Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – Adobe, BBC, Microsoft partner on media provenance standards

Adobe, BBC, Intel, Microsoft, Arm and Truepic are the founding members behind the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), a Joint Development Foundation project established to address the prevalence of disinformation, misinformation and online content fraud by developing technical standards for certifying the source, history and provenance of media content. With a goal to establish a standardized solution to combat misleading content, the organizations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats to enable publishers, creators and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio and documents. The open standard will give platforms a method to preserve and read provenance-based digital content. The formation of the C2PA brings together founding members of the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and the Microsoft- and BBC-led Project Origin, unifying technical specifications under a single entity. 

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) will host AIMS TechFest 2021, a live interactive virtual event slated for March 9-10, with each day featuring four hours of programming. Day one will focus on the IPMX (Internet Protocol Media Experience) proposed set of open standards and specifications, and the benefits for Pro AV workflows. Day two will explore remote audio production through a series of case studies and technical presentations. Registration details are available at aimstechfest.com. In addition to providing presentations by industry experts, AIMS TechFest 2021 will also give attendees the opportunity for interaction and networking. 

The NextGen Video Information Systems Alliance (NVISA) has introduced its first recommended practice document: Visually Integrated Display Symbology (VIDS). VIDS is the first-ever recommendation for integrating universally understood graphical elements, including symbols and dynamic elements, into emergency alert information for broadcast. Until now, visual displays of public warnings have been typically text-only, and usually limited to a single language. VIDS creates a commonly-defined relationship between the type of alert, the message text, and any graphical elements. VIDS explicitly accommodates the requirements of emergency alert systems in the U.S. and Canada, while providing the flexibility to be applied anywhere else in the world. NVISA is a worldwide coalition of developers and manufacturers working to help accelerate the industry’s evolution toward next-generation broadcast and OTT television systems. Alliance members are pooling their cross-industry expertise to collaborate, implement standards, and create best practices to help broadcasters accelerate their transformation toward advanced ATSC 3.0 systems. NVISA-WG-1-001.01, is freely available from NVISA for download and review at nvisa.org

Harmonic has announced that Nova Scotia-based telecommunications provider Seaside Communications is transforming its broadband operations with its CableOS® Platform, leveraging advancements in DOCSIS 3.1, DAA and Remote-PHY (R-PHY). Harmonic’s reseller Clearcable provided integration services. “As more people in Nova Scotia work from home and participate in distance learning, internet consumption is soaring and creating network congestion issues. To provide our customers with increased bandwidth and a superior experience, we needed an architecture that can scale rapidly,” said Shane Ferguson, director of network and CATV operations at Seaside Communications, in a release.