UHD / 4K Test & Measurement - Quad 3G and 12G-SDI

With UHD / 4K now being adopted by many organisations, there is an increasing need for the appropriate test equipment to support manufacturing, commissioning and the day to day running of any UHD / 4K equipment installation.

In previous technological revolutions, establishing what was needed was based on what was done before and not always based on a pragmatic approach or an actual needs analysis. With this new revolution underway, it is probably a good time to look at what is required.

Although buying test and measurement equipment isn’t on the top of most people’s shopping lists, it can be quite difficult to manufacture, test, integrate or operate new technology if you don’t have the right tools for the job with the appropriate interfaces (SDI, HDMI or IP).

The needs of manufacturers, testers, integrators and operators are different, but there is a set of well-established tools of the trade that are needed by all.

Ideally for production, QC, monitoring and OB applications the T&M tools that are required need to cover multiple disciplines from physical layer analysis of a signal through video and audio analysis to compliance checking of audio loudness, subtitles / closed captions, PCM audio and Dolby 5.1 surround audio content.