This video/audio/data monitor and analyzer all-in-one platform provides flexible options and field installable upgrades to monitor a diverse variety of video and audio formats. Support for video formats includes 3G-SDI, Dual Link, HD-SDI and composite analog. Support for audio formats includes Dolby E, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, AES/EBU, embedded audio and analog audio.
- Multiformat, multistandard video monitoring
Standard auto-detection of HD/SD-SDI and multiple Dual Link video formats
Composite analog (PAL/NTSC) video support (Option CPS)
Simultaneous monitoring (Option SIM) allows monitoring of 2 HD/SD-SDI inputs or 1 HD/SD-SDI input and 1 CPS input. Option 3G is required for 3G-SDI format support
Multiple Input Mode allows monitoring of 2 to 4 SDI inputs simultaneously (4-input mode requires Option 2SDI)
Upgradeable to 3G-SDI (Level A and Level B) format support (Option 3G)
- Comprehensive audio monitoring (Option AD or DPE)
Up to 16-channel audio monitoring for embedded audio
Multichannel Surround Sound 1 display and flexible Lissajous display
Audio Loudness monitoring to ITU-R BS.1770-3 (Option AD or DPE)
Support for analog, digital, and embedded audio (Option AD)
Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E (Option DPE)
Comprehensive Dolby metadata decode and display (Option DPE)
Dolby E Guard Band meter with user-defined limits (Option DPE)
- Unmatched display versatility
FlexVu™, the most flexible four-tile display, suited for various application needs to increase productivity
Tektronix-patented Diamond and Arrowhead displays for gamut monitoring
Tektronix-patented Timing and Lightning displays
New Tektronix-patented Spearhead display and Luma Qualified Vector (LQV™) display facilitate precise color adjustment for post-production applications (Option PROD)
Stereoscopic 3D video displays for camera alignment and production/post-production applications (Option S3D)
- Black picture and Tektronix-patented frozen picture detection
- Advanced ANC data monitoring
CEA708/608 Closed Caption monitoring; Teletext (WST), SMPTE2031, OP47, and ARIB B.37 subtitle monitoring
Detect and decode ANC data including AFD, WSS, Video Index, TSID, V-Chip, Broadcast Flag/CGMS-A, VITC, LTC, and ANC TC ARIB STD-B35/B37/B39, TR-B22, and TR-B23 support
In-depth digital data analysis helps quickly resolve difficult content quality and reliability issues (Option DAT)
Standard and user-definable Safe Area Graticules facilitate editing and format conversion tasks, reducing the need for rework
Active Format Description (AFD) detection, decode, and automatically adjusted graticule in Picture display enable easy identification of aspect-ratio related issues
- Superior physical layer signal measurement
High-performance real-time eye pattern display, jitter measurements, and patented cable length measurement (Option PHY3)
Most comprehensive eye pattern measurements including eye amplitude, rise/fall time, and overshoot/undershoot measurements as well as Tektronix jitter waveform display (Option PHY3)
- Unmatched usability
CaptureVu® advanced video frame data capture simplifies troubleshooting and equipment setup
32 instrument presets for quick recall of commonly used configurations tailored to engineers or operators
Front-panel USB port enables easy transfer of presets, captured video frame data, screenshots, and error log
Front-panel headphone port enables quick verification of selected audio pair
Intuitive menu structure and context-sensitive help
Extensive alarms, status reporting, and error logging
Bright, crisp, high-resolution LED backlight display
SNMP and Ethernet remote interface capabilities and GPI control facilitate centralized monitoring and control
1 Audio Surround Sound Display licensed from Radio Technische Werksütten GmbH and Co. KG (RTW).
Monitoring and compliance checking in content distribution and broadcast transmission
Quality control in content production and post-production
Equipment/system qualification and troubleshooting for installation and maintenance of content creation and distribution facilities
Post-production edit suite and color correction monitoring
WFM7200 waveform monitor
The monitoring and measurement capabilities of this instrument provide a comprehensive suite of options and configurations to suit a variety of applications. For monitoring applications Tektronix-patented gamut displays simplify color adjustments for camera balancing and color correction applications. Get information about the signal at a glance from the audio session and video session displays that assist in ensuring quality control of the image.
