Telestream new Prism waveform monitor software expands UHD, Dolby format support
Telestream has introduced new software for its Prism waveform monitor. Built for live production, post-production, and engineering, the latest release supports enhanced test tools for UHD and 4K/8K with RGB 4:4:4 12-bit HDR/WCG and False-colour tools as well as the latest immersive audio surround formats.
The latest release streamlines post-production mastering and compliance workflows for UHD, HDR, and advanced audio. Experienced post-production staff can often subjectively gauge video quality on a regular monitor for HD/SD content, but this is very difficult to do with UHD/HDR standards.
Editors and colourists need to know how much of the image is in the HDR zone and where their lightest highlights are, and their darkest shadows are. They also need tools to tell them that the colour in the mastered content is correct and error-free. If not done correctly, media services providers like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu will reject non-compliant content causing post-production delays and cost over-runs.
“For 4K and HDR mastering, post-production teams need a new breed of tools to ensure they are making the most of these new formats,” said Charlie Dunn, SVP of Tek Video Business Unit. “Prism provides the tools necessary to ensure compliance with UHD content requirements such as Netflix standards and enables post-production teams to guarantee their productions pop off the screen.”
In both live and post-production, there is constant time and commercial pressure to deliver high-quality content, and so anything that improves operational efficiency has great value. Following in-depth customer research, the latest release of software introduces a new user interface specifically designed to simplify the selection, use and configuration of the broad range of applications available on Prism.
The new UI provides a hot bar which can be customised to include the key applications needed for the application the Prism is being used for be it live or post-production, engineering or technical QC. Further flexibility is provided through the use of up to 36 different presets which can be used to instantly reconfigure the Prism and the hot bar layout for different applications. Those presets can be exported and remotely downloaded on to multiple Prism’s to ensure the whole team is working in a consistent fashion and with the instrument configured for their particular workflows. Not only can the presets be exported and installed remotely, but Prism itself can be accessed and controlled remotely through a web UI. This is important in a world that has been changed by a pandemic that requires teams to work and collaborate from a distance.
Other features in this release include the use of four active trace tiles, capture and decoding of SCTE 104 messages and the ability to select and down mix stereo and 5.1 surround audio channels.
Prism is available now. Existing customers can upgrade to software 2.2 in September for no additional charge.