Date posted: March 17, 2015

Integration with audio processors, exporters eliminates delay without forcing signals through the modulation monitor

At the 2015 NAB Show, Belar Electronics will showcase a simple and cost-effective way for radio broadcasters to eliminate delay between digital and analog signals on the fringes of HD Radio™ coverage. Branded as Automatic Delay Correction, the software-defined feature consistently adjusts the time alignment, eliminating the roughly eight-second delay between the HD main and analog FM programming. This ensures a pleasant listening experience for audiences in areas where HD Radio coverage is less robust, seamlessly switching back and forth between the two programs without audience detection.

Belar’s Automatic Delay Correction for HD/FM time alignment feeds the adjustment back toward the front of the air chain, with corrections taking place in the audio processor, precision delay or exporter – as opposed to forcing it through the mod monitor.

Belar accomplishes this important task without forcing its customers to push the audio through the modulation monitor. Instead, Belar’s Automatic Delay Correction for time alignment feeds the adjustment back toward the front of the air chain, with corrections taking place in the audio processor, precision delay or exporter. This is a significant innovation, as it keeps costs lower for the broadcaster while eliminating a redundancy in the air chain.

“Every HD Radio broadcaster already has a delay line built into the air chain, whether it’s through the leading audio processors on the market or within a current generation exporter,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar Electronics. “We are removing an unnecessary step by feeding the signal back to the processor or exporter. Our modulation monitors require only a simple software upgrade in the field, ensuring that broadcasters can seamlessly incorporate time alignment without significant costs or complexity.”

Belar will demonstrate Automatic Delay Correction in its FMHD-1 modulation monitor at its NAB booth (C2452, April 13-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), with additional demos on the exhibit floor to be confirmed. The demos will detail how Automatic Delay Correction establishes a connection to an audio processor or exporter, measures the signal error and communicates the necessary adjustment to the delay line. That communication is locked into in a continuous loop, ensuring that the appropriate time delay is constant and consistent.

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Date posted: March 11, 2015

New 4K monitor series amplifies quality for sports and other advanced production applications – with native resolution displays up to 84 inches 

Plura Broadcast, a global manufacturer of high-performance digital broadcast and video production solutions, will introduce a complete portfolio of 4K monitors at the 2015 NAB Show in alignment with increased industry demand.  Available in widths scaling to 84 inches, the Plura 4K Series brings together the exceptional built-in feature set Plura monitors are known for, while doubling down on quality, detail and performance to give production facilities an edge in Ultra HD monitoring.

The Plura 4K Series, which supports resolutions up to 3840×2160, focuses on delivering the highly detailed, accurate color representation and stunning picture consistency that high-end production applications require. The series also adopts the exceptionally slim form factor that Plura customers enjoy, ensuring that even the largest 4K monitors in the portfolio demand a modest slice of real estate.

Plura President Ray Kalo demonstrates the pristine image quality and ultra-slim form factor of the Plura 4K Series of monitors, to be introduced at the 2015 NAB Show.

Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast notes that while 4K adoption is gradually escalating, the Plura 4K Series will provide flexible options for customers that still need to switch between Ultra HD, HD-SDI and SD resolutions. This flexibility also allows customers planning for a 4K future to invest today, without breaking the bank.

“We believe that 2015 is the year that 4K spreads beyond mostly film production and into more broadcast-centric production workflows, particularly sports,” said Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast. “Our 4K Series will suit any studio or mobile production workflow, and will be especially valuable to our customers in sports that lack affordable options for larger 4K monitors. However, our customers can rest assured that buying a 4K monitor today will give them the flexibility to work across multiple formats.”

The Plura 4K Series will also feature the traditional software-redefined feature set built into most Plura monitors, including intelligent connections for calibration alignment, adjustable colormetry, gamma correction and audio monitoring – all accessible from an intuitive menu offering smooth navigation. Using Plura’s unique ICAC tool, production staff can quickly and automatically calibrate multiple color-related elements across the entire monitor network over IP, including the 4K Series. This ensures that the 4K Series is quickly recalibrated to its reference standard, returning optimal brightness and color consistency for demanding 4K workflows.

Plura Broadcast will unveil the Plura 4K Monitor Series at the 2015 NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, taking place April 13-16. The company will exhibit at Booth N2718.


