The third round of the JT-NM Tested programme was completed despite the global COVID-19 crisis. Catalogues detailing the test results have been published on the JT-NM website. They provide a snapshot of how vendor equipment conforms to key parts of the relevant SMPTE and AMWA NMOS standards for Live IP production.
A free webinar at 15:00 CEST on Tuesday 12 May will provide an overview of the results, highlighting key trends and the implications for those moving to IP-based infrastructure for live production.
The face-to-face validation event that was to have taken place in Houston, Texas in March was cancelled. Fortunately, the programme had already undertaken a shift towards mandatory self-testing based on the detailed test plans provided by JT-NM.
As in the previous two rounds, vendors who participated in the tests have been awarded with badges that can be used alongside the products concerned. In this case, however, two new badges indicate that only self-testing has taken place, with no validation by the JT-NM Tested team of experts. The exception to this was the testing of NMOS controllers, successfully performed by the team remotely over a cloud VPN solution. This allowed the award of standard badges for the products that had taken part in these tests.
In all 34 vendors published their results in the final catalogues. Fifty-nine products were tested against the ST 2110 test plan while 44 products were tested against the NMOS/TR-1001-1 test plan.
As in the previous rounds, the EBU Live IP Software Toolkit (LIST) and the AMWA NMOS Test Suite were used.
JT-NM is the Joint Task Force on Networked Media. The EBU's partners in the consortium are AMWA (Advanced Media Workflow Association), SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) and the VSF (Video Services Forum).