The article outlines the lists of supported codes in the ISAN bulk excel form (isan3.0) and the ISAN API for the following data fields:
- Record Kind
- Title Kind
- Episode Number Format
- Record Property : for Group; for Variants and Manifestations
- Work Type (Series, Group, Episode, Single); Related Content Type; Related Item Type
- Work Kind
- Color Kind
- Company Kind
- Participant Roles
- Distribution (Intention)
- Media Kind
- Media Format
- Image Definition
- Aspect Ratio
- Linked ISAN Type
- Linked IDs
- Country Kind
- Language Kind
- ISO 639-2 Language Codes
- ISO 3166 Country Codes
For further information on the ISAN schema, please refer to Records, relations and hierarchies in the ISAN Registry
Record Kind codes
|The record is a Series.
|The record is a Group (e.g. a season of a series).
|The record is an Episode of a series.
|The record is a Single work.
|The record is a Variant version of a work or of a versions.
|The record is a Manifestation version of a work or of a versions.
|The record is a Related Item version a work or of a versions.
|The record is a Related Content version a work or of a versions.
Title Kind codes
|Working title, used for projects (works in development).
|Roman transliteration of titles (mainly from Asian languages, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew…).
|Descriptive name of a version (variant, manifestation, related content, related item).
Episode Number Format
|The Episode number is a concatenation of the season number and the Episode number (ex1: 101, 102, 103,…. | ex2: 0101, 0201, 0301, …).
|Custom episode number formatting.
|House number for the work
|The Episode number is an incremental number (ex1: 1, 2, 3, … | ex2: pilot, 1, 2,3,…).
|The Episode number value is the production ID.
|sequence number independently of a season number (e.g. 123, 124 , 125...)
|Other unlisted schemes.
Record Property codes
1 - Record Property codes for Groups
Only one property per group.
|the group is a Season of the series: the original season grouping by the production.
|Original grouping of episodes except for seasons grouping that have their own group property
|the group is an alternate grouping of episodes (e.g. reshuffling of episodes within seasons or original groups, etc...).
|the group regroups episodes from an alternate editing of the series (e.g. 10 x 30min episodes versus 5 x 60min episodes).
|the group contains compilation of episodes of the series (e.g. in a series of 15 episodes: 3 compilations of 5 episodes, fixed on 3 Blu-ray disks).
|package of segments
|a boundle of episodes
|other unlisted grouping of episodes.
2 - Record Property codes for Variants
One or more property per variant.
|the variant is a 2D version.
|the variant is a 3D version.
|the variant is an alternate version of the parent.
|the variant is an anniversary version of the parent.
|the variant is an alternate audio version of the parent.
|the variant is a black and white version of the parent.
|the variant is a censored version of the parent.
|the variant is a color version of the parent.
|the variant is a colorized version of the parent.
|the variant is a creative version of the parent.
|the variant is a credit change version of the parent.
|the variant is a derivative version of the parent.
|the variant is an alternate dialogue version of the parent (dialogue change).
|the variant is a director's cut version of the parent.
|the variant is an edit version of the parent.
|the variant is an extended version of the parent.
|the variant is an extract version of the parent.
|the variant is a logo version of the parent.
|the variant is a long version of the parent.
|the variant is an alternate music version of the parent (music change).
|the variant is an original version of the parent.
|the variant is a product placement version of the parent.
|the variant is a rated version of the parent.
|the variant is a recap version of the parent.
|the variant is a remastered version of the parent.
|the variant is a replacement version of the parent.
|the variant is a re-release version of the parent.
|the variant is a short version of the parent.
|the variant is a sound version of the parent.
|the variant is a special edition version of the parent.
|the variant is a technical version of the parent.
|the variant is an uncut version of the parent.
|the variant is an unrated version of the parent.
|the variant is a karaoke version of the parent.
|the variant is a sanitized version of the parent.
|the variant is a restored version of the parent. - FUTURE VERSION OF THE FORM ONLY...
|the variant is a resized version of the parent. - FUTURE VERSION OF THE FORM ONLY...
3 - Record Property codes for Manifestations
One or more property per manifestation.
|the manifestation identifies the fixation of the content on a media.
|the manifestation identifies a digital package.
|the manifestation identifies content with closed cations.
|the manifestation identifies content with dubbing.
|the manifestation identifies content with languages properties.
|the manifestation identifies content with audio description.
|the manifestation identifies content with sign language.
|the manifestation identifies silent content.
|the manifestation identifies content with subtitles.
