OSTA Completes MPV™ Interoperability
Program with Endorsement of Validation Tools
Available Now, SAI’s ValidateMPV!™ Provides
Compliance Test Tools for MPV-IS.
CUPERTINO, Calif. – January 4, 2006 – As
part of its successful MusicPhotoVideo™ (MPV) initiative, the Optical
Storage Technology Association has certified and endorsed the ValidateMPV
compliance test tool from Software Architects, Inc. (SAI). Certification
of ValidateMPV marks the completion and availability of OSTA’s
MPV-IS Program that enables companies to test compliance with OSTA’s
MPV-IS v1.0 interoperability specification and provide feedback that
can be used when licensing the MPV trademarks. Companies designing
products for the MPV-IS can now acquire test tools that test compliance
with the “writer” requirements
of this key digital imaging and consumer electronics interoperability
The MPV-IS Program includes 1) the MPV-IS v1.0 specifications, 2) the
compliance and validation test tools, and 3) the MPV Trademark Licensing
MPV Interoperability Specification
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. The MPV-IS was developed
by the Interoperability Working Group, chaired by Samsung Electronics
Co. Ltd. under the open processes of OSTA.
MPV-IS Validation Test Tools
Software Architects’ ValidateMPV! writer test tool is the first
validation tool to test for compliance with the MPV-IS and is now available
for Windows and Mac OS from SAI. These tools test product implementations
conformance to the writer requirements defined in the MPV-IS. The
tool provides a listing of the types of errors found and references the
exact section of the specification related to the error. A self-administered
compliance report generating no Level 1 errors can be provided to OSTA
for licensing of the MPV trademarks.
For more information on SAI’s ValidateMPV, visit: http://www.softarch.com,
or call (425) 889-1022.
MPV Trademark Licensing Program
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.
MPV at CES’06
OSTA will be sponsoring meetings with companies at the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas January 5-8th. The meetings are designed to
provide company representatives with an update on recent activity around
MPV and in particular, the MPV-IS program. To schedule a meeting
at CES, please contact Parker Lee, Vice-Chairman of OSTA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPV (MusicPhotoVideo), which provides multimedia playlists and access
to their associated metadata, is an open specification that enhances
the representation, exchange, processing and playback of collections
of digital media content, including music, still images, stills with
audio, still sequences, video clips, and audio clips. The MPV
specifications are being developed in phases, and results in “profiles” specific
to product category implementations. All of these specifications
are designed to enhance interoperability and playback of collections
of personal digital media content (photo, video, audio) in consumer
electronics products. The MPV specifications can be found at http://www.osta.org/mpv. MPV
is an open standard, extensible, and no per-unit royalty is charged
for the use of the specifications from OSTA. The MPV-IS and Trademark
Licensing Program does require an administrative fee.
A MPV White Paper is available on the OSTA website at:
About the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA)
The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated as
an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of recordable
optical technologies and products. The organization's membership
includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents,
representing more than 85 percent of worldwide writable optical product
shipments. They work to shape the future of the industry through
regular meetings of DVD Compatibility, Commercial Optical Storage Applications
(COSA), MPV, Optical Disk Archive Test (ODAT), Planning and UDF committees.
Interested companies worldwide are invited to join the organization
and participate in its programs by contacting an OSTA representative
at (408) 253-3695, by fax at (408) 253-9938, or by addressing its Web
site at http://www.osta.org.