Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) October 2016 • Volume 33, Issue 9 - Page 14

14 NEWS & VIEWS October 2016 IP leading broadcast industry transformation by the apb team AMSTERDAM – If anything, IBC 2016 strengthened the argument that the transition to IP is representing one of the biggest transformations impacting the broadcast industry. Concurring, Tim Thorsteinson, CEO of Snell Advanced Media (SAM), said: “The reality of the IP transition marks a big transformation for the broadcast industry, as media companies look to futureproof their network, drive costefficiencies, adapt their business models, as well as add incremental revenue streams.” To aid in this transition, SAM showcased for the first time its entire IP Edge Routing system, which includes routers, switchers and SAM’s dedicated IP-only processing and control products. Supporting multiple signal types, including SMPTE 2022-6 and 2022-7, VSF TR-03 and 04, SAM’s IP Edge routing system is designed to provide a flexible IP media solution that takes the complexity away for customers, regardless of whether they are deploying hybrid or pure IP roll-outs. The now indisputable destination of broadcasters, content owners and distributors is the gradual transition of all operations to an IP-based, virtualised environment built using commercial off-theshelf (COTS) platforms, added Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications. With the Imagine Communication booth buzzing with the theme of The Future of TV — Today, visi- tors were introduced to the latest member of the Selenio One family. Optimised for high-density adaptive bitrate (ABR) transcoding, the latest addition to Selenio One — Imagine Communications’ software-defined linear transcoding platform — is purpose-built to enable media companies to generate new revenues and maximise the efficiency of their networks by expanding the number of high video quality ABR and linear channels they can deliver over existing infrastructures. Selenio One is powered by Zenuim, a workflow framework that deploys a micro services approach to facilitate portability between all deployment environments — from appliance to data centre to cloud. SAM and Imagine Communications are, of course, among the founding members of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), an independent trade alliance promoting open standards and interoperability. Less than a year into its formation, AIMS has now passed the 50-member milestone. Many of these member companies put on prominent displays this year, including Lawo. “We are continuing to work as part of AIMS to promote a common set of standards for IP,” said Andreas Hilmer, director of marketing and communications, Lawo, as he introduced the company’s V_matrix software-defined IP core for broadcast. Making a European debut, V_matrix is a completely virtualised real-time broadcast production infrastructure, using multiple cores connected to a COTS switch Andreas Hilmer, director of marketing and communications, Lawo, showing off KICK 2.0, the latest version of the company’s ball-tracking technology. Chris Shaw (left), VP, global sales, television, Minnetonka Audio and Linear Acoustic, TV Solutions Group, and Martin Dyster, VP, business development, television, Minnetonka Audio and Linear Acoustic, TV Solutions Group, were keen to discuss Telos Alliance’s creation of the new TV Solutions Group, which brings together Linear Aocustic and Minnetonka Audio products, staff and brands into a single working group. equipped with redundant 10GE and 40GE connections to form a distributed IP r outing and processing matrix. The system supports switching and routing of signals in both the IP and SDI domains, and includes the Lawo Routing Layer Control for video routing with frame-accurate clean switching in the IP domain, as well as control and monitoring for existing legacy SDI infrastructure and third-party IP equipment. Lawo is also kicking on with it patent-pending ball-tracking technology with the introduction of KICK 2.0, which further advances automated control for close-ball mixing of major sports events. KICK is available as a softwareonly solution for productions using Lawo mc² mixing consoles, as well as a hardware-bundled solution for productions using consoles from other manufacturers. In addition to the mixing automation, the 2.0 version of KICK can be supplemented with Lawo’s new motorised microphone stands, which are remotely controlled by the software and allow the microphones to automatically follow on-field action. Another AIMS member, the Telos Alliance, announced the formation of a new division. Called the TV Solutions Group, it brings both Linear Acoustic and Minnetonka Audio products, staff and brands into a single working group, and will dedicate its efforts into providing solutions that aid broadcasters in the transition to the latest broadcast TV technologies. The AES67 audio-over-IP (AoIP) standard, for instance, is a key strategic focus for the new group. Chris Shaw, VP, global sales, tele­vision, Minnetonka Audio and Linear Acoutic, TV Solutions Group, elaborated: “The TV Solutions Group leverages both companies’ prior expertise and experience in serving the radio industry, and provides the means to bring more AoIP solutions to the TV marketplace.” Loudness control also continues to be on the agenda, as the newly introduced Linear Acoustic APTO ecosystem provides a loudness adapt­ation technology consisting of APTO.file for file-based and APTO.stream for real-time workflows. This uses psychoacoustic findings and adaptive algorithms to provide uncompromised loudness consistency (find out more on page 10). Having recently launched a dedicated IP Live Studio in the UK, which provides a platform for partners of Sony’s IP Live Alliance to interface their equipment with Sony systems, the company has moved to reinforce its commitment to deliver fully interoperable IP solutions and systems. This includes the launch of a number of new solutions to augment its IP Live production system, including the NXL-IP4F, an SDI/ IP converter unit that allows any 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) or HD stand­ alone source or destination to be integrated with an IP-based production system; the PWA-MV1N multiviewer software solution, a monitoring solution that reduces video matrix resources used for monitoring in an IP-based infrastructure; and the HKCU-IP43F NMI board for Sony’s HDCU-4300 camera control system. While now a member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Sony also continues to develop its NMI (Networked Media Interface) technology, an open standard in itself, and which Sony said is ready to be integrated into existing workflow systems. Nevion, meanwhile, presented Virtuoso, a software-driven media node platform designed for converged media networks and virtualisation. It features multi-format video compression and de-compression, IP adaptation, transport stream adaptation, redundancy mechanisms, a video protection and encryption suite, as well as a monitoring and alarm handling suite. Foreseeing the increasing role that virtualisation will play, Virtuoso is also designed with an IPbased live production environment in mind. Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO of Nevion, explained: “With IP, the production control room no longer needs to be in close proximity to the studio floor. Remote locations such as regional studios or sports venues can be considered extensions of the central studio, and equipment no longer needs to be dedicated to a particular location, and can be shared or even virtualised.” At a t y p i c a l l y b u s y Av i d booth, visitors were keen to learn about the latest enhancements to the Avid MediaCentral Plat-