In case you missed it: Our introduction to PTP

In case you missed it: Our introduction to PTP

Big thanks to everyone who made it to our IP event last week, not least Daniel Boldt (Head of Software Development, Meinberg) and Nikolaus Kerö (General Manager, Oregano Systems) for their insightful presentations. If you need to refresh your memory, you can download the slides here. 

PTP (Precision Time Protocol) is fundamental to the success of any media over IP exercise, and it was reassuring to see technicians and engineers from so many facilities show up to find out more – it’s always difficult to predict how interested people will be in something so deep in the weeds, but IP workflows have gained an incredible amount of traction over the last year, and it was fantastic to see so many people engaging with the future of their facilities.

Say goodbye to genlock

The full slide deck is available here, but to bluntly recap things: PTP replaces genlock when you’re working with media over IP.

In an IP-based workflow, you’re dealing with packets of data, not a synchronous stream of video on a dedicated cable, so traditional syncing methods won’t work. PTP sidesteps this problem by effectively ‘virtualising’ genlock, and using packets of data sent over the IP network to sync devices which are on it.

PTP is a safe bet

PTP is not a new technology; it’s been around for over 15 years, primarily in stock exchanges and other gambling dens, where the precise time of a transaction is incredibly important. The current version, PTP v2, was ratified in 2008, and is also know as IEEE 1588-2008 and SMPTE 2059.

Its move into production and post circles is recent, but it’s gaining acceptance quickly – Belgian broadcasters RTL have seven studios in Brussels that are linked up this way, and Germany’s WDR have also invested heavily. One of the reasons for this rapid rise is that, because internet protocols are so ubiquitous, and have so many applications in industries which are much larger and established than our own, there are already a number of affordable solutions available. We’re not waiting for manufacturers to catch up with demand, and we’re not paying exorbitant prices for niche hardware – readily available off the shelf solutions will get the job done.

Revolutionising OB at Sony

If it wasn’t initially developed for the media industry, what kind of benefits can PTP really deliver? Well, for one thing, Sony’s most recent research has found that you can half the weight of an OB truck by wiring it for PTP and IP transfer rather than relying on SDI, simply because it requires so much less cabling. This makes your OB setups faster, easier and cheaper to produce and to run.

And of course, there’s the fact that you no longer need to keep your equipment in one place. PTP will sync any device on your network, even if it happens to be on the other side of the country at the time, rather than in the studio with you, and it’ll work for both audio and video production.

Want to know more?

As always, you can get in touch with our team on the details below, and they’ll be happy to answer any additional IP questions you may have. We’re also running a tech breakfast on 31st January around AES67 and IP workflows for audio production, which might be of interest, and one on the fate of SDI on 13th February.

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Who are Amulet Hotkey?

Who are Amulet Hotkey?

KVM or ‘PC over IP’ workflows have long been the norm in business, but now they’re finding their way into creative facilities because they give you the ability to position a keyboard, monitor, mouse and Wacom anywhere in Northern Europe and use your workstation with no lag or dropped frames.

Editors and artists can access workstations from anywhere – on set, an OB facility, an international office – using a standard IP connection and any keyboard, display and mouse that’s to hand, without losing any of the power of their usual workstation.

So who are Amulet Hotkey?

Amulet Hotkey are the leading provider of KVM over IP solutions. Their hardware runs on the popular, trusted Teradici chip set (the closest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP), and can be added to systems using an internal card or an external, rack mounted solution.

Why are they so popular?

Low cost Amulet Hotkey’s solutions are typically between 50% and 60% of the cost of rival solutions.

End to end security We recommend Amulet Hotkey to film customers because all data is AES encrypted on the network and uses 4096-bit public key cryptography.

Work over any network Amulet Hotkey’s solutions are particularly popular in post because, unlike other solutions, they’ll work over any network and don’t require a dedicated 1Gb connection, and will scale down to work with a standard internet connection.

No single point of failure This reduces the risk of costly downtime or data loss.