Work Type (Series, Groups, Episodes, Single)
The Work Type entity applies to Series, Groups, Episodes, Single and Related Content and Items. The generic term "Work" is usually replaced by a more specific term:
- for Series we refer to Series Type
- for Groups we refer to Group Type
- for Episodes and Single we refer to Work Type
- for Related Contents we refer to Content Type
- for Related Items we refer to Item Type
1 - Series Type, Group Type, Work Type (Episode, Single) codes
|Advertising – Commercials, advertising films:
Works which promotes a product, service, idea, person or company, including promotional material for consumer products, services shown in theaters, infomercials or on digital signage.
|Compilation of finished works:
1 - A single featured work packaged with several related works (e.g. the traditional DVD with bonus features)- each work in the compilation would have its own Work record.
|A moving image production providing a factual archive or report depicting persons, animals, vegetables and plants, events or industrial processes.
Works restricted to traditional training, coursework, classroom or distance learning. Such works are primarily intended to educate rather than entertain.
Work, usually originally released theatrically
Game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players may interact with in order to achieve a goal.
All non fiction works recording live events except related to sport or performances which have their own types. Examples include extensive coverage of political conventions, talk shows, live recordings of political debates, elections, space coverage, marriage, funerals, etc...
Audiovisual work with interactivity.
An audio visual production which reports on topics of current interest.
Works documenting a performance including concerts, dance, music, opera, stage production, recitation, magic, circus, stand-up comedy, burlesque, vaudeville or other variety stage act. Performance is a subset of live event (LV).
Fiction work, usually originally released theatrically or direct to video, with an original length less than feature film. This includes short animated works.
Non fiction productions reporting on sporting events. Sport is a subset of live event (LV).
A work intended for television broadcast.
|Other TV entertainment programs not covered by a dedicated ISAN Work Type. Programming intended for airing on television including reality programs, magazines, variety, game shows, except where otherwise categorized.
|A set of fiction works often with the same main actors or on related subjects and open-ended television drama or comedy where the story continues from episode to episode.
|Music video clip. Short audiovisual non live production which shows images related to a specific sound recording.
2 - Content Type codes (Related Content)
|bonus content related to the parent work or version
|behind the scene content related to the parent work or version
|a clip of the parent work or version
|a compilation of content related to the parent work or version
|a cut off scene of the parent work or version
|promotional content made of interviews that is neither a trailer, nor a a teaser.
|a game related to the parent work or version
|an interview related to the parent work or version
|interactive content related to the parent work or version
|making of content related to the parent work or version
|mashup content related to the parent work or version
|multimedia content related to the parent work or version
|promotional content related to the parent work or version
|a scene related to the parent work or version
|specials content related to the parent work or version
|supplemental content to the parent work or version
|teaser of the parent work or version
|trailer of the parent work or version
|webisode of the parent work or version
|website related to the parent work or version
|other content related to the parent work or version
3 - Item Type codes (Related Item)
|the item is an audio description ressource related to the parent work or version.
|the item is an audio track related to the parent work or version.
|the item is a closed captions ressource related to the parent work or version.
|the item is a distribution bundle related to the parent work or version.
|the item is a dubbing ressource related to the parent work or version.
|the item is a poster related to the parent work or version.
|the item is a ring tone related to the parent work or version.
|the related item is a sound track related to the parent work or version.
|the related item is a subtitle ressource related to the parent work or version.
|other unlisted related item type related to the parent work or version.
|sidecar resource, such as metadata file, etc…
|Live Action shooting
|mix of Live Action and Animation
Color Kind codes
|Black & white images.
|Mix of black & white and color images.
|Black & white images with some color parts.
|Color images with some black & white images.
|RGB color space.
|CMY color space.
|YCBCR color space.
|YUV color space.
|SRGB color space.
|Palette color space.
|color space defined by BT.601 (Rec. 601) for Standard Definition television.
|color space defined by BT.709 (Rec. 709) for Hight Definition television.
|Other unlisted color spaces.
|the named company is a production company.
|the named company is a distribution company.
|the named company is a broadcasting company.
|the named company is a post production company.
|The person who is is acting in films, or on television.
|The person responsible for modifying an existing work in order to make it fit for a new use.
|The person who acts as the central moderator of the programme, responsible for following the programme script towards the audience.
|The person who creates 2D and 3D art for the visual elements of a video game, such as characters, vehicles, props, scenery, background, objects …
|The person in charge of working out details of the story-line, including talents roles and scenes descriptions.
|Person in charge of the operation of a camera and responsible for the device's output during a production.
|A person who applied to take part of an entertainment programme (Game show, contest,…)
|A person responsible for selecting talent (actors, singers, dancers, etc.) for a production.
|A person that uses descriptions from the director to create the look of individual characters.
