Sony’s IP Live production system, a re-configuration of SMPTE 2022 that has wide support at IBC from over 20 other companies, is a hot subject as visitors debate the need for new standards to support the rapid adoption of IP technology.
“A lot of IP people do not think standards are going to be an issue,” said Sony Europe’s head of workflow and IT solutions Niall Duffy.
“SDI was something developed by Sony that was subsequently ratified by SMPTE, and we could now well be in a world where de facto standards that are used and later certified may be much more beneficial and powerful than standards that have been ratified over a two-year period but not used widely,” he added.
Looking back at all the issues around MXF, Duffy continued: “Whether Sony, Imagine or Evertz, all vendors are keen to just make this IP transition happen. There is concern that we have to wait until every single standard in the pipeline has been ratified; it will be far too late for the IP revolution to happen as it should.”
Duffy is chairing a conference session on that subject today (11:30-13:00 at E102), and said: “The standardisation question is one of the issues I will be putting to the broadcasters and vendors in my session. How do you manage the interim period when there will be a lot of hybrid technologies involving SDI and IP in tandem?
“Some people may believe all the requisite standards are not there, whilst some will be developing technologies in advance of any standards.”