MPV is a standard for exchanging and playing collections of digital
music, photos, and videos among consumer electronics devices and
PCs on CDs, DVDs, memory cards, hard disks, home networks and across
the internet. MPV is a series of XML-based specifications developed
by the participating members of OSTA’s MPV committee.
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MPV is comprised of a series of profiles and guidelines.
The bases are the Core and Basic Profiles which define all the assets
and album or collection. On top of these, there are various types
of profiles that address particular use cases, media types or product
types. Finally, the guidelines define strict or narrow versions of
the profiles to ensure the profile use in products with limited capabilities
(limited processing power, memory, storage, etc.)
MPV on the Market
MPV is being used by some today's
leading software and consumer electronics companies. For a quick
overview of how these companies are using
MPV, click here to run a flash animation that
walks you through various products and their use MPV.
MPV Support in the Industry
Many companies have introduced products using MPV or announced support
for MPV since it was introduced Nov. 21, 2002. More
ArcSoft, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. ,
Hewlett-Packard Company, Konica-Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. , Nikon
Imaging Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Techwin
Co., Ltd and Software Architects, Inc.
October 12, 2005, OSTA conducted an MPV Interoperability Seminar. Top
Japanese and Korean camera and other consumer electronics companies
attendance. The seminar material is available for download
On Sept. 7, 2005, OSTA announced that its MPV Interoperability Specification
(MPV-IS) version 1.0 is available for downloading from the OSTA website.
digital media companies are using the specifications in various consumer
electronics and PC-based products. To date, these implementations have
strictly to manage the transfer of data between products of the same
With the MPV Interoperability Specification, companies can now guarantee
interoperability with MPV-IS compliant products from other companies.
OSTA also made public its MPV trademark licensing program to bring
compatibility between MPV-IS compliant products. The licensing
a MPV Distribution License Agreement enabling compliant companies
to use OSTA's
MPV trademarks for use on products and marketing materials and
self-certification Validation Tool to test MPV-IS product compliance.
Committee also ratified and released additional MPV specifications
-- the MPV
Portable Storage Profile v1.0 (MPV-PS) and a new version of the
MPV XML Manifest
MPV Distribution and