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Broadcast Wave Format

An audio file format based on Microsoft's WAV.

Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) is an extension of the popular Microsoft WAV audio format and is the recording format of most file-based non-linear digital recorders used for motion picture, radio and television production. It was first specified by the European Broadcasting Union in 1997, and updated in 2001 and 2003.

The purpose of this file format is the addition of metadata to facilitate the seamless exchange of sound data between different computer platforms and applications. It specifies the format of metadata, allowing audio processing elements to identify themselves, document their activities, and supports timecode to enable synchronization with other recordings. This metadata is stored as extension chunks in a standard digital audio WAV file.

Files conforming to the Broadcast Wave specification have names ending with the file extension .WAV.

Key Terms

broadcast wave format
bwf
european broadcasting union
extension
file based non linear digital recorders
format
motion picture
popular microsoft wav audio format
radio
television production

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BWF

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Last modified on January 28 2020
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