Broadcast Pix Joins ASPEN

Broadcast Pix announced it has joined the ASPEN Community, a collaborative effort of more than 30 broadcast industry leaders, to develop a robust transport format for video, audio, and associated metadata over IP networks.

ASPEN, short for Adaptive Sample Picture ENcapsulation, is a standards-based, open format that moves uncompressed Ultra HD, 3G, HD, and SD signals over MPEG-2 transport streams (ISO/IEC 13818-1). With ASPEN (defined in SMPTE RDD 37), video, audio, and metadata can be treated as individual streams for maximum flexibility, and ultra-low latency makes it ideal for transport, production, and playout in broadcast facilities.

ASPEN works with existing SMPTE standards (i.e., SMPTE ST 302 and ST 2038) to satisfy the real world requirements of an IP-centric facility, and has a framework designed to support future video formats.

Evertz first demonstrated ASPEN at the 2015 NAB Show, and the ASPEN Community was founded five months later at IBC 2015. The ASPEN Community was formed to share information between end-users and manufacturers in an effort for interoperability to simplify the transition from SDI to IP-based workflows.

Other ASPEN Community members include:  AbekasAJA Video SystemsBroadcast PixChryonHegoCinegy, Coherent Video Systems LLC, CSP, Inc., Deltacast, Diversified Systems, Discovery Communications, Dome Productions, Edit Share, EmbrionixEvertzFOR-A, Game Creek Video, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Limited Inc., I-MOVIXLEADER Electronics Corp., Macnica America Inc., Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., Myricom, NBC Sports Group, NEP Group Inc.Neutrik, PacketStorm, PHABRIX, Providius Corp, Ross VideoSonyTektronix, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, The Weather Channel, and Vizrt.

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