February 26, 2013

Company incorporates new display, loudness monitoring features into Videotek® MSA products; also introduces new reference and legalizer tools

Harris Broadcast comes to the NAB 2013 Show with several new Videotek® test and measurement products and enhancements. Notably, the company will inject loudness monitoring and enhanced multi-image display capabilities into its MSA Series of multi-source analysis software products, enabling more test and measurement functionality in the compressed domain.

Harris Broadcast offers its MSA Series for full testing of compressed video conformance, audio levels and data services of over-the-air broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV signals. Its multi-source capability means that engineers can analyze many transport streams at once, including IP, RF and ASI encoded video signals.

At the NAB 2013 Show, the company will demonstrate how engineers can simultaneously test and monitor multiple transport streams in various display configurations. For example, users can monitor the four most critical signals in quad-split configurations while “shadow testing” other signals in the background — with the ability to quickly bring different signals to the forefront.

ATSC broadcasters and cable/satellite operators further benefit from the ability to measure, monitor and log audio levels for multiple program streams — a timely enhancement with the FCC passage of the CALM Act to reduce loudness in TV advertising. Internationally, new MSA Series capabilities allow DVB-T2 broadcasters to demodulate program-related descriptors and metadata in transmission headends, giving users a more complete picture of content going to air.

“Broadcast and media facilities today require full testing and quality assurance of their transport streams, without being limited to one stream at a time,” said David Guerrero, vice president and general manager, Videotek test and measurement solutions, Harris Broadcast. “This ensures they can monitor many over-the-air channels, web streams and other video, audio and data signals without hindrance or exception.”

Reference and Legalizer Products
Harris Broadcast will introduce two new Videotek products at the show. This includes the VSG-4TSG test signal generator, ideal for confirming video and audio integrity through 3G/HD/SD/composite test generation; and the DL-870 video legalizer to evaluate and correct 3G/HD/SD signal formats. The DL-870 helps broadcast, post and production operators confirm how color space, bit rates and other characteristics compare across various formats — and what adjustments must be made to “legalize” a signal for use in multiple formats.

The VSG-4TSG completes Harris Broadcast’s portfolio of 3 GB/s-capable test signal generation products, along with its VSG-4MTG master timing generator and VSG-4CSD clock system driver introduced at IBC 2012 in September. The master timing generator and clock system driver products will receive their North American debut at NAB. All four products, including the DL-870, are built on common platforms to provide familiar, user-friendly operation across test and measurement applications.


About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast develops uniquely integrated digital media solutions that streamline the entire content workflow from live production to transmission. The company’s tools and technologies fit seamlessly into any media operation, enabling customers to easily and profitably create compelling content for delivery over multiple distribution platforms. With a presence in key locations around the world, Harris Broadcast supports media customers in more than 130 countries. Additional information is available at www.harrisbroadcast.com.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.