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IMF for Broadcast & Online

What is IMF?

IMF is a form of component based media, allowing content producers and distributors to manage multiple versions of their content highly efficiently whilst retaining the quality of the master asset. For example, in an IMF workflow, you store and manage only the elements of video and audio that are unique between versions, reusing that which is shared rather than duplicating content. This creates dramatic savings in storage and file transfer. Meanwhile, the unique identification of every media item and composition means that the genealogy of content is clear, simplifying content tracking, rights management, and QC.

What does IMF mean for my business?

The Business Benefits of IMF, enabled by Editshare Qscan, helps decision makers and leaders in content supply chain companies to understand the financial and operational benefits of adopting IMF.

The Business Benefits of IMF is available as a PDF booklet, and also as a presentation deck with handout notes to support you in the adoption of IMF for Broadcast & Online. It is available to DPP members here »

Business Benefits of IMF


IMF was originally developed primarily for feature films, and whilst its foundations can be applied to most content, there are some ways in which the standards were not well aligned to the needs of broadcasters and online content producers. That’s why in 2018 the DPP and SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) published TSP 2121-1:2018 IMF Application DPP (ProRes). The specification supports the specific needs of broadcasters and online content distributors. It constrains elements of the SMPTE IMF standards (ST 2067) and adds features such as ProRes, HLG and control track audio description. You can download the specification from SMPTE:

Download TSP 2121 from SMPTE »

TSP 2121 makes it possible to automate the content supply chain, simplify the versioning process, enable workflow efficiencies, and reduce QC and archive storage costs. All while maintaining the quality of the original asset. The result is significant cost, storage and time savings.