5G-MEDIA consortium reaches the proof of concept of Use Case 2

Remote Production with ultra low latency

On December 3rd, 2019, 5G-Media proved the concept of a remote production with low latency between venue and production ends.

The breakthrough of this use case was to break apart the capture of audio video on a venue from the TV production. The design and develop was steered with the idea of minimum latency in the transport of signal between them in order the loop TV Producer-Camera Operator would not perceive loss of real time sense to avoid lack of agility on real time order/decisions.

The goals were meet successfully and the first impressions of the TV producers and Camera Operators was that the experience was identical as if a Studio production or O.B. Production.

The latency reached was 10 frames wht from a perceptual point of view can be considered in the range of real time reaction.

This design can reach a theoretical 3 frames latency easily in the near future with some minor enhancements.

Definitely a new landmark has been reached.

5G-MEDIA UC2 Final demo – Matadero-Torrespaña // Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

The 5G-MEDIA Project is pleased to announce you that the final demo of the Use Case Scenario Remote Productionwill be held at the Matadero Centre for contemporary Creation and Torrespaña (RTVE headquarter) via the Madrid Peñuelas CO’s TechLab on Tuesday, 3rd of December 2019.

The event consists in the TV coverage of a Radio Fiction which will be aired on Radio3. Such TV coverage will be materialized with 3 cameras (HD 720p50) and sound coming from the radio mix on site. There will be a TV and at least two TV Producers who will take care of the camera shot planning, script rehearsals on site and finally the real coverage remotely on Torrespaña with the 5G-MEDIA platform deployed on  Peñuelas CO and Torrespaña.

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd at 8:00 pm, with a real audience, that will be welcomed at the Cineteca(140 seats). Plus, the event will be broad banded on RTVE web platform on live, while the 5G-MEDIA output will be aired on Web platform on RTMP protocol.

In case you want to assist to this event, or you have questions, do not hesitate to contact our colleague Gabriel Solsona (gabriel.solsona@rtve.es).

5G-MEDIA @Jornada de la RAI: “5G en el sector audiovisual”

Our colleagues from RTVE participated in the event “Jornada de la RAI: 5G en el sector audiovisual”, held in Madrid on Tuesday, 12 of November 2019, at the Real Academia de Ingenieria.

During this event, our colleagues had the opportunity to explain the 5G-MEDIA project. In details, Pere Vila explained the 5G challenges and what it is expected regarding 5G networks and services in the media world, and specifically for RTVE, while Adolfo Muñoz carried out a presentation about the global vision of 5G-MEDIA Project and its uses cases. Then, Oscar Prieto went deeper into the use case 2, comparing between a TV Production today and a 5G-MEDIA Remote Production and its acquired achievements doing use of the VNF developed in the 5G-MEDIA Project like the MPE (Media Process Engine) and CNO (Cognitive Network Optimizer) and, finally, Gabriel Solsona explained the KPI achieved in the project and the saving a broadcaster could face thank to the Remote Production.

Other 5G-PPP projects had the opportunity to present their achievements and to share their visions about 5G technologies applied to media.

  • Cátedra RTVE-UPM: José Manuel Menéndez from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
  • 5G-Xcast and 5G-TOURS projects: Manuel Fuentes from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV).
  • 5G-Genesis project: Pedro Merino Gómez from Universidad de Málaga (UMA).

More information about this event at: http://www.raing.es/es/actividades/jornada-de-la-rai-5g-en-el-sector-audiovisual

@photo credits: Read Academia de Ingenieria

New video interviews online!

We are pleased to announce that a new set of video interviews about our Use cases is available on our YouTube channel!

You can discover more about our Use Case 1  Immersive applications and virtual reality and watch a live demo through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR_yFJs8zV8, listen to our Use Case 2 Smart and remote media production leader explaining the UC advancements at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZCa15kLM-8  and, finally, watch the UC3 Ultra High Definition media distribution over virtualized Content Delivery Network demo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkmnAfTWwgQ.