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Date posted: March 5, 2015

Specialist in cloud-based monitoring and analysis to introduce solutions for the local broadcaster on up to the largest enterprise networks

At the 2015 NAB Show, Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level media monitoring and analysis, will demonstrate how linear TV services can generate deeper insight into signal performance across the air chain—down to the last mile—while transitioning to simpler software-defined platforms. On its NAB booth (N3621, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 13-16), Qligent will exhibit new multichannel visualization capabilities for its infinitely scalable Vision platform, and introduce a local solution for deep on-site monitoring.

“Linear TV systems remain the bread and butter of our industry, and require a more effective way to extend signal monitoring, determine the root cause of performance issues, and accelerate response time and problem resolution,” said Ted Korte, COO, Qligent. “These are the tenets that help broadcasters and multi-video program distributors minimize financial loss and improve viewer satisfaction. Qligent is working hard to automate these tasks to help our customers free up their resources to work on more creative activities.”

The Qligent Vision monitoring platform collects data from multiple measurement points from multiple delivery platforms, and centralizes it onto a single screen for analysis and troubleshooting.

Vision is Qligent’s enterprise-level platform, offering previously unforeseen clarity of signal performance in multiplatform delivery. Through a customizable, single-screen dashboard, Vision enables user-generated intelligible KPIs, graphics and trend lines to produce a true picture of media quality through the last mile. The result is a complete understanding of the TV viewing experience across over-the-air, cable, satellite and IPTV systems, without the costs or complexity associated with bandwidth-heavy backhaul or component-driven monitoring strategies.

New capabilities in Vision amplify its value for multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs). Through its new multichannel visualization feature, Vision users can now procure and analyze multi-channel data from many sites on a single screen. This effectively allows a single operator to monitor a high density of signals network-wide from one spot, instead of working across many screens; and quickly articulate performance issues to management and engineering for troubleshooting. Since Vision is software-defined, Qligent can also offer end-to-end monitoring as an outsourced managed service for customers that want to completely free up and allocate staff to more creative, production-oriented tasks.

While Vision scales to any size, many local broadcasters and TV services only need local performance monitoring and analysis limited to a few points at most. At NAB, Qligent will introduce Point, a standalone version of Vision for monitoring many co-located signals. Point delivers the same depth as Vision, with a focus on deep on-site monitoring, baseline performance and troubleshooting of intermittent issues through extensive trending and recording capabilities. Point serves as an ideal solution to tame transitional challenges, including analog to digital TV; and baseband to IP conversions. Additionally, Point is ideal for terrestrial broadcasters facing transitions connected to advanced standards (like ATSC 3.0, ISDB-T rollouts, or DVB-T2 conversions) or government-driven initiatives, like the impending Spectrum Repack in North America and international countries.

Vision and Point both excel at improving quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) through comprehensive media analysis, with insight into signal integrity and performance up to the point where signals reach consumers. Qligent brings additional power to each system through its unique microprobes, called uProbes, which allow users to economically test, measure and troubleshoot performance issues in close proximity to the consumer. Qligent’s uProbes feed the central dashboard in Vision and Point systems, collecting data from every connection point and saving customers a lot of money and headaches tied to service issues over the last mile.

“The effort to collect, aggregate and analyze data across the multiplatform delivery chain increases exponentially as you inch closer to the last mile, where connection points escalate,” said Korte. “Qligent’s exacting software architecture can effectively gather data from any number of points and report that information back to the central dashboard, all while minimizing costs through a lightweight and intelligent infrastructure. Used as part of a Vision or Point solution, centralized monitoring of current performance naturally extends to predictive analytics and performance trends over time, helping our customers recognize potential issues that could affect signal integrity and the consumer experience before they happen.”

Ultimately, Qligent’s network-enabled uProbes further reduce the total cost of ownership of a Vision or Point solution. In addition to eliminating the cost of traditional expensive legacy components—and ensuring no intrusion on the end consumer—uProbes can be deployed anywhere across a network or delivery architecture of any scope or size without geographical limitations.

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Date posted: March 2, 2015

New portable LCD panels deliver accurate color reproduction in direct sunlight for mobile and outdoor broadcast applications, including aerial ENG monitoring

At the 2015 NAB Show in April, Plura Broadcast, a global manufacturer of high-performance digital broadcast and video production solutions, will expand its PHB-3G Series of high-brightness portable LCD monitors with a new 7-inch model. Designed for a wide range of broadcast mobile, indoor and outdoor applications, the PHB-3G Series delivers incomparable quality for ENG monitoring in the field under extreme sunlight conditions, or in a typical high-brightness environment inside a sports stadium. Even in direct sunlight, the new monitors deliver stunning picture quality and accurate color reproduction in accordance with SMPTE, EBU, and REC 709 standards.

