Waveform monitoring is about to undergo a revolution thanks to a new product that DK-Technologies will be launching at this year's NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
Targeted squarely at Outside Broadcast vehicles, production studios and Master Control Rooms, the DK PT0760 is effectively four HD/SD waveform monitors in one box. This lightweight and easy to operate unit is also ideal for Camera Control Units as it can monitor up to four cameras from one compact box.
"We are convinced the new DK PT0760 will be a show-stopper at this year's NAB because it is exactly what the broadcast industry has been waiting for," says DK's Director of Sales and Marketing Richard Kelley. "We demonstrated a pre-production unit to key clients and it was incredibly well received. We have already received a number of orders that will be delivered as soon as the unit starts shipping in May this year."
The PTO760 is unique because it features four separate auto-sensing HD/SD inputs that allow for the simultaneous display of four individual waveform monitors showing G, R, B, Y, Cb, Cr and Luminance. It also has a quad splitter that enables the user to view four simultaneous displays on a single screen, either external or internal. DK has incorporated an in-built Rasterizer so that all of the functions of the PTO760 can be seen on an SD or HD monitor, while retaining the functionality of the built in monitor as a control panel.
The unit's HD/SD Internal Video Test Signal Generator has an independent output and provides test signals in 1080p, 1080i, 720p and SD formats. The test signals include several colour bar signals, colour black, SDI checkfield and monitor alignment signals.
Ease of use is a key feature of the new meter and to ensure this, DK has provided 11 user presets, user definable Gamut error settings and 10 user definable soft keys for fast set-up. Horizontal and vertical zoom is achieved via an inbuilt jogwheel and the unit also has an internal memory.
The new PTO760 can also incorporate DK's ground-breaking MSD range of audio meters, which feature the company's unique JellyFish&Trade; and StarFish&Trade; displays for stereo and sourround sound monitoring. This perfect combination of video and audio metering includes HD/SD audio de-embedding, surround sound metering, Peak Programme level measurements of up to 32 audio channels and seven directly selectable scales to conform to in-house standards. Users choosing this combined option also benefit from DK's new ITU 1770 Loudness meter, which uses an approved ITU algorithm — an extension of Leq(RLB) &mdash covering stereo and monophonic audio signals.
"DK has researched the market very carefully to ensure that the PTO760 incorporates all the features that broadcasters want," Kelley adds. "There is no other product on the market that combines four waveform monitors in one unit and at such a cost effective price. Its compact design means that it can easily sit on a desktop or be rack-mounted in just half a rack of space, making it ideal for applications such as Outside Broadcast where space is at a premium."