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SMPTE PDA Now Educational Webcast: SMPTE Timed Text


Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM (EST)

SMPTE PDA Now Educational Webcast: SMPTE Timed Text

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SMPTE Timed Text


Thursday, 23 February 2012

18:00 UTC /10:00 Pacific/13:00 Eastern

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Speaker: Michael Dolan, Television Broadcast Technology, Inc.


The industry is moving to more and more Internet-delivered media. To date, closed captioning and subtitles have been delivered using proprietary methods. SMPTE developed a standard for the native encoding of captions and subtitles known as “SMPTE Timed Text”. In addition, it has published and drafted Recommended Practices for the mapping of CEA-608 (analog closed captions) and CEA-708 (digital closed captions) into SMPTE Timed Text, respectively, in order to assist in the migration of television content to the Internet. The US FCC has just issued a Report and Order setting out requirements for programming and devices regarding the authoring and display of Internet-delivered captioning that references SMPTE Timed Text. The webcast will cover the technical details of these SMPTE standards and is targeted at the engineer involved in using them.


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For the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at

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