In Broadcast - Product Preview - New York 2017 - 26
www.inbroadcast.com | Preview - New York | 18-19 October 2017
Ultra TQ - Broadcast Waveform
Rasterizer for SDI and IP
Alan Wheable FISTC, MITOL - Communications
at Omnitek, details the Ultra TQ...
t IBC2017, Omnitek showcased
the Ultra TQ which
is a broadcast waveform
rasterizer aimed squarely
at broadcasters attempting
to continue 'business as
usual' in an ever-changing
The Ultra TQ builds on the
success of the Ultra platform
and inherits functionality
from the highly successful
Ultra 4K Tool Box and the
Ultra XR products to provide
a comprehensive set of tools
to support broadcasters with HDR
/ WCG production and connectivity
Omnitek's design philosophy was
to create a hardware platform that
would be as future proof as possible
and with the flexibility to be adapted
to future industry needs. The hardware
platform has two parts, a main board
and a mezzanine board. The main
board electronics allow test and
measurement to be performed on the
selected interface while the mezzanine
board provides additional interfaces
not present on the main board.
The Ultra TQ supports analysis and
generation of all formats up to 3G-SDI
as standard with an upgrade path
to 4K/UHD if needed. It is aimed at
broadcast production, engineering,
outside broadcast, operations and
control rooms that require the
comprehensive tools that are offered
as standard. The new IP Option allows
Analyser: Ultra TQ quad split
the SFP cage on the main board to be
used with a SMPTE 2110 SFP module
to transform Ultra TQ into an IP
connected waveform monitor.
The Ultra TQ can be supplied in two
different forms, the Ultra TQ and the
Ultra TQ +. The Ultra TQ is a low entry
cost unit with a single board providing
three bidirectional 3G-SDI connections,
a single dedicated SDI output and a
single dedicated SDI input for physical
The Ultra TQ + provide two additional
SDI inputs and two additional SDI
outputs as well as a DisplayPort output
connection. The Ultra TQ + allows the
unit to be upgraded in the field to 4K
and 12G-SDI operation and minimal
extra cost. This is a very attractive
option if you need to always keep key
equipment in place.
The Analyser instruments within the
Ultra TQ include picture, waveform
monitor, vectorscope, gamut meters,
as options for use anywhere signal
integrity needs to be checked.
The Ultra TQ benefits from a simple,
easy to use and clean user interface.
This allows it to be readily adopted by
a range of users from those who need
to use the sophisticated functionality
to the casual operator who needs to
find the information without
having to study the manual.
To keep the Ultra TQ user
interface clean, menus are
functions appearing when an
instrument tile is selected.
When a tile is selected, its
corresponding control panel
is displayed at the right of
the screen to allow adjustment
of the instrument's parameters. A
button bar also appears at the bottom
Omnitek Ultra Family - IP Option of the screen for quick selection of
full audio monitoring and loudness some of the common parameters with
measurement, video timing, video more comprehensive, system-wide,
/ audio status monitoring, event settings available in the corresponding
logging and closed caption logging configuration menu.
as standard. These can monitor
either one of the SDI inputs or the applications, all the unnecessary
SMPTE 2110 SFP input. This makes instrument labelling can be hidden so
the Ultra TQ ideal for a mixed SDI / IP just the waveforms are displayed.
environment where you just want to
look at the content and not design the Optional Functions
The Ultra TQ option structure has
The Picture monitor provides a high- been designed to provide the basic
quality display with closed captions functionality required as standard
overlay, safe area cages and O-ZoneTM with options to enable the more
display for HDR and SDR production.
sophisticated functionality for more
The Waveform monitor can display specialized analysis.
YCbCr or YRGB and provides full
If you decide to invest in an Ultra
horizontal & vertical zoom of single, TQ you only need to purchase the
multiple or all line displays. Analysis of functionality that you immediately
full frame video or Region of Interest need. Extra functionality can be added
can be made.
in the future as required.
Audio Meters displays 16 audio
As part of Omnitek's continual
channels with industry standard product development program, new
ballistics and scales. Loudness Meter functionality developed within a
supports EBU RP 128, ITU-R BS.1770- software option is available free of
1, 2, 3, ATSC A/85, ARIB TR-B32 and charge. New functional options are
OP-59 to allow program or continual added at major software releases and
these can also be purchased at any
Ultra TQ provides logging of all time. For version 3.4 this includes
physical and functional parameters IP support, Lissajous, S-Log input
of the video signal against timecode, profiles as well as HDR line patterns
ideal for program QC and Compliance.
The integrated line test pattern
generator allows the generation of 38 development plan means that regular
line-patterns. This can be upgraded feature releases are available so
to a full test pattern generator with that customers can benefit from new
a range of zone plates and test advances. The shared code base across
sequences that can be output as SDI all Ultra products means if one product
gets new features, these are available
Physical layer analysis and advanced on the other Ultra family products.
physical layer analysis are available