SMPTE UK section to hold SDI-IP migration seminar

The UK Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced that it will host a day long seminar titled ‘Real-Time Media Transport — From SDI to Hybrid to Full IP’ on 11 February in London. In addition to examining technologies underpinning real-time media transport and exploring routes to a flexible format-agnostic facility using open standards, the seminar will feature presentations by UK media industry experts and international guest speaker Thomas Edwards, vice president of engineering and development at FOX Networks Engineering and Operations on the issues, standards, and architectures associated with the transition to internet protocol (IP).

The seminar will feature presentations exploring current and emerging techniques and standards for real-time IP-based media delivery. Speakers will discuss the details of Video Services Forum (VSF) technical recommendations; network requirements for full IP facilities; future architectures for IP-based operations with support for ultra-high-definition (UHD) content with high dynamic range (HDR), wide colour gamut (WCG), and high frame rate (HFR); as well as immersive (object-based) audio. Throughout the day, breaks with ample refreshments will provide attendees the opportunity for informal discussion. The day will conclude by reinforcing concrete steps that media companies can adopt to make a successful transition from serial digital interface (SDI) to IP.

In addition to Edwards, speakers will include Nigel Seth-Smith of Semtech, Gerard Philips of Snell Advanced Media (SAM), John Ellerton of BT Media and Broadcast, Mark Yonge of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and Paul Gardiner of Sony Broadcast & Professional Research Laboratory (BPRL), as well as SMPTE UK Section chair Chris Johns, also of Sky, and Peter Weitzel, SMPTE international membership director and secretary/treasurer for the SMPTE UK Section.

The seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. at EEF at Broadway House, Tothill Street, Westminster, London. The seminar is £85 including VAT for SMPTE Members; £165 including VAT for members of Digital Production Partnership (DPP), the Digital TV Group (DTG), International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM), UK Screen Association, and AES; and £210 including VAT for non-members. Lunch and refreshments are included. Registration is now open at; space is limited.

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