Master Control Room

Innovative tools for live signal monitoring

With such a complex array of processes in the master control room, test and measurement devices are essential for monitoring and analyzing channels.

The live monitoring of incoming and outgoing signals becomes ever most challenging with the rapid evolution of technology in the broadcast industry. From HD to UHD, from SDR to HDR and from SDI to IP, all happening simultaneously.

Broadcasters require an array of test and measurement toolsets across their facilities to alert them to problems, debug faults and help them manage the quality of output. It is important issues are found and resolved as early as possible to meet the high standard of content viewers are now expecting to see.


Video/Audio Fault Finding and Logging

To speed up intermittent fault finding, PHABRIX instruments offer triggers to automatically alert users when faults are identified by the analyzers, according to user-defined criteria. Video and audio capture helps diagnose problems with advanced logging tools for video and audio events.

Extensive audio toolsets

Every PHABRIX instrument offers an exceptional audio analysis and monitoring toolset to help diagnose problems. The Qx offers up to 32 channels of audio metering with detection of Dolby DE, DD, DD+ and DE line positioning. The Rx and Sx Series’ offer metering of up to 16 channels with detection of Dolby DE, DD, DD+ and metering of decoded audio. The Rx and Qx Series’ offer advanced loudness monitoring toolsets indicating true peak, range, momentary, short term and integrated loudness, with logging stored automatically.

HDR Compliance

The Qx Series offers an advanced set of visualization, analysis and monitoring tools for HDR and WCG enabled facilities to QC content. Its HDR test suite supports all the HDR live production formats: HLG, PQ, Slog-3 and SR-Live as well as conventional SDR with both Rec 709 and Rec 2020 color spaces. From experience gained in working with HDR/SDR equipment providers and experimental live HDR productions, we’ve developed a range of ‘cross mapped’ test patterns to help characterize and de-bug HDR/SDR workflows.

Built-in core diagnostic tools

All three of the PHABRIX product ranges offer built-in core diagnostic toolsets offering multi-format waveform monitors, vectorscopes and video display for checking color bias and conformity. All the tools needed to monitor or debug a channel are available in just one click on the user-defined instrument display layouts.


CASE STUDY: PHABRIX support HDR trials ahead of BT Sport Ultimate Launch

PHABRIX is pleased to announce it has recently concluded nine months of successful HDR technology trials with BT Sport. PHABRIX supported BT Sport, providing its Qx rasterizers and technical expertise, as they developed and refined their live production workflow for the launch of their new HDR, UHD and Dolby Atmos supported proposition, BT Sport Ultimate. This includes HDR on the BT Sport app for mobile devices.