Video: Building a Large OB Truck Using SMPTE ST 2110

OB vans have been notable early adopters of Video over IP, both in the form of SMPTE ST 2110 and ST 2022-6. The reasons are simple, all new vans are ‘green field’ sites, weight and space are at a premium and many need more weekly flexibility than SDI has been giving them.

In this case study, Hartmut Opfermann discusses design considerations for all IP large OB trucks dedicated for sports, music and entertainment production and explores the decisions that have been made for ORF’s new FU22 OB tuck including the drivers behind switching to IP technology and SMPTE ST 2110 for media transport.

Interesting to note is the proportion of SDI Vs IP in new IP installations. BBC Cardiff, for instance, has a minimum quota for IP-enabled endpoints but isn’t assuming it can reach 100%. There are few IP installations which are 100% IP.

In ORF’s truck we also see that, although the truck is fully based on IP technology, SDI-IP gateways have been provided to keep compatibility with existing baseband infrastructure. Keeping all internal processing in the IP domain simplifies cabling, reduces cable weight but, importantly, enables the use of flexible FPGA based processing platforms – functionality thus depends on software and can be changed on fly.

The broadcast control system provides a single point of control over complex infrastructure of the truck and provides a seamless experience for operators who used to work in the SDI domain. However, configuration and troubleshooting of IP systems requires a very different skillset, so training had to be provided to ORF engineering team.

Some other points discussed in this video are audio channel management, failover of PTP and B&B synchronisation and IP address management using the JT-NM’s TR 1001-1, which has been covered here on The Broadcast Knowledge before.

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Speaker

Hartmut Opfermann Hartmut Opfermann
Head of Division Broadcast IT,
BFE Studio und Medien Systeme GmbH

Video: Building Large SMPTE ST 2110 Systems Using JT-NM TR-1001-1


With the SMPTE 2110 suite of standards largely published and the related AMWA IS-04 and -05 specifications stable, people’s minds are turning to how to implement all these standards bringing them together into a complete working system.

The JT-NM TR-1001-1 is a technical recommendation document which describes a way of documenting how the system will work – for instance how do new devices on the network start up? How do they know what PTP domain is in use on the network?

John Mailhot starts by giving an overview of the standards and documents available, showing which ones are published and which are still in progress. He then looks at each of them in turn to summarise its use on the network and how it fits in to the system as a whole.

Once the groundwork is laid, we see how the JT-NM working group have looked at 5 major behaviours and what they have recommended for making them work in a scalable way. These cover things like DNS discovery, automated multicast address allocation and other considerations.

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Speaker

John Mailhot John Mailhot
CTO Networking & Infrastructure
Imagine Communications

Webinar: Building Large SMPTE ST 2110 Systems Using JT-NM TR-1001-1

When? 10th Jan 2019. 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST / 18:00 GMT

TR 1001-1 from the JT-NM (Joint Task Force on Networked Media) gives guidance on protocols, configuration and architectures to use when setting up large ST-2110 systems.

John Mailhot and Brad Gilmer, both well trusted industry figures who are in the thick of creating and testing ST-2110 and the surrounding specifications, will lead us through what it is, what it tells us and, ultimately, how we can best go about creating a large ST 2110 system.

Register now to find out and ask your questions!

Speakers

John Mailhot John Mailhot
CTO, Networking & Infrastructure,
Imagine Communications
Brad Gilmer Brad Gilmer
President, Gilmer & Associates
& Executive Director of the Video Services Forum (VSF)