Teradici support Teradici’s chip set is used in many KVM over IP solutions, so if you’ve built up your KVM setup piecemeal using kit from multiple manufacturers, it’ll all play nicely with an Amulet Hotkey solution.

What does a typical setup look like?

There are two Amulet Hotkey options: external rackmount solutions, or internal cards.

The rack mounted chassis, the DXiP, can house up to 12 Amulet Hotkey cards, each of which can connect one or more artists to their workstation via a zero client – a lightweight endpoint that connects the end user’s keyboard, mouse and display to the network. No software or drivers are required on the host workstation, and the card will support all major workstations and operating systems.

Alternatively, a number of half and full width internal PCIe cards are available. You’ll need to install one of these cards in your host workstation, and then connect directly to your target zero client. There are a number of zero client options available, some with support for dual screen monitoring, others with support for four or, if you’re really keen on screens, six.

Why should you choose us?

Jigsaw24 and root6 have installed more KVM over IP setups into the film industry than any other reseller, and have in-house expertise in configuration and support for these solutions, so can provide setup and ongoing support for your Amulet Hotkey solution, rather than just selling you hardware.

We also offer free trials to anyone who thinks KVM over IP is right for their organisation. To arrange yours, get in touch with our team on the details below.

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Amulet Hotkey promise next gen of PCoIP cards will use new Tera2 chipset

Amulet Hotkey promise next gen of PCoIP cards will use new Tera2 chipset

More and more facilities are relying on KVM over IP to perform post tasks – a system whereby editors can remote into any workstation from anywhere, over just a standard IP connection, using any keyboard, display and mouse.

Amulet Hotkey’s leading KVM solution runs on the popular, trusted Teradici standard (the nearest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP), and can be added to your systems using an internal card or an external rack mounted solution. It’s long been popular in areas like finance, but has rapidly gained traction in post circles where there’s a demand for remote editing because its public key encryption system means it’s the most secure way to extend your clients’ desktops when you’re under NDA or having to meet strict intellectual property standards.

Already using Amulet? It’s about to get even better…

To keep up with the demands of post customers, Amulet Hotkey have announced that they’ll be releasing updated versions of their DXR-H4 external cards (for new readers, that’s the card that allows your remote computer to connect to the workstation back at base).

The updated version will use the latest ‘Tera2′ chipset from Teradici, giving them access to a feature set which includes support for monitors over 24″ and adding support for quad screens at 1920×1200 and dual screen setups at 2560×1600. Software stability updates for use with Media Composer and Smoke on Linux have been rolled out.

The other great news is that mixed racks of Tera1 and Tera2 cards will be able to work together, so there’s no pressure to instantly replace all of your existing Amulet gear.

Not heard of Amulet Hotkey before? Here’s why they’re good… 

Any network will do While some KVM over IP solutions require a dedicated 1Gb connection, Amulet Hotkey delivers workable results over any network – in tests, our engineers were able to connect to and work on a workstation using Media Composer over a standard home internet connection. In other tests, users in Amsterdam have been able to remote into workstations in London with no noticeable impact on performance.

Industry standard encryption If you need to comply with FACT and MPAA regulations, Amulet Hotkey is your best bet. They are the only KVM over IP solution proven to use AES128/256 bit encryption.

Industry standard connection brokering No matter how many users you need to support or what level of security you need, Amulet Hotkey solutions can be adapted to fit, either through their own lightweight management console, or with help from the Leostream suite of authentication and management tools.

No single point of failure Amulet’s uniquely simple system architecture means that even a large estate continues to operate if the connection broker server fails.

The closest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP Amulet Hotkey uses Teradici architecture, the most widely supported architecture for KVM over IP. It’s supported by VMware, Dell, LG, Samsung, and many major monitor manufacturers.

On a per-seat basis, Amulet is the best value of the established KVM over IP systems This point is fairly self-explanatory.

If you need to enable long-distance collaboration and on-location editing without compromising on security, Amulet Hotkey’s DXiP solution allows you to rack mount 12 DXR cards (which can be a mixture of Tera1 and Tera2 cards) into 3U of space, giving you a compact, reliable solution that’ll work over the most basic of networks and give you a range of endpoint options, For more information, get in touch on the details below.

