In This Issue:
• Highlights of MPV Interoperability
Seminar in Tokyo,
Oct. 12, pg. 1
• MPV-IS Validation
Tools , pg. 3
• MPV Plugfest
second day of Dec.
• Photo Backup
Dec. meeting, pg. 4
• Optical Disc
Update and Next
Steps, pg. 5
• OSS Presentations
Available, pg. 5
• On the Horizon,
David Bunzel, OSTA
President, p. 6
Advances in 2005 Featured at Interoperability Seminar in Tokyo
High level of interest in MPV Interoperability Specification and implementing
MPV in CE devices
encourage MPV adoption and promote the anticipated release of the MPV
Interoperability Specification (MPV-IS), OSTA’s MPV Committee
held a seminar in Tokyo in October to provide companies the tools and
information needed to implement MPV in digital cameras, consumer electronics
products (including music, photo, and video players and recorders)
and PC photo software applications. The event was hosted by Olympus
Corporation and Seiko Epson Corporation.
The seminar was well attended by companies representing 90 percent
of the imaging industry. Participants from leading global companies
represented a diverse range of industry segments, including digital
cameras, inkjet photo printers, 4” x 6” die sublimation
printers, photo service organizations, and optical recording software
and hardware, as well the photo industry media.
Speakers at the event (shown left to right) included Peter Rae, SAI;
Pieter van Zee, HP; Fumio Nagasaka, Epson; Dick Thompson, Thompson
Consulting Services/HP; Felix Nemirovsky, Chuba Consulting, and MPV
Committee Chairman; SK Shin, Samsung; and Kenji Ichimura, Olympus.
Attendees were updated on the advances to the MPV specifications in
2005, and learned how to implement the OSTA-developed MPV Interoperability
Specifications for PC and CE products. The training was conducted by
the authors of the MPV specifications and experienced implementers.
Information was also provided on important new initiatives to extend
the MPV specifications to provide additional capabilities for digital
cameras, photo printers and kiosks, as well as music sharing over home
networks, and photo archiving.
MPV is an open standard,
extensible, and no per-unit
royalty is charged
use of the specifications
The objective of the MPV
is to make
playlist writing, reading and
playback to ensure
devices that conform to
The MPV specifications
can be found at
For more information,
the MPV White Paper is
available on the OSTA
MPV is a media management solution for
the interchange of media collections. Today, consumers are creating and
managing large “collections” of digital Music, Photo, and
Video content. Creating playlists and associations between these different
types of digital content enhances sharing and enjoyment of life experiences.
However, all too often, the “metadata” that manages the playback
of these collections is lost when transferring content and there is no
industry standard method for insuring interoperability between diverse
capture and playback devices. Without MPV, DVD-R and CD-R playback on
DVD players is often difficult to navigate, with truncated file names,
lengthy disc start-up and no metadata to provide captions, date, time,
music genre, duration, etc. MPV enabled products provide consistent and
easy navigation with rapid start-up, with rich metadata-enabled supporting
Many of today's leading consumer electronics
and PC software companies are already introducing products using MPV,
and are beginning to implement MPV-IS, a specification aimed at collection
management, access, and interoperability for consumer electronics devices.
The seminar included an overview of OSTA
and the MPV Specification, with a review of the MPV Core, Basic, Presentation,
and Music Profiles, and explanation of MPV SDK. The afternoon sessions
focused on MPV-IS, with a technical overview of MPV-IS v1.0, and discussion
of the MPV Logo Licensing Program and MPV Validation/Compatibility Tools.
A review of MPV Profile Working Group activities for the Camera Profile,
Portable Storage Profile and Print Profile concluded the sessions.
from the seminar are available for download from the OSTA website at
Presentations included in the downloadable zip file include:
MPV Introduction -
MPV Technology Overview (open specification, website, licensing program,
compliance plan and test tools, third party SDK’s, and more.)
MPV Interoperability Specification
Validation Tools (ValidateMPV!)
Broadcast TV Specification Profile
Digital Still Camera Profile
Portable Storage Profile
ValidateMPV! is the first third party validation
tool for MPV-IS, and enables fast and easy self-validation testing
for compliance with the specification. Companies that successfully
pass the validation tests may license the MPV trademarks.
