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SMPTE and OSA developing first microservices standards for the media industry

The global society of media professionals, technologists, and engineers working in the digital entertainment industry (SMPTE), and the Open Services Alliance (OSA, a member-supported organisation focused on improving interoperability among microservice-based media systems, have come together to create the first two microservices standards for the broadcast and media industry.

The two organisations have published a new public Committee Draft (public CD) (SMPTE ST 2125) that documents a standardised IMF Registration API and a second public CD (SMPTE ST 2126) that standardises status reporting and logging for media microservices.

Both SMPTE ST 2125 and SMPTE ST 2126 are available for download free of charge to implementers who would like to build initial implementations. And as public CD document types, they are available for public review and feedback. 

Recognising the value of the Interoperable Mastering Format (IMF) in bringing efficiencies to content distribution, both SMPTE and OSA began started work on a standardised IMF Registration API about six months ago. 

“A focused project group agreed on an approach and quickly produced a document to SMPTE, who then continued the rapid pace of getting a draft into the hands of implementers,” said Chris Lennon, OSA founder and executive director and CEO of MediAnswers.

“Utilising SMPTE’s new public Committee Draft (CD) process, the contribution from the OSA underwent a thorough but accelerated review by SMPTE’s Media Microservices Drafting Group, reporting to the 34CS Technology Committee, which is focused on media systems, control, and services. We expect this to be the first of many opportunities for collaboration,” he said.

“The balance of rigor and speed of the public CD process to push solutions out to implementers is invigorating,” added Bruce Devlin, SMPTE standards Vice President and MXF founder. “I understand this to be the core reason the OSA identified SMPTE and our public CD process for bringing uniformity and interoperability to service-oriented software architecture. Our software-minded colleagues tell me that the public CD process fits well with the agile, iterative way they’re accustomed to working.” 

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