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What Adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 Means for the Broadcasting Industry

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE®) recently finalized the SMPTE ST 2110 Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks standards suite, which streamlines the transition to video over internet protocol (IP).

A major contributing factor in the movement toward one common IP-based mechanism for the professional media industries, this standards suite is all about interoperability.

SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, Senior Vice president of Technology, TV and Media at Ericsson, says, “The formal standardization of the SMPTE ST 2110 documents enables a broad range of media technology suppliers to move forward with manufacturing to meet the industry’s high demand for interoperable equipment based on the new suite of standards.”

Manufacturers now have the guidelines for creating products that seamlessly interconnect uncompressed video, audio and other important metadata between devices that support every conceivable video processing function.

“The industry is coalescing because you need a rock-solid foundation for how next-generation facilities and studios will be built,” explains Chuck Meyer, CTO, Production, at Grass Valley, an IP solutions provider based in Quebec, Canada. “A key to that is interoperability since this is the only way the industry can develop and grow at scale.”

Adoption Benefits

The adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 is critical in ensuring the interoperability that customers need to transition smoothly from traditional serial digital interface (SDI) to IP. With IP technology, broadcasters benefit from lower costs associated with producing and delivering the high-quality content audiences demand.

Some of the changes that SMPTE ST 2110 will bring about for broadcasters include:

  • Common Timing: IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol allows devices to be driven by a common master clock at accuracies of better than 1 microsecond, providing complete video and audio synchronization across an entire facility.
  • Simplified Infrastructure: Say good bye to individual cable connections for each signal path. Using high-speed Ethernet, a single connection can support multiple uncompressed HD video along with hundreds of uncompressed audio signals.
  • Reduced Bandwidths: SMPTE ST 2110-20 signal with 1080p video occupies less than 2.67 Gbps, freeing up about 300 Mbps of bandwidth, almost enough capacity to carry one hundred audio signals. By sending only image pixels, the new standard moves to a system of only sending elementary signals, and removing the need for audio and metadata embedding and de-embedding.
  • Improved Versatility: SMPTE ST 2110 includes a robust mechanism for defining a wide range of video formats, including multiple bit depths, multiple colorimetry schemes, any conceivable frame rate, and other associated parameters. Separating the transport format from the video format gives broadcasters the ability to choose exactly the right format they need at each step along the broadcast chain, and still be able to transport every version over a common infrastructure.

Free Webinar: What is SMPTE ST 2110 & Why Does It Matter?

Learn everything you need to know to help your company make the most of this valuable standards suite. Register today for IEEE’s free webinar, taking place at 1:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

You can also pre-order the Understanding SMPTE ST 2110 course program now.

Resources

(21 Apr 2017). What SMPTE 2110 is exactly and why it matters for production. RedShark.

(3 May 2018). SMPTE Publishes ST 2110-40, Addressing Ancillary Metadata for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks. Broadcast Beat.

Pennington, Adrian. (2 Apr 2017). The future of SMPTE 2110 and beyond. Sports Video Group Europe.

Simpson, Wes. (18 Oct 2017). What SMPTE-2110 Means for Broadcasters. TV Technology.

 

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SMPTE ST 2110: The Next Step in the IP Revolution

SMPTE ST 2110 broadcasting standards IP TV camerasInternet Protocol (IP) technology is changing the landscape for broadcasting. As technology advances, broadcasters are able to process content more quickly and efficiently and deliver it to audiences in a more diverse range of environments. Widely-known IP-only content engines like Netflix and YouTube specialize in online video streaming and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. In the IP revolution, broadcasters have to consider what it means for business as they know it, what it means to be a broadcaster, and what the entire media industry of the future may look like.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE®) and other organizations have been hard at work to streamline the transition to video over IP. The SMPTE ST 2110 Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks standards suite is a major contributing factor in the movement toward one common IP-based mechanism for the professional media industries. With this suite, manufacturers will be able to create products that work seamlessly together in an IP-based studio.

Seeing SMPTE ST 2110 First Hand

The SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite was a primary focus of the IP Showcase at the 2018 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas. In an effort to help broadcasters and content producers navigate the industry’s disruptive transition from baseband video infrastructures to IP-based workflows, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America showcased its implementation of the standards suite across its extensive range of broadcast camera systems.

IEEE SMPTE ST 2110 Understanding broadcasting standards IP course trainingVisitors were able to experience first-hand the video quality transparency and low latency enabled by Hitachi Kokusai’s IP implementation, as SDI-delivered signals were displayed alongside IP-based video transport from the same source.

John J. Humphrey, Hitachi Kokusai vice president of business development, said, “The move to IP-based video transport is revolutionizing production infrastructures, and the SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite is critical in ensuring the interoperability that customers need to transition smoothly from SDI to IP.”

Just Published: SMPTE 2110-40

The recently published SMPTE 2110-40, maps ancillary data into RTP packets, complementing the existing video and audio portions of the SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite.

“This advance is momentous,” said SMPTE Director of Standards Development Thomas Bause Mason. “because it means that, thanks to the ST 2110 standards suite, every element that has been part of the traditional SDI studio can now be put into an IP studio.”

IP technology allows broadcasters to deliver more to increasingly demanding audiences who are looking for greater choice and quality. It lowers the cost of producing and delivering high-quality content. This would allow broadcasters to use the same resources to offer additional camera angles, more interactivity, and higher resolution. Of course, audiences will drive future hurdles to jump, requiring ongoing innovation well into the future.

Upcoming Webinar: What is SMPTE ST 2110 & Why Does it Matter?

Register for the IEEE free webinar scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 12:00PM EST.

Resources

(3 May 2018). SMPTE Publishes ST 2110-40, Addressing Ancillary Metadata for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks. Broadcast Beat.

(13 March 2018). NAB 2018: Hitachi Kokusai To Demonstrate SMPTE ST 2100 Support. Sports Video Group.

Cobban, John. (8 Sept 2018). Understanding the impact of the IP revolution. MTM London.

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