EBU LIST – with a new version recently released – has become the industry’s go-to solution for media-over-IP test and measurement. Built by and for broadcasters, it is open source and incorporates the latest industry standards for live IP production. LIST 2.0 has been rebuilt from the ground up, with a brand-new user interface and lots of new functionality.

New user interface

  1. A clean and modern interface simplifies the tool and makes it accessible to a much wider pool of potential users.
  2. The home dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of whether or not a stream is compliant.
  3. The right-hand panel brings up helpful tips on how to use the tool, along with shortcuts that can be used on the current view
  4. Double-click a stream to bring up detailed analysis of the tests that have been run, along with a Stream Explorer and better, more detailed graphs than were available in Version 1.0.
  5. The Stream Comparison functionality has been expanded greatly, with options to compare streams before and after processing or two versions of the same source stream, as well as to see whether a pair of streams are completely
  6. redundant, or – perhaps most usefully – to check audio to video synchronization
  7. A Download Manager allows you to easily download the streams that you have uploaded.
  8. Quickly check whether you’re using the latest version and adjust user settings related to language, privacy and the analysis profile used.

Accessing the tool

EBU LIST 2.0 has been designed to cater to users with different requirements and levels of experience. The most experienced users might wish to download a Docker container and run LIST on their own local machine or to take advantage of the API to integrate it into existing workflows or ease the workload of assessing tender responses. Manufacturers have already started to integrate EBU LIST analysis into their own products, which also helps to improve compliance with industry standards. An SDK (software development kit) is freely available via GitHub.

For those who don’t want to dig into the code, a fully web-based version is available at list.ebu.io. A test account can be accessed using the word demo as both username and password.


This article was first published in issue 50 of tech-i magazine.

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