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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:

In addition, starting in 2024, embARC supports FADGI's research work with Software Accessibility for Open Source Digital Preservation Applications. Details about accessibility features are in the user guides.

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

embARC is developed by AVP (Rebecca Chandler), Medex Forensics (Bertram Lyons and Dan Fischer), and PortalMedia (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 1.3.0 GUI Downloads for Windows and Mac (03/14/2023). Includes Accessibility Features updates.

Version 0.4.0 beta CLI. (03/14/2024)

Previous Versions

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

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: 03/14/2024