You Can’t Just Swap Cables

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You Can’t Just Swap Cables

pp5In an IP Transport plant, if you have two sources reversed (like on your monitor wall) – swapping cables probably won’t work. More than likely, you have multiple signals muxed on that fiber or GigE cable and you have to open up a routing table to straighten it all out. Yes an IP-based plant gives you less wires, less weight and likely less cost but it also gives you new headaches.

Will TR-03 Stay In Sync?

Will TR-03 Stay In Sync?

BNC-to-RJ-45 ConnectorsLast week the Video Services Forum released its draft recommendation for “elementary stream” IP media (read that as non-embeded audio). While touted by some as a low latency, low payload transport protocol with video, audio, and ancillary data being transported separately, I think it once again opens the Pandora’s Box of “out of sync” audio and video. I know that Thomas Edwards of Fox Networks said: “…when every packet is time stamped accurately, we should have better synchronization between media streams than SDI solutions could provide.” I thought that audio & video packets in MPEG-2 transport streams were time stamped as well, but that hasn’t prevented them from becoming annoyingly out of sync.

I say if you have to implement IP transport now, plan to use SMPTE ST 2022-6. (‘Cause it’s nice when audio and video arrive together.) And let’s see what actually happens when someone else actually implements TR-03 in a control room near you.

SDI vs IP: Tale of the Switch

SDI vs IP: Tale of the Switch

tapemeasureIn the continuing battle between those newfangled “I only know IP” computer type people and us ole-time TV engineers, former ABC/FOX/Olympic/ATTC engineer Jim DeFilippis warns in an opinion piece in TV Technology that we should be skeptical of claims that IP transport is better/cheaper/faster than SDI. In the first part of the article, Jim points out that if you measure the total aggregate bandwidth (TAB) of both a comparably sized HD-SDI switch and a 10 GbE IP-based switch, you might find that the SDI switch is a better value in terms of TAB, power and size.

Also, let’s say you’re a company who has been asked to build a file-based multichannel playout facility for a major international video programming distributor. You wisely connect your IP-based equipment with fiber rather than with copper. Unfortunately “… UDP/IP … is not a reliable protocol. There is no built-in mechanism to guarantee arrival in the correct order, or even arrival of the packet at all. The order of packets can be restored through sequence numbering in the RTP layer, but packet loss remains a problem.” (EBU Technical Review – 2012 Q4) You may claim to have a managed network where packet loss does not occur, but that only holds true as long as you do not approach the available bandwidth limit.

And then gremlins might just strike and your program stream might be fine along one route, while in the air path you’re droppin’ packets left and right. Just sayin’.

Line Between News and Entertainment

Line Between News and Entertainment

George StephanopoulosFirst Brian Williams and now George Stephanopoulos. Credibility, or in this case, incredibility, is the Dutch elm disease of network anchors — once it spreads, it’s ferociously damaging and hard to stop“, says The New York Times‘ Alessandra Stanley.

One former ABC News anchor went as far as to suggest that George be suspended…

(New York Times photo by Karsten Moran)

Thorpe To Be Honored by ATAS

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Thorpe To Be Honored by ATAS

thorpeLaurence J. Thorpe is this year’s recipient of the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a living individual whose on-going contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

Larry Thorpe is a renowned industry expert in the field of video acquisition and is generally considered to be one of the leaders of HDTV development.

He has held the position of the head of HDTV market development at Sony Electronics as well as Senior Fellow at Canon U.S.A.

A Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), he has published numerous papers on camera technology and the topic of HDTV while serving as an advisor to the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the Federal Communications Commission and SMPTE. A graduate of the College of Technology in Dublin, he began his career with the BBC in London.

For complete details on the 66th Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards click here.

Laurence J. Thorpe is this year’s recipient of the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a living individual whose on-going contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering

Larry Thorpe is a renowned industry expert in the field of video acquisition and is generally considered to be one of the leaders of HDTV development.

He has held the position of the head of HDTV market development at Sony Electronics as well as Senior Fellow at Canon U.S.A.

A Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), he has published numerous papers on camera technology and the topic of HDTV while serving as an advisor to the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the Federal Communications Commission and SMPTE.  A graduate of the College of Technology in Dublin, he began his career with the BBC in London.

 

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Newswatch

Newswatch

ABC Edit RoomIf news has become “popular,” then it ought to stay that way… No one’s journalism “stripes” will diminish by writing a less convoluted script; by combining pictures well with narration; by using new electronic technology to explain complex issues and to reinforce spoken words. When all that happens, television news — broadcast journalism — is at it’s very best. – Av Westin in “Newswatch

I recently rediscovered Av’s book on a shelf in my den. I know Av was not suggesting dumbing-down the the news; he just wished to make the complicated issues of the day (late 1970’s – early 1980’s) a bit easier to understand (in one minute and twenty seconds.)