Tektronix and Pro-Bel Develop Integrated Digital Video Quality and Broadcast Management System


Integrated System Combines Tektronix Cerify and Pro-Bel Morpheus for High Performance Video Asset Quality Checking and Workflow; Demonstration at IBC on the Pro-Bel Stand in Hall 3, Stand 151

BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 4 / - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE:TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation and Pro-Bel, a leading supplier of broadcast automation, infrastructure and control technology, announced the availability of an integrated video quality and broadcast management system comprised of Tektronix Cerify and Pro-Bel's new Morpheus Quality Control (QC) Manager. The combined systems provide the seamless management of ingest and transfer of assets in the broadcast workflow.

Pro-Bel's Morpheus QC Manager is a key part of the Morpheus suite of automation, media management and control/monitoring solutions. The integration is achieved through use of the CeriTalk(TM) Application Program Interface (API), part of the Tektronix Cerify automated quality control systems. The integrated systems receive new material alerts from any Morpheus ingest application and using an XML interface, passes them to Cerify via the CeriTalk API. In addition, the QC Manager assigns an appropriate pre-determined test template for the quality check.

Links between the Morpheus QC Manager and the Cerify web-based user interface provide a status overview of files ingested on the video server network and enable a user to drill down and view file details and information about any quality errors and their exact location, right down to individual frames in the video and audio.

"Because the Morpheus QC Manager spans all aspects of the Morpheus range it is not limited to one specific workflow or process. For the first time, digital content delivered electronically (from within the system, recorded live, or even via third party store and forward solutions) can be marked for processing by the Tektronix Cerify system as soon as it arrives," said Howard Twine, Pro-Bel's Morpheus Product Manager. "The integration of our new QC Manager with the Cerify systems from Tektronix will provide customers with the ability to perform fully automatic, high performance quality checking and management of video assets to ensure that all ingested material is correct and ready for scheduling and playout."

"The integration of Cerify with Pro-Bel's Morpheus system will enable customers efficiently and automatically to manage their work-flow process," said Arif Kareem, Vice President, Video Products, Tektronix. "Cerify ensures consistent and thorough checks of incoming files to meet quality standards and reports results to the Pro-Bel Morpheus system. The combined systems provide the seamless management of ingest and transfer of assets in the broadcast workflow."

Availability

Cerify V3.0 is currently available; Cerify 200 announced at NAB 2007 is also currently available. Both support the CeriTalk API.

About Pro-Bel Morpheus

Morpheus is an extensive suite of Automation, Media Management and Control/Monitoring solutions. These scalable and flexible applications address every area of transmission from content ingest, storage and playout to interfacing with back-office business systems. The automatic choice of many of the world's leading broadcasters, Morpheus combines pinpoint accuracy, maximum reliability and a range of creative and business capabilities to provide delivery, management and control systems to suit all purposes - from simple single channels to complex, multi-channel and interactive environments.

About Tektronix Cerify

Tektronix Cerify is the leading automatic quality control systems for file based video. Launched at NAB 2006 Cerify provides fully automated 24/7 QC with user definable test templates that allow consistent and objective measurement of conformance to the allowable quality standards for specific content type and transmission channels.

About Pro-Bel

The Pro-Bel name is synonymous with innovative automation, media management and master control solutions as well as outstanding routing, control and signal distribution systems - all designed to be flexible and scalable, protecting the investment of the customer. With three decades of service to the international broadcast, post-production, cable & satellite communities, Pro-Bel has a unique understanding of broadcast workflow, and is an established leader in the provision of cost-effective solutions that compromise neither performance nor quality. Pro-Bel's Web address is http://www.pro-bel.com/

About Tektronix

Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries - as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, advanced and pervasive technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is http://www.tektronix.com/.

FCMN Contact: beth.p.woodward@tektronix.com

Source: Tektronix, Inc.

CONTACT:
Gary Grossman of Tektronix, Inc.
+1-503-627-1097
gary.grossman@tektronix.com

Web site:
http://www.tektronix.com/
http://www.pro-bel.com/

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