Preservation

Current Format Summary

Type Copy Type Format
WAV: Waveform Preservation Master
  • Broadcast WAV (.wav) as defined by The European Broadcasting Union in document Tech 3285
  • Uncompressed
  • Version: 1
TIFF: Tagged Image File Format Preservation Master

TIFF, version 6.0 (.tif)
Uncompressed

TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

PDF: Portable Document Format

Distribution Copies

Depending on project needs, the follow file formats are options:

  • TIFF, version 6.0 (.tif), uncompressed
  • JPEG
  • PDF
  • BMP
  • Additional file formats may vary by locations.
TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
Reproduction Master

TIFF, version 6.0 (.tif)

  • Uncompressed

Or

JPEG

DPX: Digital Moving-Picture Exchange Preservation Master

The capture process may result in two separate files linked by metadata.

Image Data

  • DPX (Digital Picture Exchange) as defined by SMPTE 268M-1994
  • Uncompressed
  • Version 1

Audio Data (if present)

  • Broadcast WAV (.wav) as defined by The European Broadcasting Union in document Tech 3285
  • Uncompressed
  • Version: 1
DPX: Digital Moving-Picture Exchange Preservation Master

Image Data

  • DPX (Digital Picture Exchange) as defined by SMPTE 268M-1994
  • Uncompressed
  • Version 1
AVI: Audio Video Interleaved Reproduction Master

Container: AVI (Audio Video Interleaved)

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group Distribution Copies

JPEG

PDF: Portable Document Format Distribution Copies

PDF Final product can be single page or multi-pages

Version 1.4

MP3 Distribution Copies
MPEG-2 4:2:2 Profile, Main Level Reproduction Master

Container:

  • MPEG-2
  • Program Stream
  • 4:2:2 Profile, Main Level
  • Closed GOP, I-frame only
WMV: Windows Media File Distribution Copies

Container

  • Windows Media WMV
Distribution Copies

Container:

  • MPEG-2
  • Program Stream
  • 4:2:2 Profile, Main Level
  • Closed GOP, I-frame only
DCP: Digital Cinema Package Distribution Copies

Image Data

  • JPEG2000 wrapped in MXF
  • Lossless compression
JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

PDF: Portable Document Format
Distribution Copies

JPEG or PDF

MPEG-2 4:2:2 Profile, Main Level Reproduction Master

Container:

WMV: Windows Media File Distribution Copies

Container

  • Windows Media WMV

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