Making movies is a costly and time-consuming endeavor, thus archiving and preserving them is crucial. A suitable file type for this task is the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), a recognized and SMPTE-standardized intermediate format for the creation and distribution of complex audiovisual content. On September 13, 2019, Siegfried Foessel, head of the Moving Picture Technologies department at Fraunhofer IIS and speaker of the Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Media, will chair a workshop on this topic during the IBC show in Amsterdam.
IMF, a file-based solution for saving high-quality image and sound data as well as subtitles in a common format, is especially designed for the manufacturer- and equipment-independent exchange of film material. This includes exchanging data between different production companies or optimizing internal data exchange during production and postproduction. IMF can also be used as a master or source package for creating various distribution formats, for showing movies in theaters, as well as for archiving and preserving audiovisual data. It aims to replace tape-based workflows, thereby reducing time and costs. Fraunhofer IIS offers IMF creation, encryption and playback in its easyDCP postproduction software.
At the upcoming IBC show, the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) IMF User Group (IMF UG) is organizing a workshop about the application of IMF in archiving and preserving movies and for content exchange in studio production workflows. Siegfried Foessel, speaker of IMF UG member Fraunhofer, will chair the workshop. Admission is open to all audiovisual archiving and preservation professionals.
“Preserving movies with IMF”
When: September 13 at the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Program chair: Siegfried Foessel, Fraunhofer IIS
Further information and tickets: https://imf-in-archives-ibc-2019.eventbrite.com
Another workshop on the topic will take place in the US in October:
“Preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF”
When: October 25 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Program chair: Florian Schleich, Netflix
Further information and tickets: https://imf-in-archive-atc-2019.eventbrite.com
The IMF workshops are a unique opportunity to meet experts and implementers and to share ideas, use cases and requirements.
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