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HPA 2018: Making the Case for IMF in Broadcast and Online

IMF (Interoperable Master Format) came of age, and two hours at this week’s HPA Tech Retreat were devoted to progress made and reasons for its adoption. Led by NABA (North American Broadcasters Association) chair of the working group on file formats Clyde Smith, a senior vice president at Fox Network engineering and operations, the block of speakers covered the business benefits of IMF and how Hollywood, broadcast and OTT would benefit from adopting it. Other topics focused on integrating IMF into the production pipeline.

From the United Kingdom, DPP (Digital Production Partnership) head Andy Wilson and technical director Andy Quested described how their organization and SMPTE are now working together. DPP is a UK-generated standard that enabled the common file format, structure and wrapper of any file-based programming delivered to a UK broadcaster.


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