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IP adoption: Reflections and projections

SMPTE ST 2110 exploded in 2020 and over subsequent years became the core of many new IP infrastructure projects. IPMX is heading in the same direction, and 2023 is going to be the year where we see more projects adopting the standard as their foundation. You’re going to see some bigger rollouts and higher profile installations, and then it will really take off in late 2023 and early 2024. So, stay tuned — it’s going to be an exciting year.

The role of standards in the hybrid era

It’s clear that standards are crucial when building any system based on interoperable functions between different manufacturers’ equipment, and two industry standards have been developed to advance the adoption of IP deployment: SMPTE 2110 – the set of SMPTE standards for the transport of digital media over an IP network – and the NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) suite of specifications, which also ensures easy device connection management on a network, something fraught with multiple perils that were never envisaged by the builders of SDI networks in the past.

SMPTE ST 2110: A Vibrant Six-Year-Old

One major way that ST 2110 technology is being expanded to support new applications is in the development of IPMX (Internet Protocol Media eXperience). The goal of this development is to help reduce the cost of ST 2110 technology for applications that may not require its full range of capabilities. Another goal is to produce the first truly open, license-free IP video specification for the ProAV market (in contrast with NDI, SDVoE and HDBaseT).

Evolution of SMPTE 2110 Standard Addresses JPEG XS, IPMX

Since its publication in 2017, SMPTE 2110 has been deployed extensively throughout the broadcast industry. Across the globe, the standard has become a staple in IP-based television facilities and many of today’s major sporting and broadcasting events, including the 2020 summer Olympics and 2022 World Cup. This trend shows no sign of slowing in the upcoming year.

SVG Sit-Down: NVIDIA’s Jamie Allan on the Transition to ST 2110, What’s Next for AI, AR, and the Cloud

The next-generation IP broadcast workflow at the Dell booth focused on how to simplify the adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 standards for the broadcast industry. NVIDIA and Dell teamed up to showcase IP-based content-creation capabilities and deployment of AI in the broadcast pipeline from workstation to the edge.

At the RED booth, NVIDIA networking technologies (Rivermax, ConnectX, NVIDIA BlueField DPU, NVIDIA RTX GPU) enabled real-time 8K raw video over ST 2110. In this demo, NVIDIA and RED showcased a direct connection that allows cinema-quality RED V-RAPTOR 8K content to feed into an IP broadcast-production workflow.

The Future Is Now With IP-Based Production

If you work for a broadcaster, you know that distribution over IP is supplanting SDI as the best practice, both for in-studio and remote activities. IP is simply the “better mousetrap,” with more flexibility than SDI, at costs that are no greater and often less.

One of the interesting benefits of working in an IP production environment is that it is better understood by corporate IT departments than the traditional way of working in an SDI “island” that is strictly the concern of the television engineering staff. At a time when skilled broadcast engineers are retiring in great numbers, the transition to IP production infrastructures could not have come at a better time.

IP Showcase Returns to IBC2022

As media operations move toward all-IP connectivity and content delivery the IP Showcase will focus on progress in SMPTE ST 2110, AES 67 and IPMX. IP Showcase organizers are hosting both technical presentations and demonstrations that provide useful guidance and examples to media organizations making this critical shift. Along with technical paper presentations, the IP Showcase will feature basic tutorials tailored to newcomers in the field of IP video production, as well as case studies from real-world installations.

What you need to know about PTP in an IP world

In short, PTP is a proven protocol that can (and does) readily deliver the performance essential for media over IP. Fear of implementation shouldn’t be an obstacle to moving forward with an IP migration. The industry’s continued and successful shift is evidence of that.

VidTrans 2022 Includes Major Multivendor Demonstrations

The Video Services Forum is pleased to announce major industry interoperability demonstrations of the latest technologies for transporting video and audio over IP networks. These interop events will take place during VidTrans 2022 which will be held at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles, CA, June 14 to 16.

InfoComm 2022: AIMS To Perform IPMX AV-Over-IP Interoperability Demo

The first-of-a-kind demo will take place at AIMS Booth W1067 and will feature networking equipment and hardware and software nodes running both IPMX and SMPTE ST 2110, the standards suite on which IPMX is based. The demo will also highlight gateways between IPMX and other protocols, developer kits, and elements of IPMX-enabled AV-over-IP workflows.

