SMPTE ST2110 is the future for IP video and audio. It was clear from the huge attendance at the interoperability plug fest held at NAB 2017 that this is the hottest topic in the industry.
ST2110 is an emerging standard that enables media professionals to utilise full IP connectivity; one element is already in place - the audio.
Audio networking has been around in a variety of forms for over 25 years. Ethernet based solutions have existed for nearly 20 years. Audio uses relatively little bandwidth and for many years audio professionals have been able to send many channels of full bandwidth, uncompressed audio along an Ethernet network connection.
With Gigabit Ethernet you can manage hundreds of audio channels. With 10Gb networks, you can regard capacity as effectively unlimited.
The problem has always been compatibility. Several different audio networking protocols have been created but they didn’t work together.
AES67 was ratified by the Audio Engineering Society in 2013.
It is not an audio networking protocol but a series of interoperability guidelines that, if followed, mean that different audio networking protocols can communicate with each other.
This interoperability extends to SMPTE ST2110. It has been agreed that the audio element of the standard is to use an audio connection that is AES67 compliant.
For video equipment manufacturers you still need to get the audio right,
so how do you implement AES67 into your products?
The answer is RAVENNA.
This is the leading audio networking protocol for the broadcast industry. It was developed at the same time as AES67, with the development teams working closely together. This means that RAVENNA is always AES67 compliant. No firmware upgrades required. With RAVENNA you always get AES67 compliance no matter what hardware or software you use.
RAVENNA is an open technology. Developed by ALC NetworX in Germany, all the information about implementing RAVENNA is freely available in the public domain.
You can implement RAVENNA in a number of ways. If you have good networking knowledge then you can implement it yourself. You may however choose to get assistance from ALC NetworX, who can provide you with a number of support packages and can also sell you the right to use the RAVENNA logo.
Alternatively there are four vendors of RAVENNA networking hardware who can supply you with a variety of complete chipsets. In addition to RAVENNA and AES67 they also offer options for control, data tunnelling and USB bridging.
There are also free and paid for options for Windows and Mac OS.
SMPTE ST2110 is the overall standard for IP audio and video. Part 30 is the section that sets out AES67 compatibility for ST2110.