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embARC (Metadata Embedded for Archival Content)
Audio-Visual Working Group

embARC Open Source Software Beta Release

The FADGI Audio-Visual working group is pleased to announce the beta release of embARC, a new open source tool for metadata embedding and validation. Named embARC for Metadata Embedded for Archival Content, this beta release includes flexibility functionality for Digital Picture Exchange (DPX) files to support FADGI’s Guidelines for Embedded Metadata within DPX File Headers for Digitized Motion Picture Film as well as required SMPTE 268 metadata rules. embARC enables users to audit and correct internal metadata of both individual files or an entire DPX sequence while not impacting the image data.

The official release of embARC version 1 will be available in summer 2019. At that point, the code base will be moved to The Library of Congress’s GitHub repository. The license for embARC v.1 is not yet finalized but will it fall in line with FADGI policy which supports as unrestricted a license as possible (for example but not limited to the 2-Clause BSD License or 3-Clause BSD License). This beta version of embARC is for testing purposes and as such, carries no specific license.

Downloads

Current Version

  • embARC for Windows, beta version 0.1.1
  • embARC for Mac, beta version 0.1.1
  • This version includes licensing information for underlying code bases as well as some performance improvements
  • embARC User Guide for both Windows and Mac: https://bit.ly/2VYznNT; includes change log from previous versions

Previous Version

Comments about all aspects of the beta version of embARC are very welcome from the community through May 31, 2019. Please submit comments to Kate Murray (kmur@loc.gov). Submissions will be compiled and made available at https://bit.ly/2ZoC7WM.

Planned future work for embARC will build out capability for additional formats, including MXF and beyond.

embARC is developed by AVP (Bertram Lyons and Rebecca Chandler) and PortalMedia (Dan Fischer and Caroline Shea) on behalf of FADGI.

Working Groups

Still Image Working Group
This group is involved in a cooperative effort to develop common digitization guidelines for still image materials.

Audio-Visual Working Group
This group works collaboratively on common and sustainable technical guidelines, methods, and practices for digitized and born digital sound recordings and moving images.

Last Updated: 05/20/2019