German broadcasters demo Ultra HD at IFA 2018

A group of commercial and public broadcasters and partners will demonstrate UHD at IFA 2018 in Berlin (August 31 to September 5, 2018) at booth 203, hall 26. A series of clips in SDR and HDR/HLG format will be looped on a 77" UHD TV, offering visitors an ultra high definition viewing experience with extremely brilliant, high-contrast images.

IFA 2018 in Berlin (August 31 to September 5, 2018)
IFA 2018 in Berlin (August 31 to September 5, 2018)
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The demo is organised by the German TV Platform, an association of commercial and public broadcasters, hardware manufacturers, infrastructure operators, service and technology providers, research institutes and universities, German federal and state authorities, as well as other companies, organizations and institutions concerned with the development and promotion of digital media.

Rohde & Schwarz will support the demo with its R&S VENICE 4K ingest and playout platform, R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution and R&S SFC multi-standard modulator.

4K material will be played out via the R&S VENICE 4K ingest and playout platform and transferred with HDR metadata to the R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution. The R&S AVHE100 will encode the video data in the efficient HEVC format, create a multiplex and transmit it to the R&S SFC multi-standard modulator. The modulated signal will be fed to a TV and displayed.

R&S VENICE 4K is a classic video server for SDI ingest and studio playout, file import, transcoding and media transfer operations. The R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution is a fully software based, flexible multi-codec platform that supports HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-2. It also permits all types of codecs and resolutions to be combined in a statistical multiplex.

The R&S SFC compact modulator is a cost-efficient multi-standard signal source. It supports realtime coding for all conventional digital and analogue TV and audio broadcasting standards. A built-in controller makes the modulator ideal even for standalone operation.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. August 20, 2018.