Tektronix WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor

Tektronix WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor

Tektronix WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor

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  • 1Description

The WFM5250 Waveform Monitor offers uncompromised monitoring quality with sharp CRT-like traces and SDI (SD/HD) and HDMI monitoring. Its other features include Gamut displays, picture thumbnail, display freeze, and an error log for 10,000 events for efficient content compliance verification. This portable video waveform monitor weighs less than 6.6 lb (3 kg) and provides a suitable solution for basic video monitoring needs in a convenient 3RU half-rack short depth form factor, suitable for space-constrained environments.

The WFM5250 Compact Video Waveform Monitor features an integrated high-brightness, low-power consumption LED backlit display in a convenient 3RU, half-rack, short-depth form factor, suitable for space-constrained environments. This versatile instrument can accept power from a 12VDC source, a battery, or a 100 to 240VAC converter.

Its SDI input provides multi-format support for HD-SDI (SMPTE 292), SD-SDI (ITU-R BT.601), and Dual Link (SMPTE 372) signal formats. The instrument provides automatic format detection for 3G/HD/SD-SDI on each input. The WFM5250 unit has HDMI inputs with HDCP support that can be connected to encrypted (HDCP) consumer devices for monitoring the video and audio signals.

This instrument provides the reliability of the Tektronix waveform monitors family in a portable, basic monitoring product.

Two Serial Digital Inputs (SDI) and two High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) inputs with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)

Comes standard with auto-detection of 3G/HD/SD-SDI, Dual Link, and HDMI video formats

HDCP support on HDMI input and HDMI output for connectivity with consumer electronics products such as set top boxes and DVD/Blu-ray disk players 1

Diamond and Arrowhead Displays for Color Gamut Compliance Monitoring
Detect and decode ANC data including AFD, WSS, Video Index, TSID, V-Chip, Broadcast Flag/CGMS-A, VITC, LTC, and ANC TC

ARIB STD-B35/B37/B39, TR-B22, and TR-B23 support

HDMI / HDCP status with Extended Display Identification Data (EDID), which is information that helps users troubleshoot connectivity problems

Variety of Monitoring Displays
Timing and Lightning displays make facility and inter-channel timing easy

Waveform display of external reference (Black Burst or Tri-Level Sync)

Black Picture and Frozen Picture Detection

Extensive alarms, status reporting, and error logging for 10,000 events simplifies error correction tasks

User-definable Safe Area Graticules and AFD Graticule facilitate editing and format conversion tasks

Display Versatility
Flexible Quad Tile Display tailored to various applications needs to increase productivity

TandemVu Display for efficient camera adjustments of luma and chroma

Full Screen mode that maximizes display size for precise adjustments

Superior Usability
3 RU height, half-rack width, short-depth (5.5” or 14cm) instrument suitable for space-constrained environments

4-pin XLR DC power input with AC power adapter for both AC/DC operation

32 instrument presets for quick recall of commonly used configurations tailored to colorists, editors, or operators

Front-panel USB port enables easy transfer of presets, screenshots, and error log

Front-panel headphone port for easy monitoring of audio channels

High-brightness display with crisp, high-resolution LED backlight, suitable for indoor and outdoor usage

SNMP and Ethernet remote interface capabilities and GPI control facilitate centralized monitoring and control

DVI-I external display output for easy connection to digital or analog XGA display

Automatic Detection of a Wide Range of Signal Formats
WFM5250 Waveform Monitor accepts a wide variety of input signal formats and external references

Monitor automatically detects the signal format and establishes the appropriate settings for various displays

Ease of Use
Intuitive user interface provides backlit buttons and online help

Thirty-two user-configurable presets allow users to recall commonly used configurations tailored to your personal work practices

Presets can be transferred to and from other units (same model) using the front-panel USB port

Ethernet port allows for easy download of screenshots and the Error Log

See and Solve with Tektronix Displays
See and Solve displays simplify video monitoring tasks such as calibration, error detection, and content correction allowing the user to detect errors at a glance and troubleshoot them efficiently

Tektronix displays offer sharp CRT-like trace quality for clear waveform monitoring with the look and feel of an analog display

The familiar video waveform display can show SD/HD/3G-SDI signals in RGB, YPbPr, YRGB, or pseudo composite

Signal components can be displayed in either Parade or Overlay mode

With several sweep rates and easy control of vertical gain and horizontal magnification, you can efficiently monitor and measure video waveform parameters

