Glossary Updates: WebRTC, Artificial Intelligence, SMPTE 2110, and More Streaming Video Terms You Need to Know

The world of video streaming is constantly evolving. As different technologies and practices continue to be developed, new terms, processes, and acronyms come to the forefront that can be tough to understand. With our Video Streaming Glossary, we look to take these sometimes intimidating words and phrases and explain them in a way that’s easy to comprehend, no matter what your level of video streaming experience is.

This post looks at the latest terms we’ve added to the glossary, and for a more comprehensive dive into each definition, along with many others, visit our full Video Streaming Glossary section.


WebRTC is likely a word you’ve heard before as chat applications become more and more popular. WebRTC is a protocol that powers these methods of communication and used mostly to enable video conferencing. Read more to find out how it works.

Artificial Intelligence

A term that has been around for quite some time, Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is when a computer or linked computers is used to mimic human thinking. One of the key benefits of AI is that it can work without wearing down or needing a break. Read more about AI and about “Machine Learning” in our Glossary.  

Multi Camera Synchronization

You’ve no doubt heard us talk about multi camera synchronization and how it’s been used in live productions. For live broadcasters at stadiums or venues, multi cam synchronization enables producers to switch between video feeds seamlessly. To learn more about how it’s used in broadcasting, click here.

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Edge Device

An edge device is any device, like a Makito X4 video encoder or decoder, that processes data outside of a cloud computing platform. To further understand why edge devices are so important in the live video streaming world and what edge computing is, click here to read more.  

Element Management System

An element management system, or EMS, is a centralized solution that is used to monitor status, manage, and troubleshoot network connected edge devices or elements. System administrators use an EMS to find, deploy, and oversee all devices remotely. To find out more about what an EMS can do, click here to read more.  

SMPTE 2110

SMPTE 2110 is a suite of standards put forth by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers for the transporting of digital media over IP networks for broadcast. To find out more about SMPTE 2110 and its guidelines, read the full entry in our Glossary section.  

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