Eye to Eye. Whats new in test and measurement 2009


The transition from analogue to digital programme production, storage and delivery lulled some innocent folk into anticipating a world without need for test equipment. If required at all, so the thinking went, all signal analysis would be performed in software. Maybe someday. For now, the T&M sector remains alive and well. The following summary outlines new offerings scheduled to be introduced at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, April 20-23.

DK-Technologies' MSD100C is a stand-alone display which specifies the algorithms that should be used to measure audio programme loudness. It is able to display the loudness of the individual audio channels as well as the sum of the left and right signals. The unit can be used in any broadcast or post production facility as a health check during production or prior to transmission. The MSD100C incorporates an ITU-recommended algorithm based on an extension of the Leq(RLB) algorithm to cover stereo and monophonic audio signals. With selectable digital and analogue stereo inputs, the MSD100C displays left and right channel loudness as well as the summed loudness. It also delivers the information as a numeric readout. The meter uses the Loudness Units (LU) scale, covering a range from -18 to +9 dB. It also incorporates an audio vector oscilloscope, phase correlation meter displays, a full VGA colour display and VGA output for external display.

Electronic Visuals will show the EV3Genie test signal generator which provides signal generation, conversion and monitoring in a single unit. It generates full-frame and line-base patterns in 3G, HD and SD. Patterns can also be downloaded via TCP/IP connection to PC or laptop. Users can create their own patterns and download as Abekas format YUV files. It generates channels of audio tones, both embedded and SPDIF, and provides full moving zone plate control. As a signal converter, it translates between broadcast standards over copper, fibre and DVI. For example, a SMPTE 372M dual-link signal may be monitored using the DVI output whilst being simultaneously translated into a 3G-SDI 425M-B signal and a 3G fibre output. Signal monitoring can be performed in any SDI broadcast format to a pixel-mapped 1080p or 1200p DVI output. The DVI output can display test signals or any input signal applied to the unit.

Hamlet will introduce two new 3 Gbit/s-capable modules for its Flexiscope platform. The first provides for signal test and monitoring of 1080p, conventional HD and SD SDI signals, including embedded and AES audio and external reference and loop. The second adds the ability to measure digital signal integrity using the eye pattern. The same modules which fit the Flexiscope and Microflex can also be used in Hamlet's DigiScope (which provides an output which can be routed to any convenient monitor) and MonitorScope (with integral high resolution TFT screen as well as output for on-screen display). The companion Protean Axiom 3G is a touch screen portable test signal generator. Covering all standards from SD to 3Gbit/s 1080p HD, it has nearly 40 test patterns including an array of zone plates and pathological tests, plus the usual comprehensive video and audio signals.

Harris is adding a 3 Gbit/s video input module to its Videotek VTM and TVM series of test instruments, enabling monitoring of the progressively scanned high frame-rate HD formats, including 1080p. Also 3 Gbit/s-capable, the Videotek AVM-717-3GB is a self-contained test instrument. For low-cost HD monitoring, Harris has added the TVM-4DG HD waveform monitor/vectorscope for monitoring HD-SDI and SD-SDI signals in a half-rack scope package.

Leader will be introducing to the US market the LV 7330, a 1 U high half-rack-width rasteriser with waveform monitor, vectorscope, picture monitor and sound measurement capability plus an SDI status detector. An integral squeeze function allows 16:9, 15:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio to be selected. Five-bar gamut, Cinelite and Cinezone displays are also incorporated.

OmniTek will exhibit a new 3 Gbit/s SDI physical layer analysis package for the OTM 1000 waveform monitor and OTR 1003 signal generator and analyser system. The OTM 1000 waveform monitor is a traditional half-rack enclosure with built-in display screen and control panel, and also the OTR 1003 signal generator and analyser system in a 3 U rackmount chassis. It is fully Gbit/s compatible, supporting all single-link and dual-link SDI video formats at 270 Mbit/s, 1.485 Gbit/s and 2.97 Gbit/s. The new OmniTek 3Gbit/s EYE package is claimed to be the first SDI physical layer analysis system able to measure and display accurate, high resolution eye diagrams plus all the standard bitstream jitter characteristics for SDI signals at 270 Mbit/s, 1.485 Gbit/s, and 2.97 Gbit/s. Aerospace-specification sampling devices are used to provide the EYE system with an analogue bandwidth of greater than 12 GHz for accurate measurement and display of the rise and fall times of the SDI bitstream. The new OmniTek physical layer analysis package is available in two versions: PHY for measurement of signal amplitudes and jitter characteristics, and EYE for display of the actual SDI bitstream eye pattern in addition to measurement of all the jitter parameters. These options are available in SD only, SD & HD, or SD, HD, and 3 Gbit/s together.

Phabrix will be launching its new eye and jitter enabled SxE at NAB2009. Featuring the same three-in-one combination as its SxA with a generator, analyser and monitor able to test and measure at 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI, the SxE has a tool-set for eye and jitter analysis. The Phabrix SxA will also be shown with enhancements to its web browser and TCP/IP control interfaces as additional options.
Rhode & Schwarz has enhanced its ETL TV analyzer with two new analogue options that provide analogue video line analysis capability and video signal generation.The ETL-K202 option handles all video line analysis measurements. The ETL K203 option generates a standard-conforming analogue TV signal that can be fed to the transmitter and is also needed for video line analysis.

