When we received the first few IP-based pieces of equipment in the EBU Technology & Innovation lab, we quickly 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 will quickly add up. 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 most recently updated in April 2023 (version 3). 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.