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September 29, 2010

FADGI Announces Release of BWF MetaEdit

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) officially announced the release of the BWF MetaEdit tool today. AVPS was honored to be a part of developing this powerful new tool that enables the ability to review, edit, and export metadata in Broadcast WAVE files through use of a simple desktop application. What was once only accessible by a limited number of media managers with higher powered, expensive software can now be managed and used for multiple functionalities by staff across an organization that play a part in the lifecycle of audio assets. BWF MetaEdit is free and available for download on SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/. Official news release follows:

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Announces the Release of BWF MetaEdit

BWF MetaEdit is a free, open source tool that supports embedding, validating, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files. BWF MetaEdit is available for download at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/. BWF MetaEdit was developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to support its guideline for embedded metadata in the bext and INFO chunks (http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/guidelines/digitize-embedding.html). The application was developed by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions (http://www.avpreserve.com/).

Users of BWF MetaEdit can:

  1. *Import, edit, embed, and export specified metadata elements in WAVE audio files
  2. *Export technical metadata from Format Chunks and minimal metadata from bext and INFO chunks as comma-separated values and/or XML, across a set of files or from individual files
  3. *Evaluate, verify and embed MD5 checksums, as applied to the WAVE file’s data chunk (audio bitstream only)
  4. *Enforce the guideline (above) developed by the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group, as well as specifications from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Microsoft, and IBM
  5. *Generate reports that show errors in the construction of WAVE files
  6. *Choose from command line and GUI, for Windows/PC, Macintosh OS, Linux. See the list of options at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/files/”
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