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MXF Test Center


The Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) is the research and development institute of the public broadcasters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As an user-driven organisation, IRT has been actively participating in the MXF specification, standardisation and implementation activities of the EBU, the Pro-MPEG Forum and SMPTE.


Now, that the MXF specification has been standardised and that MXF is being implemented in commercially available products, IRT established on behalf of its shareholders a comprehensive MXF Test Centre. The underlying goal of this activity is to validate the standard conformance and the performance of MXF implementations contained in products, and to investigate their interoperability.


As part of the MXF Test Centre project, IRT has developed software tools for generating and analysing MXF files. With the aid of such tools IRT significantly contributes to reduce the risks of users and manufacturers in the transition to MXF-based systems.


IRT is pleased to offer MXF consulting and testing services which involve the MXF Test Center and its associated specialized software tools. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. For licensing information on IRT's MXF::SDK please be so kind to contact directly our development and distribution partner MOG Solutions.


 

Among other content, you will find on our MXF web pages:


  • Tools to help you with your MXF implementation and verification

  • A possibility to securely submit files to IRT for being tested

  • Golden and Pathological MXF files to test MXF decoders

  • Forms to ask for more information and to arrange tests

In addition to the testing of MXF products IRT supports the practical introduction of MXF and Descriptive Metadata in production, exchange and archive systems.


 

Recent changes and additions to this website:


Date Details
May 24th, 2016 Release of version 4.2 of the MXF Analyser.
December 16th, 2015 Release of version 4.1 of the MXF Analyser.
November 10th, 2015 The 10th IRT MXF PlugFest has been conducted from November 10th-11th, 2015. Read more... .
September 7th, 2015 Launch of the new MXF Analyser Cloud Service.
July 27th, 2015 Major release of version 4.0.0 of the MXF Analyser.
November 12th, 2014 The 9th IRT MXF PlugFest has been conducted from November 12th-13th, 2014. Read more... .
May 24th, 2016 Release of version 3.0.2 of the MXF Analyser.
July 3rd, 2014 Release of version 3.0.1 of the MXF Analyser.
March 19, 2014 Major release of version 3.0.0 of the MXF Analyser.
November 7, 2013 The 8th IRT MXF PlugFest has been conducted from November 6th-7th, 2013. Read more... .
November 7, 2013 The 8th IRT MXF PlugFest has been conducted from November 6th-7th, 2013. Read more... .
June 3, 2013 Release of version 2.3.0 of the MXF Analyser.
November 15, 2012 The 7th IRT MXF PlugFest has been conducted from November 14th-15th, 2012. Read more... .
May 8, 2012 Publication of EBU R133 MXF and Subtitles.
December 7, 2011 The 6th IRT MXF PlugFest has been conducted from December 5th-7th, 2011. Read more... .
August 10, 2011 Release of version 2.2.0 of the MXF Analyser.
July 27, 2011 Publication of EBU R134 MXF and Multi Channel Audio (MCA).
July 29, 2010 Release of version 2.1.2 of the MXF Analyser.
May 26, 2010 Release of version 2.1.1 of the MXF Analyser.
March 1, 2010 Release of version 2.1.0 of the MXF Analyser.
October 6, 2009 Release of a new build of MXF Analyser Light. It mainly focuses on major speed improvements.
June 30, 2009 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
March 4, 2009 Re-design of the IRT MXF Test Centre homepage.
February 26, 2009 Release of version 2.0.1 of the MXF Analyser.
January 23, 2009 Release of version 2.0 of the MXF Analyser.
December 19, 2008 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
June 30, 2008 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
March 14, 2008 Release of version 1.7 of the MXF Analyser and a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
March 12, 2008 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
November 28, 2007 Update of version 1.6 of the MXF Analyser and a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
November 13, 2007 Updating and adding new Pathological Files in the repository. Please see the change log for a detailed list of the changes.
November 9, 2007 Release of a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
October 30, 2007 Update of version 1.5 of the MXF Analyser and a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
October 22, 2007 Updating and adding new Golden Files in the repository. Updating search interface for entire file repository. Updating analysis results for all files in the repository. Please see the change log for a detailed list of the changes.
September 6, 2007 Release of version 1.5 of the MXF Analyser and a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
July 31, 2007 Release of version 1.4 of the MXF Analyser and a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
June 6, 2007 Release of version 1.3 of the MXF Analyser and a new build of MXF Analyser Light.
March 15, 2007 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
March 14, 2007 Addition of all MXF-related public EBU documents (technical statements and technical recommendations).
January 29, 2007 Release of version 1.2 of the MXF Analyser .
January 26, 2007 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
December 12, 2006 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
September 18, 2006 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
September 4, 2006 Publication of a comparison sheet for the Light and Professional MXF Analyser types.
August 5, 2006 Release of version 1.1 of the MXF Analyser .
August 4, 2006 Updating all golden files in the repository to use the correct version byte 0x02 for the KLV Fill Item key. Addition of 4 pathological files that use the wrong version byte 0x01.
July 13, 2006 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
July 10, 2006 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
July 7, 2006 A number of manufacter's files has been added to the repository.
June 27, 2006 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
June 16, 2006 IRT releases MXF Analyser , a powerfull and flexible DLL that can be used to integrate operational validation of MXF files into IT-based production systems as well as to build MXF analysis applications for laboratory use.
March 31, 2006 Addition of 4 files (IRT-00063.zip through IRT-00066.zip) to the repository of Golden Files.

Note: It has come to our attention that MXF decoder implementations exist, which require header metadata sets to appear in special order (sequence). Otherwise they are not able to decode the file. The 4 additional files are suitable for testing if an MXF decoder is compliant to SMPTE 377M or if it requires the special order. We are providing them in order to help manufacturers to build standard compliant implementations and to help users to achieve interoperability.

March 31, 2006 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
February 23, 2006 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
December 12, 2005 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
December 2, 2005 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. This update eliminates a bug that was introduced in the previous release. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
December 1, 2005 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
November 18, 2005 Addition of shorts version of the MXF files that were used to test MXF decoders during the EBU MXF Implementation tests to the repository of test files.
September 21, 2005 The status of the SMPTE Standards Documents has been updated.
September 7, 2005 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. Please see the change log for a list of the changes.
June 15, 2005 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. The most significant updates include implementation of the current draft of the proposed SMPTE 434 "MXF - XML Encoding for Metadata and File Structure Information" (MXF-XML) and support of schema extensions including additional or different XML Namespaces. Please see the change log for additional details.
April 20, 2005 The announcement for the EBU MXF Implementation Test has been added to the activities page.
November 22, 2004 Release of an updated version of the MXF Analyser Light. It now translates Universal Labels into their RP224 Reference Name.
November 17, 2004 Some Golden Files inside the file repository have been updated.


News

MXF Plug-Fest

The MXF Plug-Fest will take place again on 25th-26th October 2016.

MXF Analyser Cloud Service

The MXF Analyser is now available as Cloud Service.

MXF Analyser updated

On May 24th, 2016, IRT published version 4.2 of the MXF Analyser

MXF Profiles

On May 24th, 2016, Update of specific Application Specifications

MXF specifications

On June 07th, 2016, Update of SMPTE MXF specifications