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At last month’s IBC Show, SMPTE announced that three of the main documents in the new series of IP video standards (SMPTE ST 2110) have been finalized. Years of work have led up to this point, which should prove to be a pivotal moment in the ongoing migration of media networks to use IP networking technology. Once this new standard is fully released and implemented over the next few months, manufacturers will be able to supply devices that can seamlessly interconnect uncompressed video, audio and other important metadata between devices that support every conceivable video processing function.
There has been a huge amount of activity in the area of IP standards in recent months, with the AIMS-championed SMPTE 2110 suddenly emerging very much as the front runner. There may be a breakout of peace in Las Vegas this week as the industry talks about openness, harmonisation and compatibility. That’s in sharp contrast to the mood music this time last year and even at IBC 2016 where vendors were divided into different camps in a battle to control the very fabric of future production: IP. End users couldn’t or wouldn’t distinguish between AIMS, Sony, ASPEN or NewTek since they just wanted the industry to settle on one method of working and simply get on with it.
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, has collaborated with Sony Professional Solutions Europe to deliver its switching technology to support Sony's IP Live production solution. This enables broadcasters to capture and distribute live coverage of major sporting, cultural and political events globally. By leveraging Internet Protocol (IP) networks, IP Live is designed to solve the challenge of transporting massive volumes of rich-content data in real-time between outside broadcast locations and production studios in a cost-effective and reliable manner. Juniper's open, interoperable technology aligns with Sony's requirement to tailor open solutions to the exact needs of each customer.
Sony’s technology was selected not only for the all-in-one solutions package it offers, but for its open standards approach. Acting as an enabler for 4K technology, Sony’s IP solution works harmoniously with the infrastructure within the Television Centre studios, avoiding any disruption to the company’s established workflows and opening up a path to HDR. Using Sony’s IP Live Production System, Studioworks is empowered to broadcast quality 4K and HD video, audio synchronisation signals and control data in real time over standard IP and network infrastructures.
In a time of uncertainty among many parts of the broadcast industry, Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), part of the RTL Group, has built one of the most impressive broadcast centers to come along in a decade. The new 36,000 square meter IP-based facility supports 24/7 broadcasting for a number of channels, including RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels and Altice Group channels (France).
“Qvest Media and tpc Switzerland ag Are Planning the First All-IP SMPTE 2110 Broadcast Infrastructure for the New Sports, News and Technology Centre in Zurich”
Qvest Media, one of the world’s leading systems architects for broadcast and media technology, has received a major contract from Switzerland. In close cooperation with the production service provider tpc switzerland ag, Qvest Media is planning the media technology infrastructure of the new sports, news and technology centre in Zurich. Amongst others, the level of development of the broadcast IP standard SMPTE 2110 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas will be particularly important for the planning of this project.
According to many companies at this past year's IBC show in Amsterdam, 2016 was the year of IP production. Those of you who have been using IP connections (or Ethernet networks) for editing and post-production for at least a decade might wonder what the fuss is about, but moving a few files around between computers is not the same as handling a live sporting event over a network.
Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, demonstrated its support for furthering the advancement of IP-based production environments through its recent participation in the launch of a dedicated IP Live Studio by Sony at its Digital Motion Picture Centre Europe (DMPCE) at Pinewood Film Studios near London. Imagine Communications is supplying several IP-based solutions to the testing and training facility opened by Sony last week to provide broadcasters and production companies with the opportunity to gain hands-on familiarity with IP-based live production
With IP Live Production becoming a reality, most are still wondering about the multiple aspects to consider in order to achive interoperability within manufacturers. Not only Sony has the most complete and ready solution with the Network Media Interface today (see chart below, courtesy of partner Nextera Video), Sony goes the extra mile for tomorrow by comitting openess and interoperability with others solutions.
ASPEN and Sony Networked Media Interface (NMI) continue to be developed, promoted and gain partner backers, as does AIMS, a marketing body which supports standards – some of which are only draft. While there are crossovers between AIMS, Sony NMI and ASPEN which should mean a base level of interoperability, NewTek has taken a fundamentally different tack with its NDI Networked Device Interface. The Broadcast Bridge assesses the impact of the recent moves to interoperate and asks how prospective customers can best marry best of breed kit from one manufacturer that supports AIMS with kit from a vendor supporting another protocol? Is there a way for the protocols to be bridged?
Arena Television is one of the UK’s leading outside broadcast service providers, supporting a prestigious range of sports and events clients with a fleet of more than 20 fully equipped OB trucks plus the associated services of Arena Aviation. The family-owned company, in business since 1989, is making the move to 4K UHD and embracing developments in IP-based video production with its three new trucks that will be rolling out over the next year. To realize this vision, Arena turned to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.
At IBC 2015 Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo announced it would outfit the first 4K over IP mobile facility. Timed to be ready for the Rio Olympics, the truck is still on track and will be equipped with a Sony F65 and HDC-4300s. José Manuel Fernandez Mariño, director at TV Globo, says the investment is intended to futureproof the fleet “with the latest and best 4K technology and IP inter-connectivity”. In recent days, he has provided SVG Europe with a comprehensive update on the progress of the truck build.