IP Showcase Announces Its Theatre Presentation Lineup for IBC2019

The IP Showcase Theatre lineup for IBC2019 was announced and it features more than 50 speakers and panelists covering a full range of IP video and audio technologies and applications over the five-day program. Sponsored by a consortium of industry partners — the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF) — the IP Showcase has become a must-see attraction at IBC for anyone involved with the transition from SDI to IP, and the IP Showcase Theatre is the hub of education for the event.

“In 2019, SMPTE ST 2110, AMWA NMOS, and related technologies are gaining widespread traction across a number of user communities. As users gain more experience with IP media networks, the IBC2019 edition of the IP Showcase Theatre is a great opportunity for attendees to learn from their experiences,” said Brad Gilmer, IP Showcase executive director. “We’ll have dozens of experts giving presentations and demonstrations throughout the show, and there will be several case studies of actual deployments — all to help people as they transition their facilities to IP. It is a great learning opportunity, and it is open to all attendees at IBC.”

The IP Showcase Theatre at IBC2019 will feature more than a dozen end-user case studies, including:

  • BBC’s new headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, featuring an “IP Live Core” of SMPTE ST 2110, AES67, and Dante.
  • Eurosports’ Technology Transformation, which will provide two private clouds using SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67 for playout of hundreds of live channels in 22 languages.
  • FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, the largest uncompressed IP remote production to date.
  • Telstra’s advanced IP-based live sports production network that stretches across Australia.

The schedule also includes three panel discussions, which will provide a lively forum for examining key aspects of IP media technologies and allow audience members to interact with industry experts. Hosting the sessions will be Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology for MediaKind; Thomas Bause Mason, director of standards development for SMPTE; and Ciro Aloisio Noronha, director of technology for Cobalt Digital Inc.

Dozens of other industry experts will describe current and forthcoming industry standards and best practices for IP media systems. Topics include all aspects of SMPTE ST 2110, AES67 audio technologies, IEEE 1588 PTP, AMWA NMOS IS-04 through IS-10, and JT-NM TR-1001-1. IP networking technology experts also will be on hand to discuss buffering, timing, system architecture, clouds, microservices, and best current practices for system control and security.

Speakers will be available to answer questions at the close of each 30-minute session. This program, curated by the VSF, will also be recorded and made available online after IBC2019 closes. The full slate of IP Showcase Theatre programming is available at http://www.ipshowcase.org/theatre-schedule-ibc2019/.

The IP Showcase will once again be held in Rooms E106/E107 at the RAI Amsterdam during IBC2019, Sept. 13-17.

 

IBC2019 IP Showcase to Highlight AV-Over-IP and JT-NM TR-1001-1

The stage is set for the IP Showcase at IBC2019, an education and demonstration pavilion that highlights the benefits of a common set of IP standards and specifications for real-time professional media applications and the growing industry momentum for standards-based IP installations. For its fourth IBC appearance, the IP Showcase will emphasize two new areas: the emergence of open standards for AV-over-IP interoperability and the adoption of the JT-NM TR-1001-1, a set of specifications and guidance designed to make it possible for broadcasters to automate installation and eliminate complexity when deploying IP-based systems.

Pro AV Demonstrations

The IP Showcase will dedicate a demonstration area to highlighting real-world technology solutions for AV-over-IP interoperability based on the SMPTE ST 2110 suite. The display will reflect AIMS’ ongoing efforts and the latest progress in defining an open-standards approach for the pro AV industry’s migration to IP media.

“Now that standards-based IP technologies are seeing mass adoption and use in the broadcast and production communities, they’re beginning to transform the pro AV world — with the same promised benefits of greater interoperability and flexibility, reduced opex, and more streamlined operations,” said David Chiappini, chair of the AIMS Pro AV Working Group. “At IBC2019, we’ll be delivering a key message to pro AV attendees: that SMPTE ST 2110 and related technologies are real, proven open standards that drive maximum innovation, and they cover a wide gamut of features that pro AV professionals want and need. We’ll show that true interoperability is possible in a multivendor AV-over-IP environment using equipment that end users can buy today.”

JT-NM Tested

Also in the spotlight, JT-NM Tested will give visitors a firsthand look at vendors that have implemented the new JT-NM TR-1001-1 specification. Sponsored by the JT-NM and administered by the EBU and IRT — two top European technical bodies — the JT-NM Tested program conducts third-party testing of IP-capable equipment from a range of vendors, the results of which are published in a catalogue available online and at the IP Showcase.

