A family of open, free of charge specifications
that enable interoperability
between media devices on an IP infrastructure.
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Whether you work in Broadcast or Pro-AV, the ability to quickly and reliably set up a working system is vital to business efficiency.
This may be building permanent or temporary facilities - or changing operational set-ups between TV shows or professional AV activities.
If you work in traditional media or a professional communications environment, NMOS exists to provide an effective open control layer to get you working as easily as possible.
How Does NMOS Help?
Read What NMOS is. What NMOS isn’t. A non-technical overview which also explains the benefits to your job in the media industry.
NMOS offers significant benefits over proprietary solutions.
Watch a video describing what NMOS is, and how NMOS has evolved Beyond Routing Control.
The NMOS ROADMAP
Since the NMOS developments began, there has been a steady demand from users to provide additional functionality.
Version 2 of the NMOS Roadmap shows all of these key developments, now grouped to show the overall benefits and how they work together. These include the many developments that are finished and deployed, along with “work in progress” and future additions.
Much of the new work is to accommodate compressed video formats to extend the use of NMOS between media premises and to / from the Cloud.
Also, as the IPMX standard is adopted in the Pro AV market, NMOS will bring valuable plug and play benefits to both end users and suppliers alike.
The roadmap includes Interface Specifications (IS-xx), Best Current Practices (BCP-xx) and Data Model Specifications (MS-xx), to show the functionality and benefits that they offer.
Please note - there is a range of supporting material for these technical developments. These can be found as INFO documents on the
What you will find
Control and Monitoring
Join the family of NMOS users and suppliers
AMWA members have invested thousands of hours in developing the open specifications that are in use today. But we also encourage non-members to benefit from this development time by including the code, free of charge, in their product range.
See below for a range of resources that are available to help you.
How can I use it?
Get started with the easy-NMOS tool from NVIDIA.
Watch the presentations which explain the benefits and how to use the easy-NMOS tool, with a practical demonstration.
he business benefits of using NMOS with DNS-SD for discovery of devices on your network.
Use the free of charge test suites.
Watch the NMOS Test Tool tutorial with a demos of installation and a typical test.
Read how new versions and upgrades are handled, for example on IS-04.
NMOS is available form a broad range of vendors
Suppliers worldwide have signed up to participate in the NMOS developments.
Big industry names and small independent specialists are contributing to the working groups, showing a long-term commitment to the success of this initiative.
The JT-NM Tested program offers confidence to purchasers that products have been thoroughly checked by industry experts.
Where can I buy it?
The AMWA maintains a catalog of products and software which support the broad adoption of NMOS.
The Buy NMOS Here page provides links to the existing catalogs and application form so that new entries can be added.
The JT-NM Tested program has catalogs for successful products with carefully documented procedures and results.
Watch the JT-NM Tested presentation from IBC2019.
nmos developments are based on real business needs
End users and their suppliers are working towards open standards and specifications to escape the limitations of closed technology solutions. Customers want the ability to build systems using products with the best features. Vendors value the ability to make sales into the widest customer markets.
Will it help my business?
NMOS is a fundamental part of an ip-based infrastructure
For an excellent picture of how both vendors and their customers are embracing NMOS and IP-based architectures, the AIMS IP Showcase presentations from IBC2019 shows how NMOS is being developed and adopted in a wide range of applications.
And for end users who want to specify NMOS in their procurement processes, there is a standard form of words, prepared by the EBU.
Is there a risk in adopting it?
Four media organisations joined a panel discussion at IBC2019 on Real-World SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS Implementations.
At IBC2019, Riedel gave a presentation on secure Discovery and Connection of ST 2110 Media Devices
An example of the practical application of NMOS is included in the Mellanox (now NVIDIA) presentation at IBC2019 in "Simplifying JT-NM TR-1001-1 Deployments Through Microservices".
How to specify NMOS in a system tender or specification.
SO what for the future?
IP-based infrastructures take us on important first steps, liberating workflows from traditional, hard-wired, point-to-point installations. However, the professional media industry can also harness the power of IT infrastructures that we have come to expect every day in our office systems.
The future vision
NMOS provides a path to true IT infrastructures.
A presentation by Brad Gilmer explains the business benefits that an IT infrastructure can deliver and how flexible professional media workflows can be built using IT principles.
At IBC2019, Gordon Castle of Discovery / Eurosport gave his vision for an IT future.