Accessibility Tools



BWF MetaEdit


Free open source tool for audio archivists, documentarians, and collections managers.  BWF MetaEdit was developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to support its guideline for embedded metadata in the bext and INFO chunks(http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/audio-visual/documents/wave_metada...)

Users of BWF MetaEdit can1:

            * 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

            * Reports certain errors in the construction of WAVE files

            * Choose from command line and GUI, for Windows/PC, Macintosh OS, Linux.

See the list of options at SourceForge:

BWF MetaEdit Screenshot


I couldn't find any reviews of this tool, though I did find the announcement of its release on the h-oralhist discussion logs:


Two suggested workflows – how one might use the software – can be found at http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/audio-visual/documents/workflows.html

Future Directions:

BWF MetaEdit is available for download at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bwfmetaedit/





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