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Snell & Wilcox to release free MXF software developer kit, desktop player

Snell & Wilcox's MXF Desktop

Snell & Wilcox will release a comprehensive set of software developer tools for free at NAB2004. MXF Express is designed to help broadcasters and equipment vendors ensure interoperability among file-sharing products and systems through the MXF file format.

The company will also freely release MXF Desktop, a software-based MXF file player that will bring MXF compatibility to any Windows PC desktop.

MXF (Material eXchange Format) is a major new building block for IT-based broadcast and post-production environments offering a unique combination of several essential key features:

  • Platform independence including compression, network protocol and operating systems
  • Extensive support for metadata and improved workflows
  • Packetized and streaming file-based capability
  • An open industry format with broad-based support from industry vendors
  • Interoperability tested between industry vendors
  • Extensible for future source formats and metadata schemes

Snell & Wilcox engineers played a critical role in the definition and standardization of MXF. As part of their standardization work, the company's research engineers developed over several years a package of software tools that enables users to create products that conform to the MXF specification. Those tools are included in the free releases of MXF Express and MXF Desktop.

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