The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers®, or SMPTE, is defining the future of storytelling. The Society's mission is to enable the technical framework that allows the global professional community to make media for artistic, educational, and entertainment purposes and to distribute that content for the benefit and enjoyment of people worldwide. As a global volunteer-driven society of technologists, developers, and creatives, SMPTE is engaged in driving the quality and evolution of motion pictures, television, and professional media. The Society sets industry standards that help businesses maximize their markets more cost-effectively, provides relevant education that supports members' career growth, and fosters an engaged and diverse membership community.
Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, that are currently in force; and it continues to innovate at a rapid clip, generating an average of 50 new standards annually focused on film and digital cinema, television, and internet video.
SMPTE has many Technology 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.
Anyone interested in the standards process is welcome to join the SMPTE Standards Community. SMPTE Technology Committees are open to professionals interested in, or affected by, SMPTE Standards.