Telestream releases latest version of Prism waveform monitor software

Telestream has released the latest software for its Prism family of hybrid IP/SDI waveform monitors. Version 3.3 adds significant new video format support for post-production applications beyond broadcast television, faster switching of IP inputs, Dolby ED2 metadata support, and more to an already extensive collection of IP and SDI measurement tools.

Designed to be used in video engineering, operations, live acquisition, event production and post production, Prism includes specialised tools to maximise its usability with today’s wide colour gamut, high dynamic range and high-resolution formats. With fast switching of IP inputs, camera shading operators can make comparisons quickly and efficiently regardless of whether they are working in an IP, SDI, or hybrid facility.

Version 3.3 now supports DCI 4K post production resolutions up to 4096×2160 and refresh rates from 23.98 to 60p for everything from cinematic to broadcast workflows. The latest version also offers Dolby ED2 metadata decoding which is used for Dolby Atmos and guard band measurement for comprehensive audio monitoring.

As a software-defined instrument family, Prism enables users to add new features and capabilities with a simple software upgrade. In general, there is no special hardware needed to enable new features, enabling units to be easily updated in the field.

“As the dividing lines between film and TV production blur, we are adding capability to the Prism platform to extend the format capability in SDI and IP to meet these needs for a broad range of customers doing higher-end post work,” said Charlie Dunn, SVP, video test, synchronization and quality assurance business unit, Telestream. “Now that ST2110 can be considered mainstream, we are adding the expected capability to measure AV delay, Dolby E/ED2, and enable a seamless switch so that the benefits of an IP infrastructure can be realised without any operational compromises.”

Additional new features include a Safe Area display with AFD graticule that allows users to ensure that text, graphics,and important information like weather, headline and school closure crawls are visible on consumers’ displays irrespective of aspect ratio and production aperture size; colorised RGB parade waveform/stop display for ease of use and quick operation; and a larger floating timecode display that allows timecode to be easily visible no matter how the tiles are configured.

“We’re happy to report that customers are now demanding Prism for mission-critical deployments,” said Dunn. “It’s extremely validating for our development team after their tireless work in evolving the platform to where it is today.”


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