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Customer Story: Notélé chooses PHABRIX Qx for advanced monitoring

PHABRIX, a broadcast test & measurement innovator, has announced that Belgium-based, French language broadcaster Notélé has purchased a Qx rasterizer to monitor a wide variety of content, including programming for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The unit was acquired from TEVIOS, a long term PHABRIX distributor in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

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Notélé is a local TV broadcaster that specializes in French language content and produces a large range of programming including news, sports and culture. For its latest equipment purchase, the company required a multi-faceted rasterizer that included all the advanced monitoring tools they required, plus full operational flexibility when transitioning to next generation workflows.

Arnaud Cresp, Technical Director, Notélé, comments: “We were in the process of developing new facilities for hearing impaired and blind people, and we were needing a tool to monitor the content from audio description, OP47 data, and so on. We were already a very satisfied user of the Sx TAG handheld instrument, so were familiar with the PHABRIX suite. Once we started looking at the various options, we soon found that the Qx supported everything we needed, with lots of opportunities to add additional features and standards support as our technology requirements progress. As with our previous purchase, I am delighted with the level of support they have provided.”

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The Qx brings together all the advanced test and measurement tools required for transitioning to the next generation of video formats. Designed for HD/3G/6G/12-SDI and IP ST 2110/2022-7/2022-6 environments, the instrument set includes tools for rapid fault diagnosis, compliance monitoring and product development. The Qx’s core SDI toolset delivers media analysis tools for broadcast operator HD-SDI environments, including picture view, advanced waveform analysis, vectorscope, 32-channel audio metering and ANC status.

Raphaël Meunier, owner of TEVIOS, comments: “When Notélé came to us, it was very clear that they required a powerful rasterizer with a lot of tools built in. As a long-term PHABRIX user, Notélé were highly impressed that the Qx offered all the functionality they required and more.”

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Press release courtesy of PHABRIX.

PHABRIX adds Powerful Waveform Monitoring Capabilities to Qx & QxL

Within the V4.8 update, PHABRIX adds a new class of waveform monitoring instrumentation to its Qx & QxL rasterizers!

Thanks to PHABRIX patented technology, this class-leading waveform instrumentation provides all the fine detail needed for camera shading or image grading. Not only that, but it retains the flexibility of real-time operation and support for the wide range of SDR and HDR SDI and IP video formats.

This V4.8 release features a patented technique that efficiently delivers a high-resolution image processing pipeline with support for deep color sources up to 12-bits.

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Choose Overlay, Stacked and Parade display modes, each including multi-colored, highlights, green or monochrome traces as options. Display YCbCR, RGB, YRGB, YGRB and individual components along with connected instrument cursor linked to Picture and Data View, and user markers linked to Vectorscope. Single Line Mode and H and V magnification are also available for more detailed inspection.

“Luminance Nits scales and operation user-controlled Nits markers are provided for SDR, HLG, PQ, S-Log3 and SR-live HDR formats, and Rec 709 and Rec 2020 colorimetry is supported over the wide-range of YCbCr:422, RGB:444, SDI, 2110, SD*/HD/2K/UHD/4K/EUHD formats for which PHABRIX is renowned” explains PHABRIX.

See what’s new in V4.8 here.

Contact us for more information about PHABRIX’ latest waveform monitoring capabilities.

AMWA NMOS + 25G PCAP Tools for PHABRIX Qx Series

The Qx Series of advanced rasterizers by PHABRIX includes a comprehensive feature set that supports HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI, 10G/25G IP interfaces, and HD/UHD, IP SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2110-10/20/30/31/40 with ST 2022-7 and AMWA NMOS.

Thanks to the flexible architecture of the QxL, easily upgrade for SDI-UHD/4K, 2110-UHD/4K 48-60p RGB (EUHD), PCAP, Dolby E Decode, HDR, AV test signal generation and engineering grade data view & ANC packet inspection tools. RTE™ realtime SDI eye and jitter analysis is available as a hardware option with an advanced SDI-STRESS toolset upgrade also available.

Two specific features of the Qx Series are the AMWA NMOS toolset and the 25G PCAP Tool.

AMWA NMOS TOOLSET

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As PHABRIX explains, “a suite of AMWA NMOS tools provide flexibility when integrating with an NMOS controller & associate network Topology. Supported protocols: IS-04 v1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 IS-05 1.02, 1.1 and IS-09 PTP domain. Provision of both in-band and out-of-band control topologies with manual, mDNS, DNS-SD and DHCP.” Independently configure Senders and Receivers as single or dual NMOS end points.

25G PCAP TOOL

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This optional toolset provides full line-rate capture at 25Gbps on a single interface (back-to-back packets). Capture data simultaneously on one or both media interfaces.

