Bridge Technologies to launch Instrument View at NAB

Bridge Technologies to launch Instrument View at NAB
Published: 5 April 2018 - 6:48 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

Bridge Technologies will bring its extensive uncompressed real time media over IP experience and expertise to a new sector of the broadcast industry.

Complementing its ability to deliver value to the distribution function, the company will highlight how its IP probes can now be deployed in the production process thanks to Instrument View. Having been previewed at IBC, Instrument View is receiving its official launch at NAB. Instrument View is uniquely available for the Bridge VB440 IP probe and can bring new levels of understanding and productivity to the uncompressed media production process.

“As the broadcast world moves inexorably towards IP, the production function will find it needs a new set of expert tools,” said Simen K. Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies. “Without these tools, broadcasters will find that they do not have the 100% understanding and confidence necessary to fully embrace IP, and adoption will be slowed. Instrument View is such a tool, and is vital for obtaining that confidence. Because it provides a visual representation of what’s going on in the production environment, it is intuitive and easy to use even for non-experts, delivering meaningful, actionable information in real time. The launch of Instrument View anticipates the absolute inevitability of an all-IP world in the very near future.”

As well as analysing packet behaviour on the network, Instrument View is also capable of enhancing the production process – such as at live events – by allowing the production team to actually view uncompressed media content in real time and to ensure it meets the highest standards in video and audio. In a mixed HDR/non-HDR environment, for example, it can be used to assure optimum colorimetry. Audio – synched to video – can be both ‘seen’ and heard to assure perfect sound quality.

Browser-based and also touch screen-capable, Instrument View is able to adapt to a range of use cases. It delivers a level of speed and accuracy that enables Instrument View to deliver insights into the output of the production process. Recognising the broad range of environments in which Instrument View will be deployed, Bridge Technologies is also showcasing three innovative implementations of the interface that are appropriate for rack-mount, desk mount or table-top mount. Their implementation of PoE (Power over Ethernet) which means that they minimise cable clutter. IP makes them easier to deploy in, for example, locations that are remote from the production center. From video engineers working in a studio to OB vans at a sporting event, the rack mount, table top and arm mount provides the flexibility to have these quality assurance tools close by in any environment or event setup.

Instrument View provides an invaluable visualisation option for the high performance VB440 IP probe. Capable of handling bandwidths of up to 40Gb/channel on each of its two interfaces, the VB440 can be configured in Ethernet networks running at speeds of 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb and 100Gb. Its support of dual channels enables both primary and secondary networks to be monitored in a dual redundant infrastructure, and enables users to quickly identify and rectify problems and maximise Quality of Service (QoS).

As it has done previously at both NAB and IBC, Bridge Technologies will also participate in the NAB 2018 IP Showcase.
“Throughout our 14-year history as a company, we have been fervent proponents of the benefits IP technology can bring to broadcasters, and our understanding of IP packet behaviours is unparalleled in the industry,” continued Frostad. “It is no overstatement to claim that our solutions uniquely enable the interoperability that is fundamental to our collective future, and we look forward to once again demonstrating the truth of that assertion.”

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