Quality assurance company, Eurofins Digital Testing, has unveiled software solutions designed to help companies adopt the Interoperable Mastering Format (IMF).
Eurofins’ IMF products are based on technology provided by the German, Austrian and Swiss public service broadcasters’ joint research centre, the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), thanks to an exclusive global licensing deal.
Targeted at studios, post-production companies, broadcasters and distributors, the offerings combine technical media validation with production and distribution workflow business intelligence.
Eurofins’ solutions will be derived from the IRT-developed IMF and MXF Analyser products and will be available from this month. Eurofins will showcase these at IBC along with its suite of automated test tools and its cyber security testing services.
“IMF is the solution to versioning and localising at scale – enabling faster workflows and reductions in storage costs,” said Johan Craeybeckx, Business Line Director at Eurofins.
IRT Director, Michael Hagemeyer, said: “The IMF format plays a significant role in the future of broadcast and OTT media, and we are confident that Eurofins, a proven-leader in quality assurance, is ideally placed to carry this mission forward and lower the barriers to adoption of the standards at this critical point for the digital media industry.”
IMF is a Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) standard for providing a single, interchangeable master file format that can be used to render tailored versions of content for different audiences. It incorporates the Material Exchange Format (MXF) container format.
Financial terms of Eurofins’ agreement with the IRT were not disclosed.