The SMPTE (Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers) was founded in the USA in 1916 as the Society of Motion Picture Engineers and was renamed in 1950.

SMPTE Test Material Catalog is a comprehensive list of test materials used to check the performance of projectors, optical and magnetic sound systems, image quality and alignment, television colour reference and test patterns, plus other helpful items such as the SMPTE Universal Leaders.

SMPTE Timecode is a digital code of recorded or real time, and other identification information useful for electronic editing, recorded either in an audio cue track or in the video signal with the vertical sychronising pulses. Binary time code denoting hours, minutes, seconds and frames.