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MTS400 Series MPEG Analysis Tools

MTS400P Portable MPEG Test System

MTS400P Portable MPEG Test System

Features & Benefits

  • Industry’s Fastest Analysis Engine enables Reduced Time to Insight, Rapid Development, Evaluation, Deployment, and Diagnostics of Next-generation DTV and IPTV Systems and Services
  • A Wide Range of DTV Standards are Supported, including MPEG, DVB, ATSC, ISDB, and ISDB-TB (Brazil). Specific SI for Terrestrial, Cable, and Satellite, plus Regional Variations of these Standards are Also Supported
  • Range of Analysis Capabilities provide the Necessary Connectivity to Diagnose Problems Anywhere in the Network Environment
  • Integrated Cross-layer Fault Analysis and Logging provides One-box Solution for Fault Diagnosis, Reducing Time to Insight when Troubleshooting
  • Analyze both Constant and Variable Bit Rate Streams (CBR and VBR)*1
  • Playout Functionality provides Stimulus with Parametric Capabilities and IP Multisession Replication to Characterize Behavior of Network or Device Under Test
  • CaptureVu™ Technology Captures and Analyzes System Events in Real Time and Deferred Time to Debug the Intermittent and Complex Problems that Traditional Analyzers Miss
  • Innovative “Program-centric” User Interface brings Expert Power to the Novice User
  • FlexVuPlus allows the User to Bookmark up to 4 Screens of Particular Interest for Quick and Easy Access
  • H.264 Buffer Analysis, Multiplexing, and ES Compliance Checking provide the Most Powerful Suite of Tools for Creation and Analysis of Transport Streams Containing H.264 Content
  • Both Buffer Analysis and Multiplexing are Now Available for MPEG-4 AAC, a Mandatory ISDB-TB Audio CODEC. These Compliment the Existing MPEG-4 AAC ES Compliance Checking
  • Portable Platform for Field-based Use
  • Try Before You Buy: Demo Versions of the TSCA, Multiplexer, and Buffer Analyzer are Available to Download


Broadcasters and Network Operators
  • Analysis of Transport Streams to Confirm Correct System Operation and Isolate Faults During Installation and Commissioning
  • ASI, SMPTE310M, LVDS, and IP Connectivity and Analysis provide Single-box Solution for Broadcast System Troubleshooting
  • Integrated Cross-layer Fault Analysis and Logging for Network Fault Diagnosis Reduces Time to Insight when Troubleshooting and Removes the Need for Additional IP-specific Diagnostic Equipment
  • Tests Contribution Feeds or Encoder Outputs, Multiplexer Inputs/Outputs, Head End Modulators, and IP Encapsulators
  • Tests PCR Insertion, Recovery, and Regeneration Equipment
  • Compliance Checker helps Diagnose CODEC-related Interoperability Problems. This is Especially Valuable when Migrating from MPEG-2 to AVC/H.264 Video
Equipment Manufacturers – Manufacturing Test
  • Stream Playout and Recording provides Repeatable Test Source with Seamless Looping and Continuous Time Stamping for Test and Alignment of STBs, IRDs, and Modulators
  • Equipment Test is Simplified and Faster with CaptureVu™ and High-speed TS Analysis
  • Multiplexer/Remultiplexer Option allows Custom Test Stream Creation for Fast and Flexible Equipment Stress Testing
  • Duplex Operation allows End-to-End Testing of System Network Elements*2

*1 Some timing-related measurements are not possible with VBR streams.

*2 Duplex is not available for Transport Streams over IP.


Summary of Standard MTS400P Tools

Standard Tools

Optional Tools

Real Time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer

Deferred Time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer

TS Editor and Cutter





T-STD Buffer Analyzer


PES Analyzer


Carousel Analyzer


Carousel Generator


MPEG-2 ES Analyzer*3

Standard Interfaces

Optional Interfaces


IP Video (10/100/1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-SX, LX, ZX)

LVDS (DVP Parallel)




Ethernet IP (10/100/1000BASE-T)

Use with Player only


Further details are available by selecting the option header or from the Product Information.

*3 For MPEG-4, H.264, and VC-1 analysis, please refer to the MTS4CC ES Compliance Checker or MTS4EA ES Analyzer.

Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer (TSCA)


The TSCA offers significant enhancements over traditional software-based deferred-time (stored streams) MPEG analyzers. The combination of an innovative high-speed analysis engine and built-in intelligence allows ultrafast pinpointing and debugging of intermittent faults in MPEG Transport Streams used in next-generation DTV and IPTV systems and services.

