Software Defined Video over Ethernet

Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE)

Current state of AV distribution

The requirements demanded from today’s professional AV systems increasingly exceed the performance, scalability and budgetary limits that are capable using standard approaches. Building an environment that offers the uncompressed, seamless transmission of AV signals is mostly a messy, complicated and expensive undertaking. As 4K resolution comes more prevalent in the industry, the expectations placed on AV systems have increased.

Despite advances in source, processing and display technologies, system designers continually face the daily challenges of competing signal compatibility routed through complex, proprietary monolithic systems. This issue is compounded with demands to keep costs low in response to decreasing budgets. These traditional methods limit the potential scale, scope and user-experience of what is possible in terms of AV system architecture and performance.

A new approach is needed. An approach that will serve the proAV industry into the future by providing a standardized platform that provides an affordable solution enabling the networked delivery and processing of uncompressed, zero-frame latency, artifact-free video content over IP networks. Acknowledging this need, Christie® has committed to reinforcing Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) as this preferred approach.


Video-over-Ethernet. AV-over-IP. Ethernet-based AV.

Whatever you call it, the transmission and processing of audiovisual content over IP and Ethernet networks is poised to disrupt AV distribution. Using mature, low-cost, off-the-shelf 10G Ethernet components, system designers are able to create limitless networks capable of transporting and processing uncompressed, zero-frame latency, artifact-free video content.

This shift marks the beginning of an entirely new way of working that streamlines, enhances and improves AV distribution, processing and management in ways that have never before been possible. Sign up to access the recorded webinar from July 18, 2017.

SDVoE Alliance + Christie

As promising as recent AV distribution solutions, such as HDBaseT, appear to be, they represent a mishmash of expensive proprietary approaches that oftentimes fail to achieve the system simplicity and usability required by the proAV industry and its customers. More recent AV-over-IP streaming approaches on 1 gigabit networks are mostly proprietary and suffer from image artifacts and latency and have not advanced the industry adoption of AV-over-IP. The need for a standardized approach that delivers reliability and interoperability while meeting the application requirements, performance and image quality expectations of the user remains unfulfilled.

Announced at ISE 2017, the SDVoE Alliance is a non-profit consortium comprising 14 leading companies with a shared mandate to standardize the delivery of AV-over-IP networks. As a founding member of the Alliance, Christie is committed to the design and manufacture of SDVoE-compliant products and solutions engineered to enable complete AV-over-IP network environments.

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