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TrendWatch Fast Fact: Top Two Data Transfer Protocols

Data transfer protocol snapshot shows which formats are used by most studios By Jim Whittington, TrendWatch Inc.

TrendWatch logoIn this weekly quick feature, TrendWatch founding partner Jim Whittington offers you interesting factoids based on market research from the broadcast and graphics industries. This week, see which data transfer protocols are dominant and which are gaining popularity in U.S. production facilities.

Fact: Eight out of ten U.S. studios use the PhotoShop PSD file format for data transfer. Well over half (58%) use Edit Decision Lists (EDL).

Why should you care?
If youre a software developer, these formats are important to understand as they provide a snapshot of studios workflow. One in three studios currently uses Open Media Framework (OMF) and 18% use Advanced Authoring Format (AAF). 14% use FBX, 14% use SML and 10% currently use MXF. More studios say they will begin using AAF in 2005 than any other data transfer protocol.  

-- Excerpted from the TrendWatch Visual Effects/Dynamic Media Report - Issue #5, Summer 2004.

These market facts are based on original TrendWatch market research with executives and business owners in the TV/Broadcast and visual effects industries. You can  reach the TrendWatch Partners, Jim Whittington and Dr. Joseph Webb via e-mail at, or visit  the company's Web site at

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