The TSCA also provides real-time analysis of Transport Streams received through the MTS400’s stream interfaces, including an optional IP Video interface. The real-time analysis includes cross-layer time-correlated IP and TS measurements, alarms, and error logging together with stream recording.

The TSCA includes the CaptureVu™ technology and PCR measurement and graphing capabilities. CaptureVu™ technology captures and analyzes system events in real time and deferred time to debug the intermittent and complex problems that traditional analyzers miss.

Standards compliance is ensured through built-in customizable scripting supporting the broadest ranges of ratified and evolving DTV standards, including ATSC, DVB-C, DVB-H, DVB-S, DVB-T, ISDB-S, ISDB-T, ISDB-TB (Brazil), and MPEG. To maintain compatibility with the latest standards, flexibility is the key. New standards and proprietary tables can easily be catered for by loading Tektronix-supplied updates, or creating your own custom scripts.

Users can configure the TSCA software to display stream information in user-selected fonts. This feature enables you to view stream information in your local language or to use custom fonts.

Note: Only real-time TSCA is included as standard, deferred-time operation is an option.

Creating, Editing, and Resizing Transport Streams

Two direct stream manipulation packages are supplied as standard with the MTS400. TS Cutter allows resizing of Transport Streams. TS Editor allows direct editing of Transport Streams using a hexadecimal view as well as a header interpretation guide.

Summary of MTS400P Optional Tools


The Player tool provides a Transport Stream stimulus for a device under test through the ASI, SMPTE310, LVDS (DVB Parallel), or IP stream interfaces. Continuous playout of looped streams is possible at up to maximum ASI rate of 214 Mb/s with automatic updating of time stamps. Playout rate can be automatically determined from file PCRs or manually set. Simultaneous playout and recording (duplex operation) for end-to-end system test is supported with the ASI/SMPTE310M and LVDS interfaces.

Playout through the IP interface provides stimulus with parametric capabilities and multisession replication to characterize behavior of a network or device under test. This capability enables equipment manufacturers developing hardware or software solutions for video distribution over IP and IPTV to ensure quality and performance of products, resulting in reduced development costs and accelerated rollout of next-generation IP broadcast services.


When testing network elements or set-top boxes, a Transport Stream of the representative type needed is often not available. Even if there is a similar one, vital components within it may be missing or suffer from a lack of SI (Service Information) or other tables, or are multiplexed to the incorrect Transport Stream rate for the application.

Use the Multiplexer/Remultiplexer/Demultiplexer application to create and modify multiprogram Transport Streams with custom SI/PSI/PSIP information for DVB, ATSC, ISDB*4, and MPEG compliant Transport Streams.

Video and audio Elementary Streams may also be multiplexed into a Transport Stream. H.264 streams, both with and without SEI timing messages, are supported. Bit rate and frame rate auto-detection features aid the import process.

This enables the user to create their own test streams that they can use to validate and debug their designs more quickly, and also to create errored streams to perform parametric stress testing and ensure robustness and quality of their MPEG-2 or H.264 implementation.


The Make Seamless wizard is provided with the Multiplexer. When looping a Transport Stream to simulate continuous playout, errors can be generated at the loop point caused by discontinuities in timing information. The Make Seamless wizard provides the opportunity of creating a seamless version of a Transport Stream file by adjusting SI and ES components within the stream.

Buffer Analyzer

When developing professional and consumer equipment, particularly encoders and set-top boxes, the characteristics of the test streams being either generated or used as stimulus need to be ascertained. Of critical importance among these characteristics is adherence to the buffer model. That is, when the stream is processed by a receiver, will any of the internal buffers be caused to either under- or overflow. Consequences of these conditions will be freeze frames and receiver resets.

There are two types of buffer model; the one to use by the receiver is signaled within the Elementary Stream itself. The T-STD method is based upon the DTS values within the PES header and can be used for any contained CODEC type. Additionally, certain video CODECs such as MPEG-2 and H.264/AVC may signal buffer parameters within the ES. The Buffer Analyzer verifies conformance of a stream to the T-STD model. Verification of the H.264/AVC HRD method is covered by the MTS4EA product.

*4 This includes ISDB-TB (Brazil) and a Single Segment mode.

