Field-installable Upgrade for WFM/WVR 8000 Series Products Allows Camera Operators, Editors and Colorists to Easily Capture, Reproduce Realistic Images
BEAVERTON, Ore. - August 9, 2016 - Tektronix, an industry-leading innovator of video test and monitoring solutions, today announced a field-installable software upgrade for its popular WFM/WVR 8000 series of waveform monitors and rasterizers, adding new support for monitoring High Dynamic Range (HDR) and ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut (WCG) formats. The upgrades, which will be demonstrated at the upcoming 2016 IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, assist camera operators, editors and colorists in easily and accurately capturing and reproducing highly realistic video image content that ultimately enhances consumers' viewing experience.
HDR/WCG formats are gaining new importance when it comes to acquiring high resolution 4K content. However, it can be challenging to adjust gamma levels for correct processing of high fidelity signals throughout the broadcast chain. A series of new graticules included with the HDR upgrade allow users to correctly set camera white points and adjust specular highlights to fully use the dynamic range of their content.
"Tektronix continues to expand the capabilities of the industry's most comprehensive waveform monitors and rasterizers while protecting our customers' investments in video monitoring equipment," said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "Easy to learn and easy to operate, the new HDR features give our customers the monitoring capabilities they need to capture and deliver stunning visual content to their audiences."
The premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide, the IBC exhibition is being held 9-13 Sept., 2016 in Amsterdam and is expected to draw more than 55,000 attendees from 170 countries and will feature products from over 1,600 exhibitors. Tektronix will be demonstrating its full range of industry leading video test and monitoring solutions in Stand 10 D41.
About Tektronix WFM/WVR 8000 series
With the rapid advance of 4K and HDR technologies and increasing adoption rates across the industry, companies involved in the production and delivery of 4K content - from camera manufacturers to post-production houses to broadcasters - are investing in new 4K-related equipment. Tektronix waveform monitors and rasterizers enables 4K support via an easy, field-installable software upgrade, eliminating the need for customers to purchase costly hardware replacements in order to shoot, prepare and deliver 4K and HDR/WCG programming.
The platform uses a high-performance architecture fully capable of supporting the throughput requirements of 4K content. The outstanding combination of capabilities, features, performance and upgradeability make these instruments ideal for meeting the 4K/HDR requirements of equipment manufacturers, content producers, post-production houses, broadcasters and other video service providers. Customers can continue to purchase the equipment they need for their existing requirements, secure in the knowledge that when the time comes to roll out 4K and high dynamic range content, they can easily upgrade.
The HDR capability will be released in Q4 this year and included in Option PROD (a field upgradeable software-only option) for the Tektronix WFM/WVR 8000 series. Any customer with a valid software option key license for PROD will receive the upgrade free-of-charge. Any customer with a WFM/WVR 8000 without that option may also be upgraded in the field to support HDR by simply purchasing the PROD option.
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