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File Interchange Handbook by Brad Gilmer

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5.1INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY

5.1.1 MXF: A Brief Introduction

The Material Exchange Format (MXF) is a file format optimized for the interchange of material in the content creation industries. MXF is a wrapper format intended to encapsulate and accurately describe one or more “clips” of essence. These essence clips may be pictures, sound, data, or some combination of these.

An MXF file contains enough information to allow two applications to interchange essence without any prior information. MXF contains information called metadata, which allows applications to know the duration of the file, what essence codecs are required, what timeline complexity ...

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