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Snell & Wilcox To Offer Free MXF Tools

Snell & Wilcox will release at NAB 2004 a comprehensive set of software developer tools called MXF (Material eXchange Format) Express that help broadcasters ensure interoperability among file-sharing equipment and systems through the MXF file format.

The company also will release MXF Desktop, a software-based MXF file player that brings MXF compatibility to a Windows PC desktop, and enables WAV, MPEG and DV formats to be "wrapped" into an MXF file.

Features of MXF include platform independence; extensive support for metadata and improved workflows; packetized and streaming file-based capability; and an open industry format with broad-based support from industry vendors. Software tools that enable users to create equipment that conforms to the MXF specification also are included in MXF Express and Desktop. The applications will be available to qualified users for download from a new MXF resource web site, soon to be launched by the Snell & Wilcox. A link to the new site can be found on