Specialized displays provide summarized yet comprehensive reports of alarms, session, and status of content

Powerful displays such as Video Status show a condensed view of error statistics, signal format, presence of ancillary data, and more, which simplify monitoring tasks by providing important content information at a glance

Black and Frozen frame detection can be used to alert the operator to a problem in the transmission chain; these and other errors can automatically be logged in the Error Log and provided as a report

Alarms, Quality Statistics, and Logging; Thorough and Fast Content Verification
The WFM5250 unit offers a variety of displays designed to show status at a glance, in addition to the status bar continually displayed at the bottom of the screen

A comprehensive overview of the video content status is presented in the Video Session display for both SDI and HDMI interfaces

Offering a time-based compilation of information, this screen is suitable for presenting evidence of compliance after content screening

Information on input format and session time is presented along with statistics on Error Detection and Handling (EDH) / Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC), gamut errors, and Black / Freeze frame detection

For an HDMI source, the HDMI formats (Colorimetry, Color space, Color depth, TMDS clock, HDMI/DVI ID, Pixel repetition rate, Quantization range), as well as HDCP status also presented

An EDID information display helps diagnose connectivity issues when they occur

Alarm Status display provides continuous information on the state of each condition currently being monitored by the instrument

To support unattended monitoring and QC applications, as well as provide documentation for service-level agreements, this instrument maintains an error log of 10,000 events, which facilitates the detection and correction of problems

Log entries are recorded with date, time of day, and time code (VITC, LTC, ANC)

Error log can be downloaded to a USB memory stick or through a network connection to .txt or .htm formats for easy record keeping and processing on spreadsheets or database software

Picture Display: Quick Visual Confirmation and Precision Content Adjustment
For a qualitative view of the content, a full-color Picture display is offered, which can be displayed as a full-screen presentation

This display is compatible with all input formats and features automatic adjustment for aspect ratio and number of active lines

You can select bright-up conditions that show the location of RGB or composite gamut errors on the Picture display

Line Select mode shows the location of the line currently selected within the Picture display

Efficiently Detect and Allow Correction of Gamut Problems
Diamond, Split Diamond, and Arrowhead displays simplify the process of verifying gamut compliance and are suitable for colorists, editors, and operators to visualize whether the content is RGB or Composite Gamut compliant with a single glance

They are designed to help isolate the Out-of-Gamut component just as easily

For SDI component content that is destined for broadcast in composite systems, the Arrowhead display can be used to monitor Composite Gamut compliance without the need for a separate encoder

Within this display, a separate upper and lower luma-only gamut limit can be applied

Each of these displays offers user-selectable gamut thresholds so operators can set monitoring limits appropriate to their specific operation and include a preset for EBU-R103

Also select bright-up conditions to see the location of gamut errors on the Picture display

Gamut monitoring is fully integrated with the alarm logging and reporting capabilities of the WFM5250 unit

Facility Timing Made Easy
Timing display clearly shows the timing offsets between HD and SD signals relative to the reference

This display makes facility timing easy through a simple graphical representation that shows the relative timing of the input signal and the reference signal (or a saved offset reference) on an X-Y axis

Simply adjust the timing of the equipment until the circle is within the center of the display for precise, direct measurements of vertical offset in number of lines and horizontal offset in μs

Lightning display shows luma and chroma amplitudes and helps users verify component timing using a color-bar signal

Bowtie display complements the timing measurement capability of the Lightning display

Using a special Bowtie test signal in component format, this display helps make precise, accurate measurements of inter-channel amplitude and timing 2

Content Acquisition with DSLR cameras

Quality Control (QC) at DVD / Blu-ray master disk authoring in post production

CALM and Picture quality monitoring in distribution with STB output

Color Correction and Manipulation

Content editing and special effects

Content Quality Control (QC) in production and post production

Field production setup and troubleshooting

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Tektronix WFM5250 SDI/HDMI Waveform Monitor
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Tektronix WFM5250 specs

    Serial Digital Interface
    Inputs 2 inputs
    Auto-detection between 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD signals (Option 3G required for 3G formats)
    Range Limited Range Support: 4:2:2 YCbCr, 4:4:4 YCbCr
    Limited and Full Quantization Range Support: 4:4:4 RGB
    For 640 x 480p, 59.94/60 Hz, 4:3 only RGB is supported.
    3G Single Link: 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1080, 2 x HD 1920 x 1080, 2 x HD 1280 x 720
    Supported Formats Dual Link: 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1080

