MPEG Software

Sophisticated MPEG Software tools for Generation, Editing, and Analysis of Transport, Program and Elementary Streams (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC / H.264, and HEVC / H.265)

Tektronix MPEG Software Tools allow you to delve into transport and elementary streams to track down the sources of picture anomalies or Transport Streams with errored syntax. The ability to capture events for deep analysis is critical to identifying the root cause of problems, and our QoE software analysis tools shorten the time to finding the root cause by identifying impairments and artifacts that can be traced directly to network issues.

Models in the MPEG Software Series: 

Model VQS1000
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Generation - - TS Cutter, TS Editor, Multiplexer, Carousel
Monitoring Yes - Yes
Analysis Identify stuck, black, macro-blocking, and compression artifacts in MPEG-2 or H.264 video. Log live data to capture min, max, and average impairment values and bit rates, at user-definable time intervals. Alarms with configurable impairment magnitude, duration, and frequency thresholds. Analysis of decoded MPEG-2, AC-3, MPEG-2 AAC, and MPEG-4 AAC audio to identify loudness problems per ITU-R BS.1770/1771. Stream Compliance Verification, Buffer Analysis with Graphical Plots, Audio Analysis, Closed Caption TSCA with CaptureVu™, PES, T-Std Buffer, Carousel, ES
Record Yes - Yes
Network Interfaces Ethernet - Ethernet
Network Management Yes - -
Multiplex Layers Elementary Streams, Baseband Elementary Streams Transport Stream, Program Stream, Elementary Stream and Baseband (optional)
Form Factor Software Software Software
Audio Standards MPEG-2, AC-3, MPEG-2 AAC, MPEG-4 AAC, ITU-R BS.1770/1771 MPEG-1 Part 3 Layers I and II; MPEG-2 Part 3 Layers I and II; MPEG-2 Part 7 (AAC) Main (Excludes LC and SSR); MPEG-4 Part 3 AAC Main, AAC LC, AAC LTP, SBR; Dolby Digital (AC-3) Baseline Standard, Annex D: Extended/Alternate Bit Stream MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AC-3
Video Standards MPEG-2, H.264 HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264, AVC Intra, SVC, VC-1, MPEG-4 Part 2, 3GPP, MPEG-2, H.263, H.261, Closed Caption (CEA 608, CEA 708, SCTE 20/21) MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265/HEVC, JPEG2000, VC-1
Wrappers - MPEG-2 Program Stream, Transport Stream, MP4, ASF, 3GPP, DVD VOB, QuickTime MOV -
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Tools operate on file based or IP streamsTransport Stream analysis includes both deferred-time (TSCA) and real-time (TSCR) capabilities to analyze streams received via your PC’s Ethernet interface (IP)
Buffer Analysis, Multiplexing and ES Compliance CheckingFacilitate the transition to Next Generation video compression technology with a complete suite of tools for creation and analysis of transport streams.
Compliance verification with the encoding standardConfirm the stream will be correctly decoded by all compliant receivers in the market place
Synchronized video, audio and data viewsInstant cross referencing reduces time to insight and increases efficiency
Reliable and accurate video artifact measurement by performing a full decode on the video stream.Allows operators to determine if the source of a problem is in the content source (for example over-compression) or in network distribution.
Analysis of decoded MPEG-2, AC-3, MPEG-2 AAC and MPEG-4 AAC Audio Loudness in accordance with ITU-R BS.1770/1771 and ATSC A/85.Allows operators in all regions to analyze loudness related problems to the ITU audio standards.



Solving Intermittent Transport Stream Problems with CaptureVu Technology

CaptureVu technology allows you to set an error break point on an incoming real time or stored MPEG transport stream. By setting specific conditions for CaptureVu technology you allow the analyzer to find intermittent problems for you, trigger a recording to memory, or stop analysis to allow you to drill down to the route cause of an issue quickly and efficiently.

A Layman's Guide to PCR Measurements

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A Guide to MPEG Fundamentals and Protocol Analysis

MPEG is one of the most popular audio/video compression techniques because it is not just a single standard. Instead, it is a range of standards suitable for different applications but based on similar principles. MPEG is an acronym for the Moving Picture Experts Group.

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Testing Video Transports Streams Using Templates

The addition of template testing makes Tektronix test systems, such as the MTM400, a very powerful and cost-effective way of applying scheduled service and related tests to specific target probe points. Transmission-chain errors can be detected and pinpointed promptly by strategically....

Testing the MPEG2 Transport Stream

The protocols involved in iTV are very complex. A full understanding of them is necessary, not only to ensure that iTV can be delivered in a flexible way, but in a way that provides the responsiveness that a consumer expects and ultimately pays for.



MPEG-2 Decoder Design & Test

Consumers are rapidly switching from their old analog TV set top boxes to the newer digital boxes in order to get higher-quality video, higher channel counts, and the extra services provided by digital broadcasters.


MPEG Timing and Synchronization Webinar

Whether your job is to design Encoders and Set Top Boxes (STBs), or to evaluate or integrate them, dealing effectively with timing concerns is essential. A Tektronix Buffer Analyzer can pinpoint the source of timing problems, and our webinar covering Program Clock Reference (PCR) issues and more explains timing principles and their impact on video quality.

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