Interoperable Master Format (IMF)

Note: This group has concluded its work and is closed.

There currently is no dedicated IMF group active in the EBU, but IMF-related work continues to be carried in other EBU Groups, such as Video Systems & Workflows and QC.

IMF also frequently features as a topic in EBU events.

About the (now closed) EBU IMF group

The EBU ran an IMF group for several years with as aims:

  • To help EBU members better understand the application, advantages and challenges of IMF.
  • To help EBU Members that want to use IMF.
  • To input broadcaster requirements, etc. to the IMF User Group.
  • To improve the way IMF content can be QCed.

The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is a standard that allows a single collection of content to be transformed into multiple versions, whilst sharing the same material. A good example is a movie of which three different versions are distributed: the original for television broadcast, an airline edit and a version with a different language for another territory.

The work on IMF started in the movie domain, but may also be relevant for various broadcaster use cases, such as exchange and archiving.

The HPA's IMF User Group features a list of IMF products & services.

There also is a list of IMF open source software on the IMF User Group site.

* Disclaimer The EBU is not responsible for above lists. Inclusion in the list(s) does NOT mean the EBU recommends the party or its product(s)/tool(s). Users should verify the suitability of any product/tool themselves.

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