Image Matters and 8K SVIP Bypass 4K to Provide HD to 8K Migration

With the latest 8K technology a major featur at the recent InterBee 2017, Image Matters will be demonstrated the capabilities of their Origami ecosystem, as well as the latest on 8K SVIP, a collaborative European project consisting of a future-proof adaptable modular platform.

European collaborative project 8K SVIP is a body of four academic and industry partners: Czech research and educational network Cesnet, and vendors AV Media, Image Matters and intoPIX. The 8K SVIP project aims to reduce the gap between the current studios only equipped with HD signals and migrating to 4K, and the necessary transmission of 8K signals over IP networks and SDI. The project is developing advanced transport technologies to enable broadcast studios to manage and transport 8K signals.

The project will focus on providing solutions to real use cases experienced by live broadcasters when distributing 8K video signals. Much of the technology to achieve this is still being developed and the 8K SVIP project brings an innovative design to meet the high speed and real-time requirements of 8K video transport and interface, both SDI & IP.

8K SVIP

8K SVIP

Backed by the European Commission’s Eurostars program, small & mid-sized enterprises that undertake R&D are rewarded for technology advances and international development. This should guarantee the 8K SVIP project a secure future with the promise of many ingenious solutions going forward to the benefit of the broadcasting community. 

Championing 8K, Japan’s NHK is already broadcasting 8K TV satellite broadcast channels. Not only are viewers benefiting from increased resolution, they are also seeing much greater vibrant colors and contrast with enhanced WGR and HDR. Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games is sure to see greater 8K content generated and broadcast.

Image Matters' Origami product line is ideally suited to deliver hardware solutions to meet the needs of SDI and IP interfacing at the data speeds 8K video demands. The IM-B20 module, with its Xilinx UltraScale Kintex FPGA and exclusive Z-Ray connector, provides super-fast I/O to facilitate 12G SDI and SFP fiber IP.

Modularity is key to future-proofing systems and this is even more evident as media copanies transition to 8K. Origami allows different connector interfaces to be designed easily and quickly enabling SIs and OEMs to rapidly deliver product to market. A variety of high quality, high performance codecs are available in the Origami product line including TICO, the compression technology adopted by the world’s biggest enthusiast of 8K – Japan’s NHK.

Image Matters new pay-as-you-go website allows compression IP licenses to be sold in volumes to meet the needs of the end user, whether this is a one off, or thousands off. The European project, 8K SVIP, is an easy bridge to the future 8K broadcast studio. It will help broadcasters leapfrog directly from HD and 4K to 8K. The collaboration between manufacturers and researchers from Belgium and Czech Republic is an essential step to propelling 8K broadcasting to the home.

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