Implementation and policy checking
on FFV1, Matroska, LPCM, and more

Jérôme Martinez SARL

Open Source Preservation Workshop - April 2016
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What is MediaConch?

MediaConch is a conformance checker

  • Implementation checker
  • Policy checker
  • Reporter
  • Fixer

What is MediaConch?

Implementation and Policy reporter

What is MediaConch?

Example of report

What is MediaConch?

General information about your files

What is MediaConch?

Inspect your files

What is MediaConch?

Policy editor

MediaConch interfaces

  • Graphical interface
  • Web interface
  • Command line
  • Server (REST API)
  • (Work in progress) a library (.dll/.so/.dylib)

MediaConch output formats

  • XML (native format)
  • Text
  • HTML
  • (Work in progress) PDF
  • Tweakable! (with XSL)

Open source

  • GPLv3+ and MPLv2+
  • Relies on MediaInfo (metadata extraction tool)
  • Use well-known open source libraries: Qt, sqlite, libevent, libxml2, libxslt, libexslt...

Supported formats

  • Priorities for the implementation checker

    • Matroska
    • FFV1
    • PCM
  • Can accept any format supported by MediaInfo for the policy checker

    • MXF + JP2k
    • QuickTime/MOV
    • Audio files (WAV, BWF, AIFF...)
    • ...

Supported formats

Can be expanded

  • By plugins
    • Support of PDF checker: VeraPDF plugin
    • Support of TIFF checker: DPF Manager plugin
    • You use another checker? Let us know
  • By internal development
    • More tests on your preferred format is possible
    • It depends on you!


Several input formats are accepted

  • FFV1 from MOV or AVI
  • Matroska with other video formats
  • (Work in progress) Extraction of a PDF or TIFF attachement from a Matroska container and analyze with a plugin (e.g. VeraPDF and DPF Manager)
  • ...


Input can be from:

  • Files (local/network)
  • Amazon S3


Binaries are provided for:

  • Windows
  • Mac
    Homebrew users:"brew install mediaconch", that's all!
  • Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE...)
    Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian Testing/9 users:
    "apt-get install mediaconch", that's all!
    (it is in the official distros repository)
  • Embedded devices? Doable
    (we tested it on a Raspberry Pi )
  • Can be ported on other distros (BSD...)


  • Matroska is widely used but not (yet) standardized
  • FFV1 is gaining increasing usage in preservation contexts but is not (yet) standardized

CELLAR: IETF workgroup


  • 2 project leaders

    • Jerôme Martinez (Digital Media Analysis Specialist, France)
    • Dave Rice (Archivist, USA)
  • Presentations worldwide

    • IASA, France
    • FIAT/IFTA, Austria
    • FOSDEM, Belgium
    • AMIA, USA
    • Code4Lib, USA
    • JTS, Singapore
    • (3-6 October 2016) IPRES, Switzerland
    • (25-29 September 2016) IASA, USA

Matroska research corpus

What's next?

Still under development but already usable
(PREFORMA prototyping phase up to end 2016)

  • Better handling of huge collections
  • Better user interface
  • Statistics
  • Standardize Matroska and FFV1
  • More conformance tests
  • Integration in Archivematica
  • Fixer

And after PREFORMA sponsorship?

It depends on you!

  • This is open source
  • Driven by user requests
  • Everyone can develop or sponsor a development
  • Potential features:
    • Integration of test of your prefered format
      (MXF? doable. JP2k? doable. WAV? doable...)
    • Integration of other checkers
      (BWF MetaEdit? QCTools?)
    • Better integration in your workflow
    • ...

Example (Online)

Example (Command line)

Example (Plugins)

Example (Plugins)

Example (Plugins)

Stay in touch

MediaArea:, @MediaArea_net

MediaConch:, @MediaConch

Jérôme Martinez:


License: CC BY

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