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MPV in Detail
Tutorial Videos
Implementing MPV
MPV in Industry

Additional Info


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MPV in Detail

MPV is a standard for exchanging and playing collections of digital music, photos, and videos among consumer electronics devices and PCs on CDs, DVDs, memory cards, harddisks, home networks, and across the Internet.

MPV is comprised of a series of profiles and guidelines. The bases are the Core and Basic Profiles which define all the assets and album or collection. On top of these, there are various types of profiles that address particular use cases, media types or product types. Finally, the Interoperability Specifications define strict or narrow uses of the profiles to ensure they can effectively be used in products with limited capabilities (limited processing power, memory, storage, etc.)

Introductory Documents:

MPV Marketing Introduction Presentation (2268K) Apr05
MPV Whitepaper (1066K) July 05
MPV Datasheet (127K) Feb 04
MPV Technology Presentation (MS Powerpoint) (1938K) [03Mar03] 03Mar03

Three Minute Tutorial Videos on MPV – Let Us Show You!
These tutorial videos give an overview of MPV by explaining the problems it solves through a standard use case – the user experience problems in playing burned discs of photos or compressed music files on consumer electronics devices. Watch them now ...

MPV for Music MPV for
Photos & Video
Download video, play in viewer app:
Download video, play in viewer app:
Play in embedded viewer:
Play in embedded viewer:

Implementing MPV:

Detailed information about how to implement MPV in your products here. This section also includes links more details about the OSTA and 3rd party tools.

Sample MPV datasets you can play and study
MPV Tools SDKs & sample code

Additional MPV Info

MPV adds rich, quickly-accessible metadata so products can easily support browsing, playing, and printing multimedia collections.

> Users can navigate large collections of hundreds or thousands of files organized into multiple playlists, such as songs by genre, by artist, and by album.

> Standard creation and playback of a multimedia slideshows of pictures and video with background music and transition effects – guaranteed to playback in the order the user intended on MPV-supported devices

> Songs can have album art, lyrics, music in both audio-only and video file formats, and multiple encodings of the same music, for example WMA and MP3.
> MPV manages multiple renditions of images, such as high resolution, screen resolution, and thumbnails that enable high-performance playback on low-end systems using low-res images and printing using high-res images.

MPV is based on creating a playlist and asset management control file for collections of music, photo, and video files in any combination. A playlist is an index or table of contents that specifies the location of files and the order in which to play them. It is an open, multiplatform, free specification developed and managed by the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA). A logo is available to communicate compatibility, such as between CD burning software and CD players.

Presentations For Specific Industries

MPV and Digital Imaging - Intro (1302K) [04Mar03]
MPV and Digital Imaging - In Depth (MS Powerpoint) (4045K) [04Mar03] Demo
MPV Presentation for DVD/CE Industry (MS Powerpoint) (6317K) [08Jan03]
MPV Presentation for Software/Camera Industry (MS PPoint) (4217K) [08Jan03]

MPV Developer Training Material

OSTA hosted a MPV Developer Training Day in Tokyo, Japan, on April 7, 2004. Representatives from HP, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, and Software Architects presented introductory and advanced information about MPV. More than 60 people attended from over 30 companies.

All Presentations from the MPV Training Day

Part 1 (5MB), Part 2 (10MB)
MPV Tutorial Videos (6MB)
MPV Digital Imaging Demo (Brandenburg Gate)
Part 1 (9MB), Part 2 (9MB), Part 3 (7MB), Part 4 (8MB)