Tektronix Eyes Advanced Video

Aug. 11, 2016
At IBC 2016 in Amsterdam in September, Tektronix will be unveiling new product features and capabilities of its video test and monitoring ...

At IBC 2016 in Amsterdam in September, Tektronix will be unveiling new product features and capabilities of its video test and monitoring solutions for 4K, high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG), video over IP, and adaptive bitrate (ABR).

To support the transition to live IP production, Tektronix will be showcasing Prism, which is designed to help media companies make a transition to IP while preserving existing investments. As a software-defined platform, Prism is designed to accommodate a range of applications and will be continuously updated as new technologies and standards emerge. Alongside Prism will be the SPG8000A master sync and PTP grandmaster clock generator, with optional software-only field upgrade to add PTP (IEEE 1588) support for both traditional SDI-based and IP-based media infrastructures.

With the increased adoption of multiscreen or over-the-top (OTT) media services and ABR platforms, the amount of video content that must be tested and verified is expanding rapidly. At IBC, Tektronix will unveil a number of upgrades to its Aurora automated QC solution, including perceptual video quality (PVQ) scoring, support for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, and support for the AS-10 PAD delivery specification for testing content delivered to French broadcasters. Complementing Aurora will be Hydra, a new interactive player and analyzer for file-based content with expanded codec and wrapper format support.

For monitoring and quality assurance of multiscreen services, Tektronix will be featuring its Sentry ABR platform, which now includes decryption and decode functionality. Sentry ABR is intended to give service providers the breadth and depth of monitoring they are accustomed to with linear-based services, including QoE analysis on each stream at each bitrate in real time.

HDR and WCG are gaining importance when it comes to acquiring high resolution 4K content. To assist camera operators, editors and colorists in capturing and manipulating high fidelity content, Tektronix will introduce a range of HDR capabilities for its WFM/WVR 8000 series waveform monitors and rasterizers. The new capabilities are intended to allow users to set correct white point and adjust levels to fully use the dynamic range of their content.

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