The IBC 2018 exhibition and conference just wrapped and by many accounts, this was (again) the year of IP. While many tasks and solutions needed by production and facility engineers has yet to have an IP equivalent, the exhibition showed clearly the technology marker has moved significantly from only a few years ago.
The industry’s IP Showcase, which displays at both IBC and NAB, proved to again be popular with attendees. Many visitors recognize that some of the demonstrations were early working versions. Even so, more than 60 exhibitors were on hand showing in excess of 100 pieces of gear. Many of the devices shown were interconnected with competitors’ equipment, demonstrating that IP works across workflows and brands.
With that in mind, here are two articles that discuss the benefits of beginning the migration to IP-centric facilities. The first article provides a behind-the-scenes highlight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship broadcast. The second article reviews the benefits of moving to IP-centric workflows.
Wimbledon Broadcast Services supplied multi-camera coverage of all 18 courts of the 2018 Wimbledon tournament for the first time.
Veteran production company NEP UK successfully supported the 4K (UHD) HDR live production of the 2018 Wimbledon Tennis Championship, using IP infrastructure and IP gateway cards as well as live production gear from Grass Valley on board the all-IP (SMPTE ST 2110) trucks, "Venus" and "Ceres."
The trucks also house Grass Valley’s IPEDGE-SVR turnkey IP routing control system with Orbit control and monitoring software, Kayenne and Kahuna video production switchers, along with IP multiviewers. These seamlessly integrate with Arista Networks COTS network switches, Axon Digital Design master control systems, and Calrec Audio mixing capability and comms facilities from Telex Communications. Read more in the article, “Wimbledon Tennis Championship Broadcast Relies on World's Largest To-Date IP OB Network.”
The broadcast TV industry has endured many technological changes. The move to IP is but the latest challenge for engineers. Image: YouTube.
Broadcasters now find themselves on one side of a digital gap. On one side we have SDI, the other side IP. Engineers want to reach the far shore, but do it without sacrificing their investment in current SDI solutions.
While the switch to IP is coming, we also have to respect the first adopters who invested in a technology that later may get pushed aside by another. Anyone remember the early digital wars with the argument of component versus composite and the early days of MPEG? The fact is the industry endured multiple generations of MPEG1 before we got to MPEG2 and even more changes before getting to SDI. The article, “Surviving the Early Adoption to IP” reviews some of the key concerns engineers may face when making the leap to IP.
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