Blackmagic Design Intros New ATEM SDI Switchers

Blackmagic Design has introduced a new family of “extremely portable” ATEM SDI live production switchers with professional 3G-SDI connections. Designed for broadcasters who need both power and portability, the new ATEM SDI family is designed to be fast to set up and easy to use. “Even with their small size,” the company says, “ATEM SDI switchers […]

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Boosted By COVID, NDI Gains Traction With Broadcasters And Vendors

NDI may have been built as a means of bringing video workflow to the masses, but broadcasters have embraced it to be a viable alternative to the ST 2110 uncompressed IP standard and as a more cost-effective way to add routing capacity to SDI plants.

NAB Show: FOR-A Debuts Range Of SDI & IP Hybrid Products, Along With IP Migration Path For Existing Products

FOR-A Corporation of America will showcase its complete range of video production and broadcast products designed for hybrid SDI and IP operation, together with an IP migration path for existing products at the 2022 NAB Show (April 23-27 in Las Vegas) in Booth C5408. As broadcast media continues its rapid transformation from Serial Digital Interface (SDI) […]

NAB Show: FOR-A To Show Live Production Tech With 12G/4K, IP And Cloud-Based Solutions

Perceptions of FOR-A Corp. as an established broadcast hardware vendor are set to transform at this year’s NAB convention (April 23-27 in Las Vegas at Booth C5408), the company says. “From SDI to all flavors of IP, FOR-A will unveil several, unique technology breakthroughs this year. FOR-A’s innovative, software-defined design architecture enables the most precise conversion […]

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IP Workflows: Upsides Aplenty, Complexities, Too

Broadcasters are embracing IP workflows as a “ramp to the cloud” and are still contending with variable costs and concerns over security, latency and interoperability, not to mention the different skills that labor must bring to bear. However, IP workflows can bring benefits like scalability, flexibility and security to broadcasters, such as NBCU Boston (above).

Broadcast Pix Launches MX Hybrid

The infrastructure supporting live productions is gradually changing from mainly SDI Video to IP networks, as more computer-generated content, new IP cameras and other NDI or IP sources become commonplace. The result is that users now have to integrate a mix of SDI, HDMI and IP Video sources and to serve this new hybrid world, […]

Live Production Over IP Now Becoming The Standard

Live production over IP is not exactly a new idea — the SMPTE ST2110 standard for IP video was finalized in its present form in September 2018 — but time has allowed manufacturers and producers to figure out the best practices. This means that SDI is now not the only accepted technology for interconnecting equipment for a live production system. Increasingly, broadcasters and remote truck operators are opting for IP systems to handle the signals in their new facilities.

EVS Introduces Its MediaInfra Strada SDI/IP Routing Solution

EVS has introduced MediaInfra Strada, a turnkey solution that combines SDI and IP routing capabilities in a single system based on EVS’ Cerebrum and Neuron product lines. Together with Arista ethernet switches, the solution has been designed to offer broadcasters a direct, drop-in replacement for their outdated or end-of-life SDI routers, with the option to seamlessly […]

Utah Scientific And EVS Offer Native SDI Routing/Control Solution For Live Broadcasters

Utah Scientific, a global provider of equipment to content creators, distributors and broadcasters, today announced a new reseller partnership with EVS, which offers live video technology for broadcast and new media productions. EVS will package Utah Scientific video routers together with its all-new MediaInfra Strada routing solution to empower live broadcast productions operating in a […]

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How To Solve IP’s Security Challenge

Media companies don’t need to compromise on security when leveraging IP technology, nor should security compromise speed, latency or efficiency.

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TVN Tech | Multiviewers Manage A Growing Juggling Act

Broadcasters are calling on multiviewers to work in traditional, hybrid and IP environments, monitoring many different formats and high numbers of input and output signals. Vendors say they’re keeping up, while advancing in virtualization, compression and resolution. Above, TAG’s probing, monitoring and multiviewing platform for real-time video.

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TVN Tech | TV Inches Toward Audio Over IP

Television is slowly following radio into the adoption of audio over IP technology, but the transition has been hampered by infrastructure costs, the challenge of preventing audio latency and concerns over standards and security. Above, the University of Miami adopted Dante and AOIP for its live sports production workflows before COVID introduced the need for social distancing.

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TVN Tech | TV Broadcasters Expand Cloud Usage

Technology executives from WarnerMedia, Sinclair, Amagi and Grass Valley said at a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that while broadcasters are drawn to the cloud’s flexibility and scalability, moving away from on-prem hardware means workflow changes often better suited to a hybrid model.

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TVN Tech | Pandemic Puts New Priority On IP Routing

Remotely working broadcasters are increasingly seeing the advantages of IP routing systems to easily control equipment and monitor feeds. Those who adopted IP routers prior to the pandemic were “well ahead of the game,” says one vendor. Above, the BBC’s SMPTE 2110 facility in Cardiff, Wales.

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TVN Tech | CBC’s Montreal Greenfield Reveals IP Challenges

Francois Vaillant, executive director of engineering at CBC/Radio-Canada, says the group opted to build an IP-based broadcast center to move CBC/Radio-Canada into the future. The greenfield project was an opportunity to be more future-proof.

