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

embARC (metadata embedded for archival content) is a free, open source application that enables users to manage (i.e., audit, validate and correct) embedded metadata in Digital Picture Exchange (DPX) files as individual files or an entire DPX sequence as well as RDD 48 compliant Material Exchange Format (MXF) files, while not impacting the image data. Functionality for other formats will be added over time.

First released in 2019, embARC is in active development to support two major FADGI guideline projects:

Comments about all aspects of embARC are very welcome. Please submit comments to Kate Murray ([email protected]).

embARC is developed by AVP (Bertram Lyons and Rebecca Chandler) and PortalMedia (Dan Fischer and Caroline Shea) with product testing by Metaglue (Oliver Morgan) on behalf of FADGI.

embARC carries a CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication.

embARC News


Current Versions

Version 1.2.0 GUI Downloads for Windows and Mac (04/11/2023). Includes FFV1 in MXF.

Version 0.3.2 beta CLI. Includes FFV1 in MXF. NB: there is no published v0.3.1 as this consistented only of code clean up and no functionality changes. See change log in User Guide for details.

Previous Versions

Version 1.1.0 GUI Downloads for Windows and Mac (08/29/2022). Includes FFV1 in MXF.

Version 0.3.0 beta CLI. Includes FFV1 in MXF.

Version 1.0.3 GUI Downloads for Windows and Mac (03/24/2022)

Version 0.2.0 beta CLI

Version 1.0.2 GUI Downloads for Windows and Mac (03/10/2022)

Version 1.0.0 GUI Downloads for Windows and Mac (08/30/2021)

Beta 0.1.5

  • embARC for Windows, beta version 0.1.5
  • embARC for Mac, beta version 0.1.5
  • embARC User Guide for both Windows and Mac, beta version 0.1.5: https://bit.ly/2VYznNT; includes change log from previous beta versions
  • Source code available in GitHub, beta version 0.1.5
    • Instructions for building the source code are detailed in the README file

Older beta versions

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: 08/17/2023