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DPP, SMPTE publish updated IMF documentation

The BBC will move to the newest version of the DPP's IMF Delivery Requirements this summer

The DPP and SMPTE have partnered to publish two new SMPTE Recommended Disclosure Documents for the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), which have already been adopted by the BBC.

SMPTE RDD 59-1 IMF Application DPP (ProRes) updates the document it supersedes, SMPTE TSP 2121-1. It introduces a number of updates based on user feedback, and simplifications to ensure ease of implementation. The document also enables increased automation of the content supply chain, as well as removing duplication when creating, storing, and processing multiple versions of content.

In parallel, SMPTE RDD 59-2 IMF Application DPP (JPEG2000) will replace SMPTE TSP 2121-4, first launched by the DPP and the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) in 2019.

In addition, the DPP has published updates to a range of Recommendation and Guidance documents for users of IMF, including significant updates to Recommendation DPP003 Carriage of AMWA AS-11 Metadata in IMF. Also updated is the DPP’s guide for media organisations exploring the impact of adopting IMF, DPP005 IMF Operational Guidance.

“We’re delighted to have worked with DPP member companies and SMPTE to bring the benefits of IMF to an even wider community,” says DPP CTO, Rowan de Pomerai. “We regularly hear that media organisations are keen to realise the benefits of component based media, but it can seem a daunting change process. The publication of SMPTE RDD 59, DPP003, and related DPP Guidance will provide the tools and support for more companies to adopt IMF in their workflows.” 

The BBC will move to the newest version of the DPP’s IMF Delivery Requirements using RDD 59-1 this summer.

Andrew Dunne, technical subject matter expert – Television Production and Delivery at the BBC, said: “IMF is key to building a next generation content supply chain for the BBC. Work from the DPP, SMPTE, and the industry at large has been crucial to enabling an interoperable way for us to receive our highest quality content.”

The documents are available to download here.