BWF MetaEdit


BWF MetaEdit

BWF MetaEdit is a free, open source application that supports embedding, validating, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files.

BWF MetaEdit was developed by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative to support its guideline on embedded metadata in Broadcast WAVE files. BWF MetaEdit was developed with support from the Library of Congress and FADGI and in collaboration with Jerome Martinez of MediaArea.





Export Metadata
& Reports

Users of BWF MetaEdit can:

  • Import, edit, embed, and export specified metadata elements in WAVE audio files
  • Export technical metadata from Format Chunks and minimal metadata from bext and INFO chunks as comma-separated values and/or XML, across a set of files or from individual files
  • Evaluate, verify and embed MD5 checksums, as applied to the WAVE file’s data chunk (audio bitstream only)
  • Enforce the guideline (above) developed by the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group, as well as specifications from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Microsoft, and IBM
  • Generate reports that show errors in the construction of WAVE files
  • Choose from command line and GUI for Windows/PC, Macintosh OS, Linux.
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BWF MetaEdit allowed us to easily implement a process for proper management of our digital assets so the gain is primarily enabling preservation management and enhanced intellectual control of digital assets.

Sandy Rodriguez, Marr Sound Archives, University of Missouri, Kansas City

The embedding process is, at minimum, 10 times easier using BWF Metaedit. Much of what we do with embedded metadata simply wouldn't be possible without this tool.

Heath Condiotte

Embedding and verifying checksums has become significantly easier, checking and correcting metadata prior to moving to Networked storage is also easier and faster.

Stuart Robinson, School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh

We can do huge amounts of automated metadata updates using BWF MetaEdit. I would wager that BWF MetaEdit has saves us thousands of hours at this point.

Morgan Oscar Morel, George Blood Audio/Video/Film

We're exporting metadata from our MySQL database into a form easily imported by BWF MetaEdit, so that we can import descriptions and other fields into files. We're also using the export function of BWF MetaEdit to easily import technical metadata into our MySQL database. We've built much of our workflow off of BWF MetaEdit and rely on it heavily to accomplish large-scale digitization projects. It's very important to us!

Erica Titkemeyer , Southern Folklife Collection