CTV invests in PHABRIX Qx and Sx for new ST2110 OB truck and IP workflows for The European Golf Tour
“The test and measurement solution we were looking for had to be suitable for all stages of IP development, with POC testing, the feature set required to integrate a real system, and it had to be easy to use for daily operations of the tour. We were also looking for a manufacturer with a strong development roadmap and good customer support,” said Richard Morton, Head of Projects, CTV. “PHABRIX was one of the first manufacturers to produce a useful and working instrument – Qx - with all the required functions, such as PTP vs video reference alignment. The Sx TAG portable unit is also very convenient and feature-rich in both IP and SDI. The products offer good value for money considering the strong feature sets, and confidence in the PHABRIX engineering is a great asset to our workflow.”
Last month CTV launched OB12, a new fully IP, ST 2110 32 camera truck comprising two large expanding production trucks and a third separate data centre truck. The Qx system is installed in the OB12 data centre for critical ST 2110, PTP and network measurements, and can be accessed from any area of the three IP connected trucks using a KVM system. NMOS enables the broadcast controller, Cerebrum, to quickly route any video, audio or ancillary flow to the device for immediate analysis.
Morton noted, “The Qx is a pure IP device with a brilliant ST 2110, PTP and system reference toolset. The customised display layout is incredibly convenient for arranging and recalling the measurement windows required for different applications. We have used this to great advantage in testing the interoperability of IP equipment, system timing and flows to quickly pinpoint and gather evidence of specific issues.”
The CTV team found the initial setup of the Qx and subsequent updates very easy. “We have not experienced any stumbling blocks and more importantly, customer support and guidance has always been first class,” said Morton. “With the confidence of the PHABRIX toolset close to hand, we have seamlessly delivered an incredibly impressive IP truck based around a large spine-leaf network supporting equipment from many manufacturers in the market place.”
Phillip Adams, CEO, PHABRIX, said, “CTV’s OB12 truck is a fantastic piece of engineering that PHABRIX is proud to be an integral part of. Sports and live broadcasting are among the most demanding environments for test and measurement, but the Qx’s ST 2110 advanced IP toolset provides all the functionality required for high quality, high pressure broadcasting, with configurable features and an intuitive user interface.”
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 Series 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. PHABRIX maintains its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the UK. PHABRIX is a member of the Leader Electronics Corporation group of companies.