This is your Society, and, as such, SMPTE leaders want to share their vision for this year and beyond.

Where is SMPTE going? What will it look like in 2020? They also want to hear what you have to say!

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Standards Update

Speakers: Bruce Devlin & Howard Lukk

Original Airdate: 11 January 2018

SMPTE’s ongoing series of Standards Update webcasts update you on the activities and outcomes from the Society’s quarterly Technology Committee (TC) meetings. These committees are responsible for creating engineering documents and for the review of existing standards documents. Please join Bruce Devlin, newly elected SMPTE Standards Vice President, and Howard Lukk, SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards, as they summarize the outcomes and progress made during the December 2017 TC meetings held at Arista in Santa Clara, California.

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