Rugged, versatile and portable, PHB-3G Series monitors support up to 1300 cd/m2 of brightness without a hood or sun-visor for less bulk and weight. With one touch of a button, producers can achieve the maximum brightness of 1300 cd/m2 outdoors, or down to 100 for indoor venues. Additionally, the PHB-3G’s shielding, circuitry and filtration properties eliminate all potential electromagnetic interference from radar or GPS navigation systems used in helicopter applications—an important differentiation from competitive solutions on the market.

Now featuring 7- and 9-inch models, the expanded PHB-3G Series of monitors is ideal for ultra-bright indoor and outdoor broadcast applications, including ENG newsgathering on ground or in the air

The Plura PHB-3G Series, which also includes a 9-inch model, offers the exceptional software-defined feature set built into most Plura monitors, including its unique ICAC intelligent calibration and alignment tool to automatically enable gamma correction, color temperature and white luminance level adjustments. This ensures conformance to all pertinent broadcast standards while in the midst of live production.

According to Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast, the growing PHB-3G Series represents a continuation of the company’s strategy to align its portfolio with the changing requirements of broadcasters and production professionals in the digital TV age.

“Our PHB-3G Series will prove especially valuable to our customers—American news and traffic helicopters among them—who want a high-brightness monitoring tool for talent and co-pilots,” said Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast. “Like our other all-in-one monitors, these units exemplify our commitment to provide the industry with integrated functionality of rich feature sets within easy-to-manage platforms—boosting operational value without raising costs.”

Other key broadcast-centric features of the PHB-3G Series include RGB 12-bit digital signal processing for accelerated response time, exceptionally smooth video, and consistent color reproduction. Both monitors also integrate waveform and vector scopes, closed caption decoding, audio metering and time code display, PIP modes, and a stereo speaker for live audio monitoring.

Plura Broadcast will display the complete PHB-3G Series at the 2015 NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, taking place April 13-16. The company will exhibit at Booth N2718.

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Date posted: January 20, 2015

New management structure, headquarters lay foundation for company growth heading into the 2015 NAB Show

Belar Electronics has set the stage for future growth and innovation in modulation monitoring with a new management structure as the company settles into its new Philadelphia-area headquarters. With its more than 50-year reputation for quality, reliability and precision cemented, Belar’s reorganization signals a shift in strategy to meet the dynamically changing needs of the radio broadcaster heading into the 2015 NAB Show (April 13-16, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #C2452).

Mark Grant has been named CEO of Belar Electronics

With founder and industry visionary Arno Meyer now retired, Mark Grant steps in as CEO of Belar Electronics, managing all decisions surrounding company vision and direction. Erich Meyer assumes the role of COO, responsible for day-to-day plant operations across manufacturing and supply chain. Under Erich Meyer’s direction, the company will continue to centralize all production at its new West Chester, Pennsylvania headquarters, and manufacture 100 percent of its products in the USA. Erich Barchi will continue in his role as manager of global sales and customer relations, overseeing strategy for direct and channel sales worldwide.

To support global sales and service augmentations, Belar will build on its distinguished legacy as a trusted technology innovator through new software-defined test and monitoring applications. In addition to improving operational efficiencies for the end user, these enhancements, notably IP connectivity and FM/HD Radio time-alignment, will bring renewed focus to the value of the modulation monitor for the radio broadcaster.

“The modulation monitor remains the pre-eminent tool to help broadcasters accurately monitor on-air levels, calibrate equipment and remain in FCC compliance, and there is a strong value proposition around improved market-wide performance for broadcasters that make the investment in this gear,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar. “While the audio processor, exciter and other air chain components ideally amplify sound quality, broadcasters cannot take full advantage of their modulation thresholds without an accurate modulation monitor. Belar’s focus on delivering top-of-the-line, precision-oriented test instruments remains our core strategy, for the purpose of helping broadcasters troubleshoot performance issues in the air chain and maximize their broadcast signals. And moving forward, Belar intends to build on these principles with exciting new innovations that elevate the role of the modulation monitor.”

