Tektronix Prism combines SDI and IP measurement

Tektronix Prism
Neal Romanek
Post Production
March 30th 2016 at 2:53PM : By Neal Romanek

The new analysis platform, Prism, has the ability to correlate SDI and IP media signals

Video test and monitoring company Tektronix has released a hybrid SDI/IP media analysis platform, Prism, that enables a smooth transition from SDI-based to IP-based infrastructure. The new test and diagnostic tool will be demonstrated at the NAB Show next month in Las Vegas.

With the broadcast industry at the beginning of a migration to an all-IP infrastructure, Prism offers the ability to diagnose and correlate both SDI and IP signal types and help identify the root cause of errors, whether in the IP layer or in the content layer.

Prism offers input signals identification that can identify the IP streams in the Ethernet link and the content in each of the stream. Various displays help shorten the learning curve for users. Specifically, Prism provides packet interval histogram and trend graphs that help determine the root cause of packet loss. Graphical displays coupled with historical data help solve intermittent problems quickly. Its timing display aims to help engineers adjust the timing of the signal within a hybrid environment using PTP or black burst/tri-level sync as the reference source. As a software-defined platform, Prism can accommodate a range of application needs and will be updated as new technologies and standards emerge.

“With Prism, we are providing an essential tool for broadcasters and content creators that will give them the confidence to build out IP facilities," said Charlie Dunn, Tektronix's general manager, video product line. "On top of new forms of analysis, we know a big part of our job is to help our customers leverage the existing workflows, talent, and infrastructure as they embark on these changes. Going a step further, as a completely new software-defined analysis platform, Prism also represents a future-proof solution that will continue to give our customers the flexibility and insights they need well beyond the transition period.”