Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 14:15
Event Details: 

SMPTE-NY January 2015 Meeting
"IP-Based Facilities for Content Creators”

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:30 social hour
6:30 event starts
8:30 event ends

Cisco Systems Inc.
1 Penn Plaza (33rd St., btn 7th and 8th Aves.)
Check-in at the ground floor lobby.
New York, NY
Subway: 1,2,3, A,C,E


Fred Huffman, President, Huffman Technical Services
Hugo Gaggioni, CTO and VP, Sony Electronics Inc.
John Mailhot, Senior System Architect, Imagine Communications
Ken Morse, CTO, Connected Devices at Cisco Systems

Guests and Non Members Welcome! Refreshments will be served!

Produced by:
John Cerquone, CER-TEC Incorporated
Fred Huffman, Huffman Technical Services
Ryan Dismukes, NYU

     Television formats and carriage mechanisms are constantly evolving; analog to digital, SD to HD and so on. Join our panel of experts as they explore how television moves into the next frontier – carriage over IP networks.

     This meeting will feature three perspectives on the growing development and implementation of IP-Based facilities for content management and distribution. Our presenters include representatives from Sony Electronics, Inc., Imagine Communications and Cisco Systems. Don’t miss this premiere event that kicks off our continued series of monthly meetings in 2015.

     As content creators and broadcasters continue to build new IP-based foundations for their facilities, two factors are becoming increasingly clear. The first is that Ethernet technology is rising to the forefront of this transition as the industry's best and most reliable replacement for SDI technology to move live video data streams over IP networks, as recommended by the SMPTE 32NF-60 Working Group, brings with it lots of corresponding technological innovations to make it possible for broadcast plants, production companies, and studios to build IP-style plants.

     The second point is that all the cool technology in the world won't matter much if it can't be seamlessly designed, engineered, utilized, and integrated by such entities that, for decades, have used analog equipment and physical, passive media inside the heart of their facilities. This is a particularly difficult circle to square for content creators specifically, because their ranks cover the industry's gamut, from the large studios and networks that also distribute content, to boutiques and smaller entities that create specialized content for varying new platforms, and need to connect to other collaborators and partners, large and small.

     And therein lies the problem, in that, a meaningful and complete, industry-wide transition to relying on true IP-based content creation facilities built around Ethernet or alternative technology requires not only the right equipment, but a level of human effort and collaboration that requires two fundamentally and culturally different industries--the IT industry and the video broadcast industry--to come together in ways that are simply not yet feasible on a wide basis. Therefore, a wide ranging understanding of how to arrange an array of components and subsystems, along with comprehension about how to conduct ongoing educational initiatives across the industry, needs to happen in conjunction with the ongoing technology revolution, before the truly networked, IP-based content creation facility becomes anything close to ubiquitous.

     The above excerpt was used with permission from the author Michael Goldman. He is an LA based entertainment journalist, author and editor. The full article originally appeared in the November 2014 SMPTE Newswatch Newsletter.