ST 2110 and JPEG-XS: The Perfect Partnership


In the ever-evolving landscape of professional video and audio production, adaptability and efficiency are key. Broadcasters and media professionals require solutions that seamlessly bridge the gap between baseband SDI technology and the promising world of ST 2110 IP (Internet Protocol) workflows. Enter the Bluebell BN880 family—a series of innovative gateways designed to meet these exact demands.

We are thrilled to introduce the latest additions to the BN880 product line: a dual-channel UHD encapsulator and a dual channel UHD decapsulator, both equipped with support for the groundbreaking JPEG-XS video compression technology. In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of this partnership between ST 2110 and JPEG-XS and how it enhances your media production capabilities.


The Power of ST 2110

ST 2110, developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), represents a significant milestone in the professional media industry. It's a suite of standards that facilitate the transport of digital video, audio, and metadata over IP networks, transforming the way content is produced and delivered. ST 2110 has gained widespread adoption due to its flexibility, scalability, and ability to provide bit-perfect production systems.

Complex video workflows are simplified by handling essence streams separately. Unlike past standards, it doesn't bundle audio, video, and metadata into a single stream. This provides more efficient data transport and greater flexibility for routing, processing, and managing different content streams.

Precise synchronization is achieved by distributing Precision Time Protocol (PTP) clocks across the network, ensuring every media device aligns with a common timing reference. PTP serves as the backbone of ST 2110 systems, facilitating the realignment of essence streams in receiving equipment, and it plays a vital role in enabling seamless source switching while minimizing lip-sync errors.

As media production requirements grow or change, infrastructure can easily be expanded by adding more streams and devices, adapting to evolving needs without overhauling the entire system. This scalability ensures that operations remain efficient and flexible, accommodating future advancements in the field without significant disruptions.


Enter JPEG-XS: A Game-Changer in Compression

While ST 2110 has revolutionized the way media professionals handle content, bandwidth efficiency remains a critical concern, especially in the era of high-resolution video. This is where JPEG-XS comes into play. JPEG-XS is an innovative video compression technology optimized for low-latency, visually lossless compression of video streams.

The addition of JPEG-XS support in the Bluebell BN880 range of gateways brings a new level of efficiency to your ST 2110-based workflows. Here's why it's a game-changer:

1. Bandwidth Optimization:

  • JPEG-XS dramatically reduces the bandwidth required for high-quality video transmission, which is especially valuable in bandwidth-constrained networks and remote production setups. The BN880, equipped with JPEG-XS compression, can efficiently transport two channels of UHD 12G-SDI using a just a 10G Ethernet link.

2. Low Latency:

  • In live production, every millisecond counts. JPEG-XS ensures minimal latency, making it ideal for real-time applications where timing precision is paramount.

3. Exceptional Image Quality:

  • Despite its compression, JPEG-XS maintains visually lossless image quality, ensuring your content looks just as good as the original and meets the high standards of media professionals.

4. Compatibility:

  • The BN880 Encoder and Decoder seamlessly integrate JPEG-XS into your existing ST 2110 workflows, preserving the flexibility and scalability you rely on.

Reliability and Redundancy

The rise of IP-based media networks presents a critical challenge: ensuring uninterrupted broadcast operations. In this context, network reliability and redundancy become paramount.

This is where ST2022-7 steps in as a solution, directly addressing the issue of potential network failures. By defining specifications for seamless protection switching, ST2022-7 offers a lifeline for mission-critical environments, enabling hitless switching between redundant network paths, thereby ensuring the continuity and reliability that the industry requires.

As with all other variants in the BN880 family, these new JPEG-XS equipped models feature dual ethernet media ports and provide comprehensive ST2022-7 hitless redundancy support, an indispensable feature in broadcast environments where operational reliability is non-negotiable.


Embrace the Future of Media Production

With the latest editions to Bluebell BN880 family now offering support for both ST 2110 and JPEG-XS, you can embrace the future of media production with confidence. The synergy between these technologies brings you the best of both worlds: the flexibility and precision of ST 2110 and the bandwidth optimization and low latency of JPEG-XS.

Whether you're in the process of upgrading your existing infrastructure, building a new studio, or venturing into remote production, the Bluebell BN880 family has your back. Stay ahead of the curve, streamline your workflows, and deliver exceptional content to your audience with the perfect partnership of ST 2110 and JPEG-XS.

To learn more and explore our complete range of solutions, visit us at IBC 2023, stand 11.B07, where you can see the new BN880 with JPEG-XS in action. For additional information or to schedule a meeting, please contact us. Explore our offerings further on our website at to stay updated on the latest innovations in media production.


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