SDVoE is an initialism for “Software Defined Video over Ethernet”. The SDVoE Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of technology providers collaborating to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology allowing software to define AV applications. The alliance operates the free SDVoE Academy training platform, participates in tradeshows and conferences, publishes white papers and case studies and promotes SDVoE technology, and solutions based on the technology, to system integrators, designers, consultants and end users.

SDVoE Alliance president Justin Kennington recently talked with the Steering Members of the alliance – Black Box, Christie, IDK Corporation, NETGEAR, Semtech and ZeeVee – to get their take on the state of the AV industry in what turned out to be wide-ranging, in-depth discussions.

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Not Just the Best AV over IP: The Matrix Transformed

When the rubber meets the road in AV, all that matters is good user experience – a system should be easy to use and deliver high-quality audio and video every time. For decades, the matrix switch was the only equipment that could deliver on these requirements.

Today, a new approach exists. SDVoE allows matrix switch “plumbing” to be swapped for Ethernet while maintaining audio and video performance, and improving everything else about the system. It’s easier to design, easier to install, easier to manage, and easier to use. It grows and evolves with user needs. It saves time and cost for system owners. It makes designers and installers more efficient and lets them enjoy more business as a result.

We still need matrix switching, but we no longer need the matrix switch.

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The traditional matrix switch is dead, but the industry still needs the performance the matrix delivered. SDVoE is clearly the answer. Growing demand for this hot technology is driving the need for qualified system designers. More than 1200 AV-over-IP experts have already been certified. Be next!