The number of organizations participating in the JT-NM Tested program for TR-1001-1 demonstrates a rapid adoption of TR-1001-1 by vendors. While JT-NM Tested is not a certification program, it provides a snapshot in time of how vendor equipment aligns to key parts of SMPTE standards and JT-NM specifications, providing prospective purchasers and users with a reference as they begin the equipment evaluation and qualification process.

IP Showcase Future Zone

The Future Zone is a demonstration area focused on the latest advances in standards for IP-based broadcast operations. Leveraging the core standards as promoted by the AIMS roadmap — SMTPE ST 2110, AES67, and the newly added JT-NM TR-1001-1 — the Future Zone demonstrations will showcase three technologies that add higher-level functionality to the underlying standards dealing with the transport, connection, and routing of IP signals: AMWA NMOS IS-07 Event and Tally, NMOS IS-08 Audio Channel Mapping, and AMWA BCP-002 Grouping and BCP-003 NMOS API Security: Communications.

IP Showcase Theatre

In the IP Showcase Theatre, industry-leading vendors and broadcasters will offer an extensive schedule of educational presentations, panel discussions, and real-world case studies of IP video and audio for production and playout. An array of IP-based products that leverage the standards will also be on display, as well as many examples of real-world deployments from facilities around the world.

“With SMPTE ST 2110 as the foundational essence transport layer for IP systems, the broadcast industry was the first to unite around standards-based IP operations — and now the professional AV community is following suit. As a result, we’re seeing broader and more mainstream IP deployments that go beyond the groundbreaking work of the early adopters,” said Brad Gilmer, executive director of the IP Showcase. “For those reasons, the IP Showcase displays and theater provide a fantastic opportunity for both vendors and users to learn about standards, strategies, and solutions for making IP installation, maintenance, and security easier and more straightforward.”

The IP Showcase is sponsored by a consortium of industry partners including the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF). Since making its debut at IBC2016, the IP Showcase has become an important event at major industry trade shows around the world and has helped the industry to galvanize behind the standards-based approach to IP.

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Theatre Presentation Lineup Announced for IP Showcase at METExpo 2019 in Sydney

The IP Showcase will feature a full slate of theatre presentations covering all aspects of the industry transition to IP, with an emphasis on technology tutorials and case studies.

Sponsored by the Australia Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), and the IABM, the IP Showcase at METExpo is an education and demonstration pavilion highlighting the benefits of and momentum behind the move to standards-based IP for real-time professional media across an extensive range of applications and users — from television and film to ProAV, small facilities, and independent operations.

Some of the specific topics to be covered by presenters at the IP Showcase Theatre include:

  • SMPTE ST 2110 Basics
  • Rise of IP in Remote Production
  • Scalable IP Architectures for Media and Broadcast
  • Timing for IP Video Networks (Beginner and Advanced)
  • Case Study: Telstra
  • Case Study: CBC/Radio Canada

The preliminary list of speakers is currently available on the IP Showcase website: http://www.ipshowcase.org/theatre-schedule-metexpo-2019/.

“In many ways, Australia has been at the forefront in the transition to IP for media applications with the ST 2110 standard already widely adopted,” said John Maizels, SMPTE Fellow and Producer for the SMPTE Australia Section’s IP Pavilion. “Hosting the IP Showcase this year at METExpo gives us the opportunity to take IP to the next level in our market, exploring not just the applications for broadcast, but also where it fits into the broader industry and showing a future in which the open ST 2110 standard will serve the ProAV market, smaller facilities, and independents.”

The presentation stages at previous IP Showcase Theatres have been visited by hundreds of attendees each day at major industry shows since 2016, often with standing-room-only crowds. The significant early adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 products and architectures by broadcasters and Outside Broadcast providers in Australia is paving the way for uptake by the audiovisual industry segment and other adjacent industries globally. Presentations at the METExpo 2019 IP Showcase Theatre will offer unique viewpoints on IP video and audio for production using SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, as well as the latest developments in the AMWA NMOS technology stack (IS-04, IS-05, IS-07, and IS-08) and the JT-NM TR-1001-1 framework for installing, configuring, and interconnecting equipment.

The IP Showcase will take place on the show floor of the International Convention Centre in Sydney as part of the IP Pavilion at METExpo 2019 and will be open to all attendees.

 

Call for Presentations Now Open for IP Showcase at IBC2019

The call for presentations is now open for the IP Showcase, an education and demonstration pavilion at IBC2019 that will highlight the benefits of, and momentum behind, a common set of IP standards for real-time professional media applications. The IP Showcase is sponsored by a consortium of industry partners including the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Technology Engineers® (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF).

