Matthew Goldman, president of SMPTE, and senior vice-president of technology, TV and Media, Ericsson, highlights why broadcaster should consider all-IP infrastructures
The broadcast and media industry is on the verge of a revolution in how professional facilities handle audio, video and ancillary data, suggested Matthew Goldman, president of SMPTE, and senior vice-president of technology, TV and Media, Ericsson.
While the shift from SDI to IP is “just as monumental and significant” as the transition from tape to file-based operations, the process need not be a painful one if engineers plan out the transition carefully.
Goldman went on to list his top six reasons for broadcasters to move to all-IP:
- To enhance the flexibility and agility of the video plant, with “video” meaning professional media, including video, audio and ancillary data.
- To enable compatibility with network interfaces on COTS Ethernet switches and COTS servers.
- To achieve the flexible association of streams into desired groups of media.
- To establish network-based registration and discovery of devices, streams and media capabilities.
- To realise much greater density than was possible with SDI, over an inherently bidirectional connection.
- To create a standard suite that is agnostic to the specific video and audio formats that are being carried on it, and which uses the same carriage mechanism regardless of resolution, bit depth, frame rate, number of channels, and so on.
For more thoughts from Goldman on how you can make your way successfully into the all-IP era, be sure to grab the APB Jan-Feb 2018 issue.