SMPTE ST 2110: Revolutionizing Broadcast Media with Advanced IP Networking

In the evolving world of broadcast media, the transition from traditional SDI-based workflows to more flexible and scalable IP-based systems has been dramatically accelerated by the adoption of SMPTE ST 2110.

Developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, SMPTE ST 2110 is a suite of standards designed for transporting audio, video, and ancillary data over IP networks, offering enhanced flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in media production.

The implementation of SMPTE ST 2110 offers a myriad of benefits that address longstanding challenges in the broadcast industry. This suite of standards allows for the independent routing and synchronization of audio, video, and data streams, facilitating a level of flexibility previously unattainable with traditional broadcasting infrastructure. With SMPTE ST 2110, broadcasters can manage each stream separately, enhancing the capability to adapt quickly to changing production needs without being hindered by the physical constraints of traditional hardware.

The standards support high-resolution formats such as 4K and 8K, ensuring high quality and accommodating future advancements in technology. Moreover, transitioning to IP networks reduces reliance on extensive physical infrastructure, leading to significant cost savings and simplifying overall operations.

SMPTE ST 2110 addresses critical issues associated with SDI systems, such as their inflexibility and the high costs associated with scaling up to support new formats or more feeds. By enabling a more dynamic and configurable environment, SMPTE ST 2110 allows for easier and less disruptive modifications, making it an ideal solution for modern broadcast demands.

While SMPTE ST 2110 primarily encompasses video and data, its integration with AES67 for audio transport highlights its versatility. AES67 is a standard that ensures interoperability between different audio-over-IP systems. By supporting AES67, SMPTE ST 2110 enhances its compatibility with a wide range of audio networking equipment, allowing seamless audio integration within IP-based broadcast workflows.

Dante, a popular audio-over-IP solution by Audinate, further complements SMPTE ST 2110. Although not directly part of the SMPTE suite, Dante supports AES67 interoperability. This compatibility allows Dante-enabled devices to participate in SMPTE ST 2110 workflows, providing flexibility and ease of use that many audio professionals appreciate. Dante's widespread adoption and its features for high-quality audio transport, device discovery, and synchronization make it an invaluable part of the broader SMPTE ST 2110 ecosystem.

Dante Connect is an innovative extension of the established Dante audio networking platform, designed to enhance interoperability across various audio devices and networking standards, including SMPTE ST 2110 environments. As broadcasting trucks and studios increasingly adopt IP-based workflows, Dante Connect can serve as a crucial bridge, facilitating seamless integration between Dante-enabled audio equipment and the broader IP network infrastructure dictated by SMPTE ST 2110 standards.

With Dante Connect, audio devices that may not natively support SMPTE ST 2110 can still function within these environments through Dante's expansive networking capabilities. This ensures that audio streams are effectively managed and synchronized with video and data streams across the network, enhancing operational efficiency and maintaining high audio quality in dynamic live production settings. The addition of Dante Connect supports a more unified and flexible broadcast system, allowing for a comprehensive and integrated approach to managing media over IP.

TASCAM has effectively adapted to the evolving landscape of broadcast technology by incorporating SMPTE ST 2110 and Dante compatibility into its product lineup. With devices like the ML-32D and ML-16D Dante converters, and the AE-4D AES/EBU to Dante converter, TASCAM ensures that high-fidelity audio processing is maintained across SMPTE ST 2110 networks. Additionally, the introduction of the IF expansion cards for the Sonicview mixing consoles signifies TASCAM’s commitment to integrating these advanced audio networking capabilities directly into professional broadcast environments.

TASCAM’s Sonicview 16 and 24 are designed for live sound, broadcast and installation applications. These consoles support Dante audio networking, making them easily integrate into SMPTE 2110 workflows.

The flexibility offered by Dante enables these consoles to interface directly with other networked audio devices within a SMPTE 2110 framework, simplifying setup and enhancing audio routing capabilities across various production environments.

The TASCAM DA-6400 is a 64-track audio recorder that serves as a reliable and versatile option for live and event recording. With its ability to integrate Dante network audio, the DA-6400 fits seamlessly into existing SMPTE 2110 environments, where it can capture and output audio over IP with minimal latency. This makes it an excellent choice for broadcast environments needing high track-count audio recording.

NETGEAR enhances SMPTE ST 2110 networks with its range of advanced network switches, such as the M4350 series, designed to support the high demands of IP-based broadcasting. These switches offer features like Power over Ethernet (PoE), redundant power supplies, and advanced synchronization, which are crucial for maintaining reliability and quality in professional AV and broadcast setups.

The integration of SMPTE ST 2110, along with AES67 and Dante, is redefining broadcast media technology. By facilitating high-quality, flexible, and efficient media production, this suite of standards is not just a technological upgrade but a strategic enhancement to broadcasting and media operations. As the industry continues to evolve, the roles of companies like TASCAM and NETGEAR will be crucial in navigating this transition, ensuring that the future of broadcasting is as bright as it is technologically advanced.

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By Travis Taylor 
National Technical Sales & Systems Design


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