EBU-TT part M, Metadata Definitions

EBU Tech 3390

This document contains the formal definitions for metadata elements that can be used within EBU‑TT documents to describe characteristics of the contained subtitle data, thus facilitating interchange between users of an EBU‑TT document. (There are 2 corrigenda.)

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Legacy formats for subtitle files already carry metadata or comment data. The EBU‑TT Metadata entities defined by this document are intended to support industry accepted practises established by legacy formats. In addition, and where relevant, defined values for metadata entities have been extended from legacy uses to cater for subsequent developments in the broadcast industry (e.g. frame rates) since these legacy formats were standardised.

Only the definitions of the EBU‑TT metadata elements and attributes are covered by this document; the use of those defined metadata elements within a specific use case (e.g. Archive, Legacy Subtitle File Conversion or Live Subtitling) is covered by the relevant primary EBU‑TT document, i.e. EBU‑TT Part 1, EBU‑TT Part 2 and EBU‑TT Part 3 respectively).


The following corrigenda apply to TECH 3390 EBU-TT, Part M Metadata Definitions version 1.0:

  • In §3.6.1 serviceBegin (attribute) the Cardinality is 1..1 (was 0..1).
  • In §3.6.2 serviceEnd (attribute) the Cardinality is 1..1 (was 0..1).