Tektronix, an industry-leading innovator of video quality monitoring solutions, unveiled an industry-first hybrid SDI/IP media analysis platform, Prism, that enables a smooth transition from SDI-based to IP-based infrastructure.
The broadcast industry is at the beginning of a revolutionary migration to an all-IP infrastructure. However, huge investments in existing technology and workflows mean that this transition will take place in phases, creating a need for test and monitoring solutions that can provide visibility into new kinds of problems and then keep things consistent for engineers and operators as they manage hybrid facilities. Prism addresses this need with its unique ability to diagnose and correlate both SDI and IP signal types and help quickly identify the root cause of the error, whether it is in the IP layer or in the content layer.
"With Prism, we are providing an essential tool for broadcasters and content creators that will give them the confidence to build out IP facilities. On top of new forms of analysis, we know a big part of our job is to help our customers leverage the existing workflows, talent, and infrastructure as they embark on these changes," said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "Going a step further, as a completely new software-defined analysis platform, Prism also represents a future-proof solution that will continue to give our customers the flexibility and insights they need well beyond the transition period."
Prism offers input signals identification that can quickly identify the IP streams in the Ethernet link and the content in each of the streams. Various intuitive displays help shorten the learning curve of users. Specifically, Prism provides packet interval histogram and trend graphs that help determine the root cause of packet loss. Graphical displays coupled with historical data help solve intermittent problems quickly. Its timing display helps engineers quickly adjust the timing of the signal within a hybrid environment using PTP or black burst / tri-level sync as the reference source. As a software-defined platform, Prism can accommodate a wide range of application needs and will be continuously updated as new technologies and standards emerge over time.