Imagine to unveil pure-IP processing solution
Published: 12 April 2017 - 2:20 p.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff
Imagine Communications has introduced the Selenio Network Processor (SNP), an all-IP-capable processing solution optimised for handling uncompressed UHD signals. SNP, which is based on the SMPTE 2110 specification for transporting media over IP networks, is designed to usher in a new era in live production. It enables production companies to optimise studio and mobile facilities to take full advantage of the performance, agility and efficiency benefits of IT-based infrastructures, while at the same time upgrading operations to support UHD picture quality. Imagine will be showcasing some of the capabilities of the SNP at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, beginning April 24 (Booth SL1516). The availability of standards-based IP-to-IP processing capabilities provides media companies with the opportunity to streamline their production facilities, helping to reduce costs and complexity associated with supporting SDI and hybrid SDI-IP workflows, including cabling, power consumption and the need to move signals between IP and SDI domains. “This is a milestone achievement for Imagine Communications and the media and entertainment industry,” said Mark Senecal, VP of product management, Imagine Communications. “SNP provides our customers with the technology that’s needed to transition their production facilities to a hybrid SDI-IP model or to pure-IP operations, while at the same time positioning their businesses to seamlessly integrate new technology and introduce new capabilities as market dynamics dictate. That’s the power that IP brings to live production and our customers are taking notice.” Earlier this year, Swiss broadcast service provider tpc (technology and production center Switzerland ag) revealed the construction of a mobile production vehicle that will utilize Imagine’s new processing technology and is expected to be the first in the industry to support uncompressed HD and UHD signals over IP based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard. SMPTE 2110, now being finalized, is the culmination of the IP standards roadmap endorsed by the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). The tpc mobile production facility is designed to support HD and UHD formats, and is capable of interfacing with a variety of SDI and IP inputs. SNP and SMPTE 2110 allow the company to process uncompressed high-quality UHD and HD video signals to meet all customer preferences without requiring a mezzanine compression scheme or relying on nonstandard, proprietary interconnection hardware.