Here are file exchange standards and formats (aside from DCI) that we should keep an eye on:

Interoperable Master Format (IMF) – Led by USC’s ETC


Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES) – Developed by AMPAS and ASC


Material Exchange Format (MXF) “Wrapper” – SMPTE Standard that seems more capable than MOV files and is more often used by filmmakers.

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One other format from Martin Howe called DPX that is also used in the film industry:

Here is another format- EXR - recommended by Brad Thompson of Spitz Creative Media:

OpenEXR is a high dynamic range imaging image file format, released as an open standard along with a set of software tools created by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), released under a free software license similar to the BSD license.[1]

It is notable for supporting 16-bits-per-channel floating point values (half precision), with a sign bit, five bits of exponent, and a ten-bit mantissa. This allows a dynamic range of over thirty stops of exposure.

Both lossless and lossy compression of high dynamic range data is also supported.[2]


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