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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR “ As we approach IBC it is traditional for nosy journalists like me to ask industry luminaries to make predictions about what we can expect to see at the show. This year, however, you don’t have to be Nostradamus, Mystic Meg or even Dick Hobbs to realise that ‘everything over IP’ combined with coalface broadcast 4K kit (that actually works and is affordable) and innovations in 8K and beyond will probably take all the headlines. But it is worth contemplating for a moment that while we are forever looking forward - as that tends to generate the best copy for magazines such as Kit Plus - all this talk of things to come may not be a valid indicator of what is actually going on in the broadcasting ecosystem. Or, as Junger Audio managing director Peter Poers put it when asked what trends IBC might bring: “Who knows? There are so many! And the trends being discussed around the show may not always reflect the reality of daily life in linear broadcasting. There are still plenty of TV channels that are not broadcasting in High Definition – not to mention an even higher number of production facilities that don’t have HD capability, and yet we are allowing discussions about 4K/8K and all-IP to consume our time…” And that is from a man whose company is previewing a prototype of a device for monitoring next generation immersive audio (see below). Sobering though it may be, I like this dose of reality. It might not generate many headlines but people like me – and manufactures, developers and innovators alike – need to be reminded from time-to-time that there are an awful lot of filmmakers, service providers, broadcasters and more that are still looking to simply be good at what they currently do. Their future is keeping a channel on air, finishing an edit on time or returning another flight case of clean, serviced kit back to location. T&M Leader has added the LV7390 to its range of test equipment and signal analysers. The multi-standard rasterizer is capable of measuring up to four SDI signals at the same time. Compatible with 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI, it incorporates a full- resolution HD-SDI rasterizing output that allows operators to check detailed video and audio parameters on a display screen of their choice. Operated from the front panel or via a plug-in pointing device, the LV7390 can be customised to show a variety of waveform combinations. Measurement capabilities include waveform and vector display plus a reference marker that can be placed at any position on the user’s external screen. The device also features Leader’s unique CINELITE feature that enables an operator to confi rm at a glance the brightness distribution of an entire moving or still video image. 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 104 AUGUST 2015 Tektronix will use IBC (Stand 10.D41) to focus on a video quality monitoring offering for HEVC/H.265 encoded streams. Part of an update to its Sentry video quality monitoring product, this option allows monitoring of both quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE). The company is also showing its QC Validation Suit. This includes the Aurora fi le-based QC tool, the Hydra frame-accurate fi le-based player (that can be used for 4K content playback) and AutoFix, a suite of fi le- based correction tools. Other highlights include updates for the WFM2300 waveform monitor including the introduction of ASI transport stream confi dence monitoring. “ These people should not be forgotten in the race to embrace the future, however many pixels it has.