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parameters to a central site. Service plan verification, channel switching and multiple measurements on service quality for each channel are reported to a central management console. Also new is the Video Quality Index tool which scans all channels, identifying common video impairments such as macroblocking, tiling and freeze frame. Results are consolidated across all channels and remote sites. Rohde & Schwarz’ CLG multichannel signal generator simulates a fully loaded multichannel analogue and digital cable television network. Occupying a single rack unit, it is capable of simulating a US cable TV network with 158 channels and a European network with up to 119 channels. The CLG supports J.83/B, DVB-C and ISDB-T digital standards as well as PAL and NTSC analogue standards. Telestream (recently acquired by Thomas Bravo) has introduced version 6.2 of its Episode multiformat video encoding software. New features include ProRes 4:4:4:4 and AVC-Intra format support. New Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS streaming formats improve the viewing experience for end users through a new Developer API Kit. In addition, Mac-based Episode video encoding products are now Apple OS X Lion compatible. Additional new features include MPEG-2 VOD encoding parameters in the MPEG-2 transport stream option which is available in Episode Pro and Episode Engine. 24-channel audio support is now available for all Episode products. Video Clarity’s Real Time Monitor Manager is a web server, event logger, archive and player with a web browser dashboard allowing instant remote status of one or more RTM units. RTM systems allow a television network to monitor a channel’s outbound AV quality, lip sync and vertical ancillary data against a distributed signal via return path in a continuous 24 by 7 operation. RTM also records all events that break operator-assigned quality thresholds in uncompressed audio and video. Continuous diagnostic sessions can be run for as many channels as a facility requires. Volicon has issued version 6 of its Observer Enterprise video content logging and monitoring system. The Volicon Observer family of products captures, stores and indexes broadcast content from multiple channels, offering users simultaneous 24/7 access to video from their desktop computers. Configurable alarms monitor video quality and provide early detection of audio and video issues across hundreds of HD channels, facilitating rapid resolution and helping to minimise downtime. The system also allows broadcasters to manage and compare content assets across multiple channels in a unified interface from any internet connection. Key enhancements in Observer Enterprise 6.0 include the ability to handle MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 transport streams natively as high-resolution streams, or over a wide-area network as low-res proxies, while retaining the content and associated metadata within the stream. Dual-export functions allow organisations to mark in and out points, clip content, and then export a full programme and/or the full transport stream. Witbe has added Apple iPhone and iPad support to its range of quality-of-experience analysers. This technology covers testing and monitoring for programme delivery to computers, mobile telephones and traditional television receivers. Witbe’s approach employs automated analysis of service availability, response times and signal quality.

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Transition Time

There was a quaint notion back in the 1990s that the transition from analogue to digital broadcast production and distribution would reduce or even eliminate the need for traditional test and measurement equipment. Reality has proved otherwise. Real-time signal analysis is still vital during production and postproduction and will become more so when the industry moves seriously into 3D. ■

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Contents
Ross Video Acquires FX-Motion
MAM Systems Continue To Simplify Operations
Penta 725 IP Router Helps Hold Down Costs
Reidel MediorNet Compact To Debut At NAB
Sachtler Ensure A Professional Broadcast Feel
Pioneering Products From RTS/TELEX
Loudness Measurement And Logging
In2Connect UK Managing Director & Consultant For Bryant Broadcast
The VAR Network: Identify And Engage Globally
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In Broadcast - March 2012 - Penta 725 IP Router Helps Hold Down Costs
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In Broadcast - March 2012 - Reidel MediorNet Compact To Debut At NAB
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In Broadcast - March 2012 - Sachtler Ensure A Professional Broadcast Feel
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In Broadcast - March 2012 - Loudness Measurement And Logging
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In Broadcast - March 2012 - In2Connect UK Managing Director & Consultant For Bryant Broadcast
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