Lawo, Arista Networks Host IP, SDN Webinar April 9

Lawo and Arista Networks will be at next week’s NAB show with a joint showcase of technologies but on April 9 they are holding a webinar at 1:00 p.m. EST that will tackle a number of topics including the current SMPTE 2022 and VSF standards, different ways of performing seamless video switching in an IP-based broadcast infrastructure (source-timed, switch-timed, and destination-timed), and how software defined networking (SDN) techniques such as OpenFlow are enabling broadcast control systems to orchestrate and automate that infrastructure.

The webinar can be accessed live via

At NAB, Arista and Lawo will provide a live demonstration of seamless, frame-accurate video switching using components that are available today; pioneering the way to a “post-baseband” video switching infrastructure. The showcase will be shown at both the Arista booth (SL14513) and the Lawo booth (C2218).

“This is a compelling demonstration of orchestration and automation in a broadcast network based on commercially available components”, said Ed Chapman, Vice President of Business Development and Alliances at Arista Networks. “The combination of Arista EOS software and switches with video edge devices and control from Lawo really highlights the promise of the next-generation broadcast production environment.”

“Our relationship with Arista is extremely fruitful”, says Erling Hedkvist, Senior Vice President, Lawo. “The seamless integration of Arista’s switches and our control layer allows us to implement a solution the way broadcasters want it. It is all but invisible that below the VSM control system there’s now IP video switching instead of SDI. And since our approach is based on source-timed switching, we’re neither wasting any bandwidth nor compromising the quality of switching. It’s just as clean and frame-accurate as conventional baseband technology.”

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