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CNN Rides The IP Train Into Hudson Yards

The global news giant has built the first major broadcast facility to be completely based on the SMPTE 2110 IP networking standard. “The idea behind going IP was to get everything across CNN’s facilities connected,” says Bob Hesskamp, EVP of broadcast engineering for Turner. “The other reason we did this was we wanted to build a facility that wasn’t out of date on Day One, that was software-configurable, expandable and easier to make changes to.”

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With Standards Set, IP Transition Starts To Roll

Just over a year after publication of SMPTE’s 2110 suite of standards for handling professional media over managed IP networks, the TV industry’s focus has switched from how to transport the data to refining the technology supporting the standard.

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: Matrox

Matrox | Stand B15, Hall 7| www.matrox.com/video Matrox Video introduced two new additions to its developer product portfolio: Matrox X.mio5 12G, a multichannel SDI I/O card with onboard video processing, and Matrox DSX LE5 12G, a multichannel SDI I/O card. The developer cards are the first to offer reconfigurable, high-density 12G/3G SDI connectivity, enabling OEMs to build […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: DoCaption

DoCaption | Booth SU1721 | www.docaption.com DoCaption develops software and ruggedized hardware solutions for TV broadcast, including captioning/subtitling and ancillary data encoding and decoding platforms. DoCaption has updated its flagship LRBox platform-based product line, a comprehensive series of hardware tools for SDI ancillary data management including, but not limited to, closed captioning and subtitling. DoCaption’s […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Tektronix

Tektronix | Booth SU5006| TEK.COM/VIDEO Tektronix Inc., a provider of video test, monitoring and diagnostics solutions, will be demonstrating solutions that enable the delivery of content quality, signal integrity and regulatory compliance. As the industry transitions to next generation networks, workflows and delivery mechanisms, Tektronix is stepping up with hybrid IP and SDI media analysis […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Tektronix

Tektronix | Booth SU5006 | TEK.COM Tektronix will showcase innovative solutions that ensure content quality, signal integrity, and regulatory compliance as the transition to next generation networks, workflows, and delivery mechanisms accelerates. Visit the Tektronix booth at SU5006 to see the latest advances in: Hybrid IP and SDI media analysis solutions — Tektronix PRISM offers broadcast […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Utah Scientific

Utah Scientific | Booth N4506 | Website: www.utahscientific.com  NEW 400 Series 3 Hybrid Digital Router — Despite the buzz surrounding video over IP and the next-generation SMPTE 2110 standard, there’s still the reality of everyday SDI workflows. The new 400 Series 3 platform is the perfect choice for accommodating high-density SDI and the creation of […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: FOR-A

FOR-A | Booth C5117 | Website: http://www.for-a.com/ FOR-A will showcase over 15 new products, all pointing to the company’s commitment to overall product integration, and as part of its full HD and 4K initiative, continuing with the construction of a comprehensive IP and 12G-SDI infrasturcture. FOR-A will re-affirm its emphasis on comprehensive product integration with a […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom | Booth C6648 | Website: www.bluebell.tv  NEW Edgware — Bluebell Opticom will highlight Edgware, its new range of IP- gateway products that serve as a bridge between current 3G-SDI-based broadcast infrastructures and those built on IP technology. Edgware products make it possible to use BNC and XLR technology to transport broadcast signals over […]

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Sorting Out The SDI-To-IP Migration Standards

The transition from baseband SDI to an open standard internet protocol is underway, aided by the Alliance for IP Media Solutions. But there’s some confusion about AIMS. Who are the standards players and what are their origins? Do they share common goals and objectives, and how do they interact? What is the latest progress on defining interoperability standards for IP-based operations? Here are some answers.

 

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SMPTE Tech Conference: It Was About Time

Under the umbrella of its 100th anniversary, the tech group looked back at its rich history of innovation while confronting current and future topics, trends and techniques including IP networking, 4K, SDI, developing standards and more. SMPTE photo

 

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At 100, SMPTE To Honor Past, Look To Future

As members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers gather in Hollywood, Calif., for the 2016 Technical Conference & Exhibition Oct. 24-28, the organization’s history will be on the minds of many keynoters, presenters and attendees as SMPTE celebrates its centennial. However, while honoring its storied past will be an important part of this year’s event, SMPTE remains focused on providing the technical insight, presentations and discussions needed to positon the industry for the future.

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From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital | Stand 10.B44 | Website: www.cobaltdigital.com Cobalt Digital will highlight new tools to assist in monetizing content, including the new +SCTE104-FAST option that adds frame-accurate DPI trigger insertion to the the openGear and BBG-1000 Series of audio, video, and data signal processors. The ANC-MON series of ancillary data decode and display products has […]

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Reports Of SDI’s Death May Be Premature

So big is that investment in SDI-based production equipment  that for the time being, IP-based solutions will nibble at the edges of the overall production pie. An overnight switch to IP is not going to happen. Rather a hybrid environment in which IP-based solutions supplement existing SDI infrastructure will be the reality for many broadcasters. Going forward, however, there is little reason to continue adding new SDI components.