Multiformat support grows with your needs
Tektronix provides an extensive audio toolset for monitoring analog, digital AES/EBU, and digital embedded within Option AD. Up to 16 channels of embedded audio can be monitored for bar levels, which allows the operator to quickly check audio signal levels. Lissajous, Surround Sound 1 , and correlation meters show the interaction of the audio channels. For Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E, Option DPE adds the additional functionality to decode the Dolby stream with a comprehensive Dolby metadata decode and status display. To ensure Dolby E synchronization the guard band meter easily shows the start of the Dolby frame in relation to the video signal with user-defined limits.
Loudness is a critical audio measurement to make for each produced program and throughout the distribution chain. The instrument includes a Loudness meter as part of Option AD or DPE, with short and infinite audio loudness measurements to ITU-R BS.1770-3 standard. Preset configurations are defined to meet ATSC A/85, EBU R128, and ARIB TR-B32 to suit the specific requirements of these standards. For detailed analysis of loudness a graphical plot provides a Loudness Session that can store up to 30 hours of data and can be downloaded for inclusion in documentation using a network connection or USB device.
A variety of ancillary data is now carried within the SDI signal, and the ANC data toolset of the instrument can help monitor and troubleshoot problems within the signal chain. The Aux Data Status display provides a summary of critical ANC data such as closed captioning / subtitling, AFD, and time code. The ANC Data Inspector allows the user to quickly verify the presence of ANC data within the signal and the Datalist display allows inspection of the data line by line, sample by sample.
For measurement of the physical layer, the instrument includes high-precision eye and jitter displays that provide automated measurements of amplitude, rise/fall times, overshoot/undershoot, and timing or alignment jitter. The measurement functions of the instrument also include options for AV Delay and Stereoscopic 3D monitoring, making this instrument an ideal choice for monitoring and measurement applications.
- Video monitoring standards and formats
Standard definition SDI – standard
High definition SDI – standard
Dual Link (4:2:2, 4:4:4, alpha channel, 10 bit, 12 bit) – standard
Composite analog video – Option CPS
3G-SDI (Level A and Level B) – Option 3G
Multiple input mode, four SDI inputs – Option 2SDI
- Color gamut monitoring
Arrowhead display – standard
Diamond and Split Diamond displays – standard
Spearhead display – Option PROD
Luma Qualified Vector (LQV™) – Option PROD
- Audio monitoring standards and formats
Analog, digital AES/EBU, digital embedded – Option AD
Analog and digital including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E – Option DPE
- Measurement and analysis
Automated eye pattern and jitter measurements – Option PHY3
Color bar and pathological signal generation – Option GEN
Digital data analysis – Option DAT
ANC Data Inspector – Option DAT
Simultaneous input monitoring – Option SIM
Stereoscopic 3D monitoring – Option S3D
Audio/Video delay measurement – Option AVD
See and Solve™ with Tektronix displays
Tektronix See and Solve™ displays simplify video monitoring tasks such as calibration, error detection, and content correction allowing users to detect errors at a glance and troubleshoot them efficiently. Specialized Session and Status displays provide summarized yet comprehensive reports of conditions and measurements of content parameters.
A variety of Session and Status displays can be viewed at a glance with FlexVu™
The powerful Error Log is configurable by a variety of alarm conditions such as black and frozen frame detection and provides detailed reports for up to 10,000 events that can be downloaded using a web browser or saved through a front-panel connection to a USB flash drive. Alarms can also activate ground closures and SNMP traps, simplifying centralized monitoring of multiple programs and allowing the operator to be alerted to problems within the transmission chain.
The FlexVu™ four-tile display provides maximum flexibility to increase your productivity. Unlike instruments with predetermined view combinations or limited choices, FlexVu™ lets you create a multi-view display tailored to your specific needs and work practices. Each tile can be configured to enable easy signal analysis such as multiple alarm and status screens, different Safe Area Graticules and cursors on each tile, and more.
