The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) officially announced the release of the BWF MetaEdit tool today. AVPS was honored to be a part of developing this powerful new tool that enables the ability to review, edit, and export metadata in Broadcast WAVE files through use of a simple desktop application. What was once only accessible by a limited number of media managers with higher powered, expensive software can now be managed and used for multiple functionalities by staff across an organization that play a part in the lifecycle of audio assets. BWF MetaEdit is free and available for download on SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/. Official news release follows:
"The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Announces the Release of BWF MetaEdit
BWF MetaEdit is a free, open source tool that supports embedding, validating, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files. BWF MetaEdit is available for download at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/. BWF MetaEdit was developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to support its guideline for embedded metadata in the bext and INFO chunks (http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/guidelines/digitize-embedding.html). The application was developed by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions (https://www.avpreserve.com/).
Users of BWF MetaEdit can:
- *Import, edit, embed, and export specified metadata elements in WAVE audio files
- *Export technical metadata from Format Chunks and minimal metadata from bext and INFO chunks as comma-separated values and/or XML, across a set of files or from individual files
- *Evaluate, verify and embed MD5 checksums, as applied to the WAVE file's data chunk (audio bitstream only)
- *Enforce the guideline (above) developed by the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group, as well as specifications from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Microsoft, and IBM
- *Generate reports that show errors in the construction of WAVE files
- *Choose from command line and GUI, for Windows/PC, Macintosh OS, Linux. See the list of options at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/files/"