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Welcome the Grand Master

A new master sync generator that supports incremental migrations to IP-based video infrastructures, as well as supporting traditional SDI-based video, has been launched by Tektronix.

The new high performance SPG8000A hybrid master sync generator comes standard with multiple independent black burst and HD tri-level sync outputs that meet the synchronisation needs of traditional baseband video broadcast or production facilities.

The instrument also incorporates an optional, field-upgradeable IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock that enables precise synchronisation of IP-based production workflow.

Paul Robinson, CTO video at Tektronix, commented: “In the production IP world, you can’t do anything without one of these devices as if the video isn’t tied together in time, you can’t do anything, which is why we’ve spent so much time working on this product so early in the day for ST2059. The SPG8000A is the world’s first production quality PTP grand master and SDI hybrid reference generator.”

The SPG8000A hybrid master sync generator is being used in the EBU Sandbox LiveIP Project demonstration and also on the EVS and Cisco live IP-based remote production demonstration, both going on at the show.

Robinson stated: “There is a lot of IP kit here at IBC that doesn’t actually work. We had the prototype one year ago and deployed it with different industry bodies so we could learn, share experiences and develop it for broadcasters, as they need a product that
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