nmi project AMWA


The AMWA develops specifications and technologies to facilitate the deployment and operation of efficient media workflows.

To make sure that projects are clearly defined, adequately resourced and successful, we have a process to carefully manage proposals from start to finish. We welcome all new ideas to advance workflows. The AMWA Specification Process document (see link below) provides information on how AMWA projects are started, the different types of AMWA Specifications, and the different levels of AMWA Specifications.

AMWA Specification Process

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NMOS logoNetworked Media Incubator project
AMWA's Networked Media Incubator (NMI) is a project to deliver a family of Open Specifications for Networked Media, known as NMOS. Information on both the project and its output can be found at NMOS.tv

Here you will find details of

  • Our public specifications, including those which are work in progress
  • The open, collaborative Networked Media Incubator project which is actively creating these
  • How to become involved
  • Industry organisations which support the principle of open specifications
  • Media companies and their suppliers which are participating in the project
  • Explanatory overviews and information on the modules which make up the development work

The AMWA Labs initiative has been set up to complement the existing Networked Media Incubator project.

Initially, it has explored a "cloud-fit" approach to Networked Media, employing data centre and streaming technologies.

This initiative provides a learning opportunity and an unconstrained environment to consider how a range technologies might be employed, while taking into consideration Security for media content throughout the entire creation, production and distribution process.

The output of these short exploratory projects provide valuable input to the Networked Media Incubator project which concentrates on practical implementations and the development of the Networked Media Open Specifications (NMOS).

Application Specifications | View Application Specifications
Applications Specifications define a set of rules that constrain a standard—like MXF—to suit a specific application. Each has been created to satisfy the clearly defined operational need of a member company. The list grows continuously. Currently, the specifications include:

  • Program Mastering when there are multiple versions of the content (AS-02)
  • Program Delivery to multiple broadcast stations (AS-03)
  • Archive and Preservation of a wide range of material (AS-07)
  • Workflows suited to fast turnaround end-to-end production (AS-10)
  • Media Contribution for the delivery of finished media assets to a broadcaster or publisher (AS-11)
  • The use of metadata for the management of content, including a unique identifier (AS-12)

Although first designed to meet a known requirement, a specification can be updated, either because the original user has refined their needs or because a new member wishes to capitalise on the previous work and slightly extend the capabilities of the specification.

Best Current Practices | View Best Current Practices
Best current practices are intended to define and ratify the community's best current thinking on statements of principle or the best ways to perform certain operations or process functions.

Data Models | View Data Models
The data models lie at the heart of the media workflow technologies.

Interface Specifications | View Interface Specifications
The interface specifications are used to create interoperation between equipment and applications in the media workflow.

FIMS logo FIMS | View FIMS Projects
FIMS project is a joint project of the AMWA and the European Broadcasting Union. The AMWA Media Services Architecture Group (MSAG), was responsible for providing information on architectures and best practices for enterprise-level software technology in digital media workflows. The work of MSAG group led to the formation of the jointly-sponsored FIMS project.

Any company can join and participate in the FIMS project. It is free, doesn’t require membership in AMWA or EBU. The only requirement is to sign a FIMS Participation Agreement.