When it comes to intercoms for use in television production, the ability to move from fixed positions while doing video and audio production work and the development of audio-over-IP standards are the two most important trends over the past year, says Simon Browne, director of product management at Clear-Com.
“Some of that is being solved by conventional belt pack wireless, and some of it is being addressed in a less conventional manner using smartphones,” he says.
Growing reliance on the ability to be mobile with intercom communications reflects changes in production workflow, says Browne.
“More people involved with productions are doing different things, and I think today’s intercom capabilities are enabling that kind of flow,” he says.
The other major development is growing interest among intercom users in interoperability of systems between vendors.
“I think there is a lot of interest,” he says. “You are seeing it in things like AIMS [the Alliance for IP Media Solutions], and the fact that Dante has become pretty much an established audio standard for interoperability.”
“It’s now supplanting MADI, which was the previous technology for establishing an audio link to intercom consoles,” he says.
But what about AES67? Isn’t that the audio standard enabling AoIP interoperability?
Actually, that’s one of the reasons Clear-Com jumped on the Dante bandwagon.
“Once they [Audinate, the company responsible for Dante,] committed themselves to AES67 compatibility it closed the deal for us because we are keen on AES67,” says Browne.
AES67 is “the likely glue” between Clear-Com’s products and other audio-only and audio-video devices, he adds.