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I3A, OSTA develop open spec for image, video display!
By Dave Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 20:17 EST)

MultiPhoto/Video specification aimed at making it easier for consumers to view their images and videos, either on TV or a computer...

A press release from the Optical Storage Technology Association and the International Imaging Industry Association announces that the two bodies are working on a new standard for image display and video playback. The MultiPhoto/Video specification will apparently "standardize the representation and organization of photo and video collections when stored as data files on recordable CD or DVD media. The new specification will define the table of contents for a collection of digital images and provide a means by which consumers can access and store metadata about the collection's files using a variety of electronic devices."

The goal? Easier display of images and viewing of videos on a range of platforms or devices, ranging from DVD players and set-top boxes to computers. A draft specification will be available later this year - see the press release below for more details.

Original Source Press Release:

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) and The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) Collaborate To Develop MultiPhoto/Video (MPV) Open Specification

MPV specification to enable more intuitive playback of digital photo and video collections in next generation consumer electronic devices


ORLANDO, Florida, Feb. 24, 2002 - The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) and the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) today announced they are developing the MultiPhoto/Video (MPV) specification to enable computer software and consumer electronic devices such as DVD players to more easily process and playback collections of digital photos and videos.

MPV will standardize the representation and organization of photo and video collections when stored as data files on recordable CD or DVD media. The new specification will define the table of contents for a collection of digital images and provide a means by which consumers can access and store metadata about the collection's files using a variety of electronic devices.

"The MPV initiative will allow consumers to access and display digital images using many devices, including DVD players and Internet-connected mobile phones," said Lisa Walker, co-executive director and chief marketing officer of I3A. "The new specification will make it easier to play, edit and print diverse collections of digital photo and video images."

The MPV initiative expands upon previous work done separately by OSTA and I3A, including I3A's DIG35 metadata specification and OSTA's MultiAudio specification. DIG35 defines the ease-of-use, flexibility and range of applications that can be achieved with metadata-enhanced digital imaging. OSTA's MultiAudio specification introduced last year enhances playback of MP3 audio collections on music players.

The proposed MPV format can be added to existing imaging applications and conventions and can co-exist with current file system structures and formats. MPV can be produced automatically or interactively by digital cameras, scanners, imaging software and Internet services, among others, and is designed for processing in consumer devices such as DVD players and by PC software. The format can also be used with a wide range of storage media including memory cards, recordable or stamped CD and DVD media and magnetic disks.

MPV can also act as a protocol for exchanging information between software applications and services. It is designed for longevity and extensibility using industry-standard XML. MPV provides specific manifest and metadata formats and implementation practices that utilize existing industry specifications such as the World Wide Web Consortium's SMIL 2.0 and I3A's DIG35. MPV is compatible with and supports the DCF and EXIF standards from JEITA that are widely used in digital cameras.

A basic specification will be available later in 2002 for use in DVD players and imaging software. Subsequent work will further develop the specification to extend its use to digital cameras, scanners, Internet services and other personal digital media applications.

To promote widespread support from the imaging industry, OSTA and I3A formed a relationship to encourage I3A members to participate in the development and promotion of MPV. I3A and OSTA member companies currently supporting the development of MPV include Alera Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Company, LightSurf Technologies, Inc., LSI Logic Corporation, NETIMAGE, Planetweb, Inc., Oak Technology, Inc., Roxio, Inc., and Software Architects Inc. Other organizations, including DVD player manufacturers and chipset vendors are welcome to participate. For more information, or to get involved, interested companies are encouraged to contact OSTA or I3A directly.

About the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A)

I3A is the leading global imaging industry association, driving growth of and setting standards for the photographic and information imaging markets. As the industry focal point, I3A offers a framework and environment where members can quickly find resources to solve critical issues and develop market solutions. Members of I3A work together to find common ground for advancing the industry and to enable better products and services for their customers. I3A is the product of the merger of the Digital Imaging Group (DIG) and the Photographic and Imaging Manufacturers Association (PIMA). Information about I3A can be found on the World Wide Web at www.i3a.org or by telephone at (914) 698-7603.

About OSTA

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated as an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of recordable optical technologies and products. The organization's membership includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents, representing more than 85 percent of worldwide recordable optical product shipments. They work to shape the future of the industry through regular meetings of MultiRead, CD/DVD, file interchange, market development, high performance and planning committees. Interested companies worldwide are invited to join the organization and participate in its programs by contacting an OSTA representative at (408) 253-3695, by fax at (408) 253-9938 or by addressing its Web site at www.osta.org.

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