SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) is a professional association for enhancing the profession and contributing to the technology of motion picture and television engineering. The SMPTE establishes standards, practices, and guidelines for the motion picture and television industry, including the audio that goes with the motion images. Founded in 1916 as the Society for Motion Picture Engineers (the T for television was added in 1950), the recent decades have seen computer technology become an important part of the association's concerns and preoccupations. The SMPTE publishes the SMPTE Journal , a monthly. Membership is open to anyone who is interested.