OSTA will manage EVERPLAY specification for interchange of digital
photos, video and related audio files across a broad range of CE
Eastman Kodak, Fuji Photo Film Co.,
Ltd. and Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Inc., founders and owners of
the EVERPLAY specification, today announced an agreement with the
Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) to transfer ongoing
administration and future development of the EVERPLAY image
interoperability specification to OSTA. The EVERPLAY specification
is designed to ensure compatibility of digital photos and videos
across a broad range of consumer products for future generations.
When the EVERPLAY specification was finalized
in February 2006,
Kodak, Fujifilm and Konica Minolta initiated a royalty-free license
"The EVERPLAY founders agree that it is time to transfer the
standard to an established trade association to manage ongoing
administration and engage a more open standards process to further
promote its adoption," said Frank M. Ranalletti, Director,
Technology Initiatives, Digital & Film Imaging Systems, for Eastman
Kodak. "OSTA has a long history of creating and promoting widely
adopted compatibility specifications including the MultiPlay
specification for CDs and DVDs and the Universal Disk Format (UDF)
file system. The EVERPLAY standard is based on OSTA?s MPV
(MusicPhotoVideo) core technology for exchanging and playing
collections of digital music, photos, and videos among consumer
electronics devices, various storage media and across the Internet.
As a result, we felt that OSTA was best suited for the task."
Under terms of the memorandum of understanding between the EVERPLAY
founders and OSTA, the specification will be administered as a
working group within OSTA. The EVERPLAY specification and
trademarks will continue to be licensed freely to products and
services that are compatible with the EVERPLAY standard. OSTA will
maintain the everplay-spec.org website.
Methods to organize and preserve digital images have evolved
independently by many different companies and have lost
interoperability among different manufacturers systems. There are
also potential playback problems as time passes, systems evolve and
formats change. The EVERPLAY specification aims to resolve these
issues and respond to consumers? needs to protect images and enjoy
widespread interoperability. The specification is designed to make
it easy to implement in products and services and uses
next-generation XML language to guarantee interoperability.