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Q&A: Stephan Krafft, vice president marketing and technical sales, Rohde & Schwarz

We are seeing the rollout of 4K/UHD. Initial tests are completed and the first live events have been broadcast. Here our headend was frequently responsible for encoding the signals. Now it’s time to establish regular 4K/UHD operation. Essential improvements like HDR and HFR are also being tested and standardised. It’s sure to be a hot topic at IBC.

What do you think are the key developments in, or threats to, your market sector at the current time?

Work is ongoing to increase 4K/UHD frame rates. As a system solution our headend already offers HEVC realtime encoding at 60 fps. Rohde & Schwarz professional presentation solutions even support up to 120 fps at resolutions of up to 4K to meet the highest of demands.

Why should delegates visit your stand at IBC?

We have long supported the high-resolution 4K standard with our extensive product range, which we’ll be pleased to show on the booth – including a demonstration using the mastering station R&S CLIPSTER. This year sees the addition of the enhanced 4K version of our VENICE ingest and production server for high-quality 4K studio productions. We’ll also be showcasing our ultra-efficient transmitters.