  • User control of packet capture size
  • Manual Start-Stop, Auto Start-Stop at specified time, Capture Start Delay
  • User controls for auto stop (no. of packets, file size, duration)
  • Saves to USB (option of Browser File transfer off unit)
  • 4GB PCAP max. file size (on QxL)

Contact us for more information about the AMWA NMOS toolset and 25G PCAP tool available for the PHABRIX Qx Series.

PHABRIX CEO Reveals Portable QxP Rasterizer in Latest VIDEO

PHABRIX is set to ship their QxP “portable QxL” rasterizer this November!

Introduced at IBC 2022, the QxP is the newest addition to the Qx line of rasterizers by test & measurement manufacturer PHABRIX. The original Qx focused on SDI and 10G ethernet. Next came the QxL rasterizer which works with UHD signals with 25G IP & 12G SDI. It addressed the need for 25G ethernet and followed the momentum of 2110. And finally the QxP is the portable version of the QxL.

The flexible & robust QxP comes in a 3RU form factor with battery V-Plate option for fully portable single/dual/quad SDI operation up to 12G-SDI copper, and SDI or 10/25G ST 2110 with NMOS over mono-mode/LR or multi-mode/SR fibre using industry standard SFPs.

The highly flexible power arrangement provides auto-changeover between integral IEC Mains (internal PSU), External 4 pin DC PSU or via the optional camera battery V-plate. Enjoy anywhere from 2 to 4 hours of battery life.

The new chassis has a built-in speaker as well as a 1920 x 1200 LCD screen with multi-touch and integral button controls.

Additional features include:

  • Support for SMPTE ST 2110
  • ST 2022-7 seamless protection at up to 4K 25G, ST 2022-6 & 12G-SDI
  • New Waveforms
  • Wide range of YCbCr and RGB formats

Contact us for more information about the QxP portable rasterizer by PHABRIX.

Phabrix launches portable QxP !

PHABRIX launches its newest product in the Qx series: the QxP portable rasterizer!

The QxP inherits all of the advantages of the QxL rasterizer including its extensive toolset and flexible architecture for fully portable single/dual/quad SDI operation up to 12G-SDI copper, and SDI or 10/25G ST 2110 with NMOS over mono-mode/LR or multi-mode/SR fibre using industry standard SFPs. All within a 3RU form factor with touch screen and battery V-Plate option.

The QxP features a 7-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch LCD screen,  on-set compatibility in SDR/HDR, calibration and shading applications, plus compatible with QC, MCR, engineering and R&D environments.

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As mentioned, the QxP offers a wealth of functionality and workflow support within its 3RU framework. It handles UHD IP workflows at 25 GbE and has an external HDMI interface for rasterization output of up to 16 instruments.

Finally, the QxP has extensive IP support and compatibility with a wide range of 444 and 422 video formats. The unit also supports HD/3G/UHD/EUHD2110 payload generation and analysis.

Contact us for more information on the PHABRIX portable QxP.

PCAP Toolset now available for PHABRIX Qx Range

Following the V4.5 software upgrade, the PHABRIX Qx range now supports programmable full line-rate 2110 PCAP capture up to 4 GB in size!

This PCAP tool, available through the new PCAP license option, offers a range of options to capture live IP traffic on single or dual media interfaces (while in 2110 Mode).

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The PCAP toolset includes:

  • QxL with 25G full line rate packet capture / Qx with 10G full line rate packet capture
  • QxL with up to 4 GB capture file size / Qx with up to 1 GB capture file size
  • Capture to USB stick: with browser remote file access under local control (via PCAP dialog box)
  • Programmable PCAP Capture: user selectable packet size capture from 12 to 1518 Octets, truncated or full MTU packets
  • Programmable PCAP Capture: user selectable Capture Duration, File Size or Number of Packets
  • PTP or Internal Clock
  • Capture Start delay

Contact us to learn more about the PCAP toolset now available for the PHABRIX Qx range.

PHABRIX Qx Series Software Release V4.5

The latest V4.5 software release for the PHABRIX Qx Series of hybrid IP/SDI, 4K/UHD and HDR/WCG rasterizers is here!

This free upgrade enhances the Qx Series’ existing ST 2110 NMOS toolset. It adds generation and transmission capabilities as well as enhanced configuration controls for the QxL. The release also features NMOS node status overviews plus access to an IS-05 JSON tree view for the Qx and the QxL.

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Overall new features and support for extended UHD formats include:

  • New Network Packet Capture (PCAP) Option (PHQXO-IP-PCAP) for Qx and QxL: Dual Interface 10G / 25G PCAP
  • New EUHD Option (PHQXO-EUHD) for QxL: ST 2110-20 YCbCr / RGB 444, 8- / 10- / 12-bit, 47.95P to 60P Detection and Analysis
  • Enhanced NMOS IS-04 / IS-05 Receiver Reporting Functions for Qx & QxL
  • QxL NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 Sender Capability
  • Selectable Analysis of Ancillary time code type: ATC-LTC or ATC-VITC
  • ST 2110: Selectable Audio Analyzer Flow Modes 1 x 80 Channels or 2 x 64 Channels.
  • Improved remote operation allowing screen capture while running VNC
  • Reordering of Instrument Presets in Preset Bar

And finally, the QxL can now generate and analyze 10- and 12-bit PsF ST 2110-20 formats.

