PHABRIX support HDR trials ahead of BT Sport Ultimate Launch
PHABRIX HDR-enabled Qx rasterizers were used extensively throughout BT Sport’s production chain, in over 20 live HDR trials, including at the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid, the European Rugby Heineken and Challenge Cup finals in Newcastle and the FA Cup Final. The Qx was used to monitor and analyse SDR and HDR Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) material and PHABRIX collaborated with BT Sport to provide suggested settings for SDR to HDR convertors and ‘tone mappers’ in trucks and networks.
The Qx range brings together all the advanced Test & Measurement tools required for transitioning to the next generation of video formats. Designed for HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI and IP ST 2110/2022-7/2022-6 environments, the instrument set includes tools for rapid fault diagnosis, compliance monitoring and product development.
Andy Beale, Chief Engineer at BT Sport, said, “HDR is an extremely important development for live sports broadcasting and in line with our innovation ethos brings our audience closer to the heart of sport than ever before: the ultimate viewing experience. PHABRIX’s Qx rasterizer presents all the necessary HDR information we require in a clear, consistent display.”
Prinyar Boon, Product Manager, PHABRIX, adds, “Working closely with BT Sport over the past 9 months has been thoroughly rewarding for the PHABRIX team, enabling us to learn more about the complex workflow and technical sensitivities of broadcasting a live HDR sports production. Qx’s HDR engineering-grade analysis toolset, including dataview, heatmaps and test pattern generator (mapped and ITU-R patterns) were fantastic assets for comparative monitor set-up and the evaluation of HDR to SDR converters. We look forward to continuing our partnership with BT Sport, helping them to bring the ultimate HDR experience to a wider base.”
PHABRIX is a world leader in broadcast test and measurement, with a full range of portable and rackmount systems for rapid fault diagnosis, compliance monitoring, and product development. Technology strengths include IP video stream generation and analysis, advanced HDR/WCG visualization, and ultra-responsive physical layer analysis. The product portfolio includes the top-of-the range Qx for hybrid IP, 4K/UHD, and HDR/WCG signal generation, analysis, and video/audio monitoring. The advanced, rackmount Rx range provides fast intermittent fault diagnosis in 3G/HD-SDI environments, using video capture and remote access. For applications demanding ultra-portable instruments, the company also offers the award-winning Sx range.