Tektronix displays offer the sharpest CRT-like trace quality for clear waveform and vector monitoring without pixelation distortions. The familiar video waveform display can show SD, HD, or 3G-SDI (with Option 3G) signals in RGB, YPbPr, YRGB, or composite formats. Signal components can be displayed in either Parade or Overlay mode. For composite analog video, NTSC and PAL signals can be displayed with luma, chroma, and luma+chroma filtering.
The Vector display offers user-selectable graticules, color targets (75% or 100%), and color axis.
Color correction toolset for editors and colorists
The Tektronix-patented Diamond, Split Diamond, and Arrowhead gamut displays simplify the process of verifying gamut compliance.
Tektronix-patented Diamond, Spearhead, and Arrowhead gamut displays, along with the Picture Bright-up display
The Diamond and Split Diamond displays help easily identify and correct RGB gamut errors in digital video signals. The Arrowhead display saves time in verifying composite gamut compliance for digital video signals.
User-selectable gamut thresholds let you tailor these displays and the associated gamut alarms to your particular compliance standards. You can also select bright-up conditions to easily see the location of gamut errors in the picture display. Flexible Safe Area Graticules within the picture display allow for quick placement of graphics, titles, or logos. Using FlexVu™, users can see two or more pictures with different graticules.
The instrument also features optional advanced color gamut monitoring capabilities including the Tektronix-patented Luma Qualified Vector (LQV™) display and Spearhead display (Option PROD) which, when used in conjunction with Tektronix proprietary Diamond and Split Diamond gamut displays, provide the most comprehensive color gamut monitoring tools available for precise color gamut adjustments.
The combination of FlexVu™ and variety of gamut displays allow the instrument to be customized for your individual application to meet your needs. Additionally, simple presets can be set up and quickly recalled allowing the user to rapidly switch from one configuration to another.
Content QA and distribution chain
The instrument can be configured to alarm on a variety of errors within the video and audio signal. Errors that occur within the program material can be logged against time code, allowing an operator to quickly investigate problems within the material. This can save time in evaluating quality assurance issues within content and provide documentation of the list of errors within the material that can be downloaded from the instrument using a network connection or USB device.
Simultaneous decode of CEA708 and CEA608 captions within multiple picture displays
The picture display provides detection and decode of CEA708/608 Closed Caption. Using multiple picture displays, the instrument can decode CEA708 and CEA608 simultaneously, allowing verification of the presence and decoding of this critical metadata within one pass of the material. Teletext subtitle pages can also be decoded in either 625 formats or using OP47 ancillary data. Flexible Safe Area Graticules allow for quick placement of graphics, titles, or logos. Using FlexVu™, users can see two or more pictures with different graticules.
Black and frozen frame detection can provide indication when the signal is lost during transmission and provide an alert of the alarm visually within the video session or error log displays. Alternatively, a ground closure or SNMP trigger can also be used to alert the operator to a problem.
Camera balance application
Within a studio or on-location within a truck it is important that all the cameras are matched to ensure the look of the production from camera to camera, scene to scene. With the Multiple Input mode, the instrument can be used to monitor up to four SDI inputs simultaneously when in Full Screen mode (4-input mode requires Option 2SDI). This type of display is ideal for camera balance applications where the user wishes to check the video level across multiple inputs to ensure consistency of the cameras’ output. This Multiple Input mode is available within Waveform, Vector, Lightning, Diamond, Arrowhead, and Spearhead (with Option PROD) display modes, allowing for the comparison of video inputs across a wide variety of these displays. The instrument can also be set to either BT.709 or BT.2020 colorimetry for all of these display modes.
Multiple Input mode display of four SDI inputs with input labels for each signal
Complete monitoring tool set for optimum sound quality
The instrument provides high-quality digital filtering and oversampling to insure precise, reliable, and repeatable audio measurements. For easy monitoring, the WFM audio options provide format auto-detection and flexible mapping of audio inputs to analog or digital audio outputs for connection to external devices.
The Audio display provides a variety of display configurations for audio level and phase monitoring. Up to 16 channels of embedded audio levels can be monitored with a variety of scales and ballistics configured by the user. For AES and embedded audio, eight audio channels can be monitored for audio level with phase correlation meters. The Bars display provides indicators for faults, audio levels, and Dolby format information.