Written in C++,
reads the XML play list
filesto be tested,
each MPV-IS requirement,
and outputs a detailed
moderate a panel,
Digital Images and
Video at the
The Digital Living Room conference
December 5-6, 2005
Foster City, CA
For info, visit
ValidateMPV!™ MPV-IS Validation Tool Now Available for Beta Testing
ValidateMPV!, a validation tool for the MPV Interoperability
Specification is in the final stages of beta testing, and is expected
to be approved by the MPV Committee at the upcoming December quarterly
ValidateMPV! is the first third party self-validation test tool to verify
MPV-IS compatibility of a specific product and its compliance with the
OSTA spec, which fulfill the requirements to license the MPV logo. The
software tool supports the current version of the MPV IS, as well as
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003 Server
The completion and release of the MPV-IS is a significant development
for companies that have been looking for enhanced interoperability between
devices that capture digital media content and playback devices that
need a simple, fast, and easy way for consumers to quickly view, navigate,
and share their digital media collections.
To insure interoperability between capture devices (“writers”)
and playback devices (“readers”), the MPV-IS defines certain
guidelines for implementation of MPV in a consistent manner on all consumer
electronics devices, including those with limited performance or memory.
The guidelines provide a list of Do’s and Don’ts that must
be implemented in each product. The current MPV-IS v1.0 supports the
MPV Basic, Presentation, and Music Profiles.
Companies wishing to release products compatible with the MPV-IS must
successfully complete a certification process comprised of 1) passing
validation tests and 2) sending the positive results along with an administrative
fee to OSTA’s Licensing Administrator.
Companies that successfully implement the MPV-IS and pass the validation
tests may license the MPV trademarks. Use of the MPV trademarks on products
and their accompanying marketing material will provide a powerful visual
indicator and recognition of interoperability between devices for collections
of digital media content
ValidateMPV! tests each MPV IS requirement, and automatically outputs
a detailed report. For technical details, visit http://www.osta.org/mpv to
download the presentations from the MPV IS seminar held in Tokyo in October.
#5 addresses ValidateMPV! For more information, in North America, contact
Lee Prewitt, SAI, via email at email@example.com,
or in Asia, contact Peter Rae, SAI, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As they become available, additional third party validation tools will
be listed at http://www.osta.org/mpv/licensing/validationtools.htm.
– Coffee/ networking
- Test Plan and Test
- Procedure Review
– First Group of
- Lunch (in dining room)
– Second Group of Testing
3:45-4:00pm – Break
– Wrap-up, PlugFest
MPV Quarterly Meeting to include Plugfest
Products with any level of MPV Implementation Welcome
Committee has a full two-day agenda for the upcoming quarterly meetings
on Dec. 5 and 6. The first day includes the traditional Committee and
Sub-committee meetings, while the second day will be devoted to an MPV
Plugfest. Participation is open to any company with any level of MPV
implementation, including released and un-released products, full or
partial implementation of MPV specifications, and compliance or non-compliance
with MPV-IS, the MPV Interoperability Specification. Based on initial
responses, we expect representation in a wide range of product categories
including Digital Camera, Media Player, DC/DVD Player/Recorder, Photo
Storage Devices, and PC Multimedia Software.
Materials provided to participants
will include the MPV-IS Test Plan, MPV-IS Writer “gold” data
set, SAI ValidateMPV! validation tools, MPV-IS Reader Test Plan and MPV-IS
Reader test data set
For details on the Test Plan, test data and Plugfest procedure documents,
or to RSVP to participate in the Plugfest, please contact MPV Committee
Chairman Felix Nemirovsky via email at email@example.com.
Backup Roundtable Discussion
If a disaster is on your doorstep, what will you do? Whether
it is an impending hurricane, tornado, fire or response to an earthquake,
the most immediate reaction is to grab your kids, pets and the family
photo album and leave the area of danger. However, today’s precious
family memories are not necessarily stored as prints in a bulky album
or a box, but are often on a computer hard drive. A better option is
if the photos are stored on CDs or DVDs, which are compact and portable,
as it is unlikely that there will be time to disconnect the computer
and tote it out of the house when there may be only minutes to get safely
out of harms way.
OSTA has been pondering just such a scenario, and has encouraged people
contemplating their own disaster preparedness plans to put backing up
their photos and data to easily portable CD or DVD discs near the top
of their preparation list.
As a next step, a roundtable discussion on a proposed OSTA initiative
to create a utility that allows quick and easy backup of photos stored
on a PC is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, during the next OSTA quarterly
meeting at the Embassy Suites, South San Francisco. The purpose of the
meeting is to bring together various parties who are interested in participating
in the development of a utility that searches for jpg files, or other
photo and video files formats.
