Tektronix Showing Future Solutions at IBC 2016

At IBC 2016, Tektronix will introduce a wave of cutting-edge technologies, all intended to improve the experience for TV viewers.

Tektronix will unveil new product features and capabilities to help the industry get the most out of new technologies such as 4K, high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG), video over IP, and adaptive bit rate (ABR) at IBC 2016. 

To support the transition to live IP production, Tektronix will be showcasing Prism to help media companies make a practical transition to IP while preserving existing investments.

Prism is a comprehensive analysis and monitoring tool for hybrid IP/SDI broadcast systems that provides system evaluation for long term system quality monitoring and reporting. It has real-time IP/SDI analysis and monitoring to quickly identify the issue to determine the root cause. Graphical displays show the traffic present in the 10G Ethernet link, allowing engineers to understand what is on their network and to easily select the stream of interest.

Users can select and view the desired content in the stream with picture, waveform and audio bar displays allowing visual content confirmation. It detects IP packet errors, monitors the packet inter arrival time (PIT) and time stamped delay factor (TS-DF), allowing engineers to observe issues that may cause intermittent loss of Video, Audio or Data.

Prism’s analysis tools coupled with historical data give engineers the ability to understand and resolve complex and intermittent problems quickly. It ensures proper PTP metadata setup to let the instruments accurately synchronize in the system. Multi-point or remote site monitoring allows one engineer to quickly respond to issues from multiple points in the system.

With intuitive insights into hybrid SDI/IP production workflow issues, it fosters collaboration between IT experts and broadcast engineers. As a software-defined platform, Prism can accommodate a wide 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, the first in the industry with optional, software-only field upgrade to add PTP (IEEE 1588) support for both traditional SDI-based and IP-based media infrastructures.

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 at IBC 2016. The new capabilities will allow users to set correct white point and adjust levels to fully use the dynamic range of their content.

With the increased adoption of multi-screen 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 2016, Tektronix will unveil a number of enhancements to its Aurora automated QC solution, including new 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 comprehensive monitoring and quality assurance of multi-screen services, Tektronix will be featuring its Sentry ABR platform that now includes decryption and decode functionality. Sentry ABR gives service providers the breadth and depth of monitoring they are accustomed to with linear-based services, including comprehensive QoE analysis on each stream at each bitrate in real time.

“Tektronix has the experience, tools and applications to carry our customers into the future as they embrace a range of exciting new and emerging technologies,” said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. “We encourage everyone in the industry who is facing these transitions to stop by our stand during IBC to see our latest solutions for managing the transition to IP infrastructures or monitoring and optimizing 4K, HDR and ABR content.”

Visit Tektronix at IBC 2016 in Amsterdam, Stand 10 D41.

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