Follow us on Twitter @5GPPP5GMEDIA for more information about our project activities

5G-MEDIA CODING EVENT

On September 26th and 27th the EU H2020 5G-MEDIA project consortium organised a coding event in Telecommunications school of UPM in Madrid. This event had a practical seminar format and, along the two days of the event, the participants learnt how to deploy a Network Service by using the 5G-MEDIA platform and the main features of it, such as the use of serverless computing paradigm, the optimisation of the network underneath and the unikernel format packaging.

Thursday 26th started with a brief introduction to the general platform of 5G-MEDIA project leaded by NETAS, taking the participants to meet its main components as well the main paradigms in which the work developed on the project life is based on: Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), Serverless computing, Functions as a Service (FaaS) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). NETAS presented, after the introduction, the three Use Cases of the project:

  • Use Case 1: Immersive Applications + Virtual Reality
  • Use Case 2: Smart and Remote Media Production
  • Use Case 3: Ultra HD over Content Delivery Network

The first practical exercise started with the presentation to participants of the 5G-MEDIA SDK. Once they got familiar with this key component of the platform, participants learnt how to edit, validate, onboard into the 5G-MEDIA Apps and Service Catalogue and, finally, instantiate a Network Service. In this case the Functions and Service validated and instantiated were related to the second use case of the project. After instantiating the service, participants learnt how to monitor the different parameters that could be obtainable from the network service by using the Grafana dashboard integrated into the 5G-MEDIA SDK.

The first day finished when IBM took the floor introducing the participants into the Serverless Computing paradigm, showing them how to enable a fast instantiation of services into a cloud environment by using tools like Kubernetes and Apache OpenWhisk. After the theorical introduction, the practical hands-on exercises started showing the FaaS functions declaration and behaviour with different virtual functions such as a transcoder, a speech-to-text and an image recognition function.

The morning of Friday 27th was dedicated, leade by UCL, for tone of the key components of the 5G-MEDIA project, the MAPE loop (Monitor Analysis Policy Execute). The aim of this component is to optimise the Quality of Experience (QoE) of the end users by managing the behaviour of the Network Services and the network underneath. UCL presented the Cognitive Network Optimiser (CNO), which is the main component of the MAPE loop. Participant learnt how this component collects monitoring data and metrics from the Network Service, analyse them and propose a specific set of actions to execute in order to improve the performance of the service. Another important fact that was shown is the placement and interaction of the CNO with the rest of the platform.

After this presentation, participants learnt about the algorithms that the CNO has behind, providing some introduction about concepts of Machine Learning like supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning. Inside this last topic, participants could follow some guided exercises where the performance metrics of the algorithm and the QoE were changing depending on some specific parameters. After this training, participants tried to follow the same rational with some hands-on exercises.

The afternoon started with a presentation about the Unikernel packaging format, leaded by ENG. In this presentation, participants followed the different steps that are needed in order to create a VNF with images in unikernel format before a little hands-on exercise where they could to by themselves.

Finally, NETAS took again the floor in order to present a final exercise, in which participants could design, emulate, validate and onboard into the catalogue a new Network Service. This time, the chosen network service was the Use Case 3, and participant could do it in a free way counting on some helps and tips coming from members of the consortium.

Before the final networking between participants and consortium members, UPM made the wrap-up placing all participants to a future follow-up of the activities, where the consortium will be available in order to solve remaining doubts and issues related to the exercises that may rise form their reproduction.

5G-MEDIA latest dissemination activities

Our colleagues from RTVE have been involved in several events in order to disseminate the 5G-MEDIA Project.

The first event was in Pamplona (Spain) in 21/09/2019 during the XXX TIC Congress (https://congresotic.com/quees/) and Pere Vila, Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation in RTVE, explained the 5G-MEDIA Project and he also explained what it is expected regarding 5G networks and services in the media vertical.

