New technologies such as 4K, Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) allow video content creators to create stunning images and content for delivery to the home, but they also add considerable complexity to workflows. Tektronix, Inc., an industry-leading innovator of video test and monitoring solutions, today unveils a comprehensive set of production tools to help content creators minimize and manage this complexity at its source – the camera. The new solutions, available now, will be demonstrated at IBC 2017 this September on Stand 10 D41.
In live environments, there is often a mix of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) cameras used. When using traditional waveform monitors to balance these cameras the different trace levels for the same luminance levels forces operators to do a lot of guess work as they try to balance the cameras. In studio or episodic production environments, there is a high cost associated with scene setup and luminance levels, therefore, Operators and DP’s (Director of Photography) need quick and consistent ways to set lighting using displays that provide measurements and levels that have a direct correlation to the relative light levels (Stops) rather than percentage scales available in traditional waveform displays. In addition, matching colors and skin tones across different color spaces (BT2020 and BT709) is challenging when producing content in multiple formats which means operators need familiar displays (such as BT709 Vector display) that enable them to make these checks quickly and accurately across color spaces.
“Multiple and still-evolving 4K, WCG and HDR standards and formats put content creators in the position of having to deal with an array of confusing and complex requirements almost daily. And when errors happen, they can end up being costly and time consuming,” said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. “With our new comprehensive monitoring solution based on the PRISM platform, we are helping our customers confidently create high quality content with the latest technologies, giving them a competitive advantage and lowering costs and reducing risk.”
As a software-based platform, PRISM offers a range of options and field-installable upgrades for monitoring hybrid IP/SDI networks among many other applications. With the addition of the new 4K/WCG/HDR toolset, PRISM now becomes a comprehensive production solution specifically designed to address multi-format and multi-standard challenges. PRISM is the ideal HDR and WCG solution for camera acquisition in OB Vans and production studios. The new toolset includes:
Tiffen International will show and demonstrate the innovative new top of the range Steadicam M-1 Volt at IBC 2017. Steadicam still dominates as the stabilised camera platform for the movie industry and the the ultimate top of the range Steadicam, the M-1, has now taken a further step forward by the addition of a new modular add-on upgrade to the M-1 Volt.
Robin Thwaites, International Director of Sales at Tiffen International, Pinewood Studios, is also a top level Steadicam trainer “The M1-Volt is like an horizon assist, because it helps you by holding the post vertical while you make your moves. It’s been done without the addition of heavy motorised gyros. It’s simple but incredibly effective.”
“It drives directly on to the gimbal on the roll and tilt axes, so it holds the roll, and the horizon stays stable. It will also hold the tilt, but because the software is very clever, it’s variable, and it does mean that you can tilt the whole post and keep your horizon level. With the M-1 Volt, previously difficult moves like whip pans become easy to achieve.”
See the M-1 Volt on display and demo on stand 12C75, the Flowcine stand, along with other Tiffen products, with static displays also on the Aaton-Transvideo stand 12F30. Tiffen International team members will be on both these stands during the show, including Terry Carey, Robin Thwaites, Danny Dunning and Filter Guru Eren Ibraham.
There are two more important new Steadicam products to highlight. The first is the new 3 section post. When the M-1 was introduced a lot of users said they would like a slightly longer post so they could go lower in low mode. So Tiffen have now made a three section post. You just replace the two section post with the three section.
The third new Steadicam product is the Three Section Arm. The Steadicam arm is normally 2 sections. The new third arm section is literally a half of a G-70x arm, which in conjunction with the Exovest attaches on to your back and allows you to get one complete section of extra height movement on range, from high to low in one hit rather than having to make any adjustments. That means that if you put the camera in low mode typically you’re going to be able to do a shot which is pretty well from knee height up to eye level.
Tiffen NATural Neutral Density Filters will also be on show. Memorializing the groundbreaking achievements made by Tiffen’s founder, Nat Tiffen. The Tiffen NATural Neutral Density Filter line provides game changing improvements on neutral density filtration, with perfect neutrality across the visual and IR spectrum resulting in natural skintones and outstanding colour fidelity. Manufactured in the USA utilizing the patented Tiffen Color Core process these glass filters represent a new generation of ND and IRND filtration.
With the industry transition to software-centric, IP-connected technology, leading broadcast equipment manufacturer, TSL Products has updated a number of its control, audio monitoring and power management solutions to simplify SDI/IP workflows and streamline operations supporting customers during the transition to IP. The latest versions, including compliance with the emerging SMPTE 2110 family of standards, will be unveiled at IBC2017.
TSL Products’ wide-ranging catalogue of audio monitoring solutions provide practical functionality for various broadcast applications, from critical level-metering, to integrity-monitoring of surround sound for TV channels on transmission. This IBC will see updates to its MPA1 Dante confidence monitoring series to now include support of AES-67 (and thereby further support for Ravenna and Hydra2 networks). AES-67 defines the IP audio transport layer in SMPTE 2110.
