Nevion adds streaming control functionality to VideoIPath

Nevion, a Sony Group company and award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, has announced the addition of essential playout control functionality to its flagship VideoIPath media orchestration platform. This integration will provide a cohesive system for broadcast control and network orchestration, supporting the full production lifecycle (engineering, configuration, production, teardown). It will also simplify and make it more cost effective to deploy, deploy and upgrade workflow control.

IP technology is revolutionizing live production workflows, making them more agile and allowing resources (studios, control rooms, equipment and people) to be shared between locations, enabling efficient remote and distributed production. The key to achieving this revolutionary transformation is being able to connect and control equipment within and across locations in a seamless and unified way.

Nevion VideoIPath makes it easy to route video, audio and data over SDI and IP networks (IGMP and SDN), connecting locations, devices and features. Widely deployed by broadcasters and telecommunications service providers in LAN and WAN (local and wide area networks) applications around the world, Nevion VideoIPath manages underlying complexity and resource capacity, including enabling the incremental transition of live production from SDI to IP.

Now, Sony and Nevion are leveraging Sony’s vast experience in broadcast control to enhance the capabilities of VideoIPath. Initially, the focus is on providing essential broadcast control functionality for IP-based broadcast facilities, MCRs, production trucks (OBs) and other mobile production units.

In the first version, which will be demonstrated at the NAB Show 2022, the functionality provided will include pointing distribution, bursts, alias naming, endpoint grouping, destination monitoring, a touch screen application for operators and other VideoIPath GUI feature enhancements.

The release will also add Sony’s NS-BUS IP-based management protocol to the long list of equipment interfaces already supported by VideoIPath, allowing it to work with Sony’s hardware panels (MKS-R1620/R1630 /R3210/R4020) and offer connection management. Sony SDI-IP converters (NXLK-IP51Y and NXLK-IP50Y) and XVS series switchers.

Other features will be added over time to enhance system capabilities and assist broadcasters in the transition to a distributed, dynamic IP production workflow. At the same time, Sony and Nevion remain fully committed to maintaining VideoIPath as an open, vendor-neutral platform that enables integration with other third-party systems and devices (including streaming control), to offer customers the choice.

Arne-Johan Martinsen, VideoIPath Product Manager at Nevionstates, “In addition to bringing immediate benefits to existing and new customers, this enhancement paves the way for our vision of fully distributed production in which resources can be involved in production, almost independent of their location.”

Masakazu Murata, Deputy General Manager of Sony’s Media Solution Businessadds: “This enhancement is the result of close collaboration between the Nevion and Sony product teams, and illustrates the benefits of bringing together the highly complementary experience and expertise of the two companies.

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