IP NOC Represents a Powerful Evolutionary Step in Workflow Management

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IP NOC: Managing the future of workflows with an [IP-powered network operations center]

The media industry transitioned from baseband to IP in 2020, resulting in a revolution. Streaming and broadcast productions were forced to focus on remote workflows and technologies due to the global pandemic, which shuttered studios, emptied broadcast operations centers, and eliminated OB trucks. Embracing IP and its game-changing efficiency cost savings, and flexibility to meet rapidly changing requirements, they embraced it like never before.

Since IP remains a prominent technology for video production, some key requirements have been identified. In exchange, they discard bulky and expensive hardware and opt for lightweight field gear like bonded cellular backpacks that are more flexible and affordable.

The IP streaming solution must be easily integrated into production workflows and support non-baseband sources. A broadcast operation requires a wide range of IP-based protocols, and in some cases several at the same time. As well, they must transcode streaming media quickly and without any friction to efficiently manage and distribute assets.

A network operation center (NOC) that combines IP-based signal acquisition with cloud-based media asset management (MAM) can effectively address these needs. By enabling these technologies, IP NOCs can replace traditional broadcast operations centers and satellite trucks with smaller and more agile transmission gear, cameras, and capture devices.

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Let us examine the IP phenomenon, IP NOCs, and the future of IP workflows.

INTRODUCING THE IP NOC: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION

The combination of portable IP signal acquisition technology and cloud-based tools is enabling broadcast and streaming production teams to work entirely remotely with access to more tools than ever before.

IP NOCs are an extension of bonded cellular transmission systems and cloud-based MAM solutions enabling both centralized and distributed deployments. Using the right technologies, broadcasters can assemble an entire IP operation using off-the-shelf hardware and acquire signals from all manner of IP sources.

A VIDEO CAN BE CAPTURED ANYWHERE, AT ANY ANYTIME

A critical element in the IP NOC is a remote video capture and distribution system. It is recommended that this component include the following features to stream and broadcast IP video effectively:

  • You can capture content from any IP stream, camera, or broadcast sources, such as SRT, NDI, HLS, RTSP, DASH, and even SDI, taking incoming feeds from both baseband and non-baseband sources.
  • Transcoding live content in real-time into broadcast formats (ProRes, XDCAM, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO, H.264, and H.265/HEVC) for fast integration into production, management, and delivery workflows.
  • It is capable of handling both HD and UHD signals.
  • Support for real-time editing in Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X, enabling editors to preview and edit live video streams as they capture them.
  • The software-only solution that manages all streams in real-time without the need for hardware decoders.

CLOUD AND MAM FOR IP NETWORK OPERATING CENTERS

Using Mobile Asset Management (MAM), geographically dispersed teams can store, access, produce, and manage their media assets from any location and collaborate on projects remotely. The solution can be implemented as either a replacement or complement to an existing MAM solution on-premise or as a hybrid solution that can provide long-term benefits.

MAM capabilities offered by the IP NOC include:

  • Moreover, it allows both internal and external users to access real-time, playback, and search capabilities for every asset, regardless of the location.
  • The application is compatible with major editing software (Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple Final Cut ProX, DaVinci Resolve) so that video, sound, graphics, and effects teams will be able to collaborate from anywhere.
  • The production team can then use IP files and streams, as well as audio and video sources.
  • Archived and restored content can be accessed from any location and on multiple storage tiers from a local or cloud-based archive.

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A network operations center based on IP: the future

Streaming and broadcasting will continue to be done through traditional broadcast operations centers, but IP offers a world of possibilities. As a result of the unprecedented events last year, many organizations are now beginning to make the transition.

By integrating IP-based video acquisition and cloud-based MAM solutions into IP NOCs, video operators can meet current needs while positioning themselves for the future.

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