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NAB 2017: AJA introduces new solutions for IP workflows

NAB 2017:  AJA introduces new solutions for IP workflows

At NAB 2017, AJA Video Systems announced new firmware for its KONA IP desktop video and audio I/O card, along with two new IP Mini-Converters, significantly expanding flexibility in IP-based workflows. A new KONA IP license option for JPEG 2000, a preview of KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110, and new IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI Mini-Converters will facilitate flexible and cost efficient delivery of work to and from creative suites via 1Gb Ethernet.

KONA IP firmware license for JPEG 2000

The new KONA IP firmware license enables compression and decompression of HD video in real time to/from JPEG 2000 encoded within an MPEG 2 transport stream. Featuring support for TR-01, the update ensures interoperability with other JPEG 2000 systems and devices across the network. It supports three configurations: up to two simultaneous JPEG 2000 outputs, up to two simultaneous JPEG 2000 inputs, or a simultaneous JPEG 2000 input and output to a system running KONA IP. A single KONA IP configuration with the latest Desktop Software v13 installed offers out of the box functionality for a range of creative apps including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer and AJA Control Room; dual KONA IP configurations are also supported for more demanding JPEG 2000 workflows for SDK developers.

KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110

Coming soon, and being demonstrated at NAB 2017, is the new KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110. With support for SMPTE 2110 up to HD rasters, KONA IP will introduce new flexibility for live production professionals by enabling networking with separate essence flows. Broadcasters will be able to synchronize production of audio, video, and ancillary data elements, eliminating the need for embedding/disembedding to/from SDI while also reducing latency. Visitors to AJA’s NAB booth will be able to preview current and forthcoming release features.

IPT-1G-HDMI and IPT-1G-SDI Mini-Converters for IP Workflows

Designed to compliment AJA’s line of IP receiver converters, the new IPT products convert HD video to VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats). IPT-1G-SDI provides two 3G-SDI inputs, and IPT-1G-HDMI has a standard HDMI type A input. The ability to convert baseband video to JPEG 2000 MPEG 2 transport streams allows a source to be transmitted anywhere on a network, and enables IP compatibility with baseband cameras, digital VTRs, routers and switchers. The IPT-1G-SDI and the IPT-1G-HDMI can be used in conjunction with KONA IP, plus the IPR-1G-SDI and IPR-G-HDMI Mini-Converters, to streamline video ingest, exchange and distribution across an IP network including final reception to displays.

“IP adoption and interest are surging; more than 40 vendors have recently demoed SMPTE 2022-6 and 2022-7 interoperability, a number that is sure to grow this year as vendors and facilities look to JPEG 2000 and SMPTE 2110 as a next step,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “We’re excited to introduce JPEG 2000 and SMPTE 2110 support for KONA IP along with our new IPT Mini-Converters this year at NAB, which significantly expand what’s possible for facilities embracing IP.”

Pricing and Availability

A KONA IP license for JPEG 2000 will be available to purchase soon through AJA’s website for $250 US MSRP per device. KONA IP firmware for SMPTE 2110 is anticipated to be available soon as a free download from AJA’s support page. IPT-1G-SDI and IPT-1G-HDMI will be available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network soon for a US MSRP of $795 each. For more information, please visit: www.aja.com.

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NAB 2017: Sony’s 4K/HD Live Production Workflows enhanced with Content Management Station PWS-110CM1 and updated firmware for PWS-4500 Server

NAB 2017: Sony’s 4K/HD Live Production Workflows enhanced with Content Management Station PWS-110CM1 and updated firmware for PWS-4500 Server

New solutions enable the addition of metadata management for streamlined, searchable, transferable content that saves users time.

Basingstoke, 23rd April 2017: Sony is expanding the capabilities of its 4K/HD live production workflows, with the addition of a new Content Management Station and enhanced feature set for its PWS-4500 live production server system.

With the launch of the new PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station, Sony has added a metadata-enabled workflow that lets users efficiently and easily search for content that can be seamlessly transferred for delivery.