Packetized Elementary Stream (PES) Analyzer

When developing professional and consumer equipment, particularly encoders and set-top boxes, the characteristics of the test streams being either generated or used as stimulus need to be ascertained. The header associated with each PES packet is of particular interest, as it contains the decode and presentation time stamps (DTS and PTS) for the contained Elementary Stream. Errors in these time stamps may cause resets or picture freeze problems at the receiver in extreme cases. They are more typically the cause of lip sync problems where the time stamps of associated video and audio streams are not synchronized. The PES Analyzer is designed to help address these problems as well as verify conformance of the PES header contents to the MPEG, DVB, and ATSC standards.

Elementary Stream (ES) Analyzer

The ES Analyzer is intended for CODEC design, optimization, and conformance purposes. It provides the ability to view the moving picture from within a PES stream and carry out a whole range of sophisticated tests on the lower layers of an elementary stream within a Transport Stream. In addition, it both analyzes and displays a range of extended media formats, including ATSC Closed Captions, DVB Subtitles, and Teletext associated with video Elementary Streams.


For analysis of MPEG-4, AVC/H.264, and VC-1 as well as MPEG-2 Elementary Streams, please refer to the MTS4EA data sheet (2AW-18069).

Carousel Analyzer

When developing either data or object carousels for interactive applications, designers not only need to verify the content of carousels, but also whether they are compliant with the relevant standards, and to optimize the settings between transmission bandwidth and responsiveness of the user experience. These settings are mainly concerned with the repetition rates of the various carousel groups. The Carousel Analyzer is designed to address all of these needs for a Transport Stream file containing carousel components. It analyzes carousels compliant with MPEG-2 DSM-CC, DVB (including MHP), DTT (MHEG-5), or ARIB standards.

Carousel Generator

The Carousel Generator product is used for creating object carousel contents within an output Transport Stream. This is particularly useful in test situations where the effects of varying parameters, such as individual repetition intervals, may be quickly ascertained. The generator will create object carousels conforming to the MPEG-2 DSM-CC, DVB, DTT (MHEG-5), or MHP standards.

Performance You Can Count On

Depend on Tektronix to provide you with performance you can count on. In addition to industry-leading service and support, this product comes backed by a one-year warranty as standard.



System Characteristics



MPEG Stream Source

Supports MPEG-2, DVB, ATSC, and ISDB protocols. Records and plays out MPEG streams in multiple formats. Error-free looping. PCR jitter insertion

Packet Length

188, 204, or 208 bytes, and non-TS

ASI Maximum Data Rate


200 Mb/s


120 Mb/s

   Maximum individual file size

100 GB

ASI Minimum Data Rate

   Play and record

256 Kb/s

   MPEG analysis

500 Kb/s

   IP generation

IPv4, IPv6, RTP, UDP, Unicast, IGMP Multicast and Broadcast modes, TTS

IP Maximum Data Rate

   Single session

160 Mb/s or 200 Mb/s with optional IP Video interface

   Session replication

300 Mb/s

Input/Output Interfaces


Ethernet IP (10/100/1000BASE-T)

Available Optional Interfaces

IP Video (10/100/1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-SX, LX, ZX)

Internal Reference Clock

27 MHz ±1 ppm when manufactured


±1 ppm over temperature range

Long-term Drift

±0.5 ppm per year

External Reference Input

27 MHz ±1 ppm (recommended)

Transport Stream Interfaces



DVB Synchronous Parallel Interface


25-pin D-sub

   Maximum data rate

200 Mb/s

IP Interface

10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 Network Interface

SMPTE310M/ASI/SPI Interface

   SMPTE310M connector

BNC, Data rate: 19.39 Mb/s

   ASI connector

BNC, Maximum data rate: 200 Mb/s

   SPI In connector

25-pin D-sub, Maximum data rate: 200 Mb/s

IP Video (Optional)

Session Support Discovery of up to 500 IP sessions

Simultaneous monitoring of key parameters including Continuity Count and Sync Byte

Packet Interarrival Time (PIT) for all sessions

RTP sessions are monitored for Out-of-Order and Dropped Packets

   Port options

      Opt. IPTVP

Gigabit Ethernet Interface with 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 electrical port

      Optical SFP modules which plug into IP Video Card GE to provide optical connectivity:

      Opt. SX

1000BASE-SX Short-wavelength optical port with LC connector for Gigabit Ethernet Interface

(Multi Mode 850 nm)

