Ultra-testing for Ultra HD

Alan Wheable, Omnitek
July 7th 2016 at 10:43AM : By

Omnitek’s Alan Wheable explores the next generation of test & measurement with Ultra XR

Although buying test and measurement equipment wasn’t at the top of most people’s shopping lists when they went to NAB, with 4K/UHD here to stay there was a lot of interest in how to support, manufacture, test, integrate and operate this new technology.

There is a need for the right tools with support for the range of physical link types available now and those that will appear in the future. Decision-making is made more difficult with the uncertainty in the industry over which is the best way forward. One thing was certain at this year’s NAB, the requirement for suitable test equipment has become more urgent.

At NAB, Omnitek debuted its new Ultra XR which is configured specifically for content creators, colourists, post-production editors and other processors of DI, working with ultra high resolution images delivered over QL 3G, DL 6G or 12G SDI and HDMI links.

The Ultra XR boasts a new high resolution waveform monitor (also available as an option on the Ultra 4K Tool Box) which supports video formats from SD up to UHD/4K at frame rates up to 60Hz with support for both BT.709 and BT.2020 colour spaces.

The Ultra XR provides all the traditional tools needed to work with DI - high-resolution waveform display, vectorscope, CIE chart etc - but engineered specifically with 4K/UHD in mind. The Ultra XR supports 12-bit 4:4:4 SDI input formats in YCbCr and RGB, along with Wide Colour Gamut RGB - ITU-R BT.2020 and High Dynamic Range (HDR) inputs - ST2084 / PQ and Hybrid Log Gamma. Full region of interest functionality allows the waveform display to be expanded to see any digital level issues, image construction issues and colour space issues that may otherwise go unnoticed on less sophisticated T&M equipment.

One thing was certain at this year’s NAB, the requirement for suitable test equipment has become more urgent

The Ultra XR has the same small form factor as the Ultra 4K Tool Box, which makes it ideal for any environment, especially where space, power and weight need to be kept as low as possible. The range of input, output and monitoring connections mean that it can be easily integrated into any environment. The Ultra XR supports SD, HD, 3G and 6G-SDI as standard, with 12G-SDI as an option. The ability of the Ultra XR to monitor different physical links as well as Square Division and two Sample Interleaved sources ensures that the signal can be viewed and checked regardless of how it actually arrives. This flexibility makes the Ultra XR an ideal fit for existing installations as the technological landscape continuously evolves.

Intuitive user control and monitoring is provided via HDMI, SDI or web browser connections. The use of mouse and keyboard (optional) allows the control surface to be configured exactly as required and presets can be used to quickly recall previously saved settings.

There has been significant interest in the Omnitek Ultra XR from a wide range of potential customers who feel that the Ultra XR provides the instruments and functionality required to support 4K / UHD program production and orders have already been received for this innovative new product.