ASPEN format advance continues as SMPTE publishes and NewTek joins

The ASPEN (Adaptive Sample Picture Encapsulation) open format has achieved another milestone with the news that it has been published by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Simultaneously, there has been another major addition to the roster of ASPEN Community members in the form of NewTek.

ASPEN (Adaptive Sample Picture Encapsulation), which was submitted to SMPTE as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD 37), is now published in the SMPTE digital library.

Mo Goyal, co-chair of ASPEN Community, comments: “The ASPEN framework takes advantage of IP to allow for independent video, audio, and metadata flows while utilising the proven MPEG-2 Transport Stream architecture to enable facilities to move to IP today. The publication of the RDD-37 also enables the ASPEN Community to promote interoperability, and encourages others to participate, to provide the industry a comprehensive open format solution.”

Meanwhile, reflecting on NewTek’s decision to join ASPEN, the company’s president and CTO, Dr. Andrew Cross, remarked: “We believe that IP-based video workflows are one of the most fundamental changes to the way broadcast video is produced. The promise of this technology is that anyone, anywhere can collaborate and work with video on a single network. By working together and allowing collaboration between NDI and ASPEN technologies, we are truly transforming the industry. Enabling the smallest independent web-casters right up to the highest-end broadcast facilities with products from hundreds of vendors and 100,000’s of customers already enabled represents the true promise and future of broadcast IP.”

Goyal added:

“We are excited to welcome NewTek to the ASPEN Community.  As developers of groundbreaking video production technology, leveraging both software and hardware, NewTek is dedicated to providing users the tools to bring their ideas to life. NewTek brings with them a decade of IP experience, from the development of their TriCaster multi-camera video production systems and the groundbreaking Network Device Interface (NDI) , which will help to further develop and promote ASPEN.”

Existing members of the ASPEN Community include: Abekas, AJA Video Systems, Broadcast Pix, ChryonHego, Cinegy, CSP, Inc., Deltacast, Diversified Systems, Discovery Communications, Dome Productions, Edit Share, Embrionix, Evertz, FOR-A, Game Creek Video, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., I-MOVIX, LEADER Electronics Corp., Macnica America Inc., Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., Myricom, NBC Sports Group, NEP Group Inc., Neutrik, NewTek, Nextera Video, PacketStorm, PHABRIX, Pixel Power, Providius Corp, Ross Video, Sony, Streampunk Media, Tektronix, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, The Weather Channel, TV2, TVU Networks and Vizrt.

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