The Broadcast Bridge Published Over 200 Articles Last Month

It was a busy October for the editors at The Broadcast Bridge. Last month we published more than 200 feature articles, tutorials, essential guides and new product information. A reader could be excused for missing some of that content, especially in light of the multiple exhibitions and conferences that took place in the same time frame.

To help The Broadcast Bridge members and readers stay current and not miss key technological developments and tutorials, here are two articles we believe you will find highly interesting and valuable.

Understanding the bewildering number of video and audio compression formats available often is difficult for those new to the industry. For broadcast engineers and IT engineers to work effectively together, IT engineers must understand the formats used, the legacy systems still in place, and the reasoning behind their existence. In this article, from the series Broadcast for IT, we investigate compression formats.

The article reviews key issues that arise when engineers must make all of these divergent formats play well together. The Broadcast Bridge’s expert on IT and IP, Tony Orme, summarizes the issue saying, “The proliferation of differing vendor specific compression formats has led to many variants of seemingly compatible formats which should work together, but do not always. One result is that an entire industry is forced to interface different versions of the similar standards, so video and audio can be easily exchanged between broadcasters and post houses. 

This article is available at the link, “Broadcast for IT - Part 17 - Compression Formats.

Moving media workflows to cloud can beat traditional methods both in speed and cost.<br />

Moving media workflows to cloud can beat traditional methods both in speed and cost.

The cloud has become central to many of our everyday conversations. Much of the discussion tends to go in one of two directions. Either people talk about the cloud in a general way, or they focus on what it could be, what it will be in the future. Few focus on the cloud today and how to leverage it into a winning workflow.

In media facilities there are many different workflows and this makes each site unique. In part this is because every content creator, distributor or broadcaster is looking for a way to make their unique proposition better.

Even so, there are common and basic pillars of content creation and dissemination. Along with the content you focus on, how you do what you do is where you can improve quality, lower cost or be more efficient. The tools we have at our disposal are then central to building the solution to deliver the workflow we want. The article, “Steps to Building a Cloud Workflow,” provides an outline on how to move tasks to the cloud.

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