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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR ANALYSIS Apologies for harping on about High Dynamic Range (HDR) yet again but I thought it would be worth pointing out that many manufacturers are now adding HDR support to their products. As standards get ratified, and broadcasters start considering HDR services, the ability of various products to process, display or output the Hybrid- log Gamma (HLG) curve and/or the Perceptual Quantizer (PQ) curve will be crucial in completing the HDR production chain. Professional monitoring is one area of obvious importance and it was noticeable that before, during and since IBC lots of monitor manufacturers have been highlighting HDR functionality. The current version of Atomos’ Inferno recorder-monitor, for one, lets users output and input HDR via the PQ standard and, in a future firmware upgrade, will allow the same for HLG. Similarly, Canon has firmware updates for its DP-V2410 and DP-V3010 reference displays that will add support for HLG to the current PQ compatibility. And just this month Sony released a firmware update that adds HLG support to its BVM-X300 OLED monitor. MONITORING AND CONTROL Axon Digital Design’s Cerebrum monitoring and control platform has been deployed by British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) within its playout facilities in Chalfont. BFBS produces and delivers UK TV and radio via fifteen live 24-hour TV channels that are broadcast on encrypted satellite and streamed online. Working closely with UK-based systems integrator dB Broadcast, it has overhauled its systems and migrated operations to a digital file-based operation that includes SAM ICE channel-in-a-box with Morpheus automation, a Provys traffic system and IPV’s Curator Media Asset Management based on Cisco hardware. Axon Synapse signal processing, Arbor mass ingest recording and NetApp storage are also included. Axon’s Cerebrum is providing advanced control and monitoring across the entire BFBS broadcast chain. BFBS is part of Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), a not-for-profit charitable organisation tasked with providing entertainment and information to British Armed Forces personnel worldwide The ability to check the quality of the signal is also key so T&M products need to follow suit. As you can read below, Leader Electronics has added HLG and PQ support to its LV7390 rasteriser via an upgrade. Tektronix has done likewise, adding PQ and HLG capabilities to its WFM/WVR 8000 series waveform monitors and rasterisers, again via an upgrade. With the DVB and ITU now agreeing and releasing industry standards, more will doubtless follow. It is another sure sign that HDR is very quickly moving from the lab to the real world. COMMS Studio Technologies has debuted the Model 362, a listen-only belt-pack that features Dante audio-over-Ethernet technology. Intended for use by on-air talent or production personnel, the Model 362 is a 2-channel user device that supports headphone monitoring of two audio channels associated with a Dante application. “Our new Model 362 belt-pack provides the form factor, reliability and features needed to be effective in a variety of studio and field applications,” said Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. Key features of the Model 362 include configurable audio channel routing, dual level controls, 1/4-inch and 3.5-mm output jacks, and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) powering. 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 119 NOVEMBER 2016