SMPTE offer learning resources for free during the COVID-19 lockdown

The industry standards body SMPTE has, in response to the Coronavirus lockdown crisis, generously made various of its learning resources free or discounted, stating:

The current circumstance in which we find ourselves provides an extraordinary opportunity to “level-up” our collective knowledge and expertise. To help in this regard, all SMPTE virtual course registration fees are reduced to 50% of their normal price until further notice. The maximum class size has also been removed. If you choose to embrace the opportunity in the challenge and decide to register for a SMPTE course please use the SMPTE50 discount code to ensure you receive the discount. Please, stay safe and stay well!

Much of the content is very technical and geared more to engineers than the camera department – but there is also some fascinating, more accessible content there as well. Even as a very non-technical person, I really enjoyed the 'AI & Machine Learning' webinar for instance.

Standards and journal articles

Many standards and journal articles have been have been made freely available:

Free to watch webinars

The 'AI & Machine Learning' webinar can be found here:
'News in the Age of the Pandemic' here:

Virtual courses

Two virtual courses, both starting on 27 April are discounted by 50%:

  • Understanding SMPTE ST 2110
  • Essentials of IP Media Transport for Broadcasters

See more about SMPTE courses.

About the SMPTE

Currently wtih over 7000 members worldwide, during its more than century-long history, SMPTE has developed mroe than 800 standards, recommended practices and engineering guidelines that are currently in force, and continues to innovate, generating an average of 50 new standards annually cinema, television, internet video, storage, workflows, and much more.
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