[ogg-dev] M3F: Multimedia Metadata Format

Daniel Aleksandersen aleksandersen+xiphlists at runbox.com
Tue Sep 11 14:09:18 PDT 2007

Hi list,

On 2007-09-10 Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> 2) we need a XML annotation format for audio - in particular for music -
> that is more structured than vorbiscomment (and this probably
> applies to video, too)

Above, Silvia sums up nicely what I used three days and a tone of emails to 
say. (Though she did not say that this format should replace Vorbis 
comments all together, which is still my view.)

What have been done so far is to create a wiki page with my original XML 
based metadata format[1]. This format needs much work.

I think the very next thing to be done is to define exact what the format 
should and must not describe. My original proposal were something along the 
lines of: ‘[The format] should give a metadata description of any media 
resource (text, video, audio, ...) in an Ogg stream; for use with search- 
and multimedia management software.’

I doubt this will be the final definition of what the format does, but it is 
a start. Please do send any definition suggestions or thoughts to the email 
list so that we all may better understand what will be required by the 

Regarding the poor naming for my proposal:
I just though up a name for the XML format; and MDMF was the best I could 
come up with at 5am. I think no one will oppose changing the name to my new 
suggestion (right below). Though someone might be better at naming stuff.

M3F, or the Multimedia Metadata Format.


[1] http://wiki.xiph.org/MDMF

(How am I doing with the leadership-thing, Silvia?)
Daniel Aleksandersen <aleksandersen at runbox.com>

More information about the ogg-dev mailing list