Tektronix recently announced two new waveform monitors and rasterizers for studio and on-location applications: the HD WFM5000 and SD WFM4000. The half-rack-width WVR5000 and WVR4000 rasterizers bring the same capabilities. All are designed for confidence monitoring Of SDI video and uncompressed digital audio compliance checking. WFM5000 features include AC/DC power, 10,000 events error log, ethernet port and monitoring capacity for 16 channels of embedded audio (up to 8 simultaneously) plus 1 AES audio input. A high-brightness display is incorporated for easy indoor and outdoor operation.


A gap in the market

Looks like we have to wait until NAB 2010 for the first 3D T&M.

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  • SIS LIVE ManPak and LoStow at IBC 2014

    SIS LIVE ManPak and LoStow at IBC 2014

  • Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

    Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

  • Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

    Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

  • Cinegy at IBC 2014

    Cinegy at IBC 2014

  • Quantel LiveTouch at IBC 2014

    Quantel LiveTouch at IBC 2014

  • Quantel deal with AFP at IBC 2014

    Quantel deal with AFP at IBC 2014

  • Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

    Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

  • TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

    TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

  • TMD at IBC 2014

    TMD at IBC 2014

  • Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

    Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

  • Matrox at IBC 2014

    Matrox at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

  • Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

    Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

  • Telestream Wirecast and Switch at IBC 2014

    Telestream Wirecast and Switch at IBC 2014

  • Telestream Vantage support for DPP at IBC 2014

    Telestream Vantage support for DPP at IBC 2014

  • Facilis at IBC 2014

    Facilis at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

  • Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

    Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

  • Volicon Products at IBC 2014

    Volicon Products at IBC 2014

  • Volicon at IBC 2014

    Volicon at IBC 2014

  • NewTek TalkShow at IBC 2014

    NewTek TalkShow at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Metus at IBC 2014

    Metus at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

  • Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

    Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

  • Cineline Fluid Head from Miller Camera Support at NAB 2014

    Cineline Fluid Head from Miller Camera Support at NAB 2014

  • Quantel Pablo Rio at NAB 2014

    Quantel Pablo Rio at NAB 2014

  • Quantel Enterprise sQ at NAB 2014

    Quantel Enterprise sQ at NAB 2014

  • Quantel QTube at NAB 2014

    Quantel QTube at NAB 2014

  • Studio Technologies at NAB 2014

    Studio Technologies at NAB 2014

  • Visual Unity at NAB 2014

    Visual Unity at NAB 2014

  • Elemental Technologies Software-Defined Video at NAB 2014

    Elemental Technologies Software-Defined Video at NAB 2014

  • Elemental Technologies Multiscreen Solutions at NAB 2014

    Elemental Technologies Multiscreen Solutions at NAB 2014

  • Haivision at NAB 2014

    Haivision at NAB 2014

  • Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

    Tally Technologies at BVE 2014

  • Haivision on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Haivision on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Trilogy on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Trilogy on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • SMPTE on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    SMPTE on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • ATEME at IBC 2013

