Harris Announces New Upgrades to Videotek Test and Measurement Product Line

July 10, 2006

by -- Harris/Leitch

Harris Corporation today announced the availability of several upgrades to its Videotek® TVM and VTM Series(tm) multi-format test and measurement instruments. The added functions - multiple picture thumbnails, expanded video metadata and low ambient light operation mode - will be available as standard features in several models at no additional charge.

"The introduction of these latest enhancements to our test and measurement instruments once again demonstrates our commitment to the market and to the customers who choose our products," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. "We will continue to lead the market by offering affordable, high-quality products loaded with features we know our customers need, like the low ambient light mode we're now introducing."

The multiple picture thumbnails feature, available in the Videotek® TVM-950, TVM-950-E, TVM-850, TVM-850-E and the VTM Series(tm), adds immeasurable convenience to these instruments, as it enables picture-presence monitoring via a picture thumbnail. A picture thumbnail can be placed in proximity to any of the instruments' function displays for any of the available inputs. This function has particular value in applications where multiple signals are constantly monitored.

The new, expanded video metadata function is scheduled for availability in all Videotek® TVM-900 series and TVM-800 series instruments, as well as the VTM Series(tm). This enhancement extends the video metadata functions of the Videotek® test and measurement instruments to include all of the most common methods for aspect ratio signaling (such as Video Index Class 1) currently used both by broadcasters and in consumer electronics.

Low ambient light operation mode has been added for all Videotek® TVM-900 series, TVM-800 series and VTM Series(tm) instruments to specifically address the needs of colorists, editors and technicians who wish to work in a dark environment uncontaminated by extraneous light sources. This feature enables users to set the instruments' illuminated front panel controls to turn off after a period of inactivity and/or display graphics in monochrome.

All of these new features are scheduled to be available in units shipped after July 15, 2006. Also, these new features are available for existing users through a flash update to the equipment firmware.



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