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Articles You May Have Missed – December 13, 2017

In case you missed a day with The Broadcast Bridge, here are two popular articles that may be of special interest. These articles focus on specific solutions to help you and your facility operate more efficiently and economically—including some keys to staying ahead of the competition.

OTT and video streaming consumption have increased significantly in recent years. In the U.S., 86 percent of smartphone users watch video content on their phones, according to a recent report from Ericsson. Given the changing viewing demands, broadcasters need to embrace OTT workflows. Yet, ensuring accurate delivery of technically sound content is challenging. Broadcasters require a reliable set of quality control (QC) and monitoring tools to stay competitive in the OTT environment. Ensuring accurate delivery of technically sound content is challenging and requires the proper set of reliable QC and monitoring tools. The article, “QC and Monitoring Requirements for Live and VOD OTT Workflows,” offers some suggested practices.

Though fewer than half of media facilities had any 4K running through them at the close of last year, many are now moving toward full 4K adoption. The enhancements offered by UHD/4K enable creation of richer, more captivating content, but also require production facilities to employ faster, more expansive storage environments.

By examining the specific requirements of 4K format (data rate), capacity, and stream count (number of simultaneous users), a facility can choose storage with the optimal drive type and configuration, network and file system to create and deliver 4K content with confidence.

With a solid storage infrastructure in place, the transition to 4K/UHD content production can go smoothly, allowing content creators to focus on the beauty these richer higher-resolution formats bring. Read the article, “Optimized Storage Infrastructure Enables Ongoing Rise of 4K Production,” to learn more.

Need help in getting from SDI to IP?

See that hill up ahead? It’s not a hill, it’s Mt Everest and your job is to conquer that mountain. Rendered into familiar industry vernacular, you, video engineer, are charged with building an IT-centric facility. A SMPTE standard was just approved, so what’s taking you so long?

The book, “Building IP Media Facilities – Keys to Migrating from SDI,” is a video engineer’s guide to transitioning from digital SDI infrastructures to IT-centric facilities. The book is comprised of 15 chapters focused on key operational aspects of IT and IP terminology, networks and ‘how-to’ practical discussion.

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