      Opt. LX

1000BASE-LX Long-wavelength optical port with LC connector for Gigabit Ethernet Interface

(Single Mode 1310 nm)

      Opt. ZX

1000BASE-ZX Optical port with LC connector for Gigabit Ethernet Interface (Single Mode 1550 nm)

   Maximum data rate

Line rate

   ASI output

ASI compliant with specification EN 50083-9

ASI smoothing can be activated to compensate for bursty IP traffic

   Protocol stack support

IPv4 and v6 support





   Multicast and control support

IGMP v2 and v3

MLD v1 and v2


ICMP (Inbound and Outbound ping)

   IP packet support

7 Transport Stream packets per IP packet

(188 byte packets)

FEC (FEC is parsed but is not processed)

Platform Characteristics



Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP

Disk Space

System: 19.5 GB

MPEG storage: 182 GB


1024 MB


1024×768, color LCD

Character Input


Keyboard and Mouse



VGA output, printer port, serial port, USB 2.0, 1000BASE-T Ethernet, IEEE1394b






+5 °C to +40 °C


–20 °C to +60 °C



20% to 80% (noncondensing)


5% to 90% (noncondensing)



Up to 3 km


Up to 12 km







UL61010-1, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1-04, EN61010-1

Australia Declaration of Conformity

AS/NZS 2064

Power Requirements



Mains Voltage Range

100 to 240 V AC

Mains Frequency

50/60 Hz

Power Requirements

180 VA max

Physical Characteristics




















Ordering Information

MTS400P Portable MPEG Test System

Real-time stream analysis and capture over LVDS (DVB SPI), ASI, and SMPTE310M interfaces, 512 MB RAM, 182 GB MPEG stream storage, USB keyboard and mouse, front cover, user manual, and one-year warranty.

MTS400P Options




Deferred Time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer with CaptureVu™ technology

Opt. PL


Opt. MX


Opt. PA

PES Analyzer

Opt. BA

Buffer Analyzer

Opt. ES

MPEG-2 ES Analyzer*3

Opt. DB

Carousel Analyzer

Opt. CG

Carousel Generator


Carousel Analyzer and Carousel Generator


IP Video Gigabit Ethernet Interface with 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 electrical port

Opt. SX

1000BASE-SX Short-wavelength optical port with LC connector (Multi Mode 850 nm) (requires Opt. IPTVP)

Opt. LX

1000BASE-LX Long-wavelength optical port with LC connector (Single Mode 1310 nm) (requires Opt. IPTVP)

Opt. ZX

1000BASE-ZX Optical port with LC connector

(Single Mode 1550 nm) (requires Opt. IPTVP)

Repair Service



Opt. R3

Repair Service 3 Years

Opt. R5

Repair Service 5 Years




Opt. L0

English Manual

Opt. L5

Japanese Manual

International Power Plugs



Opt. A0

North America power cord

Opt. A1

Universal Euro power cord

Opt. A2

United Kingdom power cord

Opt. A3

Australia power cord

Opt. A4

240 V, North America power cord

Opt. A5

Switzerland power cord

Opt. A6

Japan power cord

Opt. A10

China power cord

Opt. A11

India power cord

Opt. A99

No power cord or AC adapter

Field Upgrade Kits






Adds Deferred Time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer with CaptureVu™ technology


Opt. PL

Adds Player


Opt. MX

Adds Multiplexer


Opt. PA

Adds PES Analyzer


Opt. BA

Adds Buffer Analyzer


Opt. ES

Adds MPEG-2 ES Analyzer*3


Opt. DB

Adds Carousel Analyzer


Opt. CG

Adds Carousel Generator



Adds Carousel Analyzer and Carousel Generator



Adds IP Video Gigabit Ethernet Interface with 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ45 electrical port


Opt. SX

Adds 1000BASE-SX Short-wavelength optical port with LC connector

(Multi Mode 850 nm) (requires Opt. IPTVP)


Opt. LX

Adds 1000BASE-LX Long-wavelength optical port with LC connector

(Single Mode 1310 nm) (requires Opt. IPTVP)


Opt. ZX

Adds 1000BASE-ZX Optical port with LC connector (Single Mode 1550 nm) (requires Opt. IPTVP)


Opt. UPG

Upgrade to latest version of MTS400 Series base software and installed options. Includes CD and Manual

*3 For MPEG-4, H.264, and VC-1 analysis, please refer to the MTS4CC ES Compliance Checker or MTS4EA ES Analyzer.