NEWS & EVENTS ← TAG’s Support for JPEG XS Accelerates Migration to Live Production in the Cloud for Industry Leaders
Enhancement answers need for outstanding quality, decreased latency
TAG Video Systems, the leader in realtime cloud-based monitoring of linear
video workflows once again sets an industry first by supporting JPEG XS to allow live production in the cloud.
JPEG XS is a format that answers the need for visually lossless quality with microseconds delay – significant
concerns as more broadcasters seek to migrate their live production workflows to the cloud where overall
contribution quality and latency are critical.
JPEG XS provides all the benefits of uncompressed IP workflows over long-distance remote and cloud
production environments without the expense and complexity of engineering and implementing an
uncompressed network and cloud connectivity. Adding support for JPEG XS to TAG’s MCM-9000 probing,
monitoring and multiviewing platform allows customers to directly and natively monitor and view JPEG XS
sources, eliminating the need to decode or convert them to other standards.
According to Kevin Joyce, TAG’s Zer0 Friction Officer, integration of JPEG XS into the MCM-9000 was instigated
by FOX for its cloud Media Center in Tempe, Arizona running in AWS to enable low-latency, cloud-based
playout for live workflows, and also by NBC Olympics for coverage in Tokyo. He explained, however, that
support for JPEG XS appeals to a much broader audience.
Said Joyce, “Finding a workable, effective and budget-pleasing path to production in the cloud using
compression technologies is becoming a huge priority for our broadcast customers. JPEG XS potentially
reduces cloud bandwidth and network utilization by 90% without sacrificing quality or latency. So, it was a no-
brainer for us; we added support to our MCM-9000 platform, the first in a cloud monitoring platform to offer it
natively. We're also the only monitoring, probing and multiviewing solution that offers both JPEG 2000 and JPEG XS
support without requiring a GPU or FPGA, which allows our customers to run in much more economical cloud
Optimized for contribution, JPEG XS allows customers to preserve their original content fidelity as they transfer
content from live events between and within 2110 facilities and the cloud for remote production applications.
While the format provides a pristine image quality – critical in live production, its extremely low latency
unlocks another key to successful remote operation and real-time switching in the cloud. Low latency
combined with compression allows these high-quality signals to transit over available and economical network
connections resulting in reduced costs and increased operational agility.
Added Joyce, “Flexibility is another benefit for our customers. TAG is proud to have the only all IP software-
based and cloud-based probing and monitoring system that supports JPEG XS in the cloud. One platform, our
MCM-9000, empowers customers with the latest tools and solutions to reach remote and cloud-based
production quickly and with Zero Friction®, providing true scalability and economics in the cloud. This addition
allows our customers to use the latest compression technologies for cloud workflows with confidence that
they can probe, decode display and analyze JPEG XS sources at the input. Now, along with other compressed
and uncompressed sources found in production environments, they have native support for JPEG XS signals as