Tektronix Announces HDR and WCG Upgrades

New monitoring features allow camera operators, editors and colorists to easily and accurately capture and reproduce highly realistic 4K/UHD video image content that ultimately enhances consumers’ viewing experience.

On 9 August 2016, Tektronix announced a field-installable software upgrade for its popular WFM/WVR 8000 series of waveform monitors and rasterizers. The upgrade brings new support for monitoring High Dynamic Range (HDR) and ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut (WCG) formats. The upgrades will be demonstrated at the upcoming 2016 IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, on Stand 10 D41.

The new HDR and WCG formats are achieving prominence when it comes to acquiring 4K content. The challenge is setting gamma levels for correct processing of high fidelity signals throughout the broadcast chain. A series of new graticules in the HDR upgrade allow users to correctly set camera white points and adjust specular highlights to fully use the dynamic range of their content.

The Tektronix-patented Diamond, Split Diamond, and Arrowhead gamut displays simplify the process of verifying gamut compliance.

The Tektronix-patented Diamond, Split Diamond, and Arrowhead gamut displays simplify the process of verifying gamut compliance.

The WFM/WVR 8000 series of waveform monitors and rasterizers use a high-performance architecture fully capable of supporting the throughput requirements of 4K content. The combination of capabilities, features, performance and upgradability meets the 4K/HDR requirements of equipment manufacturers, content producers, post-production houses, broadcasters and other video service providers.

Customers can continue to purchase the equipment they need for their existing requirements, knowing that when the time comes to roll out 4K and HDR content, they can upgrade easily.

The HDR capability will be released in Q4 this year and included in Option PROD (a field upgradable software-only option) for the Tektronix WFM/WVR 8000 series. Any customer with a valid software option key license for PROD will receive the upgrade free-of-charge. Any customer with a WFM/WVR 8000 without that option may also be upgraded in the field to support HDR by simply purchasing the PROD option.

“Tektronix continues to expand the capabilities of the industry’s most comprehensive waveform monitors and rasterizers while protecting our customers’ investments in video monitoring equipment,” said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. “Easy to learn and easy to operate, the new HDR features give our customers the monitoring capabilities they need to capture and deliver stunning visual content to their audiences.”

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