SMPTE, DPP Develop Pilot Project for First SMPTE Specification

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—In an attempt to define a prototype SMPTE Specifications process, SMPTE and Digital Production Partnership recently collaborated on a pilot project. Together, SMPTE and DPP have delivered the first draft SMPTE Specification, which focuses on the use of Interoperable Master Format, or SMPTE ST 2067, for broadcast and online applications.

The documents, which were presented during the recent HPA Tech Retreat, were written with input by DPP, SMPTE, the North American Broadcasters Association and the European Broadcasting Union, as well as industry manufacturers and end users. The draft is now out for public comment.

The draft specification addresses constraints for IMF for broadcast and online applications, including MXF Track Files, composition playlists, output profile lists and IMF packages. The specification will reference other activities, such as the project for carrying quality-control metadata and EBU-TT, as well as optional methods for carrying EBU-STL subtitles in Europe and CTA-608/CTA-708 captions in North America.

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The specification was built on the IMF standard and will help enable broadcasters to use IMF workflows with their existing content archives and facilitate the realization of file-based interoperability on a large scale.

The prototype SMPTE Specifications process will be exercised with these documents with the process being documented and reviewed by the SMPTE Board of Governors before being offered to the industry as a specification service to all. Once finalized, the new SMPTE documents will join other SMPTE technical publications, including standards.

The draft documents are available here