RT Software buys PHABRIX Qx for advanced HDR analysis
Qx is the world’s first fully flexible rasterizer for hybrid IP/SDI analysis and video/audio monitoring and has been designed specifically to include all the tools required for transitioning to the next generation of video formats. Its comprehensive HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) toolset offers instruments to enhance the visualization and analysis of 4K/UHD and HD content and speed up workflows and include a signal generator, CIE chart, Luma false color highlighting or “heat map”, vectorscope and waveform, all supporting Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) BT.709, BT.2020 as well as HDR BT.2100 HLG, BT.2100 PQ and Sony S-Log3 and SR Live. The heat-map provides 7 simultaneous programmable color overlay bands with presets for HDR and SDR ranges (including SR live), plus a user custom preset.
“We needed HDR PQ and HLG support and the Qx provides easy diagnostics for establishing correct conversions,” explains Hart. “Graphics requires us to convert HDR between YUV and RGB colour spaces, and without the ability to compare signals we could not be sure our implementations were correct.”
RT Software’s reasons for buying Qx included the desire for a flexible system that could expand to incorporate other standards measurements, specifically IP; the ability to override VPIDs when integrating with other not yet fully HDR compliant hardware; and, of course, meeting the exact balance of tools and price point.
The first project RT Software is using the new PHABRIX Qx on is for a major US broadcaster incorporating HDR into its channels. “We had to prove to them that we met the ITU/SMPTE recommendations for HDR and our system passed with flying colours,” says Hart.
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.