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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR “ The broadcast industry’s adoption of IP and IP-based technology has probably been going on for 20-odd years if truth be told but, in recent times, it has started to go ‘mainstream’. IP is now starting to penetrate lots of aspects of the ecosystem and soon there will entire broadcast facilities that are solely IP-based. But until we get to that point, many vendors are suggesting – and reacting to the industry’s desire for – a hybrid approach to IP, i.e. one that also includes some good-old-fashioned SDI. This is particularly true for the move to UHD. At the SMPTE conference in the US at the end of October there was a paper on it, presented by Randy Conrod, the senior product manager of digital products for Imagine Communications, and Nigel Seth-Smith, with the Signal Integrity Products group for Semtech. The authors are convinced that there is no reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater. “You can certainly make an entire SDI infrastructure in support of UHD,” said John Hudson, the director of strategic technology and new business development for Semtech, who collaborated on the paper. “There are challenges in trying to do an all IP-UHD infrastructure, but technically, even that’s possible. But realistically, today, a hybrid of the two is definitely the way to go, if UHD is the driver for a new infrastructure, especially if you want to transition to the benefits of IP in the future. Today, if you want to do ultra high-definition baseband, UHD-SDI is actually the only standardized interface that will allow you to connect UHD equipment in an interoperable way.” ATG Danmon UK managing director Russell Peirson-Hagger, who has also witnessed an increasing interest in software-centric product virtualisation (see below) agrees: “There was a lot of discussion at IBC 2015, as indeed last year, about the relative merits of serial digital interfacing and Internet Protocol. IP clearly has some benefits on offer but there are still plenty of reasons why we will see the continued use of SDI for the foreseeable future. Rather than IP completely replacing SDI, it is evident that a hybrid approach currently offers the best of both technologies.” “ It might seem a cautious approach but there are a lot of people out there who believe it is a sensible one. Storage workflows A shared workfl ow platform for managing production and archive workfl ows across Quantum’s range of storage systems has been brought to market. Xcellis combines media and metadata management, extending the connectivity options for both fi bre channel and Ethernet clients, and supports hosted applications. The platform supports online work-in-progress, ingest and delivery, and archiving through the company’s Lattus object storage, LTO tape and Q-Cloud services, all running on its StorNext 5 media workfl ow platform. Ultra HD 4K Video camera providing 8Mp 3840 x 2160 output showing extraordinary detail with up to 1600 TV lines of resolution. Video output is switchable between 4K, 1080p and 1080i formats to configure to any HD display C-Mount a great partner for the Fujinon TF4XA-1 Ultra HD 4mm lens Toshiba IK-4KH The Appointed UK & European “Centre of Excellence” For Toshiba Minicam Sales, Service & Support Tel: +44 (0) 1234 855 222 Email: Web: 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 107 NOVEMBER 2015 World Leaders in the Design, Manufacture and Supply of Specialist Cranes, Minicams, Remote Controls, Lenses & Accessories