Main IMF-TV activities
- 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.
If you are interested in the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), and to actively participate in the discussions, then join the group by clicking on the 'join our group' button top-right.
EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan
This group is part of the EBU Strategic Programme on Video Systems.
Every two years, the EBU develops a roadmap for technology and innovation activities based on the requirements and inputs given by EBU Members. The result of this roadmap is our bi-annual EBU Technology & Innovation workplan. Strategic programmes and project groups are set up to focus on specific areas of interest. To access the latest Workplan,
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.
We are aware of the following parties supporting IMF in products/tools*.
* Disclaimer Above list of parties providing IMF products/tools is based on information provided by these organisations themselves, such as publicly available product specifications. Please note that the EBU does NOT verify conformance of the implementations. Inclusion in the list also does NOT mean the EBU recommends the party or its product(s)/tool(s). Users should verify the suitability of any product/tool themselves. Where tools have no clear company owner, the tool name is used.
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