Broadcast Beat Magazine 2017 NAB Show NY/SMPTE Special Edition - Page 35

As media operations continue their migration from baseband SDI to packet-based Internet Protocol (IP) workflows, opera- tors and system engineers are rethinking their approach to vir- tually every aspect of produc- tion. The potential benefits of IP are highly compelling, but they can only be realized if all production elements – from servers, routers, and switchers to cameras and prompting sys- tems – can work together in a tightly integrated and seamless way. tion workflows. Sometimes overlooked, prompt- ing is nonetheless a broadcast essential that should be care- fully considered in any forward- looking production studio driv- en by an IP infrastructure. While some form of prompting has been around since the dawn of television, computer-based prompters lately haven’t kept pace with the rapid changes transforming the broadcast industry. For IP-based pro- duction facilities to succeed, prompting systems will have to be brought into the new world of packet-based signal distribu- Intelligent Monitors For IP-based At Autoscript, that premise was our launching point as we set out to define a next-gen- eration prompting system for the IP age. What might this solution look like? What are the essential characteristics of an IP prompting solution, and how does such a solution fit into a broader production workflow? In this article, we’ll take you inside our thought process as we designed our IP prompting solution. production facilities to succeed, prompting systems will have to be brought into the new world of packet-based signal distribution workflows. Defining IP-based prompting requires much more than a simple software or hardware upgrade to existing solutions; it demands a system-wide approach. The prompting sys- tem must fit seamlessly into the fully networked and geo- graphically dispersed IP pro- duction facilities that are now under development in many parts of the world. An important aspect of this “networkability” is the signifi- Broadcast Beat Magazine • www.broadcastbeat.com • 35