The submission deadline for speaking proposals is July 12. More details and the submission form are available at http://www.ipshowcase.org/call-for-presentations-ibc2019/.

“The IP Showcase Theatre provides an exceptional opportunity for presenters to offer unique viewpoints on IP video and audio for production and playout. This year’s edition will have a particular emphasis on JT-NM TR-1001-1 automation and covers the full range of standards including SMPTE ST 2110, AES67, and AMWA NMOS,” said Brad Gilmer, IP Showcase executive director. “As in past years, we are expecting hundreds of IBC show attendees to benefit from the wide range of expertise on offer.

 

“As broadcasters increasingly adopt and expand their commitment to IP implementations, the industry has come to rely on IP Showcase presentations as a valuable ongoing industry reference for media professionals worldwide,” Gilmer added.

The call for presentations is open to end users, industry associations, solution providers, and technology developers that can share their knowledge and perspectives on how developments in IP workflows are impacting the broadcast industry today and in the future. Presentations may take the form of tutorials (basic and advanced), case studies, panel discussions, market and business case analyses, point-of-view or advocacy, and standards progress updates. This year, the IP Showcase Theatre will also feature an expanded stage area, which provides the opportunity for presenting select hands-on technology demos.

Speaking times are limited during the five-day exhibition, and organizations are encouraged to act quickly and submit proposals early. Product marketing presentations are discouraged, as the theatre is an opportunity to discuss advances in working with media using open, IP-based technologies.

The IP Showcase returns again this year to Room E106/E107 at the RAI Amsterdam during IBC2019, Sept. 13-17.

 

IP Showcase to Make Australia Debut at Media + Entertainment Tech Expo 2019 in Sydney

The Australia Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), and the IABM have announced that they will stage an IP Showcase for the first time in Australia in conjunction with Media + Entertainment Tech Expo (METExpo 2019) in Sydney, 17-19 July.

The IP Showcase at METExpo 2019 will be an education and demonstration pavilion highlighting the benefits of and momentum behind the move to standards-based IP for real-time professional media across an extensive range of applications and users, from television and film to pro AV, small facilities, and independent operations.

Visitors will be able to see firsthand a collection of hardware and software, integrated and operating, with presentations on technical topics, case studies, and architectures enabled by the SMPTE ST 2110 family of open standards.

The IP Showcase will feature the leading-edge collaborative industry work being facilitated by the following industry partners: the Audio Engineering Society (AES), AIMS, the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the IABM, SMPTE, and the Video Services Forum (VSF).

Also today, the sponsors announced a call for presentations for the IP Showcase Theatre. The submission deadline for speaking proposals is 7 June 2019.

The presentation stages at previous IP Showcase Theatres have been visited by hundreds of attendees each day at shows since 2016, often with standing-room-only crowds. With the growing interest in IP implementation by broadcasters worldwide, attendance at METExpo2019 is expected to be strong. The significant early adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 products and architectures by broadcasters and outside broadcast providers in Australia is paving the way for uptake by the audiovisual industry segment and other adjacent industries. Presenting at the METExpo2019 IP Showcase Theatre, companies gain a matchless opportunity to offer their unique viewpoint on IP video and audio for production using SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, as well as on the latest developments in the AMWA NMOS technology stack.

End users, industry associations, solutions providers, and technology developers are all invited to share their knowledge and perspectives on how the developments in IP signal transport will impact the broadcast industry, pro AV, small independent operations, and freelancers today and in the future.

Speaking times are limited during the three-day exhibition, and companies are encouraged to act quickly and submit proposals early. The selection committee is looking for the following types of presentations:

  • Tutorial (basic, intermediate, advanced)
  • Case study
  • Panel discussion
  • Market/business case analysis
  • Point-of-view/advocacy
  • Standards progress/update

Preference will be given to presentations related to the following technology areas on the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Roadmap:

  • AES67
  • SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks
  • AMWA NMOS specifications such as IS-04, IS-05, IS-07, and IS-08
  • SMPTE ST 2059 suite of standards for timing and synchronization
  • JT-NM TR-1001-1 framework for installing, configuring, and interconnecting equipment

End users and facility operators in broadcast and pro AV are particularly encouraged to present their insight and experience related to deployments of the technology areas above. Systems integrators, service providers, and manufacturers are also encouraged to apply. Product marketing presentations are discouraged, as the theatre is an opportunity to discuss advances in working with media using open IP-based technologies.

