Moving production tools into the web browser and using the public internet to transport content is a focus for BBC R&D, as it extends its IP Studio technology into the cloud.
In the Future Zone, visitors can see demonstrations of a flexible production system, powered by an implementation of AMWA’s Networked Media Open Specifications (NMOS), that scales out as required and enables multiple users to produce their own live
multi-camera shoot ‘on demand’ using nothing but commodity tools and the internet. This is of particular interest for those handling rapidly breaking news stories.
Each user receives their own set of browser-based configuration and production interfaces, while the cloud handles content storage and high-quality rendering.
Visitors can also view some of the many uses of speech-to-text in the broadcasting environment, as this technology moves from the lab to the newsroom as a production-ready technology for journalists inside the BBC. Uses include helping journalists rapidly find footage in large archives, helping them quickly subtitle ‘water cooler’ content so it can be shared more widely on social media and helping them quickly transcribe interviews.
BBC R&D is explaining how broadcasters with large subtitle archives can achieve similar results as well as showcase the work the BBC has done to help steer academic research in this area towards the sort of real-world problems that broadcasters face.