In order to maintain our agility and ability to produce impactful results quickly, we tend to focus on a few key initiatives at one time, and no more. In 2020, this proved effective, as we were able to initiate and complete two important projects. In 2021, we are continuing with this approach.

2020 Initiatives

IMF Registration API

IMF has taken the media industry by storm…but what about dealing with its packages at a services level?

This is really about registering stuff that you’ve made, finding stuff that you need, deleting registration entries that are stale, updating registration entries because you’ve modified them or moved them.

Status Reporting and Logging

Assembling solutions based on services from multiple vendors is great, but when it comes to tracking the success (or lack thereof) of executing those services, it’s the Wild West.

We created a standardized framework to address this, and make it simple to make sense of all of this across vendors.


If we don’t all use a common set of terminology and mean the same thing when we use those terms, interoperability is just a pipe dream.

A common taxonomy is critical to solving this, and is a critically important ongoing effort.

2021 Initiatives

Jobs, Services, Infrastructure and Platforms (JSIP)

We introduced the idea of Jobs in the Status Reporting and Logging project. This helps to realize the true potential of microservices in media. It provides the ability for jobs (composed of related microservices) to select the most appropriate services to use each time they run. For instance, one time you run an ingest job, speed may be the most important factor. The next time, another factor like cost might be the most important factor. JSIP allows agile configuration and execution of jobs for media.

Privacy and Security

These are two of the most important issues facing media organizations today. We are working on standardizing what is needed to facilitate smooth implementation of privacy and security for media organizations.


This is an evolution of the Taxonomy initiative which began in 2020. Our goal is to provide input to SMPTE for publication of an initial vocabulary, encompassing the terms and definitions introduced in our first two published documents, ST2125 (IMF Registration API) and ST2126 (Status Reporting and Logging).

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