How To Create Better Cinema Standards

Historically, cinema standards were created after the fact. In fact, they weren’t called standards. The earliest collaborative cinema document from SMPTE is an Engineering Guideline dating back to the late 70’s. In the 80’s, SMPTE moved on to publish Recommended Practices, and only began to jointly publish standards with ANSI in the late 80’s. These documents recorded actual practice. As cinema moved into the digital domain, two new concepts emerged in the standards process: collaborative invention in committee, and RAND licensing. Both need review.

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