TSL Products’ PAM-IP audio monitoring devices, which feature twin Ethernet ports, can also now be used either in Dante or AES-67, modes, making them ideal for use across the SDI to IP infrastructure transition, as the installation moves towards a unified SMPTE solution.
Both ranges also now feature SNMP monitoring and control, which means they can be managed remotely by TSL Products’ TallyMan or other SNMP management systems for the first time. Existing users of the MPA1 can install the improved functionality as a free download.
“Our practical solutions are designed for now and tomorrow,” said Chris Exelby, Managing Director of TSL Products. “We are the trusted partner, providing solutions which support our customers, allowing them to concentrate on producing great content while we take care of the complexities of an industry in transition to IP.”
IBC will also see a new release of TSL Products’ popular TallyMan advanced broadcast control system. With more than 1000 systems in use worldwide, TallyMan is recognised as the most reliable solution to realtime, user-oriented control and dynamic data display, providing best fit control for best of breed systems. The core software continues to evolve, incorporating the advanced access capabilities and automated workflow functionality that its users demand.
A key part of the TallyMan functionality is the ability to design virtual control panels, usually implemented on touchscreen PCs. The latest release of tools allows engineers to create multi-take buttons, which achieve multi-device, precisely time-aligned salvos of commands. The design platform now includes a new range of sliders, rotary encoders and X-Y control, which can be applied to anything from positioning robotic cameras to adjusting audio levels to colour correction. Recent TallyMan installations have included full control of multiple remote studios, increasing production values while reducing costs and ensuring staff time is spent on productive, creative work.
A new addition to the TSL Products command and control range is FlashBoard, a new screen-based information distribution and display system. Integrating seamlessly with TallyMan, third party control systems or capable of independent operation, FlashBoard recognises the increasing need for critical workflow information to be delivered visually at the point of use. It drives multiple displays, each with a unique combination of data, clocks and timers, on-air and cue lights, and production details. Screens are designed quickly using the drag and drop functionality in the TallyMan virtual panel software for display in monitor walls or distributed wirelessly to tablets.
“When we talk to customers around the world, it is clear that they want to be able to implement solutions which are carefully tailored to their specific needs, but which can be delivered quickly, cost-effectively and flexibly,” added Exelby. “Our unique independent position in the industry and our adoption of open standards means we are ideally placed to deliver the Control Systems layer that allows our customers the freedom to choose best fit, best of breed equipment.
System monitoring across a complete infrastructure will also be highlighted at IBC with the TSL Products’ InSite platform, which monitors and manages status, control and alarm parameters over SNMP or Modbus. Concentrated status reports can be presented as web dashboards, with alarms sent as email or SMS. All information is logged to maintain an audit trail and for trending analysis.
A range of intelligent power distribution and monitoring solutions will also be demonstrated by TSL Products. New this year is a vertical distribution unit, offering 20 C13 outlets from dual 32A inputs. The vertical design saves rack space, while retaining the renowned TSL Products quality.
The aim of the TSL Products range is to provide powerful, seamless, easy to implement management and control to improve the reliability and efficiency of broadcast infrastructure. All these products and more can be seen at IBC2017 at TSL Product’s usual location, stand 10.B41, opposite the main entrance to the hall.
Utah Scientific will be participating in the IP Showcase at IBC 2017, which brings together the AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IAMB, MNA, SMPTE, and VSF to deliver a one-stop destination where visitors can learn to unlock the full potential of using IP for real-time media. Utah Scientific will show the latest developments in its 400 Series 3 hybrid router, and it will be one of more than 40 vendors working together to demonstrate real-world IP interoperability.
At IBC2017 in Axon’s stand, Utah Scientific will showcase its all-new 400 Series 3 hybrid router and UHD-12G digital routing switcher in three demo stations: IP hybrid, Axon Cerebrum control, and 4K UHD. Highlights include a new frame controller card enabling seamless integration of the 400 Series 3 with Axon’s Cerebrum control system, as well as conversion cards for SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 that also support the previous-generation 400 Series 2 routers. In addition, Utah Scientific will preview the prototype transceiver cards it is developing for both the 400 Series 2 and 400 Series 3.
“With all the excitement surrounding studio video over IP and the next-generation SMPTE ST 2110 standard, our customers still face the reality of everyday SDI workflows. When we launched our new 400 Series 3 hybrid router at this year’s NAB Show, it was met with great enthusiasm because it can accommodate high-density SDI and the creation of IP signals from a central frame. At IBC2017, we look forward to introducing the 400 Series 3 to the European market. Stations that made a huge investment in SDI workflows are already embracing this hybrid approach because it offers a truly future-proof solution,” commented Tom Harmon, President and CEO, Utah Scientific