Video: AES67 Open Media Standard for Pro-Audio Networks

AES67 is a method of sending audio over IP which was standardised by the Audio Engineering Society as a way of sending uncompressed video over networks between equipment. It’s become widespread and is part of SMPTE’s professional essences-over-IP standards suite, ST 2110.

Here, Conrad Bebbington gives us an introduction to AES67 explaining why AES67 exists and what it tries to achieve. Conrad then goes on to look at interoperability with other competing standards like Dante. After going into some implementation details, importantly, the video then looks the ‘Session Description Protocol’, SDP, and ‘Session Initialisation Protocol’, SIP which are important parts of how AES67 works.

Other topics covered are:

  • Packetisation – how much audio is in a packet, number of channels etc.
  • Synchronisation – using PTP
  • What are SDP and SIP and how are they used
  • Use of IGMP multicast
  • Implementation availability in open source software

Watch now!

For a more in-depth look at AES67, watch this video

Speakers

Conrad Bebbington Conrad Bebbington
Software Engineer,
Cisco

Video: VMAF – the Journey Continues

VMAF is a video quality metric created by Netflix which allows computers to indicate what quality a video is. This is an important part of evaluating how good your encoder or streaming service is so it’s no surprise that Netflix has invested years of research into this. Other metrics such as PSNR and MS-SSIM all have their problems – and let’s accept that no metric is perfect – but what the industry has long grappled with is that a video that has a strong fidelity to the source doesn’t necessarily look better than one that less-faithfully replicates the source.

Imagine you had a video of an overcast day and one encoder rendered the video a bit brighter and a bit more blue. Well, for that clip, people watching might prefer that encoder even though the video is quite different from the source. The same is true of noisy pictures where replicating the noise isn’t always the best idea as some people, for some content, would prefer the cleaner look even though some details may have been lost.

As such, metrics have evolved from PSNR which is much more about fidelity to metrics which try harder to model what ‘looks good’ and VMAF is an example of that.

Zhi Li explains the history of VMAF and explains some of the new features which were released in August 2018, when this talk was given, which gives an insight into the way VMAF works. Plus, there’s a look ahead at new features on the road map. This talk was given at a SF Video Technology meet up.

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Speakers

Zhi Li Zhi Li
Senior Software Engineer – Video Algorithms and Research
Netflix

Video: Designing and Utilising SMPTE 2110 for Broadcast: Opportunities and Challenges

A meeting of experienced minds here at the Pittsburgh SMPTE section talking about the opportunities and challenges of ST-2110. Phil Myers from Lawo talks optimistically about the challenges that can and often have been solved in implementing 2110 whether that be network infrastructure or timing, giving a good primer on the whole topic as he starts the session.

Hugo Gaggioni from Sony, talks about NMOS, explaining what AMWA does and the difference between their IS-04,05 and 06 specifications.

Karl Kuhn from Tektronix then discusses packet pacing, PTP and network architectures. He then looks at how to monitor PTP and see it is working well.

With the panel session at the end, joined by Dan Turk from NEP, there is a free-ranging discussion covering some of the following topics:

  • Control of IP networks
  • The limits of IP
  • Multicast traffic
  • Network Architecture
  • True non-blocking switches
  • Break-even points of IP systems
  • Split essences & dropping blanking
  • Network planning for UHD
  • Handling loss of network on PTP implementations
    plus much more!

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Speakers

Phil Myers Phil Myers
Senior Director, IP Systems,
Lawo
Karl Kuhn Karl Kuhn
Senior Field Video Applications Engineer,
Tektronix
Hugo Gaggioni Hugo Gaggioni
CTO, Broadcast and Production Systems Division
Sony
Dan Turk Dan Turk
Chief Engineer, Mobile Units
NEP

Video: Enhanced Redundancy of ST 2059-2 Time Transfer over ST 2022-7 Redundant Networks

We’re all starting to get the hang of the basics: that PTP is the new Black and Burst, that we still need sync to make studios work and that PTP (IEEE1588) is standardised under ST 2059 for use in the broadcast industry. So given its importance, how can we make it redundant?

Thomas Kernen from Mellanox and Chair within the STMPE standards community takes about his real-lift work on implementing PTP with an eye on redundancy methods

Thomas covers the following and more:

  • Whether 2022-7 works for PTP
  • BMCA Redundancy Model
  • Multiple Grand master use
  • Adjusting to dynamic variations in timing feeds
  • IEEE 1588 v2.1
  • Timing Differences in basic networks

Speakers

Thomas Kernen Thomas Kernen
Staff Software Architect, Mellanox Technologies
Co-chair SMPTE 32NF Network Facilities Technology Committee

Video: AV1 vs. HEVC: Perceptual Evaluation of Video Encoders

Zhou Wang explains how to compare HEVC & AVC with AV1 and shares his findings. Using various metrics such as VMAF, PSNR and SSIMPlus he explores the affects of resolution on bitrate savings and then turns his gaze to computation complexity.

