Tektronix Waveform Monitors Updated to Handle 4K production, Post Production

by on July 31, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – July 31st, 2014

Tektronix, an industry leader in video quality monitoring technology for production and video broadcasting, recently announced that its WFM8200 and WFM8300 waveform monitors as well as its WR8200 and WV38300 rasterizers can now all be easily upgraded through software to support 4K display technology. This will eliminate the need for customers to purchase high cost hardware upgrades so that they can shoot edit and deliver 4K programming.

According to Eben Jenkins, the General Manager of the Tektronix Video Products Line, “4K is taking off and all the companies involved in the production of 4K content – from camera manufacturers to post-production houses to broadcasters- are investing in new 4K related equipment as cost consciously as possible. Recognizing this, we engineered these popular waveform monitors and rasterizers to be easily upgraded to meet customers’ requirements and save them money”

The company’s rasterizers were recently used by GloboSat of Brazil, who utilized the technology as part of its effort to ensure that its film coverage (in cooperation with 4K manufacturer Sony of the World Cup was as clean and imperfection free as possible.

The Tektronix waveform monitors and rasterizers can perform a wide range of 4K measurements of image quality such as waveform, picture, vector, gamut etc.

The software upgradeable platform that sits at the heart of each of these products uses a high performance architecture that’s designed to support the throughput requirements of 4K content. Their combination of capabilities, features, and performance systems make them a useful tool for broadcasters, equipment makers, post-production houses and video service providers in general.

Because all of these video production related companies now moving heavily into 4K, the importance of being ready for it across the board is becoming a major priority for many software and hardware companies that serve the video and broadcast industries. Tektronix is just one example among many.

Multiviewer screen makers, who make specialized multiple display screens for broadcasters and news content producers, are also jumping on the bandwagon with their own upgrades to 4K resolution in their screen technologies. In addition to them, most camera manufacturers are now also offering 4K models in addition to their conventional HD cameras. This applies especially to professional film production camera makers such as Sony, Panasonic and RED, who are some of the leaders in the field.

Thanks to these developments, both major movie producers and smaller content makers are taking a heavy interest in making themselves 4K compliant and the services they use are finding that they need to do the same.

This self-feeding cycle is one of the fundamental reasons why 4K technology in all video related fields is genuinely taking off and becoming the potential successor to normal 1080p HD instead of just a passing fad like 3DTV.

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