AV-over-IP in the Spotlight at Infocomm 2019

AV-over-IP, or the transmission of AV data over a network, made a strong appearance at Infocomm 2019 this year, demonstrating that although still in an early adopter stage, it is poised to become a big player in the not too distant future.

Dante

Audinate, who had announced Dante AV earlier this year, allowing the delivery of time-aligned video and multi-channel audio over IP, upped their game with new AV-over-IP related announcements at Infocomm. They unveiled their new Dante Embedded Platform that allows them to offer Dante-as-Software, enabling manufacturers to add Dante functionality in software running on Linux for x86 and ARM processors. Additionally, they announced the new Dante Application Library, which allows software developers to integrate Dante functionality directly into their applications. Partnering with QSC and Zoom, these new developments will be integrated into their solutions. QSC’s Q-SYS Ecosystem will feature the Dante Embedded Platform to enable native Dante networked audio integration and Zoom Video Communications will integrate the Dante Application Library into its Zoom Rooms application for video meetings.

SDVoE

At Infocomm, the SDVoE Alliance went head to head with a traditional matrix switcher to demonstrate the SDVoE ease of interoperability and performance quality. They configured both distribution systems with four inputs and four outputs. Each system was set up with its own set of four displays. A custom control program was built using a Crestron control system and touchpanel to operate both systems in sync with one another. The results showed the SDVoE advantage in aspects such as immediate switching performance, ability to maintain sync, and the control attributes.

SMPTE ST 2010

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) attended Infocomm for the first time to promote the adoption of open standards for video and audio in the pro AV market and featured two demonstrations of AV-over-IP interoperability. A KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) solution transported compressed 4K video over a Gigabit Ethernet (1 GigE) network using the SMPTE ST 2110 protocols. They also demonstrated simple video distribution and processing over a ten Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) network, showcasing smooth interoperability among four SMPTE ST 2110-compliant receiving devices from different vendors.