At the present time, there isn’t an industry standard utility to
allow backup of a defined list of files. A standard for communicating
between typical applications and a backup utility would be very helpful
to enable users to quickly and easily select a group of important data
files to duplicate or backup to optical disc or USB flash drive or upload
to an online storage site. A way to tag files that haven’t already
been backed up is one of the topics to discuss. Photo backup is a logical
first step to get users in the habit of backing up data, because images
cannot easily be replaced if they are lost.
We encourage companies or individuals with an interest in optical media
or drives, and digital imaging (preserving files) to participate in the
on the OSTA’s
ad hoc ODAT Committee, visit
A presentation with the
ODAT proposal for the
Global working group is
at this site.
on Optical Disc Archive Testing
ODAT's charter is
to develop optical media archival test methodology and promote its
implementation. The anticipated end result is customer assurance in
their purchases, improving their ability to make informed purchase
decisions based on price and archival performance.
The September OSS conference sponsored an exploratory meeting to delve
into what role OSTA could play in the development of industry standard
optical media reliability, test methodology and implementation. Interested
parties were invited to share their ideas on how to align various worldwide
activities to create a single working group that would deal with this
subject. One very interesting result was attendance by key members
of the Japan based CDs21 group, who expressed their cooperative position.
Follow up to that will be a meeting in Kyoto, Japan on November 29
where the chief topic will be media life expectancy and how to determine
it. Attendees will continue to explore ways to unify efforts towards
the establishment of industry standard test methods and statements
on life expectancy. We will begin to discuss the various formats and
material designs of optical media and how results may differ. It is
an open meeting for those who are interested in attending. For details
please contact Chris Smith, ODAT Chairman, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the Kyoto meeting, Chris Smith will present the OSTA ODAT
initiative to the 12th ISO/IEC JTC1 SC23, the optical subcommittee
of ISO, on Dec. 1, also in Kyoto.
OSTA’s next quarterly meeting will include the first regular
session of the ODAT committee, at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 5, at the Embassy
Suites, South San Francisco. The group will convene to consider the
events since September and make plans going forward such as setting
mission, clarifying membership, deciding leadership, setting target
schedules and work plans. Once established, ODAT is envisioned to be
divided into two working groups, WG1 (technical) and WG2 (business
promotion). OSTA members with interest in either of these subjects
are encouraged to attend in order to share their ideas and join in
this very challenging effort.
Optical Storage Symposium Presentations Available Online
presentations from the Sept. 28, 2005 Optical Storage Symposium are
now available online. Visit
– Blue Laser Optical Storage:
A Technology Waiting to Happen
What to Choose…Alternate Data Storage Technologies
– The Search for an Archival Medium - The 100 year Optical Disc
– Imaging Interoperability Between CE Devices
How Do We Get There?
– Beyond DVD - What's In Store for the Future of Archival Optical Media
Optical Storage Symposium Presentations Available Online
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By David Bunzel
Optical Storage Technology Association
again, we are pleased to bring you information on the progress being
made within our organization on a number of fronts.
The MPV Committee has been hard at work in 2005, rolling out the MPV
Interoperability Specification and supporting training information,
test plans and more. Their October seminar in Japan led to the creation
of a very informative set of presentations now available on our website,
with clear explanations of the need for MPV, the current status of
the specifications and adoption, test tools, licensing and more. Today,
the MPV specifications address a wide range of consumer applications,
including personal media files managed on a PC, streaming content,
archival sharing, and connected collection exchange, whether it’s
via optical disc, USB drive, home networking devices or web and server
uploads. The fundamental building blocks are now complete, and application-specific
specification are being developed for music, presentation, TV broadcast,
and print, and the digital camera guidelines are soon to be published.
The portable storage profile facilitates exchange of data collections
from one storage device to another.
Newer initiatives include the new OSTA committee on Optical Disk Archive
Testing, and a possible new photo backup initiative. If either of these
are of interest to you, I encourage you to get involved and take an
Over the past few months, members representing the optical storage
media community worked together to provide suggestions to hurricane
victims on cleaning and recovering data from CDs or DVDs that may have
been damaged, and joined with Kroll OnTrack Data Recovery to assist
hurricane victims in recovering precious photos that may have been
lost or damaged by the storms.
OSTA encourages you to provide the organization with any feedback you
may have. I also would like to invite interested industry participants
to attend our next quarterly meeting. For more information on membership
or the organization’s activities, visit the OSTA Web site at
www.osta.org, or contact Debbie Maguire, OSTA Administrator, at (408)
253-3695 or at debbieostaorg.