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JT-NM Tech Stack Debuts in Future Zone at IP Showcase

The IP Showcase will feature a new Future Zone demonstration area to highlight the latest advances in the standards-based approach to IP-based operation in broadcast. Following the industry’s general acceptance of SMPTE ST 2110 as the transport layer for IP systems, the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) is in the process of defining and releasing the JT-NM Tech Stack, a set of protocols that will make it easier for broadcasters to implement IP-based systems. Those developments will be demonstrated for the first time in the Future Zone.

The JT-NM has cited the EBU as best articulating the need for protocols and technologies to increase security and make installation and maintenance easier. In their 2018 document, TECH 3371 “The Technology Pyramid For Media Nodes: Minimum User Requirements to Build and Manage an IP-Based Media Facility,” the EBU recommended additions to IP-based systems of the future that would complement the SMPTE ST 2110 transport protocols. The JT-NM responded rapidly with the JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1 — JT-NM TR-1001-1 (Technical Recommendation 1001‑1) — designed to make ST 2110-based systems easier to deploy and operate, leading to greater efficiencies for broadcasters.

“It was only three years ago that the industry began pushing for a standards-based approach in the transition to IP in broadcast, and in that short time, not only have we seen the development and ratification of SMPTE ST 2110 as the transport layer for IP, we’ve also seen the development of a number of other open specifications that will make deployment, integration, and securing these facilities easier going forward,” said Brad Gilmer, executive director of the IP Showcase. “These specifications will simplify installation, maintenance, and security.”

Also in the Future Zone, visitors will be able to see demonstrations of a set of technologies that are currently being considered for inclusion in the JT-NM Tech Stack, Part 2. The technologies under consideration include AMWA NMOS IS-07 Event & Tally, NMOS IS-08 Audio Channel Mapping as well as AMWA BCP-002 Grouping and BCP-003 NMOS API Security: Communications. Together with Tech Stack Part 1, these Tech Stack Part 2 candidates comprise a suite of open specifications that simplify the construction, maintenance, and operational functionality of true multivendor ST 2110 systems. They provide more choice for broadcasters and drive implementation and maintenance efficiencies.

In addition to the Future Zone, the IP Showcase will introduce the JT-NM Tested program, offering prospective purchasers of IP-based equipment greater, more documented insight into how vendor equipment aligns to the SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2059 standards.

The IP Showcase is sponsored by major technical and standards organizations within the broadcast industry — Audio Engineering Society (AES), Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), and Video Services Forum (VSF).

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Popularity of IBC2018 IP Showcase Signals Growing Enthusiasm for IP Media Applications

With the SMPTE ST 2110 standards now firmly established and successfully deployed, the industry is in a new era of IP-based interconnectivity, even for live productions. New types of demonstrations and a new level of education were featured at IBC2018, including a number of vendors displaying interoperable technology using the AMWA IS-04 and IS-05 specifications for automatic discovery and registration of devices in IP workflows.

Such demonstrations showed strong industry progress toward a level of interoperability beyond the transport layer. In terms of education, the IP Showcase Theatre highlighted the tremendous body of knowledge that is developing related to the transition from SDI to IP. Presenters spoke on what they’ve learned about deploying IP systems successfully and how to deal with new technology such as PTP. IP Showcase Theatre presentations will be available online in the coming weeks at www.ipshowcase.org.

While past IP Showcases focused on demonstrating interoperability, the IBC2018 IP Showcase was the first to focus on the tangible benefits of transitioning to IP-based media networks. Through interactive demonstrations, visitors could clearly see that SMPTE ST 2110-based IP networks make it possible to:

  • Build an infrastructure capable of handling any format.
  • Simplify device discovery, registration, and connection management.
  • Choose from a wide range of IP audio devices, with compatibility between AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110-30.
  • Choose from a host of interoperable equipment that can ensure system resiliency and protection from data loss.
  • Design deterministic IP systems with commercial-off-the-shelf IP switches.
  • Build an infrastructure that simplifies and reduces cabling.

“At IBC2018 we were able to give visitors a real sense of why they should be considering IP now. In other words, IP Showcase visitors could clearly see what’s in it for them,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “Judging from the attendance, the ease with which the integrations came together, and the high survey marks we received for educational value, it was a mission accomplished.”

With SMPTE ST 2110 established as the foundational technology, the IP Showcase sponsors will design future events to address issues based on where the industry stands on the IP adoption curve at that time. Future demonstrations and presentations at events will likely focus on themes such as security or functionality beyond the transport layer.