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Mastering and Archiving Uncompressed Digital Video Test Materials



Charles D. Fenimore


This is a report on the status of a Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Ad Hoc Group charged with creating a master set of images for subjective testing of electronic systems. The images are to be sold at cost by SMPTE for use in the evaluation of electronic systems. The first task is creation of a master representation of the image sequences to enable preservation of the images in a consistent and stable storage environment. With the restoration of the many images available to the Society and the return to a pristine image state when possible, image sequences will be provided to the SMPTE in a digitalfile format. The Society will then offer the sequences for sale in various formats [both in digital data media and uncompressed digital video] for the purpose of subjective testing of electronic systems. This report also includes representative images from each sequence in the set of standard definition materials, the first fruits of the AHG. Finally, the report is a request for feedback and suggestions on the quality of, and the interest in, this process.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the SMPTE 142nd Technical Conference
Conference Dates
October 18-21, 2000
Conference Title
SMPTE Technical Conference


archive, datamedia, digital videotape, electronic systems, evaluation materials, subjective testing


Fenimore, C. (2000), Mastering and Archiving Uncompressed Digital Video Test Materials, Proceedings of the SMPTE 142nd Technical Conference, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created October 11, 2000, Updated February 17, 2017