Is the industry successfully delivering what we need with SMPTE’s ST 2110 suite of standards? What are the benefits of IP and how can we tackle the difficulties?
In this panel from Broadcast Solutions’ Innovation Day, we hear from 5 vendors understanding their perspectives and plans for the future. Claus Pfeifer from Sony say they have now 60 sites up and running in IP. Lawo’s Phil Myers follows up saying “People know they have to go IP, it’s a matter of when they go IP.”
Whilst this is a positive start, the panel moves on to talking briefly about difficulties implementing SMPTE ST 2110. Jan Eveleens from Riedel points out many of the issues will go as we are waiting for technology to catch up regarding CPUs and bandwidth. We no longer have the same processing issues we used to for audio. Similarly with video, technology will improve and remove many of the challenges. Phil Myers feels that cloud implementation issues are not a large problem at the moment as he sees a move to bring equipment into private clouds rather than public. This way they are doing ‘remote production for buildings’.
After each vendor outlined their future plans for IP, Zoltan highlighted that IP allows NDI to co-exist with ST 2110. Many may want to use 2110 for high end sports, for others NDI fits well. Then panel felt that a concerning area of IP is the worry of how to fix problems. The knowledge level is different from country to country. So vendors not only need to work on education about IP, both for NDI and 2110, but they need to do this in a focussed way for the different markets.
As the panel comes towards the end, Claus feels that the industry started to talk too early about pure technology. “Did not discuss enough about the business benefits.” he explains such as remote production and more efficient use of equipment – avoiding ‘sleeping Capex’. Installing IP makes a lot of sense for large-scale systems. Recently broadcasters have been working at a scale requiring much more than 1024 squared routers roughly where SDI routers top out. But also, these large systems tend to have a life of over 10 years. Faced with SDI development, particularly in routers, is slowing down or stopping, for these long-lived systems it makes much more sense to use IP.
Webinar: 20th June 2018 at 08:00 BST and 16:00 BST
Axon continue their IP 101 webinar series by looking at when to use compression like TICO and when not to. CEO Jan Eveleens will dive into the technology and application of compression covering the basic principles of compression, the mechanisms behind it and the reasons for using it.
Broadcasters are increasingly considering IP as the next step in their workflows and operations, attracted by the potential of greater agility, flexibility and efficiency. As an industry we have finally built a consensus on a common IP standard and are forging ahead with the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. However, there are more challenges to conquer when moving to an IP broadcast infrastructure.
April 18th, 08:00 and 16:00 BST
In the second in the series, Axon’s Jan Evaleens discusses in detail the relevant standards for video and audio transport and how they relate to each other. He will also touch upon the latest IP developments presented during NAB2018.
Axon, working closely with early adopters of IP production workflows, has experienced first-hand the many challenges of making the transition from SDI and we are keen to share the lessons we have learnt with you. In our Broadcast IP 101 series, our team will be providing useful advice and resources to help you prepare to move to and navigate an IP environment, with vital insight from real-world examples. Over the coming weeks, we will explore topics including: traffic shaping, timing, audio, transport formats and network management.
March 21st 2018 – 08:00 GMT & 16:00 GMT
The first in Axon’s new Broadcast 101 Series – “Prepare for IP: Why is the move to IP logical but at the same time so tough?”
Broadcasters are increasingly considering IP as the next step in their workflows and operations, attracted by the potential of greater agility, flexibility and efficiency. As an industry, we have finally built a consensus on a common IP standard and are forging ahead with the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. However, there are more challenges to conquer when moving to an IP broadcast infrastructure.
Axon, working closely with early adopters of IP production workflows, has experienced first-hand the many challenges of making the transition from SDI and are keen to share the lessons they have learnt. In their new Broadcast IP 101 series, using real-world examples, the Axon team will provide advice and resources to help you prepare your move to and navigate an IP environment.
Axon’s CEO, Jan Eveleens, hosts this live webinar on Wednesday 21 March at 09.00 CET and 05.00 CET to discuss “Why is the move to IP is logical but at the same time so tough?” he will explore the fundamental drivers behind the transition from coaxial/SDI technology to IP and the tough changes it brings to almost all fundamentals of broadcasting infrastructures.
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