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Imagine Communications is introducing the Selenio Network Processor (SNP), an IP-capable processing solution optimised for handling uncompressed UHD signals for transporting media over IP networks.

Designed to usher in a new era in live production, and based on the SMPTE 2110 specification, the SNP enables production companies to optimise both studio and mobile facilities to take full advantage of the performance, agility and efficiency benefits of IT-based infrastructures, while at the same time upgrading operations to support UHD picture quality.

The availability of standards-based IP-to-IP processing capabilities, an industry first, provides media companies with the opportunity to streamline their production facilities, helping to reduce costs and complexity associated with supporting SDI and hybrid SDI-IP workflows, including cabling, power consumption and the need to move signals between IP and SDI domains.

“This is a milestone achievement for Imagine Communications and the media and entertainment industry,” said Mark Senecal, VP of product management, Imagine Communications. “SNP provides our customers with the technology that’s needed to transition their production facilities to a hybrid SDI-IP model or to pure-IP operations, while at the same time positioning their businesses to seamlessly integrate new technology and introduce new capabilities as market dynamics dictate. That’s the power that IP brings to live production and our customers are taking notice.”

Earlier this year, Swiss broadcast service provider tpc revealed the construction of a mobile production vehicle that will use Imagine’s new processing technology and is expected to be the first in the industry to support uncompressed HD and UHD signals over IP based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard.

SMPTE 2110
, now being finalised, is the culmination of the IP standards roadmap endorsed by the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). The tpc mobile production facility is designed to support HD and UHD formats, and is capable of interfacing with a variety of SDI and IP inputs. SNP and SMPTE 2110 allow the company to process uncompressed high-quality UHD and HD video signals to meet all customer preferences without requiring a mezzanine compression scheme or relying on nonstandard, proprietary interconnection hardware.