Production Infrastructures

IP infrastructure is the enabler for the digital transformation in production.

Many parts of broadcast production environments have long been moved to IT- and IP-based infrastructures – with the exception of live production, the last bastion of SDI-based specialty equipment. The transition to IP for live production (Live & IP) confronts broadcasters with important technology choices, which can have a bearing on their investments in the future. Broadcasters also need to gain the necessary know-how and make organizational changes to implement, and make use of, new workflows that Live & IP will make possible. 

Do more with less

The continuous challenge of producing more content with less resources is not new. The transition to IT- and IP-based infrastructure can help broadcasters to automate some of their processes and find new ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness in production.

Flexible workflows and new services

Since nearly every part of the production chain is involved in the transition, these new infrastructures provide broadcasters with an opportunity to develop more flexible ways of working and to offer new services to their audiences. 

Interoperability

Thanks to standardization, best practices, reference code and interoperability tests, broadcasters can take advantage of a multi-vendor environment, choose best-of-breed components, and avoid vendor lock-in. 

EBU Strategic Programme on Production Infrastructures (PI)

Main activities:

  • Helps Members to get the most from their transition to IT/network-based infrastructures in their production studios and from remote locations.
  • PI provides a platform for you to share knowledge, experience and test results with your peers. We capture your requirements and keep you up to date on new technologies so that you can make well-informed decisions for future investments. We also look at the impact of new technology on production practices and workflows and offer guidance on media production and contribution over IP, remote production and media storage.
  • PI prepares the programme of the yearly Network Technology Seminar (NTS)

Join us

If you are interested in Production Infrastructures, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions.  (Participation restricted to EBU Members)

Group Leadership

Chairman: Markus Berg (IRT)

Vice-Chairman: Phil Tudor (BBC)

Coordinator: Willem Vermost (EBU)

Assistant: Elisabeth Ecoffey (EBU)

EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan

Every two years, the EBU develops a roadmap for technology and innovation activities based on the requirements and inputs given by EBU Members. The result of this roadmap is our bi-annual EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan. Strategic programmes and project groups are set up to focus on specific areas of interest. To access the latest Workplan, click here.

Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM)

The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (jt-nm.org) is a platform to coordinate international standardization efforts for IP-based production. It is run by EBU, the Video Services Forum (VSF), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA).

It is an open community and interested parties are invited to join the JT-NM community

JT-NM develops a Reference Architecture and publishes the Roadmap of Open Interoperability.

JT-NM Publications

VRT-EBU LiveIP project

The first multi-vendor IP studio setup based on open standards, the VRT-EBU LiveIP project was a pioneering proof-of-concept and won multiple awards. It was hosted by Belgian Flemish Broadcaster VRT as part of its Sandbox technology accelerator programme and built in collaboration with 12 technology providers: Axon, D&MS, DWESAM, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Nevion, Tektronix, Trilogy, and Vizt.

This Tech Review white paper describes the project in detail. More information and videos are available on the LiveIP project page.

NTS 2018 on stream

The JT-NM WebFirst UHD Sports Scenario Analysis develops a set of user requirements based on introducing two potentially disruptive concepts to traditional broadcasting; two-way connectivity with the end consumer, and the introduction of Internet Technology and all that brings with it, including big data techniques, large-scale virtualization, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

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