When we received a few first IP-based equipement in the EBU Technology & Innovation lab, we realized how manual and tedious it was to get IP gear up and running compared to the good old SDI technology. For system architects building IP-based facilities, the extra complexity, labour and time required add up very quickly. It became clear that SMPTE ST 2110 transport was necessary but not sufficient to build and manage a large scale facility.
The Minimum User Requirements to Build and Manage an IP-Based Media Facility were formulated in EBU TECH 3371 and updated in July 2020 (version 2). The Pyramid graphic is derived from, and forms part of, this document.
The Joint-Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) – gathering the EBU, AMWA, SMPTE and VSF – has produced a corresponding technical recommendation that addresses a number of these user requirements.