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SMPTE IMF Plugfest Marks Milestone

More than 30 participants are making progress toward interoperability via the plugfest.

White Plains, NY (August 21, 2019)—The SMPTE Interoperable Master Format (IMF) plugfest, held earlier this year in London, marked another milestone in the development of the IMF family of international standards (SMPTE ST 2067), the organization reports, with more than 30 participants making progress toward interoperability.

IMF is the family of standards for the exchange of component-based audio-visual masters intended for worldwide distribution, from movies to TV shows to advertisements. The format is specifically designed to efficiently handle multiple-territory distribution and advanced content such as high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut (WCG), immersive sound (object-based audio), and access services (subtitles, captions).

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Organized by the SMPTE Technology Committee 35PM (Media Packaging and Interchange), IMF plugfests provide implementers with opportunities to interchange test content with the objective of improving interoperability and identifying areas of improvement in the standard. Implementers at the recent event included Amazon, Dalet, Visible Light, Fraunhofer, Marquise, MTI, Ownzones, Rohde & Schwarz and Venera Technologies. Test content was provided by Paramount, Universal, Turner, the BBC and 20 Century Fox. Amazon hosted the event at its UK headquarters.

“SMPTE IMF plugfests are the cornerstone of bringing immediacy and relevance to our standards. They remind us that standards are living examples of technology being used to build global platforms upon which agile applications are developed,” said Bruce Devlin, SMPTE standards vice president. “The lively discussions of real implementers and users solving multivendor business problems in real time show that standards can be relevant and dynamic in today’s disruptive technology world.”

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SMPTE is currently organizing the next IMF plugfest, scheduled for the first half of 2020. The Society encourages interested parties to join the effort by contacting Thomas Bause Mason at SMPTE.