Erich Meyer, son of Belar Electronics founder Arno Meyer, oversees global operations and supply chain as COO

At NAB, Belar will reiterate its leadership in traditional AM and FM modulation monitoring, while highlighting new software-defined features that enhance remote connectivity for off-site signal monitoring; and improve time-alignment between FM and HD Radio signals. While the former will focus on the convenience of remote monitoring across all signal parameters and alarm conditions via IP connectivity, the latter will highlight how the modulation monitor can noticeably improve the listener experience, including the elimination of signal echo as FM and HD Radio signals blend.

“Belar has continually worked to ensure superior performance and reliability across the product line, including the use of digital signal processing to eliminate signal drifts, offsets and other signal quality hindrances for robust, stable and repeatable signal performance that remains in calibration,” said Grant. “We’ve eliminated unnecessary adjustments, minimized conversions and consolidated previously separate monitoring applications into a single box to make modulation monitoring a more user-friendly, operationally efficient and valuable process for broadcasters.  We look forward to unveiling our next generation of enhancements at NAB.”

Belar Electronics’ new headquarters is located at 1140 McDermott Drive, Suite 105 in West Chester, PA 19380.

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Date posted: September 3, 2014

Company will demonstrate cloud-based, software-defined monitoring solutions at IBC 2014 – and what broadcasters gain by transitioning from point-based systems

For its IBC show debut, Q’ligent will present a strong case about how broadcasters can shift linear TV QoS to the next level through a transition to enterprise-level monitoring and visualization.  Using Q’ligent’s portfolio of cloud-based solutions, broadcasters can quickly establish a highly scalable architecture that extends visibility into linear TV performance through to the often neglected last mile.

“We have seen this successful paradigm shift in many other technology areas, where end users have transitioned from expensive, proprietary point-based monitoring solutions to lower cost, feature-rich and broad application-based software solutions that cover the gamut, from predictive analysis of performance issues to prescribed courses of action. Q’ligent intends to drive that change in the broadcast industry,” said Ted Korte, COO, Q’ligent.

Q’ligent’s Vision monitoring solution will be a central force in driving that change.  Q’ligent has established a global footprint that allows the company to quickly deploy monitoring services for broadcast networks based on the Vision architecture.  Lightweight and intelligent, Vision brings together an intuitive and limitless service that centralizes all critical media analysis of one or more distributed channels onto a single web user interface, with infinite scalability to expand monitoring points using software-defined, network-enabled probes.  Q’ligent provides this service across multiple delivery platforms, ensuring broadcasters can understand how their linear TV broadcasts are performing end-to-end across terrestrial, cable, satellite and IPTV systems.

Vision’s comprehensive feature set provides QoS (quality of service) and QoE (quality of experience) monitoring, which includes predictive analysis tools and insight into performance trends that pinpoint potential signal delivery issues.  Vision also offers root-cause analysis tools, enhanced recommendations for prescribed actions, and techniques to resolve issues in a proactive and actionable manner.

A major differentiator for Vision is that it brings affordability to monitoring last mile performance. Last mile analytics ensures broadcasters understand the complete picture of what their viewers are experiencing on their TV sets, computers and mobile devices.

“Vision’s unique characteristics and architectural footprint reduces costs and creates action-based real-time root cause analysis,” adds Korte.  “Vision’s software-driven probes have limitless expandability throughout the network, and offers broadcasters and network operators a financially viable method to finally gain direct analytical access at the last mile.

Q’ligent will demonstrate Vision alongside its complete range of enterprise monitoring and visualization solutions at its IBC stand in Hall 8 (Stand 8.D03).  IBC takes place at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam from September 12-16.

Date posted: September 2, 2014

New LCM Series monitor integrates the most pertinent tools for video preview integrity for an affordable yet feature-rich solution

Plura, a global manufacturer of high-performance digital broadcast and video production solutions, will introduce a new dual 7-inch monitor solution at IBC2014 (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 12-16, Stand 8.B73) for video preview applications.  The new LCM-207-3G monitor expands the LCM range of affordable monitors, keeping costs very low by integrating features tailored specifically for preview needs – notably, in-depth color calibration to maximize picture quality and integrity.

The LCM-207 3G monitor feature set is focused on monitoring, calibration and control needs for matching video quality across dual, side-by-side monitors.  Like other Plura monitors, the LCM-207-3G integrates these pertinent tools instead of forcing options and extra components on customers that ultimately raise costs.  The new monitor specifically stands apart from competitive preview monitors by providing two 3G/HD/SD inputs per screen with active loops, and integrating both calibration capability for accurate color reproduction; and Ethernet control for extensive networking.  These tools set the LCM-207-3G apart from other dual 7-inch systems that provide only a basic monitor and driver package, and require users to integrate additional tools to extend feature sets.

