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Nevion VideoIPath now supports federation

August 25, 2022

Nevion, a Sony Group Company and provider of virtualised media production solutions, has announced that its flagship media orchestration platform VideoIPath now supports federation, or the ability for multiple autonomous instances of VideoIPath to collaborate within and across locations. This unique development is a major breakthrough in distributed multi-site media production, as it allows production resources to be shared and used seamlessly, regardless of where they are located, and without compromising on orchestration performance, reliability and security.

Broadcasters, media and production companies are increasingly seeking to increase the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of their live productions by moving to remote and distributed production. Such productions involve studios, control rooms, people, on-premise and Cloud processing located at multiple sites. Sharing, controlling, and connecting these resources easily across LANs, WANs, 5G and GCCG (Ground-to-Cloud-Cloud-to-Ground) is one of the biggest challenges in enabling this type of production.

Nevion VideoIPath has already established itself as one of the most powerful, scalable, secure and easy-to-use orchestration systems in the industry. With federation, individual VideoIPath systems, for example at each site, can now collaborate with other VideoIPath systems to share, control and connect resources across locations securely.

As each system is autonomous and in charge of its own resources, it continues to function and collaborate, even if problems occur in other parts of the federation. The federation capability also enables VideoIPath to reach new heights in scalability, to handle all the production resources and all the media streams involved.

While remote and distributed production are obvious applications for VideoIPath’s federation functionality, the capability can also be used to compartmentalise networks within facilities, for example between ingest, production and playout.

VideoIPath’s federation capabilities are also a great opportunity for telecom service providers. Federation allows them to provide a WAN orchestration that can operate seamlessly with broadcasters’ orchestration, to bring together the customers’ facilities.

Arne-Johan Martinsen, VideoIPath Product Manager at Nevion said: “Nevion and parent company Sony are committed to enabling content producers to share production resources wherever they are located. This new VideoIPath federation functionality is a key part of achieving this. By hiding the complexity of the underlying infrastructure from users, and providing scalability, reliability and security, VideoIPath allows content producers to focus on creativity, while increasing efficiency and effectiveness.”

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