The Rohde & Schwarz Difference

R&S®BTC Broadcast Test Center

The German company of Rohde & Schwarz is a global leader in the field of manufacturing state-of-the-art test/measurement, communication and broadcasting equipment creating product with both precision and accuracy for close to 80 years!  With over 9300 employees, and associates in over 70 countries, R&D’s service to the customer is found both in the international arena down to the local market. The US team of sales support specialists and application engineers are regionally located in Maryland, Texas, California, and Oregon. In Columbia, Maryland customers can receive intuitive after-sales support, from personalized training to free technical support! The US development team is located in Beaverton, Oregon, offers custom solutions and resources in meeting the US  demanding market needs for software and firmware solutions. All this…under the roof of a world-class service facility!

The  product technologies that Rohde & Schwarz specialize in, truly spans our industry’s gamut ! The R&D Test and Measurement  line of products consists of Wireless Communications Testers and Systems which supports all common cellular and non-cellular technologies in the company’s Wireless Device Testing product line- like the  R&S®CBT/CBT32 Bluetooth® Tester which supports Bluetooth® (Basic Rate), Bluetooth® Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) to Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) technologies to Infrastructure Testing areas where the R&S®ZVB Vector Network Analyzers is no short of performance for fast and reliable measurements! Products that reside under this specific  R&D line are: Signal and Spectrum Analyzers, Network Analyzers, Power and Voltmeters, Broadband Amplifiers and Oscilloscopes.

Now, let’s move to our favorite Rohde & Schwarz product line: Broadcasting! The wonderful R&D line of Digital Video and MPEG TS generation testers like the R&S®VTC-VTE-VTS Video Tester family-provides for A/V interface testing of consumer electronic devices,  to the products that provide  Analog and Digital RF broadcasting signal generation like the R&S®BTC Broadcast Test Center – a flexible design that meets your  highest broadcast test demands!

The one area that is certainly worth exploring when at NAB 2014 or on the world wide web is the DVS Video Solutions company of Rohde & Schwarz. The solutions provided range from Acquisition & Ingest, Play-out, and Movie & Broadcast Content Production. Redefining broadcast workflow efficiency is the VENICE- a media production hub, that offers all of the qualities of a classic video server by enabling the broadcaster to migrate from a SDI infrastructure to a file based workflow intelligently and with ease! The flexible multi-format video and codec pipeline can seamlessly be integrated into any file-based broadcast production environment! Native support of DNxHD, XDCAM, DVCPRO, AVC-ULTRA and APPLE ProRes covers the support aspect and with an  integrated software feature the VENICE has the option for Avid WorkFlow for delivery into the Avid ISIS and Interplay production asset management (PAM) system! Protected by RAID-6 internal media storage this product future proof’s itself by having the ability to upgrade software and formats! It’s really no wonder why VENICE won the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award at NAB 2013!


The DVS Post Production Systems are turnkey products with the enabling power of handling image data in SD,HD,2K, and 4K in RAW, whether it be uncompressed or compressed footage! The product line features the CLIPSTER® – This is the DVS flagship and is often called “the heart of DI”. The DCI Mastering meets the latest high frame rates, bitrate encoding up to 500Mbit/s and with fine tunable JPEG2000 settings! Featuring the ability to check final DCP by utilizing it’s full 12bit quality is CLIPSTER’s D-Cinema emulation; RAW workflow supports FCP XML and Avid ALE support, along with the ability to create high quality RAW dailies with comprehensive burn-ins from RAW files! Note that: CLIPSTER® is certified by ARRI for ARRIRAW processing ALEXA (for you digital cinema professionals out there!) Let’s not forget…”the highly successful collaboration of Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH (DVS) and Park Road Post Production New Zealand has been repeated in the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy. For The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug the companies integrated the new Dolby standard Atmosâ„¢ into the DCP process. The DVS CLIPSTER® allows for the world’s first implemented high frame rate DCI workflow with Dolby Atmosâ„¢, creating a technological premiere in the movie theaters….”

The video boards that DVS offers are certainly up to the challenge of any demanding post-production system in place. The two models that are featured are the Atomix LT and the Atomix HDMI. These high performance video boards allow for compositing, titling, and color correction. The  Atomix LT can be shipped with 5 BNC for SDI input, output and reference input on the front panel. Other connections are available on additional slot panels. Another shipping version of Atomix LT comes with 4 BNC and a VGA style connector that provides LTC, reference input, RS-422 and analog audio output when minimum front space is required. The Atomix HDMI supports all formats from SD up to 2K in stereo and 4K in real time. Providing a powerful processing pipeline with programmable up/downscaler, 3D LUT, 1D LUT and color space converter, Atomix HDMI features four HDMI ports and targets high-end applications!

Atomix HDMI

About Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: For more than 25 years, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH has been very successful in the professional film, video post production and broadcast markets. The specially developed and manufactured hardware and software are applied to the production of popular TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and in Digital Cinema. CLIPSTER® was the first system in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible. The future-proof Media Production Hub VENICE offers a flexible solution for modern, file-based workflows in broadcast environments. At NAB 2013, VENICE won the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award.

Make sure to checkout the Rohde & Schwarz booth located in the South Hall Lower booth# SL1605 at NAB2014! for map view see: ; For more information about Rohde & Schwarz go to: ; For more information, fact finding, and research about the innovative product line at DVS Video Solutions go to: ;

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Matthew has worked in both the private sector and in higher education for over 25 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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