The technical side of television requires more than good eyes.
The technical side of television requires
more than good eyes. Broadcast engineers
must make objective, repeatable
observations of signals, waveforms and
values using test gear. We’re beyond saying
“It’s leaving here okay” and letting
the audience make their own subjective
observations. It is far more efficient to
test and verify, and there was plenty of
new gear on display at this year’s NAB
Show to do just that.
BRIDGE TECHNOLOGIES showed the VB288
Content Extractor, which delivers visual
content, status displays and alerts to a
virtual videowall display to be viewed
through any web browser.
COBALT DIGITAL highlighted its 9970-QS
quad-split card. It provides four SDI inputs
(3G/HD/SD), all with frame sync and independent
ARC capability. Multiple UMD
per PiP, user, router source (Utah Scientific
integration), and timecode are standard.
DIGIMETRICS launched Aurora 5, the next
generation of its automated file-based
QC product. Combined with CUDA GPU
acceleration, Aurora 5 is the only QC solution
that can test and play back IMF, including
complex CPLs, and can test 4K in
any other container or codec, including
JPEG 2000, DPX, HEVC, H.264.
DIGITAL NIRVANA demonstrated the latest
version of its Open Media Appliance, a
feature-rich platform for its Monitor IQ
broadcast monitoring and MediaPro content
GRASS VALLEY launched GV Guardian,
an SNMP, WMI, and Syslog-based remote
monitoring tool that easily identifies the
root causes of a failure, notifies responsible
support personnel, and then aggregates
all error logs and hardware failure
data into a single location for analysis
and/or handoff to a Grass Valley Technical
Assistance Center engineer.
INEOQUEST TECHNOLOGIES debuted a new
analytics platform that harvests behavioral
and operational analytics across adaptive
streaming networks allowing comprehensive
analysis of video assets, devices, protocols,
and end user behavior.
MEDIAPROXY highlighted the latest update
to its LogServer ASI logging and monitoring
platform, now with LogJam Remote
and Extract to Remote features, enabling
automated transcoding and burn-in workflows
to remote storage or cloud-based
applications. The company’s LogServer
IP now offers DVR/PVR-style clip-based
MPEG recording, ideal for competitive logging
of native broadcast quality media.
MIRAVID announced further enhancements
to its TeleSight real-time multiviewer
and analysis solution, with support
for monitoring loudness as specified under
the CALM Act ATSC A/85 RP.
|Seth Vermulm talks about the new HEVC
analysis option on the Sencore CMA 1820
compressed media analyzer
SENCORE showed its new VB7880 server
addition to Sencore’s VideoBRIDGE monitoring
system. It provides visual content
extraction, network status, and alerts to
a virtual video-wall display that can be
viewed through any web browser by
NOC operators, executives or engineers
on the go. The company has also added
new HEVC analysis capabilities to its
CMA 1820 compressed media analyzer.
SNELL announced new signal assurance
and monitoring modules, including modules
for lip sync, intelligent content monitoring,
quad split monitor output and
monitoring by exception.
NEVION demonstrated new Flashlink IP
components, including a high-power
2RU modular frame offering high density
and compact size, new multichannel
video, audio and data multiplexer and VikinX
eMerge, a media Ethernet router. All
new solutions integrate with the Flashlink
Live Media Networking application
and existing Flashlink products.
TRIVENI DIGITAL launched StreamScope
MT-50, an enhanced version of the company’s
real-time DTV transport stream
analysis and troubleshooting tool. Operators
can now more effectively monitor
and analyze DTV transport streams and
comply with worldwide standards to ensure
a superior QoS.
VIDEO CLARITY demo-ed Video Clarity RTM, an
automated QoE monitor that measures
the quality between two points. The
company’s ClearView Extreme provides
a suite of repeatable, objective quality
measurements that closely mimic subjective
results. The company also launched
its MOVIE (Motion-based Video Integrity
Evaluation) platform for its ClearView
Video Quality Analyzers.
|Christian Young adjusts the Leader Instruments
LV5490 4K multi SDI monitor with updated
introduced its FS3140 quality-control
software, which combines powerful
automated final analysis plus waveform
and vectorscope displays. Leader
also showed its LV5490 picture and signal
monitor that incorporates test-pattern
generation, support for two-sample
interleaved 4K image transmission and
an HD-SDI output.
LYNX TECHNIK debuted Testor | lite 3G,
with support for SD/HD/3G 4:2:2 and
dual-link video formats. It generates two
simultaneous outputs, as well as one sync
output. It also generates a 3D test pattern
either as two separate signal outputs (left
eye, right eye) or one 3G-SDI 1080P dual-stream
signal (Level B).
PHABRIX debuted its TAG Sx handheld
analyzer/monitor for SD/HD, featuring a
comprehensive audio toolset including
full support for metadata, levels and logging
of Dolby E, D and D Plus. Version 9
software for the Rx rackmount test and
measurement series includes new full
screen waveforms and multichannel
closed caption display: 608/708 and OP47.
ROHDE & SCHWARZ showed its VTC, VTE
and VTS video testers supporting both
analysis and generation of HDMI signals
with resolutions up to 4K.
TEKTRONIX launched the WFM2300 portable
waveform monitor, which includes
all of the features of its WFM2200, plus
enhanced measurement capabilities and
eye pattern and Jitter measurement capability,
as well as cable simulator margin
tests. The company also conducted
a technology demonstration of its 4Kupgraded
WFM8300 Waveform Monitor
with UHDTV1 (3840x2160) content.
Also new is QCloud, Tektronix’s file-based
media QC solution, optimized to run on
cloud platforms. Tektronix also added
HEVC deep dive Elementary Stream analysis
capabilities as a standard option to its
MTS4000 MPEG Test and Analysis System.
VOLICON debuted new Review, Comply,
and Monitor applications within its Observer
Media Intelligence Platform. The
three applications provide tools to evaluate
and validate the content of advertising,
promos, and programming; assuring
the adherence of audio, video, and required
metadata to applicable standards
and regulations; and monitoring and
maintaining the integrity of
content and service delivery.
|Jose Eduardo Favaro (L) answers questions about the
Volicon Capture that allows the ingest of media from any
location into MAM.
BROADCAST DEVICES and DAVICOM
demonstrated their joint
release of the first direct-connection
interface between their
products allowing remote site
ROHDE & SCHWARTZ showed its
R&S BTC broadcast test center,
a reference signal generator
featuring multiple analysis functions
and automated tests for
audio, video and multimedia applications.
WORLDCAST SYSTEMS/AUDEMAT displayed
mobile metering with Goldeneagle
ATSC with precision measurements
and GPS location data.
Z TECHNOLOGY released MeterMatePro
software for use with its R-506 and R-507
Field Strength Meters. The meters provide
automated signal coverage measurement
when used with a PC, MeterMatePro software,
and a GPS receiver. A new optional
MetermatePro application provides clear
comma-delimited text files of frequency,
signal strength, and GPS location on up
to 15 frequencies in a single drive.
DIGITAL NIRVANA launched AnyStream IQ
2.0, the latest version of its cloud-based solution
for reliably recording, logging and
monitoring OTT content. New features
include support for HDS capture and
Advanced Alert Reporting. HDS (HTTP
Dynamic Streaming) capture enables the
user to record and monitor HDS streams
in multiple bit rates or in a pre-selected
bit rate and extract and display captions.
SENCORE introduced new features for
its Videobridge VB330 probe including
OTT V2 monitoring tools which extend
HLS, SmoothStreaming and MPEG-DASH
capabilities with support for RTMP and
subtitle tracks, and provide active OTT
profile alignment tests and manifest file