Bridge Technologies Launching ‘Instrument View’ at NAB

Instrument View is uniquely available for the Bridge VB440 IP probe and can bring new levels of understanding, quality and productivity to the uncompressed media production process.

Bridge Technologies will use the 2018 NAB Show to bring its extensive uncompressed real time media over IP experience and expertise to a new sector of the broadcast industry. The company will highlight how its IP probes can now be deployed in the production process thanks to Instrument View. Previewed at IBC, Instrument View is being officially launched at this year’s NAB Show.

Browser-based and touch screen-capable, Instrument View is simple, intuitive and responsive, and able to fluently adapt to a range of use cases. It delivers a level of speed and accuracy that enables Instrument View to deliver remarkable insights into the output of the production process.

As well as analyzing packet behavior on the network, Instrument View is also capable of enhancing the production process – such as at live events – by allowing the production team to actually see uncompressed media content in real time and to ensure it meets the highest standards in video and audio. In a mixed HDR/non-HDR environment, for example, it can be used to assure optimum colorimetry. Audio – synched to video – can be both ‘seen’ and heard to assure perfect sound quality.

Instrument View provides an invaluable visualization option for the high performance VB440 IP probe. Capable of handling bandwidths of up to 40Gb/channel on each of its two interfaces, the VB440 can be configured in Ethernet networks running at speeds of 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb and 100Gb. Its support of dual channels enables both primary and secondary networks to be monitored in a dual redundant infrastructure, and it enables users to quickly identify and rectify problems and maximize Quality of Service (QoS).

“As the broadcast world moves inexorably towards IP, the production function will find it needs a new set of expert tools,” said Simen K. Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies. “The launch of Instrument View anticipates the absolute inevitability of an all-IP world in the very near future.”

Recognizing the broad range of environments in which Instrument View will be deployed, Bridge Technologies will showcase three innovative implementations of the interface that are appropriate for rack-mount, desk mount or table-top mount. Not only are these characterized by outstanding aesthetic design, but also by their implementation of PoE (Power over Ethernet) which means that they minimize cable clutter. IP makes them easier to deploy in, for example, locations that are remote from the production center. From video engineers working in a studio to OB vans at a sporting event, the rack mount, table top and arm mount provides the flexibility to have these quality assurance tools close by in any environment or event setup.

Also on display in the Bridge Technologies’ NAB exhibit is NOMAD. Weighing around two pounds and measuring just 9” x 7” x 1”, it is a highly portable, rugged, self-contained tool for on-the-go media professionals who need the ability to troubleshoot hybrid IP multicast, OTT and RF networks. It is the ultimate all-in-one monitoring and analysis solution for the technician on the move.

As it has done at previous NAB and IBC Shows, Bridge Technologies will also participate in the AIMS NAB 2018 IP Showcase.

“Throughout our 14-year history as a company, we have been fervent proponents of the benefits IP technology can bring to broadcasters, and our understanding of IP packet behaviors is unparalleled in the industry,” continued Frostad. “It is no overstatement to claim that our solutions uniquely enable the interoperability that is fundamental to our collective future, and we look forward to once again demonstrating the truth of that assertion.”

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