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MPV universal multimedia standard officially announced

Itís been over a year since OSTA (Optical Storage Technology Association) and I3A (International Imaging Industry Association) announced the development of a new MusicPhoto/Video (MPV) open standard. MPV has been developed with XML as well as SMIL 2.0 compatibility in mind and to support DCF and EXIF. The idea is to standardize music, photo and video storage on CD, DVD and other media.

This hasnít sounded again since that time, but today, on the threshold of CeBIT 2003, a number of companies declared MPV support. These include ACD Systems, Ahead Software, ArcSoft, Eastman Kodak, HP, LG Electronics, Olympus Optical, Planetweb, Roxio, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sonic Solutions and Sony Corporation. Some of them are expected to ship the first MPV products like players and software already in H2 2003.

MPV control file represents information stored on media, including music, photos, video. An MPV device like CD, DVD, flash player, etc. can easily read this to provide fast navigation and access to media contents. Besides, it implies playlist editing without content re-writing. MPV is compatible with ISO 9660-1 and Joliet file systems and multisession CDs. To support MPV a small reader will be required, and most software will require just an upgrade. In the future MPV support is proposed for digital cameras, scanners, Internet devices, etc.

MPV is an open industrial standard advanced by OSTA (Optical Storage Technology Association) free of charge.

Well, we are to witness a new universal audio/video/photo format. And only time will tell whether it has vitality or not.

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