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AS-11 UK DPP2018-11-13T14:06:47+00:00


What is a DPP file?

AS-11-certified-DPP-rgbIn the United Kingdom, the DPP® (Digital Production Partnership) has agreed the UK’s first common file format, structure and wrapper to enable TV programmes to be delivered to major broadcasters by digital file, based on the AS-11 specification.

AS-11 is a new specification, created by AMWA (Advanced Media Workflow Association) as a subset of the MXF file format to use for delivery of finished programming from producers and distributors to broadcasters. AS-11 files are intended to be complete programmes that are ready for playout/transmission.

In the age of so many formats, codecs and wrappers the DPP must be commended for defining a set of parameters such as descriptive metadata which must be included to submit a valid file to a broadcaster. This metadata effectively replaces the information which would traditionally have been on a piece of paper inside the tape case.

ContentAgent automates the creation, validation and delivery of AS-11 UK DPP® files ready for transmission. In fact ContentAgent was one of the first products to be AMWA certified for AS-11 UK DPP® encoding and playback in September 2014.

Are you ready?

ContentAgent is the proven, comprehensive solution to the creation, QC and delivery of AS-11 UK DPP® files and associated metadata – in a fully automated workflow that can be used by non-technical operators.

ContentAgent makes it easy to:

  • Encode high definition content as AVC-Intra OP1a MXF files (or IMX for SD workflows)
  • Add essential programme metadata
  • Perform advanced, automated Quality Control
  • Update metadata or perform an insert edit into an AS-11 DPP UK MXF clip (on video or audio tracks – for last minute changes without having to rewap the MXF file)
  • Playback files using the ContentAgent player for visual QC (including SDI output)
  • Upload files to broadcaster of choice

Unique Insert Edit Capability

Enables fast turn-around fixes and alterations to finished assets without the need for time consuming re wraps or transcoding. Drop in frame accurate fixes to video or audio essence in seconds, just like working with tape.
“What could have been a troublesome transition to file based delivery has been made a much more comfortable journey thanks to the automated workflows offered by ContentAgent. The icing on the cake has been the addition of the Insert Edit functionality which has now enabled a near tape style process for last minute changes and repairs.”
Andy Nicholson, Technical Director, Directors Cut Films
“In the move to file-based delivery we’ve found ContentAgent to be a huge time-saver. Not only can we automate the generation and QC of AS-11 UK DPP compliant files but we can use the Insert Edit function to avoid the massive inconvenience of re-encoding large files, giving us the flexibility formerly associated with tape.”
Eddie Nuttall, Head of Machine Room, Splice
“The move to file delivery has been a smooth process with both production teams and technical staff taking the changes in their stride. The Insert Edit feature from ContentAgent is incredibly quick and simple and has improved cost efficiencies in making late changes to files.”
Taig McNab, Technical Manager, 3sixtymedia