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Earlier this year I had the honor of taking office as the President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a position I will hold until the end of 2018. It is a truly exciting role; SMPTE has worked tirelessly to address the industry’s growth and to provide standards – in concept and practice – to enhance the current and future work of engineers, creatives and professionals. Its work has been highly influential, with the embrace of software-defined networking and media processing, and the rise of a fully connected world illustrating the extraordinary advances we have enabled in the evolution of TV and media.
At NAB 2017 Snell Advanced Media (SAM) demonstrated the first applications of its next-generation control, configuration and monitoring solution, Orbit. A single interface that will eventually house all of SAM’s control and monitoring applications, Orbit has been designed to enable users to manage and view all of their control, configuration and monitoring functions via one autonomous system.
IP has almost been positioned as a digital nirvana for both content generation and transport. We’ve been told IP is cheaper, faster, better and… add your own descriptor. While that eventually may be the case, getting there remains a challenge.
Unity was in the air at the 2017 NAB Show for real time production over IP networks, with broadcasters, vendors and standards bodies coming together for the IP Showcase.
Audinate will be at the 2017 NAB Show this year to provide an informative and hands-on audio networking training event on April 26th, including Level 2 Certification training for intermediate to advanced Dante users, plus a special Dante in Broadcast session.
A key reason the industry is eagerly moving towards an all-IP future is that it affords new cost and operational efficiencies. The result can mean less equipment and fewer staff needed on remotes. And, there is added ability to leverage visualized services to move content quickly and efficiently to multiple viewing platforms.
Broadcasters are not an adventurous lot. In fact, the phrase “No change is good,” might describe how some engineers’ think about new technology. A recent survey looked at how broadcast managers and engineers viewed an IP future. Think FUD.
Lawo continues to add new capabilities to its software-defined V__matrix suite of audio and video modules and at the 2017 NAB Show it unveiled two new high-quality multiviewer components that are designed to monitor both IP and SDI sources.
Rohde & Schwarz has linked its SpycerBox file system with the IBM Spectrum Scale for a centralized, tiered storage solution.
ChyronHego’s VPX Virtual Production Server is aimed at broadcast news operations. It puts the firm’s Camio Universe workflow tools into the IP world by supporting NewTek NDI.
Dell EMC is showing its first range of storage solutions for the M&E market including its Isilon All-Flash and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) platforms.