 The second event was held in Málaga (Spain) on 02/10/2019 at the University. This time the speakers were Pere Vila (Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation), Adolfo Muñoz (Director of Broadcast and Networks), Oscar Prieto (Manager of Networks) and Gabriel Solsona. The audience were students, professors and researchers.

Pere Vila had the opportunity to explain the 5G challenges and what it is expected regarding 5G networks and services in the media world, while Adolfo Muñoz carried out a presentation about the global vision of 5G-MEDIA Project and its uses cases.

Finally, Oscar Prieto went deeper into the use case 2, comparing between a TV Production today and a 5G-MEDIA Remote Production and its acquired achievements doing use of the VNF developed in the 5G-MEDIA Project like the MPE (Media Process Engine) and CNO (Cognitive Network Optimizer) and Gabriel Solsona explained the KPI achieved in the project as well as the savings using the Remote Production.

 

 

 

 

 

The third event was held in Salamanca (Spain) on 10/10/2019 at the University. This event was led by Ricardo Rivero (Rector of Universidad de Salamanca) and Federico Montero (Corporate Director at RTVE) on the occasion of the 1st Workshop on Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Media Sector.

On the 5G-MEDIA side,the speakers were, as per the second event, Pere Vila (Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation), Adolfo Muñoz (Director of Broadcast and Networks), Oscar Prieto (Manager of Networks) and Gabriel Solsona. The audience were students, professors and researchers and startups. The presentations followed the same content explained in the event held in Málaga.

IBC’ 19

Our colleagues from Nextworks will be present at IBC’19 (RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre) to showcase an NFV proof of concept on dynamic and automated orchestration of a virtualized Content Delivery Networks (vCDNs) for UHD media streaming in 5G.
The IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) is the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology exhibition, where multiple broadcasters and media stakeholders convene from all over the world to discuss the latest progress and inspire innovation in the media sector.
The vCDN for UHD media streaming demo is based on the ongoing work carried out by the 5G-MEDIA project, co-funded by the EC in the context of the 5G PPP. The core technical enabler of our solution is ETSI OSM, the open-source NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack being developed at ETSI, which has become the reference NFV orchestration tool for 5G networks.
Tata Elxsi invited our colleagues from Nextworks to showcase our vCDN for UHD PoC at their exhibition booth at the IBC, based on the joint involvement of the two companies in the ETSI OSM community. This initiative is intended to promote more community participation from media industry.
Tata Elxsi a global digital and technology services provider and a distributor of TEOSM, a hardened ETSI OSM is showcasing an end-to-end service orchestrator solution based on ETSI OSM Release SIX for the broadcast industry from 13-17 September at IBC.

Come and meet us on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at Tata Elxsi booth #5.A23

5G-MEDIA Coding Event in ETSIT-UPM (Madrid)

The 5G-MEDIA consortium is organising a Coding Event on September 26 and 27 in Madrid. This event aims to present the functionalities and to allow the participants to play with the platform with some guided exercises. The participants will learn about some concepts like FaaS (Function as a Service) paradigm, intelligent and automatic network management, unikernel packaging and virtual environment, through some exercises related to the SDK and the platform proposed by 5G-MEDIA project.

The event

September 26 and 27 from 9:00 to 18:00 CEST

Venue

Hall of Building A

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenierios de Telecomunicación (ETSIT) – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Av. Complutense 30, 28040, Madrid
Spain

5G-MEDIA can prevent future BBC 5G broadcast fails

Our colleagues from UCL just published and interesting blog post about how  5G-MEDIA technology can prevent future BBC 5G broadcast fails.

On the 31st of May 5G publicly failed to support a BBC outside broadcast that attempted to be the first such aired transmission on the UK’s new 5G network, which had been launched on the same day.

The broadcast had to be cut short by the presenter in the studio due to video and audio distortion that made the footage impossible for the audience to follow.

5G-MEDIA believes it has the solution to future similar situations, as explained by our colleague Dr. David Griffin in the blog post published in the UCL website