Contact us for more information about this exciting new software release for the PHABRIX Qx Series!

PHABRIX video Highlights Qx Series’ flexible GUI

In their latest video, PHABRIX walks users through the Qx Series‘ flexible GUI.

Selecting, resizing and moving instruments within the Qx Series is simple! Click the PHABRIX logo in the bottom left corner to display and select all of the instruments available on the unit. Easily change the size of the instrument being displayed by double left-clicking on it. Next, drag the instrument in the position on the screen where you’d like it displayed.

Once the instrument layout is complete, save it as a preset. A unique feature of the Qx Series is that it not only remembers the selected instruments, but also the submenu options selected. To select from the submenu of each instrument, simply right-click.

See further examples in the video below:

Contact us for more information about PHABRIX Qx Series’ flexible GUI.

PHABRIX QxL Upgrade + Refurbished Stock

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Qx to QxL Upgrade

With the ‘Qx to QxL’ upgrade program, existing Qx customers can swap their Qx unit for a new QxL unit at an advantageous price!

  • All licences purchased for the Qx unit will be transferred to the new QxL unit
  • You will receive the new QxL unit before you return your Qx unit, ensuring full operational cover during the upgrade process.
  • The Qx and QxL units share the same 12G-SDI features and capabilities, but the QxL is designed to support 10/25GE IP networks & already provides 2110 generation tools.

The ‘Qx to QxL’ upgrade program will end on 31st December 2021. Orders placed late in December will ship during Q1’22, helping to bridge 2021 and 2022 budgets.

Sales Promotions

Ex-Summer Games Units: SxE & Qx01E

Get 20% OFF the base price!

All units were new when shipped in May; they will be inspected & retested and will have the full 12 months’ Manufacturer’s warranty cover. While supplies last (not applicable on software options).

Ex-Demo & Refurbished Stock: SxD, Rx1000*, Rx2000*, Qx01E**

30% discount on the list price!

* with AE and AGE modules
** from Qx-to-QxL upgrade program

Contact us for more information.

Generate, Analyze & Measure with PHABRIX IP Solutions

PHABRIX offers a range of IP solutions, perfect for those developing, installing, commissioning and utilizing SMPTE ST 2110 and 2022-6 IP and SDI systems. More specifically, PHABRIX provides their QxL rasterizer (UHD/4K facilities and R&D environments), Qx (Full UHD/HD-SDI support) and SxTAG (IP, 3G/HD/SD-SDI, optical SDI, HDMI and Analog applications).

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QxL : UHD/4K over IP for 25GE applications

  • Supports up to ST 2110 UHD/4K payloads on 25G IP networks with 2022-7 and dual PTP
  • 2110-20/30/31/40 flows with Class C audio (80 channels of audio in a single flow)
  • Supports ST 2110-20 2K/HD, 4K/UHD video, 2110-30/31 PCM/AES audio, and 2110-40 Ancillary (ANC) flow generation
  • Powerful IP Measurement toolset option
  • Inherits JT-NM tested processing from Qx
  • JT-NM AMWA NMOS IS-04 & IS-05 support
  • 12G capable SDI I/O options with Physical Layer SDI analysis (Eye & Jitter)
  • Remote monitoring via VNC. KVM extender supported. Automated control via REST API.

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Qx : HD/3G over IP for 10GE applications

  • Optional ST 2110-20/30/31/40 HD/3G payload support for 10G IP networks with 2022-7 and dual PTP
  • Class C audio support (80 channels of audio in a single flow)
  • Powerful IP Measurement toolset option
  • JT-NM AMWA NMOS IS-04 & IS-05 support
  • JT-NM Self Tested Spring 2020 (2110 and NMOS)
  • HD/3G-SDI payloads as standard (additional payloads optional)
  • Physical Layer SDI analysis (Eye & Jitter) option
  • Remote monitoring via VNC. KVM extender supported. Automated control via REST API.

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SxTAG : 3G/HD/SD Generation, Analysis, Gateway for line-checking applications

  • Portable line-checking tool for testing ST 2110 & 2022-6 IP streams
  • ST 2110 & 2022-6 content generator and analyzer toolset for 10GE IP applications
  • Tx/Rx instrument windows for network configuration & monitoring
  • JT-NM Self Tested Spring 2020 (2110 and NMOS)
  • SDI-to-IP and IP-to-SDI gateway functionality for working across SDI/IP boundaries

Contact us for more information about PHABRIX IP solutions.