A Lissajous display can be enabled for a selected channel pair and provides an X-Y plot of the audio signals. The flexible Lissajous display allows the selection of any two audio channels. The Surround Sound1 display provides intuitive graphical representation of channel interaction in a system.
Audio monitoring with Lissajous display, Channel Status information, Loudness Session, and Audio Session
Loudness monitoring is becoming a critical part of audio monitoring of the program to ensure consistent audio loudness levels between programs and commercials. Loudness measurements are made to ITU-R BS.1770-3. A Loudness meter is available within the Audio display that provides Short and Infinite Loudness measurements. Within the configuration menu there are simple Loudness presets for the various standards such as ATSC A/85 2013 (1770-3), EBU R128 2014, ARIB TR-B32, Free TV OP59, and Brazil Ord 354.
The Loudness session display graphically plots Loudness measurements over time, from 90 seconds to 30 hours. The Loudness measurements can be downloaded through the network or saved to USB for further analysis. To help simplify monitoring, the Audio Loudness session can be started, stopped or reset using GPI or Timecode.
Specialized audio displays provide deeper inspection of the signal and make the instrument the most comprehensive waveform and audio monitor available. The Audio Session displays summarize levels, faults, and number of active bits for each channel. These instruments also feature Audio Control Packet Data and Channel Status displays.
Dolby audio monitoring
With Option DPE, the instrument supports decoding of Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E, providing decoding of up to 10 audio bar level meters along with correlation meters of the Dolby data stream. The decoded Dolby stream can be flexibly mapped to the analog or digital audio outputs.
Dolby Audio Monitoring with Surround Sound display, Dolby Status, Audio Session, and Loudness Session displays
The Dolby Status display (Option DPE) gives an in-depth view of integrated or VANC metadata and comparisons of the Dialnorm value to Loudness measurements. Dolby E requires frame synchronization to the video signal and the guard band measurement provides a direct readout in terms of field and line location of the Dolby frame sequence. User-configurable thresholds for the Dolby E guard band timing measurement (Option DPE) are available as well as Dolby E guard band timing and trigger alarms based on their specific guard band parameters.
Full-featured Simultaneous Input Monitoring (SIM) boosts versatility
The Simultaneous Input Monitoring (Option SIM) capability takes multiformat monitoring to a new level. This capability helps operational staff quickly determine if a video quality problem existed in the input signal or arose in their facility. It enables engineering staff to quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve technical problems introduced in a piece of video equipment by comparing the input and output signals at each point in the chain. This feature is also especially helpful when checking for transparency during format conversion.
Simultaneous Input mode comparing incoming and outgoing signals
FlexVu™ enables flexible and intuitive configuration of displays from two monitored inputs. The user can display simultaneous fault detection, status reporting, alarm generation, and error logging. SIM is ideal for transmission monitoring of simultaneous HD and SD programs. It is also ideal for monitoring stereoscopic 3D content in production and post-production applications by simultaneously monitoring the Left Eye image and the Right Eye image.
SyncVu™ is used in conjunction with SIM mode for 3D applications when input A is used for the Left Eye and input B is used for the Right Eye. When SyncVu™ is enabled, the Left and Right Tile displays are synchronized, so that if a picture tile is selected for Tile 1, Tile 2 automatically displays a picture tile in exactly the same mode as Tile 1. This enables the user to quickly configure the instrument identically for Left and Right Eye 3D monitoring.
The CaptureVu® feature allows users to capture, store, and download the data of a video frame to recreate displays and compare the live signal to captured data for easy troubleshooting of intermittent errors or for analyzing fault conditions at remote sites.
3D stereoscopic monitoring
The 3D stereoscopic monitoring and displays are available with Option S3D. A 3D image is comprised of a Left Eye and Right Eye image to be fed as two separate HD-SDI signals or combined within a 3G Level B format. Alternatively, the 3D signal can be carried in a single HD-SDI signal as a Side by Side or Top/Bottom image for the left and right images. A variety of different 3D monitoring modes are available within the instrument to assist the user in determining the difference between the Left Eye and Right Eye views. From this disparity difference between the two left and right images, the depth of an object within the image can be determined.
