Masstech and SGL continue advancing SMPTE standard for interchange of archive material

Masstech Group
Inc. a provider of solutions for media lifecycle management and Software
Generation, Ltd. (SGL), a supplier of content archive and storage management
software for media and entertainment, are announcing substantial progress
towards the creation of a SMPTE standard that will allow for the interchange of
material between archive management systems.

In 2006,
SGL and Masstech Group recognized the need for a standard for archive material
interchange, resulting in the formation of the V16 SMPTE committee. This SMPTE
standard committee has earned wide spread industry support and has attracted a
number of prestigious

members, who bring experience from some of the industry’s leading broadcasting
and manufacturing companies.

broadcasters face an operational and possibly financial impact due to the fact
that archive software companies sell proprietary formats and tape written by
one manufacturer cannot be read by another,” commented Cristian Saceanu,
Director of Engineering, Masstech Group. “SGL and Masstech, recognized
this issue and we are pleased be working
co operatively with industry leading companies
to develop a standard for interoperability between formats.”

“As responsible vendors we are ensuring that archived content is secure,”
explained Steve Atkinson, VP Americas for SGL. “We are committed to
working cooperatively with all industry partners until we have ensured that
broadcasters can acquire technologies from different vendors and be assured of immediate interoperability as well as long term protection
of their investments.”

The SMPTE V16 standard will provide a definition of an exchange format, to
enable a video file written in this format would be readable by any archive
management system. The format is also to be data tape drive independent.

Masstech Group and SGL have pledged their continued support for development and eventual adoption of this highly important standard. SMPTE V16
committee members from both Masstech Group and SGL will be attending IBC 2007
and are available on their respective exhibit stands for further information.

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