Tektronix, Inc., an industry-leading innovator of video test, monitoring and diagnostics solutions, announced expanded support for 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) across its WFM/WVR 8000 Series and PRISM IP/SDI waveform monitoring and analysis platforms. The small form factor WFM/WVR 5200 series now also supports HDR graticlues for those producing 1080p HDR. These enhancements will enable content providers to more easily capture and produce stunning content using the latest technologies.
The video industry is aggressively making the move to 4K HDR/WCG content creation, with most new truck and facility builds incorporating these technologies. Successful production of HDR/WCG content, however, requires the right tools and new measurement techniques. Camera setup, for example, is more crucial than in the past given the risk of creating issues (e.g. noise in dark areas) that can't be fixed in post production. New techniques are also required to monitor the various camera log formats and conversion to PQ (perceptual quantizer) or HLG (hybrid-log gamma).
"HDR/WCG content production is the future and Tektronix is stepping up with the comprehensive monitoring solutions that both the new generation of media providers and traditional broadcasters need to deliver differentiated services," said Charlie Dunn, general manager, video product line, Tektronix. "Whether its live or post production, Tektronix gives our customers the confidence that their content will stand out from the crowd."
The 4K HDR/WCG enhancements span the full range of Tektronix waveform monitors as well as the PRISM hybrid SDI/IP media analysis platform. Here are the highlights:
WFM/WVR5200 – With the purchase of the PROD option, HDR is now available on this smaller, lower-cost unit that with its shorter 5.5-in. depth is ideal for use in smaller OB vans and trucks. Enhancements include new camera log graticules, HDR graticules for PQ & HLG.
WFM/WVR8300, WFM/WVR8200, WFM/WVR7200 – These instruments now feature extended support for HDR with the inclusion of the HLG1000 graticules for use in live production as well as support for active picture area and Dolby E Guardband measurements against a black burst reference. Other enhancements include luma and gamut bright ups and user selectable HDR limits.
Tektronix waveform monitors and rasterizers provide flexible options and field installable upgrades to monitor a diverse variety of video and audio formats. Support for video formats includes 4K/UHDTV1 (4096×2160 and 3840×2160), 3G-SDI, Dual Link, HD-SDI and composite analog. Support for audio formats includes Dolby E, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, AES/EBU, embedded audio and analog audio.