Tektronix, the market leader in broadcast video test, monitoring and analysis solutions, announced today that the company will feature a wide range of new and enhanced products and solutions at IBC 2010, 10– 14 September (Hall 8, Stand C75). Highlights for this year's show include industry leading test and measurement solutions for 3G-SDI monitoring, Audio Loudness and file-based video as well as new software tools which support QoE artifact detection for monitoring off-air broadcasts and end-to-end troubleshooting of digital video services for cable operators. On the stand, Tektronix will also be showcasing its new Sentry® digital content monitoring solution which allows users to monitor Video and Audio Quality of Experience on hundreds of channels simultaneously. For customers interested in testing for 3D, Tektronix will also be running 3D technology demonstrations throughout the show.
"At Tektronix we are committed to providing our customers with the tools they really need to solve today's real-world challenges", said Eben Jenkins, general manager of the Video Product Line at Tektronix. "The products on display at our stand this year include new tools for addressing emerging issues such as Audio Loudness monitoring, extensive Quality of Experience testing and new technologies for ensuring high quality 3D footage creation."
New Mixed Signals Products from Tektronix Offer Real-Time QoE Monitoring of Digital Content
At IBC, Tektronix will also be showcasing products from its new Video Network Monitoring group (formerly Mixed Signals prior to its acquisition) which offer broadcasters and other video service providers the leading solution for digital content monitoring. These real-time monitoring solutions generate historical reports with up to 60 days of information and detect intermittent and critical problems that are often missed by other monitoring tools (including temporary loss of audio/video services, audio silence, video freeze, tiling, macro blocking, pixilation, slow channel changing, and set-top box application errors).
Highlights on the Tektronix stand this year include: (WVR 8300 pictured)
The WFM8000 and WVR8000 Series high performance SD/HD/3G-SDI Waveform Monitors and Rasterizers which provide real-time, automated 3G-SDI Eye pattern display and jitter measurements to help broadcasters and network operators effectively diagnose signal problems and help equipment designers and manufacturers reduce time to market for new 3G-SDI products. The WFM/WVR8000 Series also feature the new Luma Qualified Vector (LQVTM) and Spearhead displays which help colourists and editors make precise colour adjustments and enhancements, and SyncVu, which allows users to display the left-eye and right-eye images of 3D content in a synchronised viewing mode.
New Audio Loudness Capabilities on the WFM6000/7000/8000 and WVR6000/7000/8000 Series. The new Audio Loudness firmware and software upgrades adhere to the ATSC A/85 Recommendation and ITU-R BS.1770-1/1771 specifications and include capabilities such as an Audio Loudness Meter, an Audio Loudness Session Display, and the industry's first Loudness monitoring of Dolby Digital Plus audio, among others.
- New VQS1000 Video Quality software for detecting QoE video impairments like stuck, black, macro-blocking and blocky compression artifacts. This software can monitor impairments in real time when used together with the MTM400A, RFM300, IPM400A, and QAM400A Digital TV network probes. VQS1000 can also be used to analyse any Transport Stream file for offline analysis of QoE video impairments.
Cerify® SW (Software), which supports all of the formats and standards supported by Cerify®, and facilitates third-party integration using the CeriTalk API. Recent upgrades to Cerify SW include added analysis support for AVC Intra files, as well as new Audio Loudness tests to meet the ITU-R BS.1770 standard. In addition, the new Cerify Windows Enterprise Solution enables many servers to act as one, offering the flexibility of deploying large Cerify clusters that can process hundreds of files simultaneously while allowing the operational simplicity of provisioning the cluster as if it was one single Cerify unit.
The Tektronix TG700 Sync Pulse Generator with the GPS7 Module, which now provides a user-selectable genlock function in either a master or slave configuration. This is useful for Outside Broadcast Applications that involve multiple trucks, as a TG700 within a truck can now easily be set-up as a master for one production and a slave for the next.
IBC Technology Demonstration – Testing for 3D
Tektronix has also announced that it will be running 3D technology demonstrations throughout the show this year. These demonstrations will show how Tektronix equipment can be used to ensure synchronisation of left- and right-eye video signals:
- The first demonstration will highlight 3D test signals generated as left-eye and right-eye images from the TG700 Multiformat Video Generator along with the new SyncVu display on the WFM8000 and WVR8000 Series, which provides synchronised views of the left two tiles and right two tiles of the four tile display. This allows the user to quickly configure the measurement displays to show the left-eye and right-eye views of the signals in the simultaneous mode. Alternatively the user can combine the two HD-SDI signals using the Dual Link capabilities of the instrument to measure disparity of the left- and right-eye in the waveform and picture displays.
- The second demonstration will showcase a 3D extension to the VQS1000 Video Quality Software application for measuring single-ended, objective video quality measurements. This includes a 3D version of the picture display showing superimposed left and right eye edges and a Perceived Depth Distribution histogram that indicates the depth information for the video stream.
Tektronix Honoured with Two Industry Award Finalist Status Nominations
In recent weeks, Tektronix has been awarded finalist status for two prestigious industry awards being announced during the IBC 2010 show. Its Sentry digital content monitoring solution is one of only 10 products selected as a 2010 IABM Design Awards Candidate in this year's IABM Awards for Design & Innovation. Sentry was selected as a candidate out of a pool of more than 80 nominated products. In addition, Sentry is shortlisted for this year's Cable & Satellite International magazine's Product of the Year Awards. The CSI Awards recognise technical excellence and innovation in the cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcasting and IPTV industries.