• DPP releases four documents on IMF deployment
  • Aim is to promote common working practices
  • Includes best practice, operational requirements and metadata


The DPP has released four documents to support the industry’s deployment of IMF for broadcast and online. 

The DPP said the collection of documents has been developed to provide a common set of working practices in order to help simplify the global exchange of content and will be of benefit to organisations which acquire, master and distribute content using the DPP’s technical specification SMPTE TSP 2121-1:2018 IMF Application DPP (ProRes).

“Practical support for implementers is a hallmark of DPP technical work”, said DPP head of delivery and growth Rowan de Pomerai.

“By defining the carriage of key metadata, recommending best practice for QC, and offering a common format for delivery requirements, our members are working together to build a truly interoperable content supply chain using IMF.”

Each document is based on business needs identified by DPP member companies when planning their practical implementations.

The four documents are:

Recommendation DPP003: Carriage of User Metadata in IMF
Defines a common approach to the carriage of editorial metadata in IMF for Broadcast & Online. It specifies a dictionary of metadata elements and the preferred methods for carriage of these elements.

Guidance DPP004: Best Practice for IMF QC Workflows
Designed for anyone looking to deploy practical IMF workflows in their organisations. It offers best practice for choosing when, where, and how QC is undertaken, and how the results can be stored and exchanged.

Guidance DPP005: IMF Operational Guidance v2.0
Updated release of the DPP’s practical guidance for using IMF in the content supply chain. It is a great starting point for those considering IMF deployment, and can be used alongside the other documents or as a standalone guide.

File Delivery using IMF: Programme Delivery Document template
Defines a common framework for broadcasters and content providers to define their specific technical and operational requirements when commissioning content for delivery in IMF.