Vizrt is Key to LiveIP Studio Production at IBC

IP studio production took a major step forward at IBC with the VRT-EBU LiveIP demonstration powered by Vizrt and Matrox

Vizrt’s VizEngine video server and real time media compositor was central to the proof-of-concept VRT-EBU LiveIP studio production set-up to shoot and post content on screens throughout the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

“Working together with Matrox, to integrate the Matrox X.mio3 IP cards employing SMPTE protocol 2022-6 within the Viz Engine we utilized their IP encapsulation for HD transport,” Gerhard Lang, chief engineering officer for Vizrt told The Broadcast Bridge. “With the goal of demonstrating the advantages of IP for remote production and automation, our Viz Engine was used to render all of the graphics for the VRT-EBU LiveIP studio production in real time.”

The Vizrt Viz Engine real time graphics engine supports SDI and all major IP standards<br />Click to enlarge

The Vizrt Viz Engine real time graphics engine supports SDI and all major IP standards
Click to enlarge

The latest version of the Viz Engine has been designed to help broadcasters move to new IP architectures while maintaining current workflows during the transition by operating effectively in both hybrid SDI/IP and IP-only environments.

“We’ve been working with IP for a long time because we believe that is the technology that will bring the broadcast technology forward,” Lang said. “Once we found that Matrox had the same idea, we realized that it was important to enter the IP world with all the same functionality we had in the SDI world. The outcome was the X.mio3 IP cards from the Matrox side, and the new IP capabilities of the Viz Engine from our side. For a lot of people, IP-centric studios still hold a lot of unknowns and the transition still lacks sufficient standards. But as Lang pointed out, SMPTE 2022-6, which describes the transport of High Bit Rate Media Signals over IP Networks (HBRMT), is a major step in that direction.

“What our IBC demonstration with the VRT-EBU LiveIP studio production showed was you don’t have to jump to an all-IP ecosystem at once,” he said. “The equipment you buy today can be field upgraded tomorrow to conform to standards that are evolving. So it is important to choose a technology partner who is flexible enough to cover the changes that will be coming onto the marketplace.”

You might also like...

Leveraging The Cloud Keeps Media Businesses Running Smoothly

While cloud computing and storage have reimagined how remote workflows are implemented, they can also play a huge role in business continuity and even disaster recovery. As many major productions have already proven, the key to continued success is extending…

The Sponsors Perspective: TAG Video Systems Introduces New Business Model For Broadcast Technology

With the emergence of the cloud into the media production and delivery space, the broadcast and media industry must embrace an entirely new approach to acquiring and deploying technology. Large capital expenditures (CapEx) are increasingly being replaced by operating expense …

Cloud Native Technology Ensures Media Business Success

As the media landscape continues to streamline the way it delivers content, cloud-native technology, that is, container-based virtualized environments that replicate traditional workflows on premise, is playing a big role. However, some broadcasters moving their assets and processing power to…

The New Precision Time Protocol Explained

The IEEE has just published the latest version of its Precision Time Protocol (PTP) standard that provides precise synchronization of clocks in packet-based networked systems. This article explains the significance of IEEE 1588-2019, otherwise known as PTPv2.1, and how it…

The Sponsors Perspective: How HDR Has Blurred Lines Between TV And Cinema

Twenty years ago, there was a clear divide between how you shot and finished a project for Cinema compared to the typical workflows used in broadcast TV. With the advent of streaming services that provide 4K/UHD to a broad…