WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor

SDI and HDMI multi-format, multi-standard portable waveform monitor

The WFM5250 waveform monitor offers uncompromised monitoring quality with sharp CRT-like traces, SDI (SD/HD) and HDMI monitoring, with a range of software options, and an upgrade path to 3G-SDI.

This portable video waveform monitor weighs less than 3 kg and provides an ideal solution for basic video and audio monitoring needs in a convenient 3RU half-rack short depth form factor, suitable for space-constrained environments. The WFM5250 supports options to accept power from a 12 VDC source, a battery or a 100-240 VAC converter, and shares the same accessories with the 5200 series models.

Models in the WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor Series: 

Model Formats Features Measurements Monitoring Generator Options List Price
WFM5250 SD, HD, Dual Link, 3G (Option 3G), HDMI Waveform, Vector, Picture, Audio, Gamut Data Analysis (Option DATA) Multiple Inputs, Gamut, Simultaneous Input (Option SIM), Audio(Option AUD), 3D Stereoscopic (Option S3D) Basic Test Signal (Option GEN) Get Price



4 Tile monitoringStreamline the camera set up process overlaying the Waveform & Vector or Waveform & Lightning displays, plus Picture Thumbnail, in a single tile display.
Audio Loudness monitoring / measurement capabilities (Option LOUD + Option AUD)Monitor the loudness changes between programs and commercials ATSC A85 and ITU 1770/1771 Recommendations.
Advanced color gamut displays (Spearhead and Luma Qualified Vector – LQV displays) which work in conjunction with Diamond gamut display (Option PROD)Provides the most comprehensive color gamut monitoring tool for precise color gamut adjustments.
Multi-rate Color Bar and Pathological Signal Generator (Option GEN)Provides engineers with a simple signal source for quick signal path verification during system and/or equipment setup and troubleshooting.
HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) supportAllows monitoring of consumer Set-Top Box or Blu-ray device to verify content.


Datasheet Accessory Description
WFM50FGM Anton Bauer Battery Adapter (Gold - Mount) Battery & Charger sold separately as accessories
WFM50FSC Soft carrying case for WFM5000 or WFM4000 (WFM50F01 is required)
WFM50FVM Sony /IDX Battery Adapter (V - Mount, Battery & Charger NOT included
WFMRACK-NN 19 inch, 3RU, full-depth, Dual Rack Cabinet that accommodates a combination of one or two WFM4xxx, WFM5xxx, WFM6xxx, WFM7xxx, or WFM8xxx Series products

LQV (Luminance Qualified Vector) Measurements with the WFM8200/8300 How To Guide

Learn how the patented Luminance Qualified Vector (LQV) Display enhances the current Diamond/Split Diamond, Arrowhead and Vector Displays.

Color Correction for Video

Chapter 3 excerpt from Hullfish's larger book on Color Correction for Video.

Audio Loudness Monitoring How-To Guide

This hands-on guide making Audio Loudness measurements with the Tektronix waveform monitors or rasterizers provides step by step instructions on how to configure a waveform monitor to make loudness measurements to one of the standards ATSC A/85, EBU R 128 or ARIB  TR-B.32.

Preventing Illegal Colors

To prevent the undesired impact of color gamut violations, Tektronix has developed several displays that simplify assessment of proper gamut compliance.

Tips & Tricks: Using the TandemVu display in Camera Set Up

Are you setting up a camera and want to insure that you have the proper signal levels on the first shot? With the Tektronix TandemVu display, you can easily make adjustments within one display for both waveform and vector. Download this Tips & Tricks to find out how to use it in Camera Set Up.

Tips and Tricks: Interpretation of HDMI EDID Data with the WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor

Learn how to use the WFM5250 Waveform Monitor to analyze HDMI EDID packets.

Tips & Tricks: Using the Lightning display in Camera Set Up

The Lightning display provides both amplitude and interchannel timing information for the three channels of a component signal – within a single display. Download this Tips & Tricks to find out how to use it in Camera Set Up.

10 Things you Need to Know About the Value of Scopes as Creative Tools

Have you ever wanted to make a final sequence look better? Have you ever wondered what colors you are really looking at? Tektronix has developed a set of tools that can help editors and colorists easily adjust the color fidelity of the image and maintain the video signal within suitable gamut limits.

Download the Custom Presets from the Color Correction for Video Using Custom Presets Application Note

Color Correction for Video - Scene Matching

Editor and Colorist Steve Hullfish demonstrates how to make two shots in a scene look like they belong together even if they were shot by different cameras or at different times of day. Learn how to save time by overlaying the LIVE feed from your system on TOP of the captured still.


How to Test Video & Audio Quality through HDMI with HDCP

This webinar will teach you how to test video & audio quality with HDCP encryption through HDMI without the use of a separate protocol analyzer. In addition, we'll provide tips and tricks on how to do effective audio loudness monitoring, picture quality analysis, equipment characterization and more at the output of a Set Top Box or Blu-Ray player.

Watch this webinar to learn more about:

•        An overview of HDMI 1.3, 1.4, & 1.4A and how they relate to SDI

•        How to test video signals with HDCP encryption through HDMI      

•        Tips & tricks for effective audio loudness monitoring, picture quality analysis, equipment characterization and more!

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Understanding and Troubleshooting Closed Captions

The February 2014 rule changes may force you to re-examine your ability to comply with FCC Closed Caption rules. This webinar examines the changes, and how to test for compliance using waveform monitors for SD or HD-SDI in Broadcast and using Elementary Stream Analyzers in Transmission.

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Loudness Measurement and Monitoring Part 2

New changes to the  ITU-R BS.1770-3 standard for measuring and controlling Audio Loudness now allow operators and engineers to easily monitor the audio loudness of their programs. Learn  how to  monitor Audio loudness and ensure compliance to the CALM Act. •Part 2 describes how to using a Tektronix Waveform Monitor or Rasterizer to measure and monitor audio loudness.

Loudness Measurement and Monitoring Part 1

New changes to the  ITU-R BS.1770-3 standard for measuring and controlling Audio Loudness now allow operators and engineers to easily monitor the audio loudness of their programs. Learn more about these important changes through this Tektronix webinar:

• Part 1 provides information on the basics of the standards • Managing audio loudness using the updated ITU-R BS.1770-3 standards
• ATSC recommended practice A/85 that provide techniques for establishing and maintaining audio loudness (CALM Act)

Color Gamut Monitoring Webinar

Description: This webinar will explain how the industry's most comprehensive color gamut monitoring tools can be applied for precise color gamut adjustments when used in conjunction with Tektronix' patented Diamond gamut and Spearhead displays. Techniques using the new gamut monitoring technologies to help produce and qualify video content will also be covered.

Camera Alignment and Matching webinar

Matching a camera is critical to ensure the look from camera to camera or scene to scene and we will show you some techniques to simplify your camera matching.

Broadcast Data Analysis / Ancillary Data Webinar

Today a wide variety of ancillary data is being carried within the serial digital interface (SDI) and it is important to ensure that this data is correctly formatted and conveys the correct information within the packet.

WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor Related Information

Understanding Colors & Gamut Poster

Understanding Colors and Gamut This poster provides a quick graphical reference to understand gamut and how to correct gamut problems within the video signal.

Production and Post-Production Video Tutorials

Learn how to balance multiple cameras and color correct video by watching these "How To" Video Tutorials

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Video Test and Monitoring solutions include Baseband Video, MPEG Video and Video Quality & Service Assurance.

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