|A person in the narrative of the audiovisual work
|A person who is responsible for composition and arrangement of dance for a musical or dramatic.
|A teacher who trains candidates in entertainment programmes (e.g. song contest) or performers in film or television productions.
|A person who conducts a musical work by directing a performing group such as orchestra, chorus, opera, etc.
|A person responsible for composing the music used in the audiovisual work.
|A person that took part to the audiovisual work.
|A person who provides interpretation, analysis, or a discussion of the subject matter on an audiovisual work.
|A person who developed a significant part of the format, story, or play of an audiovisual work (e.g. the creator of a series)
|A Person responsible for deciding which stories to include and which to leave out.
|Game developer: A software developer specialized in video game development.
|A person in charge of the shooting of a work and the direction of actors/performers and the technical crew.
|Executive producer: The person primarily in charge of the financial aspects of a production and who may also make major creative decisions. Typically an executive producer handles business and legal issues.
|A person that conceptualizes game plots and storylines, levels and environments, character interactions, and other creative aspects.
|A person behind the creative aspects of a video game, similar to a film director
|A person invited to take part in a television program, sports event, or other audiovisual entertainment.
|Presenter or host: a person who introduces a show, links items, interviews guests, etc
|1. a person within a panel of talents or recognised professionals who rates and/or eliminates participants in completions shows.
2. a real court judge (in activity or retired) that participates in its quality as judge in an audiovisual work.
|Lead game programmer: a person that make sure the various submodules of the game are being implemented properly and to keep track of development from a programming standpoint
|A person who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a stage show.
|The author of the music in an audiovisual work.
|A person who delivers a commentary accompanying a film, broadcast, piece of music, etc.
|A person who occasionally performs in a non-fiction programme with an active role.
|A person who entertains people by acting, singing, dancing, or playing music.
|Post production editor: a person that help determine the look, sound and feel of the finished programme.
|A person who is responsible for the making of an audio-visual work, including business aspects, management of the productions, and the commercial success of the work.
|A person who writes a script for a play, film, or broadcast.
|A person who writes a screenplay.
|A person who assist the TV director
|A person in charge of the shooting of a tv program.
|A person who narrates in a film or broadcast, not accompanied by an image of the speaker.
Distribution (Intention) for Variant & Media Manifestations
Media Kind for Media Manifestations
|Digital Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) :A master version of the source essence of a Digital Cinema work. DCDM Picture essence is uncompressed Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). DCDM Sound essence is WAV.
|Digital Source Master (DSM): picture and data created by the post production, refers to en entiere class of data formats (.dpx, wave, .xml, .stl)
|Distribution master delivered in the Interoperable Master Format (IMF)
|China Blue High-Definition
|Digital Cinema Package (DCP)
|encoded /compressed data (lossless, lossy, chroma subsampleng…)
|IMF application #1 : MXF, uncompressed, ACES
|IMF Application #2 - Studio Profile: MXF, JPEG2000, Broadcast HD
|IMF Application #2e - Studio Profile: MXF, JPEG2000, IMF Profiles, UHD/4K HDR
|IMF Application #3 : MXF, MPEG4 SSIP, Broadcast HD
|IMF Application #4 : MXF, JPEG2000, Film up to 8K
|IMF Application #5 (ACES image encoding)
|Distribution master deliverd in an unspecified format
|Material Exchange Format
|raw images and/or sound (tiff, wave, DPX, DNG ...)
|unspecified HD format
|unspecified UHD format
|(1.37:1) 16 mm standard ratio
|(1.85:1) Digital Cinema (pixel array size 1998x1080 = 2K , 3996x2160 = 4K) / Theatrical US (1.85:1) 35 mm US and UK widescreen standard for theatrical film
|(1:90:1) Digital cinema full container (pixel array size 2048x1080 = 2K , 4096x2160 = 4K)
|(2.39:1) Digital Cinema (pixel array size 2048x858 = 2K , 4096x1716 = 4K) / 35 mm anamorphic from 1970 onwards
|(4:3 or 1.3:1) 35 mm original silent film ratio and standard ratio for MPEG-2 video compression
|(14:9) Widescreen aspect ratio sometimes used in shooting commercials etc. as a compromise format between 4:3 and 16:9
|(16:9 or 1.7:1) Video widescreen standard, used in high-definition television, one of three ratios specified for MPEG-2 video compression
|(1.375:1) Academy (1.375:1 ). 35 mm full-screen sound film image, nearly universal in movies between 1932 and 1953. Officially adopted as the Academy ratio in 1932 by AMPAS. Rarely used in theatrical context nowadays, but occasionally used for other contex
|(2.2:1) 70 mm standard
|(2.35:1) 35 mm anamorphic prior to 1970
|(2.40:1) Blu-ray Disc film releases (1920×800 resolution)
|(2.59:1)Cinerama at full height (three specially captured 35 mm images projected side-by-side into one composite widescreen image)
|(1.66:1) Theatrical EU (1.66:1)
Linked ISAN Type
the linked ISAN identifies a part of a larger work splitted in parts. Exemple: a series episode is split in two parts:
Reese Joins The Army (part 1 Of 2) [ISAN 0000-0001-8A1B-0088-2-0000-0000-V] and Reese Joins The Army (part 2 Of 2) [ISAN 0000-0001-8A1B-0091-C-0000-0000-1]
|The work and the linked ISAN are sequels. A sequel is a work that continues the 'story' of, or expands upon, some earlier work. Sequels can be of any type (feature film, documentary, telefilm, ...) and may have unrelated titles. Warning, sequels are different from episodes of series.