    HDMI: 640 x 480p, 59.94/60 Hz, 4:3
    720 x 480p, 59.94/60 Hz, 4:3
    720 x 576p, 50 Hz, 4:3
    1280 x 720p, 59.94/60 Hz, 16:9
    1280 x 720p, 50 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080i, 59.94/60 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080i, 50 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080p, 59.94/60 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080p, 50 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080p, 23.98/24 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080p, 25 Hz, 16:9
    1920 x 1080p, 29.97/30 Hz, 16:9
    Input Type BNC, internally terminated 75 Ω
    Input Level 800 mVpp, ±10%
    Input Equalization 270 Mb/s: Up to 705' (215 m) of type 1694A cable
    1.5 Gb/s: Up to 656' (200 m) of type 1694A cable
    3 Gb/s: Up to 427' (130 m) of type 1694A cable
    Output SDI Switched Output
    Selectable, active input, or test signal
    Return Loss Inputs and Outputs:
    >15 dB from 1 MHz to 1.5 GHz, power On or Off
    >10 dB from 1.5 to 3 GHz, power On or Off
    Monitor Output Signal Format (DVI-I Output) - 1024 x 768, 60 Hz vertical rate

    Picture display will be disabled while monitoring the HDCP-encrypted video signal through an HDMI input.

    External Reference
    Sync Formats NTSC and PAL and tri-level sync
    Input Type Passive loop through BNC, 75 Ω compensated
    DC Input Impedance 20 kΩ, nominal
    Return Loss >40 dB to 6 MHz
    >35 dB to 30 MHz
    Lock Range ±50 ppm
    HDMI Connectivity
    Inputs 2 inputs
    Auto format detection
    Output HDMI switched output with HDCP
    Connector Type Type A receptacle
    HDCP HDMI output is encrypted while receiving the HDCP encrypted content on a selected input.

    The picture display and the thumb nail display on the DVI output will be disabled while receiving the HDCP encrypted content on a selected input.

    Serial Digital Waveform Vertical Characteristics
    Vertical Measurement Accuracy At 1x Gain: ±0.5% of 700 mV full scale
    At 5x Gain: ±0.2% of 700 mV full scale
    Gain 1x, 5x, variable range 0.25x to >7.5x
    Frequency Response SD:
    Luminance (Y) Channel: ±0.5% to 5.75 MHz
    Color Difference Channels (Pb, Pr): ±0.5% to 2.75 MHz

    Luminance (Y) Channel: ±0.5% to 30 MHz
    Difference Channels (Pb, Pr): ±0.5% to 15 MHz
    Waveform Horizontal Characteristics
    Sweep Timing Accuracy ±0.1%
    Sweep Linearity ±0.1%
    Level Meter Resolution 0.056 dB steps at 30 dB scale from full scale to -20 dBFS
    0.20 dB steps at 70 dB scale for signals above -20 dBFS
    Meter Ballistics True peak, PPM type 1, PPM type 2, BBC PPM, Loudness
    Defined / Programmable Level Detection Mute, clip, user-programmable silence, over
    Level Meter Accuracy -0.5 dB (for analog), -0.2 dB (for digital) from 20 Hz to 20 kHz,
    0 to -40 dBFS sine wave, Peak Ballistic mode
    Input 12 VDC
    Power Supply Adapter accepts 100 to 240 VAC ±10%, 50/60 Hz
    Voltage Range 12 to 15 VDC nominal
    10.75 to 18 VDC minimum-maximum operating
    Supply Connection XLR 4-pin male connector
    Pin 1 = V(-)
    Pin 4 = V(+)
    Pin 2, 3: NC
    Power Consumption 27 W typical
    35 W maximum
    Surge 10 A at 12 V
    Fuse Rating 4 A, internal self-resetting fuse
    Voltage Transient, Over, and Reverse Voltage: Reverse- and over-voltage protected to ±30 VDC

    The unit may power itself down in the presence of high transient voltages. This prevents damage to the unit and is not a fault.

    Physical Characteristics
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 5.30 x 8.40 x 5.50" (13.46 x 21.34 x 13.97 cm)
    Weight 3.3 lb (1.5 kg)

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