As professional media engineers, it is our responsibility to design, implement and maintain our facilities. Increasingly, this means that we are in charge of ensuring that our professional media networks are operating correctly.
Understanding how networks function at a fundamental level is vital to understanding how overall systems perform. In 2013, we are going to take time in this column to focus on some basic networking concepts.
Many broadcasters know about MXF, and they have heard of things such as MXF for Finished Programs (AS-03) and MXF for Commercials (AS-12). But, this month, I want to focus on MXF’s bigger brother, AAF.
Routers are core to broadcast networks. So, I want to introduce some fundamental concepts regarding networking that may help you understand how routers work.
Ethernet is both a protocol and a hardware specification. The Ethernet specification details electrical signals and voltages on the wire (or the RF transmission scheme in the case of wireless), and it lays out how
When professional media systems are delivered, they frequently contain computers and servers, and before we know it, because we installed them and we maintain them, we are the go-to guys and gals for all things computer-related. There are several problems with having computer system administration sneak up on you:
In the professional media industry, one fact is clear: Everything we do is about getting content to viewers, wherever they may be. The end goal, of course, is to make money off of this transaction. Clearly, if we do not have content or our content is compromised in some way, then this transaction breaks down, with serious financial consequences for the media companies involved.