With more than 103,000 attendees from 161 countries and over 1,800 exhibitors on hand, it’s fair to say that the 2018 NAB Show taking place next week in Las Vegas is the place to be for nearly everyone in the media, entertainment and broadcast industries. As has been the case for many years, Tektronix will be there not only with a strong presence in our own booth (SU5006) but also with our equipment being put to the task to support demonstrations in partner booths (more on that later).
First, lets take a look at what’s going on with Tektronix this year. As you might have noticed from several announcements we’ve issued over the past few weeks leading up to NAB, our emphasis is on enabling quality assurance for next generation video networks.
The media industry is in the midst of sweeping transitions to next generation networks, workflows and delivery mechanisms. Tektronix is helping to make these transitions possible with our hybrid IP and SDI media analysis solutions, 4K/UHD with HDR video monitoring solutions and quality assurance in virtual and cloud environments. Let’s take look.
Video over IP
With the release of the SMPTE 2110 suite of standards for professional media over managed IP networks, the path to an all IP infrastructure has been set. To help broadcasters make this transition, our PRISM media analysis solution now includes support for SMPTE ST 2110 (including -10,-20,-30,-40 and -21).
And, as will be shown at NAB, PRISM is now available with low cost field-upgradable signal generation capabilities that will give broadcasters more confidence when testing SMPTE ST 2110 IP systems.
As you can see first hand when you stop by the Tektronix booth, PRISM provides the comprehensive measurement, network analysis and troubleshooting solution your needed for a smooth transition to the full IP-based infrastructure and workflows of the future. This press release has more detail on the most recent enhancements to the PRISM platform.
Moving to the cloud
It’s no secret that video content providers are making the move to cloud streaming environments. But what might be less apparent is the challenge of maintaining visibility into content quality and figuring out where problems are occurring. As a rule, cloud service providers don’t inherently offer quality assurance as part of their platform.
To fill this need, the Sentry real-time video quality content monitoring solution now delivers live and on-demand video quality assurance across cloud and virtual streaming workflows. With its latest enhancements, Sentry simplifies quality monitoring and gives real visibility into streaming content quality along with in-depth analysis and compliance reporting for OTT/multiscreen services with global scalability. Get the full story in this press release. Or, better still, stop by our booth for a live demo!
Stunning HDR content
Who doesn’t get excited when they see truly stunning content? It’s no surprise that the industry is aggressively making the move to next generation 4K HDR/WCG content creation. But for this move to deliver the stunning visual experience audiences expect, quality assurance is critical.
Tektronix is stepping up to meet this need with 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. And the small form factor WFM/WVR 5200 series now supports HDR graticules for those producing 1080p HDR content, as detailed in this press release. If you’re a colorist or set up cameras for a living, you’ll want to see first hand at NAB how our solutions will make your life easier.
File-based picture quality analysis
Visitors to the Tektronix booth can also see the cutting-edge features introduced on the Aurora file-based QC system, which supports the latest IMF standards, has expanded AWS workflow compatibility and S3 storage support, and can validate 4K-HDR content. Aurora provides a wide range of automated media QC tests that have been honed by testing millions of hours of file-based content in enterprise environments. Available as both cloud and virtual machine implementations, Aurora can be integrated into existing workflows, with an API designed for easy incorporation into management and control systems.
Beyond the wide range of fundamental content quality tests such as video and audio analysis and format compliance, Aurora can now be used to provide a single score picture quality rating using TekMOS. TekMOS is a non-reference picture quality analysis algorithm unique to Tektronix that provides a Mean Opinion Score (MOS) using machine learning techniques. Those scores have a strong correlation to how viewers would rate the quality of the content. Using graphical displays, TekMOS provides an easy-to-read report highlighting any issues, and providing reasons for the score given, enabling providers to quickly take corrective action.
Wait, there’s more
In addition to the full slate of activities in our own booth, our equipment will be found throughout the show floor in partner and customers booths supporting a range of cutting edge demonstrations. Here’s the run down:
- The AJA booth (SL2505) will feature the Tektronix SPG8000A, a precision multiformat video signal generator, serving as the PTP (Precision Time Protocol) source for AJA’s products, including the Kona IP and IPR-10G-HDMI.
- In the Arista booth (SL12105), a Tektronix SPG8000A with PTP will be used to distribute time synchronization across a 2059-2 network. Arista and Tektronix work together to provide highly scalable and resilient PTP networks for the broadcast and high frequency trading industries.
- Over at the Evertz booth (N1503), PRISM will be part of a larger Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) solution and provide test and measurement support for an ST 2110 IP network. Evertz will also be using AWMA IS-04 and IS-05 to register, discover, and control ST 2110 flows to PRISM using Evertz’ MAGNUM, an SDVN orchestration system.
- At the EVS booth (SL3816), EVS and Tektronix will use the SMPTE standards and AIMS supported protocols to execute an IP routed booth showcasing all latest products and solutions. The Tektronix SPG8000A will be used to manage PTP and EVS SCORE MASTER to orchestrate the distributed IP network core for routing.
- In the Grass Valley booth (SL106), a Tektronix WFM2300 portable waveform monitor will be used to provide troubleshooting and verification of reference and SDI signals during the show for in-booth demos. In addition, PRISM will be used for analysis and monitoring of 10G IP signals within Grass Valley’s comprehensive IP workflow that features GV Node IP routing and the new K-Frame X SDI/IP production center.
- Imagine Communications in booth SL1516 is relying on a Tektronix SPG8000A to provide PTP timing for live demonstrations of hybrid SDI/IP workflows across its playout, graphics, routing, processing, control and multiviewer solutions. Imagine is also using PRISM to illustrate that all SMPTE ST 2022 and 2110 signal flows featured in the Imagine booth are compliant with industry specifications.
- In the Nevion booth (SU5510), the PRISM media analysis platform will be connected as a destination on a booth SDN network to switch sources to simulate a shared resource connected to an IP network. The Nevion orchestration platform, VideoIPath, will be used as the controller to initiate the switching of flows in the network.
- In the Sony booth (C11001), PRISM will be used for monitoring HDR video level both of S-Log3 and HLG as a part of Sony’s live HDR workflow promoted as “SR Live for HDR”.
Tektronix SPG8000A and PRISM will also be featured in the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) IP Showcase Interop Demonstration taking place in Booth C12634 where you can catch demos of PTP signal generation and full ST2110 measurements with NMOS.
Even if you’re technically not supposed to talk about what happens in Las Vegas, we hope that while you’re walking the NAB show floor at least you’ll find something worth talking about when you get home!