|The linked ISAN identifies a component embedded in the work
|pilot episode (series) or short (feathure film)
|same story but in an alternate adaptation as different works
|alternate edit of the work resulting in a new work (not a version), such as the telefilm counterpart of a feature film.
|the work is based on the linked ISAN
|A complete exhibitable work such as a feature or a trailer or a test signal. A composition is packaged as a composition playlist file and a set of track files.
|A film series or movie series (also referred to as a film franchise or movie franchise) is a collection of related films in succession that share the same fictional universe, or are marketed as a series
|the work is part of a miniseries
|a new start to an established fictional universe, work, or series
|related work, content or item as for ex: des films en marge de la série (mangas)
|television series that returns to produce new episodes after being off the air for a certain amount of time, particularly due to cancellation
A content that can have its own existence or be combined with other segments to form a larger content.
Example: four 5min cartoons combined into a 20min animated television program
|television program, video game, film, or any narrative work, derived from already existing works that focus on more details and different aspects from the original work.
|Advertising Digital Identification
|Agicoa coalition identifier
|RCA Identifier provided by the French CNC
|CNC ID on the VoD search platform vad.cnc.fr
|CNC legal deposit identifier
|Content Reference Identifier
|Digital object Identifier
|Entertainment ID Registry
|Global Release Identifier
|Global Trade Item Number (including UPC = GTIN-12)
|International Documentation of AV Works (http://www.ida-net.org)
|Internet Movie DB (www.imdb.com)
|INA ID on inamediapro.com
|The International Standard Recording Code is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings
|International Standard Musical Work Code
|European Audiovisual Observatory Lumière ID
|Registrant's private Identifier. It must be unique across all the works submitted by a registrant
|Unique Material Identifier, is a unique identifier for locally created audiovisual material.
|Universal product Code (e.g. the UPC of product such as a Blu-ray release)
|Uniform ressource identifier
|Uniform Ressource Locator (e.g. the wikipedia page of the movie)
|Universal Ressource Name
|Universal Unique Identifier
|Proprietary identifier such as CNC, Allociné, Amazon, Netflix, …IMPORTANT: the corresponding Alt-Id Domain must containt the domaiin where the ID can be resolved and by default the domain name of the stakeholder (e.g.: Alt-Id Domain = netflix.com or Alt-Id Domain = procinema.ch/suisa )
|allocine Movie ID
|allocine season ID
|allocine Episode ID
|British Film Institute
|Bibliotheque nationale de France
|catalogue ID of Bibliotheque Nationale de France
|CBS studio identifier
|Danish Film Institute
|Fox Financial Title ID
|Foxipedia Version ID
|Fox JDE Version ID
|ICAA film catalogue ID
|Apple iTunes ID
|ITV UK broadcaster ID
|Letterboxd film ID
|Lionsgate studio ID
|Microsoft VoD ID
|National Film board of Canada
|Paramount studio ID
|Google Play ID
|Procinema SUISA ID
|Sony Studio MPM ID
|Sony Studio Product ID
|episode ID on thetvdb.com
|film ID on thetvdb.com
|season ID on thetvdb.com
|series ID on thetvdb.com
|Warner Brother MPM ID
|Writers Guild of America project ID
|ZDF German broadcaster ID
|contact firstname.lastname@example.org for adding your proprietary domains.
The country Kind qualifies always a country defined by a country code.
|Country or region where the content is distributed.
|Country of production of the work.
|Country of shooting of the work.
|Closed captions language
|Audio description language
|Sign language language
|Language of other displayed text
ISO 639-2 Language Codes
Refer to this article: List of ISO 639-2 Codes
ISO 3166 Country Codes
Refer to this article: List of ISO 3166 Country Codes