Sail Grand Prix Season-Ending Race in San Francisco Points to Power of Data, IP

As Sail Grand Prix concludes its 2021-22 season this weekend in San Francisco, it continues to prove just how quickly new remote-production workflows can evolve. Onsite presence is minimal, with camera signals, audio signals, and heaps of data sent from the boats to the shore via RF and then via SMPTE ST 2110 transport halfway around the world to a production team at Timeline’s Ealing Broadcast Centre in the UK.
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NAB Show: IP Showcase Is Back And Live

At the 2022 NAB Show, IP Showcase will continue to address market requirements as media operations move toward all-IP connectivity and content delivery to multiscreen platforms. Attendees who stop by Booth W3925 can learn how the evolving SMPTE ST 2110 standards and AMWA NMOS technology stack are improving media workflows for large and small deployments alike.
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Cisco Point of View on: NextGen Broadcasting

With the move to IP and IT happening at the same time, broadcasters can enhance workflows and capabilities at a rate not previously achieved. Workflows are now treated almost like microservices, which can be re-spun in a variety of ways. This helps achieve maximum flexibility of the adopted technology stacks, as well as maximum ROI on infrastructure and resources.
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In this session, you will learn from an expert who lays bare their practical experience of the complexities and challenges of implementing ST2110 and asks whether this is the right solution to achieve the goal. In our second paper the author demonstrates a state-of-the-art GPU/DPU in a Microsoft Windows device outputting ST2110 to a networked attached display.
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How Media Production has Evolved with IP Infrastructure Implementation

Before IP, studio distribution was a factor based on a fixed size SDI router, which limited its scalability. IP removes those boundaries, adding scalability of undefined dimensions. “In addition to the scaling benefits,” Paulsen explained, “IP enables multiple video formats and resolutions to operate on the same infrastructure. Gone are individual reference systems needed for each format. IP enables a larger and vastly different system architecture.”
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Live Production Over IP Now Becoming the Standard

“IP certainly provides the same levels of reliability and quality as traditional SDI workflows, thanks to significant advances made in IP platforms and IP-based solutions,” said Marco Lopez, general manager for live production at Grass Valley. “IP workflows unlock unprecedented flexibility and scalability, with many world-leading broadcasters already recognizing its transformational potential.”
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Column: The status of SDI to IP transitions and the benefits of maintaining hybrid environments… for now

There’s no denying the future of broadcast is based on transitioning to all-IP. That migration holds the potential for delivering significant long-term benefits, especially providing a cost-effective roadmap. IP allows broadcasters to scale and adapt easily, quickly spin up new services to meet changing audience demands for content and flexibly configure and manage devices and workflows.
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Xilinx, Partners Deliver Multimedia Streaming Endpoint Solutions

Adeas and Nextera Video IP Cores for vendors wanting to integrate a complete, yet fully customizable SMPTE ST 2110 AV-over-IP system into their own designs. Adeas and Nextera Video provide a fully-integrated hardware/software IP core set for ST 2110, ST 2059, ST 2022-6/8, IPMX, and NMOS (Networked Media Open Specification used for plug-and-play, system-level control of ST 2110 devices).
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The Future of Broadcast: The All-IP Olympics

IP networking is a proven and robust technology, as evidenced by the IP-based enterprise networks that support so many businesses and organizations. The tremendous benefit of IP is that it enables new workflows that simply aren't possible with legacy video technology. These new workflows enable broadcasters to fundamentally transform how they create and deliver content while lowering their operating expenses. And they can do this without negatively impacting the reliability or real-time delivery of content.
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Column: The road to true IP is paved with interoperability

Helping to accelerate IP deployments are two industry standards: SMPTE ST 2110 (the set of SMPTE standards for sending digital media over an IP network) and the Networked Media Open Specifications (NMOS) suite of protocols. Together, these two advancements further the way IP networks transport media including uncompressed video, PCM audio and ancillary data that are carried over separate routable streams, as well as device connection management on a network.
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NFL Los Angeles Spotlight (Part 2): Inside NFL Media’s New Facility and the Cutting-Edge Technology Behind It

The state-of-the-art IP-based, 4K- and HDR-capable production facility took nearly four years to conceive, design, build, and integrate based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard for media-over-IP production. NFL Media is currently producing 1080p60 broadcasts with Dolby 5.1 audio out of the building but is capable of 4K60 with Dolby Atmos 7.4.2 audio and can scale to any format in the future, including HDR or 8K, thanks to its robust IP infrastructure.
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Moscow TV Broadcaster Embraces SMPTE ST 2110 IP-Based Video

The studio, believed to be the first SMPTE ST 2110 studio project in the nation, is being implemented by Moscow system integrator DNK. “We decided to transition to IP for our complete infrastructure in order to be ready for the future challenges of TV production and distribution,” said TVC CTO Alexey Brusnitskiy. “IP technology offers the highest level of flexibility and efficiency in workflows, and it provides [the] best possible reliability and security for our productions and our network.”
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Column: Automating the path from SDI to IP for broadcasters

Today, distribution and delivery are as important as image quality or production values. As a result, the continued use of SDI or coaxial connections becomes potentially burdensome. One practical and cost-effective solution is IP transport. It’s important to work with a technology provider who can specify the right type of control system – one that operates with IP deployments of all scales, makes connecting IP devices as simple as SDI, simplifies configuration and deployment and can keep pace with IP technology and the latest standards as they are released, including NMOS.
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“Making major changes to our playout facility is not something that we do often so we wanted to be sure it was a good investment. We are now the first broadcaster in Russia to embrace SMPTE ST-2110 (IP) and we have modernised our channel distribution and playout by installing a more software driven, adaptable workflow.”
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