This talk was given at the Mile High Video conference in Denver CO, 2018.

Speakers

Zhou Wang Zhou Wang
Chief Science Officer,
SSIMWAVE Inc.

Video: The AV1 Video Codec

AV1 implementations are still being worked on along a number of fronts and the business cases are starting to shake out. Here’s a developer-focussed look at AV1 from patents to the way it works and to lessons learnt implementing it.

It was last year that the Alliance for Open Media released its next-generation video codec AV1. It achieves better compression than proprietary competitors, while its patents can be licensed via a royalty-free, open-source friendly license. With a broad array of industry support including all major browser vendors, many hardware partners, internet streaming video and conferencing providers, many think this is the best chance yet to create a successful video codec of its type that achieves wide deployment.

Speakers

Timothy B. Terriberry Timothy B. Terriberry
Developer,
Xiph.org

Video: Post-CES 2019 Round-up: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This on-demand webinar brings together Nighel Walley from Decipher, Paul Gagnon from IHS Markt, to talk all things CES with David Mercer from Strategy Analytics and Justin Lebbon from Mediatel events.

CES is used as a barometer of things to come and things that are on the way out and has a strong link into parts of the broadcast industry. At the end of the day, people change and technology changes; whatever your company, if you don’t change to suit, then you’ll be out of business.

So what’s hot and what’s off the boil this year? Find out as they cover 5G, 4K, AI, Screen tech and much more.

Watch now!

Speakers

Nigel Walley Nigel Walley
Managing Director,
Decipher
Paul Gagnon Paul Gagnon
Executive Director of Analysis & Research
IHS Markit
David Mercer David Mercer
VP and Principal Analyst
Strategy Analytics
Justin Lebbon Justin Lebbon
Director
Mediatel Events

On-Demand Webinar: Human Perception Fundamentals – Colour, Contrast & Motion


Thursday February 7th, 10am PST / 1pm EST / 18:00 GMT
Now available on-demand!

There is so much talk about HDR, wide colour gamut (WCG), ‘Better Pixels’ and all the TVs seem to interpolate motion up to 100Hz or above, that it’s good to stop and check we know why all of this matters – and crucially when it doesn’t.

SMPTE’s new ‘Essential Technology Concepts Webcasts’ are here to help and for the first webcast, David Long will look at the fundamentals of colour, contrast and motion in terms of what we actually see.

This promises to be a great talk and, the chances are, even people who ‘know it already’ will be reminded of a thing or two!

Watch now.

Speakers

David Long David Long
Director
RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity
& MAGIC Spell Studios

Webinar: State of the Broadcast Industry 2019

Ooyala heroically compile a report and webinar discussing the state of the media and broadcast industry each year and Jim O’Neill is here to talk us through it for 2019. The report itself discusses penetration of 4K screens, the demographics of online streaming, 5G, ATSC and much more and this webinar looks at:

  • The surge of major streaming services into the market
  • The multi-billion dollar expansion of original content creation
  • The acceleration of M&E and M&A activity as broadcasters look to build content empires

There’s a lot here so download the report and register for the webinar!

Speakers

Jim O'Neill Jim O’Neill
Principal Analyst
Ooyala

Video: Deploying Android TV operator Tier STBs

It’s not easy doing a complete STB roll-out so it’s great that Com Hem have brought together 3 Screen Solutions, Technicolor and Verimatrix to explain how they rolled out the first hybrid Android TV Operator Tier STV from Com Hem. Joining John Moulding from Videonet the session talks about:

  • Outlining the benefits of RDK and Android
  • Project approach, timeline & benefits
  • Content segmentation, maximising compatibility
  • Player functionality & Remote control
  • Google Integration and mandates
  • Middleware
  • Hardware Choice
  • Content Protection strategies
  • Backend implementation
  • And much more!

Watch now!

Speakers

Thomas Helbo Thomas Helbo
CTO
Com Hem
Kai-Christian Borchers Kai-Christian Borchers
Managing Director
3 Screen Solutions
Gaëtan Delcroix Gaëtan Delcroix
Vice President, Video Product Unit
Technicolor
Petr Peterka Petr Peterka
CTO
Verimatrix
John Moulding John Moulding
Editor-in-Chief
Videonet