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IP Video

In case you haven’t noticed, video over an IP infrastructure is becoming a thing. Faster than most of us could have imagined ten years ago. Those in the residential market may not be dealing with the impact yet but those that live in the pro market every day are already designing and installing systems that put high-resolution video and audio on twisted pair or fiber of some sort. Here are some of the things you need to consider.
Infrastructure
Most homes do not have the backbone to handle what a number of these manufacturers require. A 10 gig network is going to be needed to make certain you get all the video resolution you have paid for. Unless you are willing to invest in the smarts and infrastructure to make this happen a dedicated point-to-point system will work fine. If you are trying to push 1080p plus down a pipe then you will want to get the proper pieces in place.
Encoding/Decoding
There are several ways to make this happen. The first is not at all. Stay with me for a minute. There are some companies who claim to be able to push higher-than-HD resolutions down their infrastructure uncompressed. That means no encoders and decoders. For most of them you are pulling some form of fiber. For the rest of the IP video world there is some amount of encoding into smaller packets that make the transmission of the data a little easier on the overall system. These are not inherently bad. In fact they have some very useful diagnostic tools about the information (i.e. video) they are transporting.
Network Parity
Some in this industry think that Net Neutrality is a joke or that we shouldn’t worry about it. Let them. However for those of us who have actually read the 300 plus pages the FCC handed down we have a bit more insight. Net Neutrality on its face is a great thing. I’m a big fan of making the Internet a more open playing field for great content and even the not-so-great content. However, what the FCC has given us is a bit more than that. They have provided gaping holes where the Internet Providers have the ability to throttle the use of common VTC, cloud based computing, and VPNs. This is a bit of an issue for anyone installing or designing systems like this. For a more in-depth look, check out Josh Srago’s piece.
The bottom line is that IP video is most likely the next iteration of the AV industry. It eliminates the need for traditional hardware switchers and puts it all on a robust backbone. Get yourself educated on the number of different product offerings out there and the restrictions of each.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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