Interoperable Master Format (IMF)

The EBU helps Members to better understand the advantages and challenges of IMF.

Main IMF-TV activities

  • To help EBU members better understand the application, advantages and challenges of IMF.
  • To input broadcaster requirements, etc. to the IMF User Group.

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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 Interoperable Master Format is a SMPTE standard for the interchange of multi-version, finished audio-visual content. How relevant is it for broadcasters?

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