“Sony continues to enhance its solution for 4K/HD Live Production around the PWS-4500” said Norbert Paquet, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “We’re improving the overall ecosystem around this 4K/HD Server, to enable faster and more dynamic live productions, whether those are HD, 4K or HDR. In doing so, we’re responding to the demands of the media industry and to the consumers of Live content.”

Metadata-based workflows benefit large-scale live productions, especially for major sporting events that use numerous cameras and servers operated from OB trucks. The PWS-110CM1 and the updated PWS-4500 system, (using software version 2.3), when used together, allow a server operator to enter metadata, indicate the server’s content on a network, categorise and indicate the metadata of the clips, search the clips by metadata, keywords or star ratings and transfer clips between servers, as well as external devices. The new software for the PWS-4500 system will also enhance HDR capabilities by optimising XAVC encoding for HD S-Log3, HD HLG and 4K/HD PQ. Version 2.2 already supports 4K S-Log3 and 4K HLG.

Sony’s latest 4K/HD camera systems, the HDC-4300, HDC-4800 and HDC-P43 support 4K/HD SDR/HDR live production alongside the series of BPU, baseband processor unit and PWS-4500 server system to create a comprehensive, connected tool that is increasingly embraced by live productions worldwide.

In addition to image quality, Sony provides workflow efficiency through its Share Play operation where up to 10 servers can be linked together, allowing the operator to easily create playlists and access to any clip or record train from the network. This speeds up the editing and the output of slow-motion highlights, by using real time content sharing over a dedicated 10Gbps network that links the BPU-4800 with the PWS-4500 server systems.

The PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station is planned to be available in July 2017, while PWS-4500 Version 2.3 software is planned to be available in June 2017.

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NAB 2017: Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements as broadcast momentum for IP Live continues to grow

NAB 2017: Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements as broadcast momentum for IP Live continues to grow

Sony is introducing a series of new IP Live functions, interoperability milestones and customer success stories on the first day of NAB 2017. Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven ability to deliver quality live 4K video, audio, synchronisation signals and control data through a single network cable. At NAB, taking place in Las Vegas from today until April 27th, Sony is joining with customers, partners and competitors alike to demonstrate how its IP Live solution is truly ‘ready today, open for tomorrow’.

Throughout NAB Sony is appearing in the “IP Showcase” booth, hosted jointly by AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF, and located in the North Hall. Visitors to the stand will be able to discuss details of the successful interoperability tests Sony has undertaken alongside leading vendors such as Grass Valley, Snell Advanced Media, and Evertz. Sony is also committing its intention to develop capabilities for complying with new technologies such as SMPTE ST2110, which governs Media transport over IP, and NMOS (IS-04), which ensures device discovery and registration. Sony is committed to providing SMPTE ST2110 compliance in the near future. Attendees will also be able to view a SMPTE ST2110 based system camera prototype on the IP showcase booth at the show.

Sony is also announcing several new capabilities within its IP Live Production System which further expand the entire IP-based ecosystem:

– New functionality has also been added to the IP Live System Manager capable of integrating with an Ember+ protocol based system such as VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) from LAWO, one of the industry’s leading control and monitoring systems, giving broadcasters greater flexibility to configure the IP system how they want it

– The new version 2.3 of Sony’s XVS-8000 multi-format production switcher introduces resource sharing capabilities as standard. This means that one processor can run dual switcher functions enabling for example 4K/HD simultaneous production

– The new NXLK-IP45F AV Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Board, available later this month, adds the ability to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, ensuring both systems can be managed across the IP network

– The new NXL-IP4F SDI-IP Converter Unit, also available later this month, makes it easy to integrate any 4K or HD standalone source or destination with an IP-based production system

Live broadcasters of all sizes are implementing Live Production over IP to enjoy increased efficiency, reliability and scalability, with reduced system costs. At NAB Sony is sharing details of how it is delivering 4K over IP for a range of customers including:

– BBC Studioworks (UK): Sony is delivering 4K over IP in the BBC’s refurbished Television Centre studios in London

-TV Globo (Brazil): broadcasted live “Carnival in Rio” with Sony 4K IP OB truck. 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous production was successfully operated by “SR Live for HDR” solution.

– Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (Japan): 4K IP routing system is at work to transmit and monitor 4K videos for broadcast in IP

– China Central Television (CCTV)(China): Sony will deliver CCTV’s first 4K IP OB truck in June , 2017 with all core components of IP live system for its technological researches and gaining experiences of UHD TV production.

– Zhejiang Radio & TV Group (China): has selected Sony to build a 4K IP OB truck for live broadcast in 4K and HDR. The signing ceremony is to be held in March 2018.

– China Digital Culture Group (China): has purchased a Sony 4K IP OB Truck that will hit the road in August, 2017 and it is used for live theatrical play and entertainment event broadcast.

– 4K Garden (China): the major 4K content services platform has purchased 4K IP OB Truck in China from Sony to deliver exciting live contents in 4K. The truck will be ready before Aug. 2017.

Visitors to Sony’s stand C11001 will be able to witness an operational IP-enabled remote production setup first hand networked with a Broadcast Data Centre. The demonstration system connects a remote live production team at Sony Pictures’ studio in Los Angeles with the team in Las Vegas, highlighting the way that IP Live can connect control rooms within broadcast facilities to live event venues hundreds of miles away, without compromising on latency, switching or reliability.

“The past year since NAB 2016 has been hallmarked by three things: cooperation and open innovation between vendors across the Live over IP; an industry-wide push to undertake training and adopt skills readiness for IP; and the commitment of major broadcasters to invest in IP as they look to the next generation of live content experiences,” says Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “We’re proud to be an active party within a number of standards bodies all working to ensure a range of compatible cameras, switchers, servers, computer graphics, display devices and backbones are ready for broadcasters today as they invest in the open, innovative production facilities of tomorrow.”

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Here’s why you need NewTek’s IP Series Studio Input Module

Here’s why you need NewTek’s IP Series Studio Input Module

If you’re already on board with NewTek or are looking to streamline your live production workflow, the IP Series Studio Input Module is one bit of tech you don’t want to go without. 

The Studio Input Module offers up seamless expansion of your current TriCaster production capabilities. Whether you’re sticking with SDI or you’re taking those IP workflow baby steps, you’ll be pleased to hear that it adds four SDI inputs, four NDI inputs or a combination of the two to your existing TriCaster setup, as well as a single return feed/output.

Combining SDI compatibility with IP flexibility, the NewTek IP Series integrates into your current infrastructure, while priming your facility for the future. 

You’ll get four extra 3G, HD-SDI and SD SDI video sources, in any combination of supported formats, resolutions and frame rates. This allows four realtime input conversions and transmission of common IP video stream formats with virtually zero latency. That means you can expand your current workflow by adding any cameras or other SDI-based products to your TriCaster setup without having to upgrade your hardware.

The beauty of this camera input module is because it’s IP, it can be located anywhere on your network. Cameras will connect straight into your TriCaster, without any installation or any extra cabling.

Simply put, instead of a single direction dedicated video cable for each video signal (e.g. SDI) an IP-based workflow means you can plug your production kit into ethernet ports instead of installing expensive video cabling. This revolutionises the connectivity between your control room or across your facility, connecting systems, users, and departments.

The Studio Input Module also provides flexible audio integration, supporting the input and delivery of digital and analogue audio sources, and native and embedded audio support for input and output over NDI.

If you’re still undecided on an NDI-based IP workflow and want to know what all the fuss is about, check out our article covering all the big IP announcements at IBC 2016.

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The year in production: Our highlights from 2016’s trade shows

The year in production: Our highlights from 2016’s trade shows

As well as hitting old favourites like NAB and IBC, 2016 marks the year we made our Media Production Show debut. I asked the production team to whittle down their trade show experience to just the most memorable, non-casino-related moments. Here are the results. 

