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DPP Launches New Roadmap for 2016

At a major event in central London today the DPP launched a new programme of work for 2016. The groundbreaking new roadmap establishes the DPP as an international organisation; features a common mastering format; promotes the take-up of Ultra High Definition; and includes an in-depth report on content making for the internet age.

‘The DPP always plans for just one year ahead – it ensures we’re constantly delivering to the real world needs of our industry,’ says DPP Managing Director, Mark Harrison. ‘But 2016 will be our busiest year yet, with no less than ten major pieces of work.’

That work is made up from current workstreams that will deliver in the first half of 2016, and several brand new projects. The new projects are:

A Common Mastering Standard
A common mastering standard would provide ‘a single source of truth’ from which everything else can be generated – much needed for the multiplatform nature of modern content distribution. The DPP will be taking part in and building on work others, such as the EBU, have been doing on international mastering in order to define a mastering format for TV.

The Production Revolution
A major new report on production tools and technologies for the internet age – and how they can be used in producing content for both traditional and direct to internet distribution. It will include mobile production, low budget production, and production for OTT delivery – including Multi Channel Networks – as well as production for established broadcasters.

Standards of Trust
The first wide-ranging survey of existing and new policies, standards and protocols that together could provide increased confidence in the reliability and security of digital services.

10 Things You Need to Know About Live IP Production
An introduction to the use of IP in Studio and Outside Broadcast production environments; it will help people understand distinctions between the use of IP, fibre and networks – and the future potential of ‘object based production.’

A DPP Guide to Location Workflows
A best practice guide to working more effectively on location; the available tools, technologies and services; and how to work best with the cultural and operational constraints.

These new pieces of work will build on a number of existing high impact projects that will all deliver in 2016:

Delivery Standards for UHD and HD commercials
Definition of a file delivery standard for UHD is nearing completion, as is an HD commercials standard. Implementation work will take place throughout 2016, and will include an update to the much-used DPP Producer’s Guide to File Delivery as well as best practice guidance on intentionally late programme delivery.

North American Delivery Standard
The DPP is collaborating with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) on a groundbreaking common file delivery standard for the United States, Canada and Mexico.

International Exchange
This workstream focuses specifically on the needs of those engaged in international distribution – whether acquiring or sending content. It delivers early summer 2016.

News Exchange
Common protocols for metadata captured in the field would make the exchange of News content much quicker and more effective. This important workstream is well advanced to deliver Spring 2016.

Connectivity Report
Production and post production is constrained by the difficulty of finding affordable, fast and reliable connectivity. A special report looks in detail at what it would take to improve the situation.

The new work has been drawn up in consultation with the DPP’s Members, and they will play a key role in the work that is delivered. ‘The DPP is all about drawing on the expertise of our Membership. It’s a process that generates insight, innovation and opportunity for those Members, as well as for the industry more widely,’ says Harrison.

The DPP will be sharing the progress of its new work in a number of announcements and events in the months ahead.


Photographs by Danielle George Photography.

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