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IMF Advanced

Understanding SMPTE’s Interoperable Master Format: SMPTE ST 2067 suite of standards.

Level: Advanced | Duration: 3 Days | People: 8-10 | Language: EN | Delivery: In person


Designed to be delivered in person and on-premises, the ET IMF: Advanced training course builds on what you will have learned in the beginners course and takes it to the next level.


In this course, you will be guided through working with Client Delivery Specifications and how to construct IMF Applications, get to grips with Timed Text best practices within IMSC, in-depth analysis of the MXF format and understand how essence is mapped, be provided a breakdown of Multi-Channel Audio (MCA), get to grips with advanced versioning concepts and gain an understanding of IMF Plug-Ins.


Upon successful completion of this course participants should be able to:


  • Summarize the technical and business advantages of adopting  IMF.

  • Discuss the various file types and their functions in an IMF Package.

  • Outline the IMF mastering process.

  • Explain how the IMF manages Timed Text and subsequent versions.

  • Describe how the IMF overcomes the challenges of international versioning.

  • List the necessary requirements of IMF adoption and servicing.


Target Audience

This course is intended to provide Media Production Professionals, Film Producers, Distribution Houses, and Mastering Vendors with the opportunity to learn about the benefits and practical considerations of utilizing IMF in their mastering and business-to-business workflows.


Course Content

  1. Introduction

  2. History of versioning & the purpose of IMF.

  3. Explaining the 2067 Document Suite.

  4. Understanding the term Composition.

  5. Essence types.

  6. Metadata types.

  7. Light Levels and HDR.

  8. Applications explained.

    1. App 2 JPEG2000

    2. App 3 SSP

    3. App 4 Mezzanine

    4. App 5 ACES

    5. RDD 45

    6. TSP2121 Family

  9. Working with MXF Track Files.

    1. What is MXF?

    2. MXF Standards, Wrapping & Structure

    3. Labels, Types & Elements

    4. Locators & Identifiers

    5. The MXF Data Model

    6. Descriptors

    7. Auxiliary Data

    8. Encryption & IMF Constraints

  10. Multi-Channel Audio explained.

  11. Plug-Ins (Part 1)

  12. Timed Text in IMF

    1. Timed Text Markup Language

    2. Internet Media Subtitles and Captions

  13. Anatomy of the Composition Playlist.

    1. Resources, Sequences & Segments.

    2. What are Virtual Tracks?

    3. Markers.

    4. Essence Descriptors.

  14. Plug-Ins (Part 2).

  15. The Component-ised Methodology.

  16. Timecode in IMF.

  17. Identifiers & Extension Metadata.

  18. Sidecar Composition Map

  19. Output Profile List

  20. Getting to grips with the concept of Packaging.

  21. Packaging practices

  22. System files explained.

  23. Security in IMF

    1. What is Encryption?

    2. Encryption in MXF

    3. Encryption Types

    4. Signatures & Certificates.

    5. An IMF CIpher Payload

    6. Key Delivery Message

    7. KDM Formulation

  24. Delivery Specifications & Industry Terms.

  25. Packaging and B2B interchange concepts.

  26. Q&A, Open Forum.

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