NAB 2016

We’ve been big Atomos supporters from day one, and getting to see the Atomos Shogun was definitely one of the highlights of NAB. We were happy enough to hear that eight of the Atomos lineup were getting a free software update to support HDR, but the Shogun Inferno’s combination of the most advanced monitor technologies (1500nit/10bit/HDR) with 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, and playback and editing functionality for on-set collaboration made it a real standout for us.

See our full NAB coverage here.

IBC 2016

IP workflow solutions got their first major airing at NAB and have continued gaining traction ever since, with NewTek continuing to expand their NDI lineup, Sony partnering with manufacturers and standards bodies to develop their own solutions portfolio, and production kit manufacturers releasing IP-ready kit.

We knew IP was going to be a big deal at IBC, but we had no idea just how IP-based the show was. As we’re primarily an IT reseller, this was right up our street. Some of our team attended the IP Interoperability talk with the likes of AIMS/Grass Valley and SMPTE, and the theme was very much how the industry is working together to advance IP workflows, although the standards are still yet to be ratified.

See our full IBC coverage here.

Media Production Show 2016

Back in June, we were at the Media Production Show, demonstrating our key solutions and services around Avid, Blackmagic Design, HP and Rohde & Schwarz (as well as dishing out the pic’n’mix and playing splat a rat). Catch up with everything that went down on day one in this official video from the Media Production Show. 

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The view from the floor: IP at IBC

The view from the floor: IP at IBC

IP workflow solutions got their first major airing at NAB and have continued gaining traction ever since, with NewTek continuing to expand their NDI lineup, Sony partnering with manufacturers and standards bodies to develop their own solutions portfolio, and production kit manufacturers releasing IP ready kit.

We knew IP was going to be a big deal at IBC, but we had no idea just how IP based the show was. As we’re primarily an IT reseller, this was right up our street.

Some of our team attended the IP Interoperability talk with the likes of AIMS/Grass Valley and SMPTE, and the theme was very much how the industry is working together to advance IP workflows, although the standards are still yet to be ratified.

One thing we gathered was that there are still a lot of questions about how IP workflow is going to affect the industry – for example, how do manufacturers differentiate themselves if the industry has agreed everyone will do the same thing with so many IP standards?

Sony demo live IP workflows

Despite these questions, it’s clear that IP-ready technology has taken a massive leap forward since NAB. We went to the Sony hall to look at their highly impressive range of IP-ready mixers and switchers, and learned that the signals can be sent to a mixer the other side of the Netherlands with only a two frame delay.

Sony has been pushing the IP discussion since 2012, starting from the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), later joining the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups, and more recently the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the NMI (Networked Media Interface) framework.

As well as providing us with exciting new acronyms in an industry that definitely doesn’t have enough of them, this has allowed Sony to develop a series of really interesting Networked Media Interface-based products, many of which were on show at IBC. They included:

NXLK-IP45F, a new AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board enables you to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio.

NXL-IP4F, an SDI-IP Converter Unit ideal for 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System.

HKCU-IP43F, an NMI board for HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network.

XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166, an NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board (output) for XVS switchers that allows the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fiber link.

PWA-MV1N, Multi-viewer Software enables a very efficient monitoring solution into an IP Live Production Infrastructure, reducing drastically the video matrix resources used for monitoring.

NewTek extend NDI range

NewTek’s new IP series range is a massive push forward for NDI and the interoperability between IP, hardware and software. At the heart of their IP workflow is the IP Series Video Mix Engine, which lets you mix up to 44 input sources then output 35 output signals over IP, all of which you can configure independently using NewTek’s software. Significantly, it is compatible with other IP standards including ASPEN and SMPTE 2022, so if you decide to move away from a purely NDI workflow further down the line, it won’t turn into a very expensive brick.

Like all the best NewTek products, it comes with its own control panel, this time a four-stripe model with 72 crosspoints per stripe, so you can make the most of all those input channels. It works exactly the same way every other NewTek control panel does, so if you’ve already spent time with TriCaster, making the move over to working with the Video Mix Engine won’t be hard.

