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Pictionary, Standards and MXF Interoperability
Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014
Four weeks ago, I posted in this blog about the IRT MXF plugfest, the new MXF profiles that were published in Germany this year by the ARD and ZDF, and how these new profiles would bring forth a new era in interoperability. This week, the first results of that plugfest and reaction from some of the end users and vendors were presented at a conference on file-based production also hosted by the IRT in Munich.
As usual, the results were fascinating. As with all statistics, they could be manipulated to back up any point you wanted to make, but for me there were a couple of highlights.
Posted by Ben Davenport
Taking MXF Interoperability to the next level
Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2014
Next week, in a corner of the Bayerischer Rundfunk campus in Munich, Germany, likely without much fanfare, something fairly monumental will take place – the IRT MXF PlugFest. Now in its ninth year, this event brings together vendors in the media and entertainment industry to facilitate MXF interoperability tests. Following each event, the IRT (Institute für Rundfunktechnik) publishes a report on the levels of overall interoperability, standard compliance, decoder robustness, and the common errors and interoperability issues – you can download the previous reports here. All of the previous eight reports make interesting reading (particularly if read in order), but none has been more greatly anticipated than the report due from this ninth PlugFest.
Posted by Ben Davenport
5 reasons why media delivery standards might be good for your business
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Like me, I am sure that you have been to a restaurant in a group and everyone orders from the set menu EXCEPT for that one person who orders the exotic, freshly prepared fugu, which requires an extra 30 minutes of preparation from a licensed fugu chef so that the customers don't die eating it. Restaurant etiquette means that our main course is served at the same time, forcing everyone to spend a long time hungry, waiting for the special case. And if you split the bill equally, the special case becomes subsidised by the people wanting the set meal. Does this model relate to the media industry? Is there a cost for being special? How can we reduce that cost? What gets done with the cost savings? How can you help?
Fortunately those 5 questions lead into 5 reasons why delivery standards might be a good idea.
Posted by Bruce Devlin
SDI is dead – long live SDI (and can you help me ingest some?)
Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
In the last 2 weeks, I have been asked to sit on panels in front of audiences as the leader of the fictitious “Campaign for the continued existence of SDI”. I suspect, given my outspoken views that interlace and fractional frame rates should be killed off, that I am a surprising choice for the r...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
We're still not out - Broadcast-IT Workflow Blog scores a century
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
As I reported in a previous article, we have managed to generate more than 100 entries in our first year of this esteemed blog. We have hundreds of dedicated subscribers, reading the comments on every continent, in every time zone: In true cricketing style, I think this qualifies for one of the ...
Posted by admin
Valentine’s Day News - Broadcast loves IP
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014
2 days of presenting the SMPTE Seminars in the UK with the excellent Ben Davenport and we can announce that it’s conclusive. Broadcast loves IP: The SMPTE seminars in London and Manchester were well attended and generated a lively debate on the merits of using IP and IT technology in broadcast w...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Designing Enterprise Class Workflows – it’s all about the money
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013
This Wednesday, 4th December, I will be hosting the seventh webinar within AmberFin’s Bruce’s Shorts program and I just wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ so that you can put it in your busy schedule: The webinar will look at the fascinating issue of ‘Enterprise Class Workflows’ and in particular i...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Thanksgiving - It's a marathon (and not just for Turkeys)
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013
I love the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s the one time of the year when most of the USA decides to shut down and have a little leisure time. For me, it means that my inbox tends to drop by several hundred emails before the madness of the working week starts again: I am sure that the native American ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Whatever you do, don’t become an accidental software programmer!
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Whoever said that running a media facility was easy needs carting off to the madhouse! Remaining price and quality competitive in today’s marketplace requires the physical agility of Usain Bolt, the insight of Gary Kasparov and the staying power of Red Rum all rolled into one: Those media facili...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
The view from Brazil
Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The post is going out while I am atSET in Brazil and it's interesting to see the difference in TV habits around the world. Brazil is an amazing country. It has a rapidly growing economy and a new generation of affluent middle class who are keen to have the latest television sets in their homes: ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin


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