Webinar: Efficient Quality Control across the Media Supply Chain

Join a panel of experts on June 17, 2024 for a discussion on improving QC efficiency across the supply chain using EBU QC cards and the Interoperable Master Format (IMF)!


This webinar will consist of presentations by panelists followed by a Q&A session driven by the audience. It is a follow-up to our IMF UG workshop held at IBC 2023, which highlighted the urgent need to avoid repeated QC rejections based on false positives. IMF is the worldwide standard for the interchange of component-based studio masters and EBU QC is a standardized language for expressing QC reports.

This free webinar is made possible by a collaboration of the EBU and the IMF UG.


June 17, 2024 from 17:00 to 18:00 pm CEST


Fereidoon Khosravi, Chief Business Development Officer, Venera Technologies

Laurence Stoll, Co-Founder, Marquise Technologies

Andrew Dunne, Television Production and Delivery Expert, BBC

Andy Quested, co-chair EBU QC

Raymond Yeung, Head of Content Standards, Amazon MGM Studios

Moderated by Pierre-Anthony Lemieux, Chair, IMF User Group

IMF Mini-Plugfest [June 26, 2024]

You are invited to participate in our upcoming mini-plugfest, which picks-up where our December plugfest ended.

A plugfest is a unique opportunity to gain implementation experience with IMF and network with the members of the community. Read our explainer at https://www.imfug.com/plugfest/.

Location and registration

Thanks to NBCUniversal, the plugfest will be held in person in Burbank, CA, USA. Two virtual breakout sessions with remote participation are planned.

Registration is free but you must register, whether attending in person or remotely:


Registration closes on June 15, 2024.


9:00 Setup and breakfast

10:00 Plugfest

12:00 Virtual breakout session

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Plugfest

16:30 Virtual breakout session

17:00 Plugfest ends

All times are in Los Angeles local time.


The mini-plugfest will focus on IMF App 2E with video coded using the APP2.HT.REV and APP2.HT.IRV constraints, including:

  • Lossless roundtrip from TIFF and DPX sequences; and
  • RPCL progression order.

Submitting and accessing content

Our plugfests are cloud first. Content will be submitted to and accessed from s a shared Amazon S3 bucket.

The deadline for content submission is June 15, 2024.

Open to all

The plugfest will be open to members and guests, with guests being subject to the IMF UG participation rules, including a duty to keep the contents of the meeting confidential. Any result made available publicly will be anonymized.


Harvey Landy [Host, Program committee]

Dave Deelo [Program committee]

Brian Holter [Program committee]

Mike Krause [Program committee]

Pierre-Anthony Lemieux [IMF UG chair]

NAB 2024 panel: Leveraging IMF to avoid QC rejections

We are hosting a panel at NAB 2024 on leveraging IMF to Prevent Repeated QC Failures.

  • When: Sunday April 14 from 12:15 to 12:45 PM PT
  • Where W3943 Connect Tech Chat Theater at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Join our panel of experts for a discussion on using IMF to avoid costly QC rejections! This is a follow-up to our IBC workshop where the urgent need to transmit expected QC failures across the supply chain was highlighted.

IMF 101 tutorial session [UPDATE 2]

Getting started with component-based workflows? Interested in learning more about IMF? Join us on April 22 for a primer and a series of tutorials using the latest products on the market.

Update: This event, previously planned for NAB, has been turned into an online-only event. Register today!

More details

Calling audio-visual archive and preservation experts

Making movies is costly and time-consuming. Preserving them is critical.

The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is a recognized and standardized intermediate format for making and distributing complex audio-visual content, and has emerged as a promising candidate for archiving and preserving it.

The HPA IMF User Group (https://www.imfug.com) is organizing two workshops this fall to explore this complex problem:

  • Preserving movies with IMF

When: September 13 in Amsterdam, NL
Program chair: Siegfried Foessel <siegfried.foessel@iis.fraunhofer.de>
Event page: Workshop on preserving movies with IMF

  • Preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF

When: October 25 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Program chair: Florian Schleich <fschleich@netflix.com>
Event page: Workshop on preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF

Submit your presentation proposals by July 1 at archive@imfug.com

Submissions from archives, content producers/owners, product manufacturers and movie professionals are welcome. All submissions should include a short abstract (3-4 sentences) and specify the target event (Amsterdam and/or Los Angeles). Presentations should have a maximum duration of 15 minutes and should focus on archival and preservation use cases and workflows.

These workshops are a unique opportunity to meet experts and implementers, and share ideas, use cases, and requirements. Admission will be open to all, with tickets available starting August 1, 2019.

Two workshops tackling IMF in archive

We are organizing not one, but two workshops tackling the application of IMF to archival workflows.

Details at the links below.

The deadline for submitting proposed presentations is July 1. Tickets will be made available starting August 1.

Preserving movies with the Interoperable Master Format (IMF)

13 September 2019 at the Eye in Amsterdam, NL

Program chair: Siegfried Foessel

Preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF

25 October 2019 in Los Angeles, USA

Program chair: Florian Schleich

IMF Conference Sessions @ SMPTE ATC 2018

There are two IMF-related conference sessions at SMPTE ATC 2018:

Robust, Repeatable and Interoperable Workflows through IMF Output Profile List
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:15 PM
Arjun Ramamurthy, Raymond Yeung

Automated distribution workflows based on IMF metadata
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:45 PM
Speakers: Richard Welsh, Tomasz Witkowski

Full program at: http://www.cvent.com/d/lgqk9t/6X

Meet IMF experts at SMPTE ATC 2018

Meet IMF experts at Booth 521 in the main exhibit hall at the following times:

Tuesday, October 23 12:00 – 14:00 Open discussions
18:00 – 20:00 Open discussions
Wednesday, October 24 12:00 – 14:00 Open discussions
14:30 – 15:30 IMF for beginners
18:00 – 20:00 Open discussions

Move beyond the Hu-MAM! Learn about the component-based media ecosystem, and how IMF can help with versioning and next-generation content.

Kick around ideas, and meet other users and implementers.