At the same time, Plura will keep costs low by omitting advanced measurement tools found in other Plura monitors that serve no purpose in video preview environments.

“It’s especially important to maintain color integrity in production, and the LCM-207 3G delivers pristine color matching tools for professional calibration at an affordable price point,” said Ray Kalo, CEO and President of Plura.  “The LCM-207-3G delivers the high level of sophistication that broadcast and production professionals deserve in a dual 7-inch preview monitor, while maintaining a focused and sensible feature set.”

On the control side, the compact 3RU LCM-207-3G integrates with Plura’s PCS-400 Ethernet Controller to enable software-defined networking with other Plura monitors. This provides customers with flexible options to network preview applications with other monitoring applications across the broadcast and production workflow.  The software-defined networking capability also improves overall quality control by enabling single-seat access to every monitor on the network, allowing users to adjust menus, switch inputs and enhance individual control across multiple units.

The standard LCM-207-3G calibration feature, as with all Plura production-oriented monitors, enables gamma, color temperature and white luminance level adjustments to meet all broadcast standards.  Other integrated features include PIP capability, dynamic or static UMP and tally, as well as HDMI and component inputs.

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Date posted: August 5, 2014

Formation of Plura Europe GmbH brings company closer to European and other international customers, plants seeds for company expansion

Plura Broadcast, Inc., a global manufacturer of high-performance digital broadcast and video production solutions, is preparing for a busy IBC2014 (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 12-16, Stand 8.B73) with the formation of Plura Europe GmbH.  The new subsidiary is a core part of the company’s growth strategy across international regions, bringing the company closer to its customers and dealers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Ray Kalo, President and CEO of Plura Broadcast, has been appointed as Managing Director of Plura Europe GmbH.  The company will announce a second executive appointment later this month.  That executive will be based in Plura Europe GmbH’s office in Wuppertal, Germany, opening in September.  By establishing headquarters and local product assembly in Germany, Plura Europe GmbH will also minimize costs for customers, eliminating tariff codes and customs complications associated with product importing and exporting.

According to Kalo, the formation of Plura Europe GmbH is the first step in a strategic plan to boost the company’s presence in Europe and surrounding regions.  Initially, the company will emphasize the unrivaled I/O connectivity options of Plura monitors, which are ideal for the fiber-rich architectures common in mobile trucks and fixed playout centers across Europe and surrounding regions.  However, the company is also well-versed in test and measurement equipment and software, character/template-driven graphics generators, and other broadcast and production solutions that have established Plura Broadcast as a leading supplier across the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.

“On the technology side, Plura products and solutions offer a wide range of diversity and flexibility for broadcasters worldwide that solve the problems of connectivity limitations in signal monitoring,” said Kalo.  “From a business perspective, the formation of Plura Europe GmbH will strengthen our means of customer engagement across many unique business cultures, which will improve our depth as a global operation.  We will also better serve our customers in Europe and neighboring regions by bringing local sales, marketing and technical support initiatives closer to their operational bases.”

Date posted: July 21, 2014

Versatile, software-defined Q’ligent Vision solution provides centralized media quality analysis from acquisition to consumption across multiple delivery platforms

At the IBC show in September, Q’ligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level monitoring, will demonstrate how its software-defined Vision solution extends the reach of media quality analysis for linear TV — all while minimizing costs and infrastructure due to its lightweight, intelligent architecture.

Using the broad reach of Q’ligent Vision, broadcasters and network operators can improve quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for consumers through comprehensive media analysis, with insight into signal integrity and performance up to the point where signals reach consumers.  The result is a full understanding of the TV viewing experience for over-the-air, cable, satellite, and IPTV delivery, without the costs or complexity associated with bandwidth-heavy backhaul and platform-specific monitoring.

Q’ligent Vision offers a software-defined architecture for QC monitoring of video and audio across the air chain, with low-cost probes that enable deep-dive analysis at very specific points.

“Broadcasters and network operators are spread increasingly thin as they manage an exponentially growing number of headends and delivery platforms,” said Ted Korte COO, Q’ligent.  “They simply do not have enough resources to allocate across divergent systems, and need to get to the root of system issues faster.  We’re giving our customers an intuitive and limitless service that centralizes all critical media quality analysis of their channel distribution, across multiple delivery platforms, onto a single user interface.”

