SMPTE UK to hold SDI to IP migration seminar

SMPTE UK Chair Chris Johns
Neal Romanek
January 20th 2016 at 10:30AM : By Neal Romanek

Presentations will explore current and emerging techniques and standards for real-time IP-based media delivery

The UK Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) will host a day-long seminar entitled "Real-Time Media Transport - From SDI to Hybrid to Full IP" on 11 Feb. in London. The seminar will examine the technologies underlying real-time media transport and explore routes to a flexible, format-agnostic facility using open standards. The seminar will also 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.

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

Seminar presentations will explore current and emerging techniques and standards for real-time IP-based media delivery. Speakers will discuss the details of the 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 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.

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 the 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