European and U.S. Groups Form System Integration Task Force
ATLANTA, GA. and GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Advanced Media Workflow
Association and the European
Broadcasting Union are forming a new joint task force to address the TV
production system integrations.
“The current situation is that we, as the EBU, see an increasing complexity in
digital workflows and broadcasters report about system integration problems,”
said Hans Hoffmann, EBU program manager. “The joint effort between the EBU and
the AMWA to seek out to the industry for a common approach to integrate hard
and software components in modern TV production facilities is a fundamental need
of the whole media industry.”
Brad Gilmer, executive director of the AMWA said file format wrappers like AAF
and MXF have helped a lot, “but users need systems that interoperate, and that
is the focus of this new work.”
The Task Force will begin by developing a joint request for technology focusing
on user requirements collected from EBU and AMWA members as well as other
interested parties. Input is to be collected in an open public process. The
plan is to publish the RFT in early 2010.
The groups said the industry’s response to the RFT will be weighed against the
requirements. Input is expected to be based on existing technologies so the RFT
phase can conclude in the third quarter of next year. Resulting guidelines and
specifications are expected to be co-published by the two organizations some
time in 2011.
Participants need not belong to both organizations. The task force will be chaired
jointly by John Footen of National TeleConsultants;and Giorgio Dimino of the
RAI, and facilitated by EBU Project Manager Jean Pierre Evain.
More information is available at: wiki.amwa.tv/ebu