Migrating Baseband-To-IP Video Production


Embarking on the transition from SDI Baseband to IP infrastructure in broadcasting can be overwhelming. But fear not! Our Broadcast2Post podcast episode, “Migrating Baseband To IP: SMPTE, NDI, Dante, and More,” is here to help.

In the television industry, SDI Baseband technology has served us well with its routers, coax cables, and BNC connectors. However, the future lies in IP-based video/audio workflows, offering flexibility and cost-effectiveness. While early adopters have already embraced IP network architectures, widespread migration is still in progress.

An Introduction To IP Video Standards – SMPTE 2110, NDI, SRT, Dante AV

Transitioning to IP infrastructure requires effort from broadcasters and suppliers, reminiscent of the analog-to-digital TV transformation that took over a decade. This convergence of Broadcast and IT disciplines demands cross-functional skills and knowledge, keeping the industry busy for years.

As we move away from proprietary technology, new workflows will emerge, reshaping the production landscape. The migration from SDI Baseband to IP Video Routing/Networking is essential and timely- and don’t forget about audio!

Listen To The Experts – Migrating Baseband-To-IP Video Production

In this Broadcast2Post podcast, our expert speakers will address pain points and provide solutions for a smooth transition. Don’t miss this chance to navigate the future of broadcasting with confidence.

This session covers the transition from SDI Baseband to IP infrastructure, benefits of IP-based video/audio workflows, ongoing migration in the television industry, the convergence of Broadcast and IT disciplines, emerging workflows reshaping production, the importance of audio in the transition, expert speakers providing solutions, and navigating the future of broadcasting.

The Key Code Media Checklist Before Migrating Baseband-To-IP Video Production

Here’s a list your team can use when assessing the move from baseband to an IP-based or Hybrid infrastructure.

1. Assess Current Infrastructure:
a. Evaluate existing baseband infrastructure, including video routers, audio embedders, distribution amplifiers, and other relevant equipment.
b. Determine the condition, compatibility, and potential reuse of the current infrastructure in an IP-based environment.

2. Define Workflow Requirements:
a. Clearly define the desired workflow requirements and objectives for the IP-based system.
b. Identify the specific needs for video, audio, metadata, and control signals within the new workflow.

3. Bandwidth and Network Evaluation:
a. Assess the available network infrastructure, including switches, routers, and cabling.
b. Determine if the current network can handle the increased demands of uncompressed or lightly compressed video streams.
c. Evaluate the network bandwidth requirements for all anticipated IP-based signals.

4. Quality of Service (QoS) Considerations:
a. Identify the required video quality parameters, including latency, jitter, and packet loss tolerance.
b. Evaluate the network’s capability to prioritize video traffic and provide optimal QoS.
c. Determine if any upgrades or configurations are necessary to ensure consistent and high-quality video performance.

5. Timing and Synchronization:
a. Assess the timing and synchronization requirements for video, audio, and metadata across the IP-based system.
b. Consider the adoption of Precision Time Protocol (PTP) or other synchronization methods to ensure precise timing and synchronization.

6. Redundancy and Failover Planning:
a. Determine the level of redundancy needed to ensure continuous operation and minimal downtime.
b. Identify critical components that require redundancy, such as switches, power supplies, and network paths.
c. Plan for failover mechanisms and backup solutions to handle network failures and prevent disruptions.

7. Interoperability and Compatibility:
a. Research and understand the IP-based standards and protocols relevant to the desired workflow, such as SMPTE 2110 or NDI.
b. Verify the compatibility of existing equipment and devices with the IP-based standards.
c. Consider interoperability testing and certification processes to ensure seamless integration between different vendors’ equipment.

8. Training and Skill Development:
a. Identify the skillsets and knowledge gaps among the customer’s engineering team regarding IP-based workflows.
b. Plan for training programs or educational resources to help the team adapt to the new technology and acquire the necessary skills.

9. System Monitoring and Management:
a. Evaluate the need for advanced monitoring and management tools for the IP-based system.
b. Research and select suitable solutions that provide real-time visibility, diagnostics, and troubleshooting capabilities for IP streams and network health.

10. Budget and Timeline:
a. Determine the allocated budget for the transition from baseband to IP.
b. Create a realistic timeline that considers infrastructure upgrades, equipment procurement, testing, and training.

If you are considering Migrating Baseband-To-IP Video Production at your facility, contact the experts at Key Code Media.

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