Macnica Returns to InfoComm With New IPMX Media Workflow Demonstrations
Macnica returns to InfoComm with new IPMX media workflow demonstrations that emphasize content and performance. Macnica will show integration with real-time 3D creation tools and a broader array of network interface cards (NICs), with Macnica’s M2S media streaming SDK a common denominator across all related demos.
The M2S SDK is designed as a very simple and generic interface for real-time video streams. Ideal for developers of real-time AV-over-IP applications, the M2S SDK today enables the implementation of software-based ST 2110 systems on general-purpose servers, and visitors to Macnica’s booth (2954) can preview support for the emerging IPMX suite of standards. This versatility makes the M2S ideal for users that operate “All-IP” workflows across many variations, further empowered by Macnica’s “multi-gig” workflow capabilities across AV-over-IP networks ranging from 1Gb to 100Gb.
Macnica will demonstrate how the M2S can interface with Unity and Unreal Engine to support of AV-over-IP applications. Unity and Unreal Engine both offer high-performance engines widely used in the gaming industry for real-time creation of graphics and special effects. The media and entertainment industry has increasingly adopted these engines for live production and high-bandwidth video workflows.
The M2S SDK also gives developers the flexibility to build products with optimal specifications thanks to its interoperability with many NICs. InfoComm marks the North American debut of a demo that shows the first-ever combination of an Intel N6000 100GbE SmartNIC with the M2S SDK, supporting Macnica’s “multi-gig production workflow demo” introduced at ISE. The demo will show the full range of Macnica’s SMPTE ST 2110 and IPMX technologies working seamlessly together. Macnica will also demonstrate interoperability with NVIDIA’s ConnectX SmartNICs for the first time. ConnectX SmartNICs excel in high network performance for media workflows.
Starks, who is actively involved in the IPMX standards development community as Marketing Work Group Chair for the AIMS Alliance, notes that IPMX’s evolution is reaching an important juncture as the industry heads to the InfoComm show. “We are now preparing to transition from IPMX-ready to IPMX-reality, as the standards have moved into draft mode and changes are becoming rare. In this new stage, Macnica’s IPMX development kits are shifting from being used for testing experimentation to prototype and development. In fact, we will show our own reference design for a fully complete IPMX to HDMI gateway transceiver device.”
Macnica’s two demo stations will highlight how the company’s broad array of hardware and software components meet any IPMX product development strategy. In addition to the combined SMPTE ST 2110 and IPMX demo covering signals flows from live production to presentation, Macnica’s 1Gb demo will feature Macnica’s ME10 SoC, a 4K AV over 1Gb component that supports complete, interoperable solutions for high-volume product developers. This demo also includes a pure IPMX software implementation that uses M2S to multicast UHD 4K60 video from a laptop to two destinations using the JPEG-XS codec from intoPIX.