Industry Organizations supporting Open Specifications
Several industry groups have been working to achieve open standards in IP-based systems. Some of the initiatives have been the natural consequence of previous work, some are new and operating in parallel. But all are complementary to each other.
The Video Services Forum and its Studio Video over IP (SVIP) group
The VSF has been active in developing video over IP standards for many years. They created what became SMPTE 2022, the dominant professional video-over-IP standard in use today, primarily intended to move video between facilities. The emphasis of current work within the SVIP group is to create a new specification for use within facilities. The VSF generally focuses on lower levels of video transport.
The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM)
The JT-NM and the Reference Architecture V1.0 (RA V1.0) is a joint effort of the VSF, the EBU and the SMPTE. The idea is to develop a common, open approach to developing user requirements for video over IP in the professional domain. They published the Reference Architecture V1.0, which contains best practices and recommendations for other groups to use in creating standards and specifications. A lot of the SVIP work correlates strongly with RA V1.0, but the RA stopped short of moving into the technical solutions, the space where the VSF SVIP and AMWA Networked Media Incubator groups operate.
The AMWA Networked Media Incubator (NMI) project
The AMWA has traditionally focused on software applications in the professional video space and, as such, its work is an excellent complement to that of the VSF. Specifically, the Incubator project builds on the recommendations of the JT-NM RA V1.0 and provides an environment which is developer and implementation focused. The goal is to support media suppliers to get products based on open and interoperable standards into the field as quickly as possible – and thus enable end users to build best-of-breed systems. Much of this effort is applied within practical interoperability workshops.
What is the Networked Media Incubator project?
The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS)
This is a recently launched initiative that seeks to promote an open approach to video over IP standards. They do not collect user requirements and do not create technical solutions. AIMS is primarily an educational and marketing group. At the time of publication of this document, the group comprises a growing number of media suppliers.