This week we showcase two important tutorial articles on migrating to IP-based facilities. The first looks at IP storage technology.
The second article provides guidance on how to build in the needed control technology when an engineer must support both IP and SDI equipment. It can be done, but the process requires careful thought and design to ensure that all systems communicate as intended.
Broadcast and IT technology collaboration is continuing its journey with the cross-over between them becoming ever clearer. Storage is a major growth area with advanced methods achieving greater efficiencies and resilience. And as broadcast repeatedly demands more and more capacity, IT innovation is taking broadcasting to new levels of productivity.
The Broadcast Bridge technical writer and industry consultant, Tony Orme, provides a full discussion about how to plan for storage systems in the first of a three-part series, Practical Broadcast Storage - Part 1.
The success of IP has been due to the flexibility with which it can be distributed over diverse communication networks. For instance, IP packets may leave the studio embedded in Ethernet frames, then get modulated for satellite transmission using CODFM, and then converted back to Ethernet for the studio. The IP packet is completely unaware of these changes.
Only a few broadcasters have the luxury of developing a complete green field site and most are migrating their SDI systems on a piece-meal basis. Consequently, control systems will still need to provide SWP-08 type protocol conversion as well as traditional hardware GPIO’s. Legacy equipment still proliferates throughout many facilities and the need to provide traditional control will be evident for many years to come. Learn more in the article, IP Control Uncovered.
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