AJA is using NAB to show a tech preview of its new HDR Image Analyzer that comes with analysis tools from Colorfront.

AJA also announced a firmware update for its FS-HDR product, a real time HDR and Wide Color Gamut converter/frame synchronizer with Colorfront Engine video processing.

The HDR Image Analyzer is a waveform, histogram, vectorscope and Nit level HDR monitoring solution that simplifies monitoring and analysis of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD, HDR and WCG content in production, post, quality control  and mastering.

Here’s the list of key features from AJA
— Precise, high quality UltraHD UI for native-resolution picture display
— Advanced out of gamut and out of brightness detection with error intolerance
— Support for SDR (Rec.709), ST2084/PQ and HLG analysis
— CIE graph, Vectorscope, Waveform, Histogram
— Out of gamut false color mode to easily spot out of gamut/out of brightness pixels
— Data analyzer with pixel picker
— Up to 4K/UltraHD 60p over 4x 3G-SDI inputs
— SDI auto signal detection
— File base error logging with timecode
— Display and color processing look up table (LUT) support
— Line mode to focus a region of interest onto a single horizontal or vertical line
— Loop through output to broadcast monitors
— Still store
— Nit levels and phase metering
— Built-in support for color spaces from ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, RED and Sony

“As 4K/UltraHD, HDR/WCG productions become more common, quality control is key to ensuring a pristine picture for audiences, and our new HDR Image Analyzer gives professionals an affordable and versatile set of tools to monitor and analyze HDR productions from start to finish, allowing them to deliver more engaging visuals for viewers,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

“Having already worked very successfully with AJA last year to integrate Colorfront Engine into on AJA FS-HDR, we chose to partner with them once again, in order to bring HDR Image Analyzer more effectively to the global market,” said Aron Jazberenyi, managing director of Colorfront. “Colorfront’s comprehensive UHD HDR software tool set optimizes the superlative performance of AJA video and audio I/O hardware, to deliver a powerful new solution for the critical task of HDR quality control.”

HDR Image Analyzer is being demonstrated as a technology preview but AJA said it will be on the market soon but no date is set as yet.

AJA also announced v2.5 firmware with new feature enhancements for the company’s FS-HDR real time HDR and Wide Color Gamut converter/frame synchronizer with Colorfront Engine video processing. The company also released new single and multi-mode fiber SFP options for FS-HDR and FS4.

v2.5 firmware enhances the Colorfront Engine transform algorithm with support for ITU BT.2408-0 Operational Practices in HDR Television. Additionally, the FS-HDR now supports a simultaneous 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD output mode with independent SDR/HDR controls. Newly integrated BBC Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) Look Up Tables (LUTs) provide basic, mathematical HDR transforms.  The release will also integrate new standardized HDR test patterns.

Here’s AJA’s list of the FS-HDR v2.5 feature enhancements:

— Colorfront Engine support for ITU BT.2408-0 Operational Practices in HDR Television Production

— Simultaneous 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD/SD dual output mode: In single-channel mode with a 4K/UltraHD input and 4K/UltraHD output, configure the SDI monitor output for SDR/BT.709, PQ/BT.2020, HLG/BT.2020 or Sony S-Log3 S-Gamut3, with these output formats and frame rates independent of the main output:
** 2K: 2048 x 1080p up to 60p
** HD: 1920 x 1080p up to 60p; 1920 x 1080PsF up to 30p; 1920x1080i 50 and 59.94; 1280x720p up to 60p
** SD: 625i 50; 525i 59.94

** Support for HLG HDR dynamic range mapping per ITU BT.2408-0
** SDR, PQ, and Sony S-Log3 to HLG
** HLG to SDR and PQ
** Colorimetry: BT.709 and BT.2020

— HDMI HDR Infoframe generation: Locally monitor HDR content on HDMI 2.0 HDR televisions or monitors. When an output is configured for PQ or HLG, FS-HDR will signal the selected HDR output format to the HDMI display.

— HDR Test Patterns: BT.2111-0 Color Bars and BT.814-3 Pluge

— Support for third party Tangent Element Kb knob-based controller for remote parameter controls

“FS-HDR is an incredibly useful tool for live HDR productions using a variety of sources and delivery formats, and our v2.5 firmware update gives customers even greater flexibility to more easily handle production demands in a single master HDR/SDR environment,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

At NAB 2018, AJA is also rolling out new SFP options for FS-HDR and FS4 frame synchronizers/converters, including:

12G-SDI Single-Mode SFP options
— FIBERLC-1RX-12G  SFP 12G-SDI Single Fiber LC Receiver Single Mode 1310nm
— FIBERLC-1TX-12G  SFP 12G-SDI Single Fiber LC Transmitter Single Mode 1310nm

3G-SDI Multi-Mode SFP options
— FIBERLC-1RX-MM  SFP Single Fiber LC Receiver Multi-Mode 850nm
— FIBERLC-1TX-MM  SFP Single Fiber LC Transmitter Multi-Mode 850nm
— FIBERLC-2RX-MM  SFP Dual Fiber LC Receiver Multi-Mode 850nm
— FIBERLC-2TX-MM  SFP Dual Fiber LC Transmitter Multi-Mode 850nm

Pricing and Availability
FS-HDR v2.5 firmware will be available June 2018 as a free download from AJA’s support page.

Staff Reporter

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