Q’ligent Vision is one of four components that comprise the company’s complete monitoring portfolio.  Infinitely scalable, Vision is specifically used to capture, collect and analyze quality parameters for linear TV delivery, including over-the-air, cable, satellite, IPTV and OTT platforms.

Q’ligent Vision’s cloud-based software allows users to centrally visualize information collected over IP from a series of low-cost, compact, software-defined probes.  The Q’ligent Vision probes, which replace traditional, expensive components and point-based solutions, can be deployed anywhere across a network or delivery architecture of any scope or size, without geographical limitations.  Users can monitor and collect information from multiple transport streams and signal paths to intelligently test, measure, troubleshoot and verify signal integrity.

Q’ligent Vision’s intelligent architecture extends beyond centralized monitoring of current performance to predictive analytics and performance trends over time, helping users to recognize potential issues that could affect signal integrity and the consumer experience before they happen.  This capability, along with quicker response times and problem resolution, helps broadcasters and network operators minimize financial losses and increase viewer satisfaction.

Customers can gradually transition to Q’ligent Vision’s cloud-based monitoring approach.  Q’ligent’s global footprint enables users to quickly tap into the general monitoring service for a network or region, and strategically add probes to fill in additional data points as needs change, networks grow and new challenges arise.

Q’ligent will demonstrate Vision alongside its complete range of enterprise monitoring and visualization solutions at its IBC stand in Hall 8 (Stand 8.D03).  IBC takes place at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam from September 12-16.

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Date posted: July 15, 2014

Company enhances loudness monitoring, adds V-Chip decoding to versatile, software-defined monitor families – saving customers at least several thousand dollars

At the IBC2014 show in September, Plura Broadcast, a global manufacturer of high-performance digital broadcast and video production solutions, will integrate advanced new features within its innovative 3G monitors that boost operational value without raising costs.  The new software-defined features, which cover audio loudness logging and V-Chip decoding, also further empowers quality control across broadcast and production workflows without adding complexity or increasing form factor.

The new features, to be demonstrated on the Plura Broadcast stand at IBC2014 (September 12-16, RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, Stand 8.B73) represent a software-driven evolution of the company’s leading SFP-3G and PRM-3G monitoring portfolio.  This is a continuation of company strategy that aligns its portfolio with the changing requirements of broadcasters and production professionals in the digital television age.

Built-in loudness logging, V-Chip decoding save broadcasters and production professionals the cost of separate components for the same tasks

“Plura has blazed the trail for all-in-one monitors, eliminating the confusion and complexity of mix-and-match modules and options that many vendors still require of their customers today,” said Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast.  “Our vision for broadcast and production monitoring remains integrated functionality of rich feature sets within sleek, easy-to-manage platforms.  This ultimately minimizes costs for our customers while increasing the reach and power of their monitoring environments.”

For broadcasters worldwide, Plura Broadcast will extend software-defined loudness monitoring and logging functionality within the same two monitor families — saving its customers another several thousand dollars in additional component and integration costs.  The company, which currently offers standard live monitoring of digital audio loudness LFKS levels — essentially the amplitude level of TV audio converted into decibels — will introduce new timeline-centric features that allow broadcasters to quickly review and troubleshoot fluctuations in audio loudness over a given time period.  The Plura Broadcast monitors log all LKFS activity on a continuous basis, and provides graphical representations on screen via a built-in HDMI output.  This enables broadcasters to better understand when and where fluctuations took place, and troubleshoot issues to prevent further occurrences.

Sleek designs and high performance amplify the efficiency factor of Plura monitor installations

The integration of V-Chip technology is of special interest to North American broadcast stations and networks that must transmit ratings data for content that specifies suitable viewing audiences.  The integration of this technology into Plura monitors gives broadcasters peace of mind that this sensitive data is being delivered on screen without hiccups.  It also saves several thousand dollars for broadcasters who would otherwise be forced to purchase separate units and integrate them within existing workflows.

The integration of these new features follow other recent built-in software developments for its monitors, including simultaneous waveform vector display of LKFS for side-by-side comparison and manipulation of two images; and 16-channel audio monitoring, which doubles the capacity of most competitive broadcast and production monitors.   These features, along with 17-inch HD panel configurations for QC monitors, serve as key differentiators to competitive monitoring solutions on the market.

More on the SFP-3G Series and PRM-3G Series can be found at  The SFP-3G Series is especially unique as the only monitor with integrated fiber and coax input capability, enabling flexible signal routing to and from any location within the monitor.

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