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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT SDI will be dead by 2025. You read it here first. That is the opinion of Futuresource Consulting anyway, based on research into the use of IP in live production (carried out on behalf of Nevion) The general assumption they make is that within 10 years the move to IP will be complete. Of course, you can never be 100% accurate with these types of predictions but based on where we are currently, it seems pretty fair. In its research Futuresource spoke to technology chiefs from broadcasters across eight countries. They found that the move is already happening quickly with more than 40% of broadcasters now using IP in live production. Respondents were asked about a specific workflow within their operations to understand how this nominated workflow is used, discover what the pain points are and to gain an insight into their opinions on IP within live production. “IT equipment and software has been present within the broadcast industry for well over 15 years now, with file-based workflows used widely around the world,” muses Adam Cox, senior analyst, broadcast and professional video equipment, Futuresource. “The last area holding out from the transition to IT based system and architectures is live production, the most precious but also most complex form of content production.” Geir Bryn-Jensen, the chief executive of Nevion, adds: “We may still be the in early days of the transition to IP across the whole production, but the trend is gathering pace. So while they’re not replacing their SDI infrastructure wholesale in their facilities, the change is happening and the foundations for a migration to IP are being laid now.” We won’t hold Futuresource to their prediction but it will be interesting to see how accurate it is. Stick January 2025 in the diary. Post-production Broadcast audio Aspen Media will use BVE (February 23-25 2016) to launch the VMC-102, a multi- stem and 32 monitor-bus monitoring system for consoles and workstations mixing for Dolby Atmos or MPEG-H. Developed by the Japanese manufacturer Tac System, the VMC-102 is said to be useful for anyone looking to graduate to multi-stem mixing in 5.1. Also on the Aspen stand (G30) will be the handheld MADI.MONI MADI line checker from DirectOut. This device includes an onboard headphone jack allowing any mono or stereo pair of the 64 MADI channels to be monitored. A 12 LED traffic light system indicates the status of the MADI connection itself. Other products due to be showcased include JLCooper’s AXOS Panner, a surround panner for Pro Tools and Apple Logic Pro X that connects via USB, and DELEC’s NIO 0204, a recording and monitoring interface for a DAW that can sit in a Dante network. Junger Audio and Salzbrenner Stagetec will also be represented. 14 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 Azimuth Post has installed a PixStor nearline storage system from Pixit Media. The single storage node has 144TB Net useable capacity and 1GB of available storage IO throughput. It was supplied by Root6. “There are many companies offering a lot of different options when it comes to storage solutions,” said Chris Churcher, head of operations at Azimuth Post. “Pixit Media offered both functionality for nearline as well as performance and storage that can power the online suites. It gives us the efficiency and performance that we require and it is based on commodity/ non proprietary hardware, which makes it competitively priced.” PixStor provides a central asset repository for all file-based media and also functions as the workflow hub for the offline to online process.