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What is BWF MetaEdit?

BWF MetaEdit is a tool that supports embedding, validating, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files. It supports the FADGI (Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative) for embedded metadata in the bext and INFO chunks.
Initial funding of BWF MetaEdit was provided by the FADGI, with project management from AVPreserve.
MediaArea was involved in the development and provides binaries for all platforms.

Download BWF MetaEdit!

(development version, Graphical User Interface with installer, for Windows, 32/64 bit, 5 MB)

Other versions (packaging, OS, interface...) are also available.
(Microsoft Windows Mac OS Debian Ubuntu Linux Mint RedHat Entreprise Linux CentOS Fedora openSUSE ArchLinux)

You can also check the GUI very latest snapshots or CLI very latest snapshots.

BWF MetaEdit features:

  • 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
  • Generate reports that show errors in the construction of WAVE files

Explanation of BWF MetaEdit Views and Documents:

Metadata Standards:



It is Open-Source software which means that end users and developers have freedom to study, to improve and to redistribute the program (Public domain for the code developed by us).

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