    ATEME at IBC 2013

  • Quantel Pablo Rio at IBC 2013

    Quantel Pablo Rio at IBC 2013

  • Quantels Stream-based Workflows at IBC 2013

    Quantels Stream-based Workflows at IBC 2013

  • LiveU: Smart Grip at NAB 2013

    LiveU: Smart Grip at NAB 2013

  • Vimond Control Center at NAB 2013

    Vimond Control Center at NAB 2013

  • TSL Systems at BVE 2013

    TSL Systems at BVE 2013

  • Shure Distribution at BVE North 2012 Part 2

    Shure Distribution at BVE North 2012 Part 2

  • Editec at BVE 2012

    Editec at BVE 2012

  • Sennheiser at BVE North 2011

    Sennheiser at BVE North 2011

  • Autoscript at IBC2011

    Autoscript at IBC2011

  • Image Systems at IBC2011

    Image Systems at IBC2011

  • Jonathan Harrison interviews Dedo Weigert with the DEDOLIGHT DLED3

    Jonathan Harrison interviews Dedo Weigert with the DEDOLIGHT DLED3

  • Lighting cameraman Jonathan Harrison shows the Celeb and Tegra at IBC 2013

    Lighting cameraman Jonathan Harrison shows the Celeb and Tegra at IBC 2013

  • Jonathan Harrison at BVE North 2012

    Jonathan Harrison at BVE North 2012

  • Jonathan Harrison at BVE North 2011

    Jonathan Harrison at BVE North 2011

  • Root6 at IBC2011

    Root6 at IBC2011

  • Omnitek Updates for Ultra 4k Toolbox at NAB 2018

    Omnitek Updates for Ultra 4k Toolbox at NAB 2018

  • Omnitek Ultra TQ at IBC 2017

    Omnitek Ultra TQ at IBC 2017

  • Omnitek Consultancy and Design Services at IBC 2017

    Omnitek Consultancy and Design Services at IBC 2017

  • Omnitek at NAB 2016

    Omnitek at NAB 2016

  • Omnitek at BVE 2016

    Omnitek at BVE 2016

  • QX Hybrid 2110/12G-SDI UHD Rasterizer from Phabrix at IBC 2018

    QX Hybrid 2110/12G-SDI UHD Rasterizer from Phabrix at IBC 2018

  • PHABRIX QXIP support for SMPTE 2110

    PHABRIX QXIP support for SMPTE 2110

  • QX Updates from Phabrix at NAB 2018

    QX Updates from Phabrix at NAB 2018

  • SX, RX and QX range updates from Phabrix at NAB 2018

    SX, RX and QX range updates from Phabrix at NAB 2018

  • HDR, 12G, 4k, IP - the range expands from Phabrix at NAB 2017

    HDR, 12G, 4k, IP - the range expands from Phabrix at NAB 2017

  • IP, 3G-SDI + HDR generation, analysis and monitoring from Phabrix NAB 2017

    IP, 3G-SDI + HDR generation, analysis and monitoring from Phabrix NAB 2017

  • PHABRIX Qx at NAB 2016

    PHABRIX Qx at NAB 2016

  • PHABRIX at NAB 2016

    PHABRIX at NAB 2016

  • PHABRIX TAG and Rx updates at NAB 2016

    PHABRIX TAG and Rx updates at NAB 2016

  • PHABRIX Rx range at NAB 2015

    PHABRIX Rx range at NAB 2015

  • PHABRIX Qx Rasteriser at NAB 2015

    PHABRIX Qx Rasteriser at NAB 2015

  • Phabrix RX rack mount range at NAB 2014

    Phabrix RX rack mount range at NAB 2014

  • Phabrix at NAB 2014

    Phabrix at NAB 2014

  • Phabrix TAG at NAB 2014

    Phabrix TAG at NAB 2014

  • Phabrix at BVE 2013

    Phabrix at BVE 2013

  • Phabrix at IBC 2012 Part Two

    Phabrix at IBC 2012 Part Two

  • Phabrix at IBC 2012 Part One

    Phabrix at IBC 2012 Part One

  • AudioVideo BrandBuilder Corp at NAB 2016

    AudioVideo BrandBuilder Corp at NAB 2016

  • Tektronix at IBC 2013

    Tektronix at IBC 2013


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Using Wireless Transmission
Jeremy Benning Wireless acquisition is a staple of live sports, entertainment and reality shows where cable free capture permits shots not previously possible, for health and safety reasons, and gives the camera-operator greater artistic licence to roam. The same is increasingly true of narrative drama where cinematographers are keen to work handheld or Steadicam where that helps tell the story. Any equipment which frees their movement and time by being lighter, easier to use and reliable in performance is going to tick a lot of boxes.
Tags: iss134 | wireless | 4k | transmission | Jeremy Benning
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Accelerated Workflows with eGPU
Mike Griggs From the UK’s National Trust to magazine publishers to manufacturers, digital content creator Mike Griggs has a wide and varied portfolio of clients for whom he creates 3D art, motion graphics and multimedia exhibits. A typical day might involve sampling birdsong near Virginia Woolf’s country estate or creating 3D animations for VR. To keep on top of these demands, Griggs wanted to take the full power of the GPU computing revolution on the road.
Tags: iss134 | sonnet | egpu | amd | post production | editing | Mike Griggs
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An Obituary to Timecode
Bruce Devlin - new A stoic and persistent character that stubbornly refused to change with the times, Timecode has finally passed on, but no-one has noticed. A long-lasting industry veteran, Timecode was brought into this world at an uncertain date in the late 1960s due to the needs of analogue tape workflows and the demand for synchronisation between audio and video devices. A joint activity between SMPTE and the EBU led to the work on Time and Control codes starting its journey to standardisation in the early 1970s.
Tags: iss134 | timecode | smpte | ebu | edit | Bruce Devlin - new
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An Epiphany Moment
Peter Savage 2 I had been negotiating the sale of my company and had reached the really hard end of the bargain. We were close to agreeing the final sum after a lot of too-much-give-and-not-enough-take negotiation. The solicitors were calling me, keen for a deal. It had come down to one sticking point and, in my hard ball “I am the Wolf of Wall Street” guise, I wasn’t going to let it go. It would make a value difference of 1.5% on the total outcome. Not much, you might think, but I had already nearly fallen out with the solicitors over their fees and I was giving my advisors an extremely hard time because the corporate adviser couldn’t see how I had already given more than an inch and the buyers were taking more than a mile. I was not going to let them win.
Tags: iss134 | azule | finance | Peter Savage 2
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The brave new world of software based production
Boromy Ung In today’s rapidly evolving broadcast industry, the only constant media organizations can truly count on is change — and the need to adapt as rapidly and cost-effectively as possible. One of the biggest agents of change is the IP revolution, driving broadcasters to migrate their operations to all-software solutions running on commodity, IT-based technologies.
Tags: iss134 | chyronhego | graphics | sports | ott | Boromy Ung
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