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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE by Will Strauss O ne of the hot topics at this year’s IBC was undoubtedly the growing adoption of end-to-end IP production and the imminent death of SDI. During a panel session, hosted by Mediasmiths and Cognizant, and including representatives from BBC, Sony and more, the key point made was that the adoption of IP production technology and workflows is inevitable, and that it will be highly disruptive: but not in a ‘big bang’ way.   The emergence of what was described as ‘Software Defined Infrastructures” (ironically, a new acronym with the letters SDI!) is seen as a lower cost alternative to cable-based workflows primarily because it uses more commoditised technologies. And we’ve seen plenty of that trend over recent years. What is really interesting though is how you roll out this new way of working within production. In the good old days, following some testing, a box was ripped out and replaced with a new one. Bang! With the move to IP that isn’t considered best practice. Instead, you simply ‘grow out’ the old and slowly blend in the new. During the session the speaker from Fox TV in the US gave the example of choosing one area, eg monitoring, as a place that was well suited and had a good good business case. Once that works, IP can be cascaded across to other areas. The news that Stagebox and Trilogy are working together to take IP deeper into production is indicative that products and solutions are appearing to support this trend. Innovations like this will make IP easier to plug and play, allowing many more broadcasters and production companies to dip their toes in. Intercom Riedel Communications has released an interface product that allows the consumer voice and video over IP service Skype to be used in a professional broadcast environment. The STX-200 integrates Microsoft’s Skype TX software into an intercom set-up and offers users broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os. Riedel chief executive Thomas Riedel said: “Broadcasters now have live access to quality video from the more than 300 million regular Skype users around the world.” Riedel has also launched Tango TNG-200, the company’s first fully networked comms platform based on the AES67 and AVB standards. RTS Intercom Systems used IBC as the springboard to launch the OEI-2 (OMNEO External Interface-2). The OEI-2 connects analogue audio sources and legacy RTS keypanels to an OMNEO network, allowing users to maintain existing infrastructure and the equity of their original equipment investment while updating to high- performance media networking architecture that utilise IP Ethernet. BROADCAST FIBRE OPTIC SOLUTIONS OB and Field Deployable Applications Caddie-LB 4K Caddie-LB 3G BlueLite BC364 Wavelength Mapping ShaxX Power Insertion Infrastructure BC365 12G-SDI BC860 Gigabit A complete range of modular field proven interfaces. From compact stand alone units to complete optical networks. Broadcast Specialists 06 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 94 OCTOBER 2014 TV-BAY094OCT14 v118.indd 6 07/10/2014 15:37