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Plura Broadcast: Focusing on 4K Flexibility


For a number of years Plura Broadcast Inc. has provided the digital broadcast industry with reliable high end performance technologies that meets the demand of application. The Plura 4KXpress UHD/4K multi-format video processor is the unit that simplifies operations and provides for the flexibility of future applications. Showcased during NAB 2017, the bi-directional 12G to & from Quad SDI (SQ or 2SI) 4KXpress is based on a fully programmable architecture that is built around a powerful Xilinix FGPA chipset.  The demands of 4K projects in the broadcast industry is on the raise and can create some technical challenges for current system designs and system “future proofing.”

*NOTE: The current available applications below for the 4KXpress can be adapted in the field with a SoftKey License.

4KXpress 12G-QUAD 4KXpress video processor, Bi-directional 12G  to & from Quad SDI (SQ or 2SI)
4KXpress 12G-HDMI4K Soft Key 12G to HDMI 4K – Field upgradable  License
4KXpress HDMI4K-12G Soft Key HDMI 4K to 12G – Field upgradable  License
4KXpress QUAD-HDMI4K Soft Key QUAD  to HDMI 4K – Field upgradable License
4KXpress HDMI4K-QUAD Soft Key HDMI 4K to QUAD- Field upgradable  License
4KXpress 12GDA Soft Key 12G  to 4 x 12G Distribution Amplifier – Field upgradable  License
4KXpress 3GDA Soft Key 3G  to 4 x 3G Distribution Amplifier – Field upgradable  License
4KXpress 3G-12GDA Soft Key 3G to 4 x 12G Upscaler & Distribution Amplifier – Field upgradable  License
4KXpress 12G-3GDA Soft Key 12G to 4 x 3G Downscaler & Distribution Amplifier – Field upgradable  License
4KXpress 3G-12GHDMIMV Soft Key 4x3G to 12G & HDMI 4K Multiviewer- Field upgradable  License
4KXpress 12G-12GHDMIMV Soft Key 4x12G to 12G & HDMI 4K Multiviewer- Field upgradable  License

In order to accommodate the facilities needing to switch between  Ultra HD, HD-SDI, or even SD resolutions is where Plura Broadcast and the pairing of the 4KXpress UHD/4K video processor and the awesome Plura PBM-4K monitor series come into play! The PBM-4K monitor series supports up to 4096×2160 resolutions and come in multiple sizes including: 24″, 32″, 43″, 55″ & 65″. The 84″ series monitor is the largest of the group and is quite impressive. These spectacular monitors support SMPTE 2082, have 2x 12G/3G/HD-SDI inputs with active loop, 1 x SFP slot to support multiple IP & fiber standards and 1 x HDMI 2.0.

“We started noticing some 4K projects inquiries, design and implementation beyond film production and into more broadcast-centric production workflows, particularly sports,” said Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast.  “Our 12G -4K long term initiative and planning will suit any studio or mobile production workflow, and will be especially valuable to our customers that lack affordable options for wide range size 4K monitor solutions. However, our customers can rest assured that buying a 4K monitor today will give them the flexibility to work across multiple formats.”

The Plura PBM-4K monitor series have been receiving rave reviews for the exceptional color accuracy which produces stunning picture consistency that meet the high demands for 4K project applications.

OVERVIEW of the PBM-4K Monitor Series:

The PBM-4K-UHD Series will suit any studio or mobile production workflow, and will be especially valuable to our customers in sports applications that lack affordable options for 4K monitors. Customers can rest assured that buying a 4K monitor today will give them the flexibility to work across multiple formats.

The Plura 4K Series will also feature the traditional software, redefined, built into most Plura monitors, including intelligent connections for calibration alignment, adjustable colorimetry, gamma correction and audio monitoring – all accessible from an intuitive menu offering smooth navigation. Using Plura’s unique ICAC tool, production staff members can quickly and automatically calibrate multiple color-related elements across the entire monitor network over IP, including the 4K Series.

About Plura:

Plura is a leading global manufacturer of a wide range of high-performance multi-function monitors (up to 84″) Plura is a leading global manufacturer of a wide range of high-performance multi-function monitors (up to 84″) including 4K and Timing/Synchronization solutions engineered for digital broadcast and professional video production. Plura products offer an incomparable feature set, superior picture quality and extraordinary value and reliability. Plura is known for truly affordable high-end features built upon core technology. The company’s solutions include studio and portable video monitors, studio production timer, Time-code displays & Time-code PCIecards, test and measurement equipment and software, character/template-driven graphics generators, and digital signage systems.

 

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Matthew has worked in both the private sector and in higher education for over twenty years. He specializes in the areas of digital media project management, broadcast engineering and media production. Matthew has extensive knowledge in digital post production, digital asset management, digital cinema production, and broadcast facility integration. Mr. Harchick actively researches state of the art broadcast, cutting edge digital cinema and smart audio visual technologies for client implementation and is available for your consultation needs.

Matt and his family currently reside in the Washington, D.C metro area.
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