Bridging the gap between your existing workflow and an IP-based one are the Input Module and Output Module, both of which sit on your LAN. The Input Module accepts SDI/HDMI inputs and outputs, and converts them into NDI signals, while the Output Module takes your NDI signal and converts it into something that can be understood by traditional video infrastructure, so you can enjoy the benefits of an NDI workflow in-house, even if your final delivery system isn’t capable of handling the end result.

NewTek also announced they’d be collaborating with Wowza to create a the Media Distribution System, which is a fantastic tool for editing audio and video in realtime, and then live streaming this over four independent, simultaneous streaming channels. Better still, it has integrated NDI technology supporting input and output over IP.

BirdDog Studio

And lastly, BirdDog Studio. I’ve gone on about this a lot, but that’s because it’s a super affordable way to start your transition to an IP workflow. For £560 ex VAT, you get a box that can convert your existing camera’s SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, rendering it IP-compatible.

BirdDog Studio can also act as a format convertor for monitor loop out, and display tally onboard or externally. And it accepts power of Ethernet, so you don’t need to worry about lugging round an extra set of batteries and chargers. You can only use one BirdDog with one camera at a time, so you’ll need one for each camera you plan to shoot with simultaneously. However, there is a central, browser-based control panel for configuring and controlling all your BirdDogs in one place, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

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IBC 2016: Avid demonstrates leadership in emerging IP and UHD workflows

IBC 2016: Avid demonstrates leadership in emerging IP and UHD workflows

At IBC 2016, Avid showcases IP and UHD workflow innovation on the open, interoperable Avid MediaCentral Platform.

Avid today previewed solutions for several converging technologies that are driving significant change for the media industry. By supporting real-time IP signals natively in key components of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is accelerating the industry’s transition to IP and delivering a unified environment for file-based and live signal-based media workflows that will ease the migration to emerging image formats, including UHD.

“To address the intensifying changes that our industry is facing, we are continuing to invest heavily in key technologies and innovations that are important for customer success,” said Dana Ruzicka, vice president and chief product officer at Avid. “At IBC 2016, we are demonstrating how the open, integrated Avid MediaCentral Platform will accelerate the transition to IP stream-based workflows, and make it possible for customers to create, manage, and deliver UHD content powerfully and efficiently.”

Historically, media companies have relied on specialized technologies for transporting video and audio signals throughout facilities and across geographies. Legacy technologies like coaxial cabling and baseband SDI signals were necessary because IP data networks lacked adequate bandwidth. But rapid technological advancement has made it feasible to pass professional audio and video signals over standard IP networks. Unlike traditional baseband infrastructure, IP networks are intrinsically format agnostic, paving the way for adoption of new formats like UHD. Converging on IP networks for file-based and signal-based traffic will provide media companies with increased flexibility, agility, and lower costs.

New Avid video IP integrations at IBC

Avid will demonstrate support for a variety of emerging IP standards, including SMPTE 2022-6 and VSF TR-03, illustrating how media companies can easily manage the transition to converged IP infrastructure over time. Technology presentations will showcase IP ingest, editing, playout, graphics insertion, and monitoring workflows spanning several Avid products, including Media Composer, Maestro, 3DPlay, and Playmaker.

“The innovative architecture of Avid’s MediaCentral Platform treats all content equally, regardless of its format or source,” said Alan Hoff, Vice President, Market Solutions at Avid. “We are delivering upon our vision to provide a unified, open platform for converged file and signal-based workflows by expanding support for emerging standards like IP and UHD.”

New Avid UHD integrations at IBC

Avid will showcase innovative UHD broadcast solutions that integrate seamlessly with both standard SDI production infrastructure, as well as IP production workflows. The Avid UHD workflow enables broadcasters to deliver richer, sharper content without over-investing in new solutions, and is centered on Media Composer | Software, Interplay | Production, Media | Director, Pro Tools, Avid DNxHR, and Avid NEXIS, along with graphics and replay servers.

Avid is also participating fully in the AIMS alliance and showcasing its interoperability at IBC 2016 with products from other vendors at the IP Interoperability Zone in Hall 8.

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