Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 18:15 to 20:45
Crystal Vision
Lion Technology Park Station Road East
CB22 4WL Whittlesford
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

The move from SDI to IP is happening at the same time as media processing is moving
from hardware to software. For broadcasters to get the true benefits of an IP environment
they need to do more than replicate SDI installations with IP.

Currently the television industry has a mature, wide range of economically priced
SDI products thus  to make the move to IP attractive better solutions are needed.

A current SDI product with IP inputs and outputs is not the answer. It will never be better
than the original SDI product.
To go with the move to IP connectivity the industry needs true IP products
running in software.

While we have a mixed environment of SDI and IP, new products need to work with both.
Although new products will be working with media data, for a while they still need
to connect to SDI. This brings some interesting questions about timing. 
How do video synchronisers fit into a software environment with multiple streams of media?
"Real time" does not have a lot of meaning in this world.
Time stamping saves the day of course, but it is a new way of seeing things.

The move to IP is more than a change of method of transport.
This evening meeting  will explore how it enables equipment manufactures to provide
better functionality and value.


Philip Scofield is Managing Director of Crystal Vision. He has an engineering background
and spent his early career designing television studio equipment.
He founded Crystal Vision more than 20 years ago to manufacture products that provide
a convenient way to work with a mixture of different broadcast technologies.

Richard Lawrence is Principal Software Engineer and System Architect at Crystal Vision.
He has a 1st class honours degree in computer science and previous to joining
Crystal Vision was designing video streaming products for the IT industry.


Crystal Vision is located just 1 mile off junction 10 of the M11 motorway
please note that Lion Technology Park is to the EAST of the railway line
- so from the M11 cross the Railway and turn left Sign post for Red Lion and the Council depot -
Turn RIGHT into Lion Technology park at the Red Lion and drive to almost the far end. see MAP

It is two minutes walk from Whittlesford railway station with regular train services
to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.

Good trains from London Liverpool St are at 17.13 slow and 17.37 fast
returning on 20.30 or 21.11 or 21.30 (about an hour)

If you want Kings Cross change at Tottenham Hale

Or from Cambridge 18.21 returning 20.43 or 20.58 

This meeting is one a range of meetings organised by SMPTE UK
to raise awareness of the two key technologies for the Digital age

Look at the SMPTE UK meetings list to find other meetings