Simultaneous 3D display of Left Eye and Right Eye signals with Difference Map and Overlay picture displays
For monitoring purposes a variety of displays can be set up within the Picture mode:
- Difference Map Display – A subtraction of the two luma video signals L-R or R-L to produce a grayscale difference map image and see the difference between the left and right images
- Red/Cyan Anaglyph Display – The left image is shown in red and the right image is shown in cyan, with identical left and right objects shown in monochrome. This allows the user to isolate differences between objects and gauge the depth of the object within the image
- Green/Magenta Anaglyph Display – The left image is shown in green and the right image is shown in magenta, with identical left and right objects shown in monochrome
- Checkerboard Display – This picture display shows a block of the image from the left eye and then the next block shows the image from the right eye in a 16×9 checkerboard pattern. This helps the user compare the levels and color of the signal between the left and right images
These modes help the user compare the disparity between the left and right images and can assist in interpreting the depth of the objects within the image.
3D stereoscopic measurement
For measurement of the depth of an object within the image (Option S3D) a Disparity Grid can be overlaid over the picture with a horizontal disparity between 1 to 15% of screen width and a vertical disparity of 50%, 25%, or 10% that can be selected by the user. The horizontal and vertical position controls allow the Disparity Grid to be moved around within the picture display to gauge the depth of objects within the image.
3D Left and Right Eye RGB waveform displays with a Checkerboard, and Red/Cyan Anaglyph picture displays
A set of Disparity Cursors are also available for precise measurement of horizontal disparity of an object between the Left and Right Eye images. Readout is given of the pixel difference between the cursors and the percentage of disparity of an object.
Quad Diamond display for 3D alignment
The new Tektronix-patented Quad Diamond display (Option S3D) simplifies stereoscopic camera alignment by viewing a disparity histogram of the left and right signal from a signal level of 0 to 100% vertically for each of the components: Luma, Red, Green, and Blue. If the two cameras are well balanced the trace will form a vertical trace for each of the diamonds. A deviation in the trace indicates an imbalance between the left and right eye images that should be corrected using the various camera controls until the trace becomes vertical. This display can also be used in post-production for aiding the editor and perform color correction on the left and right images.
Quad Diamond display of Left and Right Eye Disparity for Luma, Red, Green, and Blue components
Superior data analysis capabilities for engineers and operators
The ANC Data Inspector (Option DAT) provides an industry-leading solution to help broadcasters easily and accurately ensure that all required VANC data is present and correctly configured through an intuitive ANC data display.
ANC Data Inspector and CaptureVu provide detailed content analysis
In contrast to other solutions, the ANC Data Inspector enables operators to easily and quickly ensure that the VANC data is present and free of errors. When errors are detected, engineers are quickly guided to a more detailed view of the data packet content for further analysis.
With FlexVu™, each picture display tile can display different CEA708/608 Closed Caption and individual Teletext subtitles. Teletext subtitle pages can be decoded in either WST or OP47 format.
The Auxiliary Data Status display (standard on the instrument) provides summary information on Active Format Description (AFD) per SMPTE 2016, Video Index Aspect Ratio, Wide Screen Signaling (WSS), V-Chip, TSID, CGMS-A, Broadcast Flag, CEA708/608 Closed Caption, Teletext, and Time Code information.
Monitoring of ancillary data (Closed Caption, Time Code, and AFD) using Aux Data Status
Today there is a wide array of metadata that provides information to a variety of equipment through the processing chain. Monitoring of this metadata is critical to ensure that the processing equipment correctly handles the signal. For instance, correct format of the AFD ensures that the aspect ratio on the display is correctly formatted and the automated AFD graticule is available for the Picture display along with the binary data and text description for easy monitoring.
The instrument can also monitor Dolby metadata embedded in the Vertical Ancillary (VANC) data space per SMPTE 2020.
The Datalist display (Option DAT) provides detailed information on the actual data values in HD/SD-SDI and 3G-SDI (with Option 3G) input signals. Users can easily use this display to locate protocol errors in the input signals.