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Tektronix MTS4EA

Next Generation Compressed Video Elementary Stream Analyzer

Brand: Tektronix
Model Number: MTS4EA
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MTS4EA

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Product Features:

  • Next Generation (VC-1, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4 & 3GPP) and Legacy (MPEG-2, H.261, H.263 & H.263+) CODEC support
  • Frame-by-Frame and Block-by-Block analysis to allow easy CODEC comparison
  • Easy-to-Interpret Detailed Graphical Displays (requires user installed Microsoft Excel)
  • Comprehensive semantic trace file output to determine Block-by-Block encoder decision making
  • AV delay measurement
  • Audio decode and analysis
  • Synchronized audio and video analysis
  • Real-time and non real-time decoding and analysis of compressed video streams (dependant on PC performance)
  • Batch mode to allow automated testing
  • YUV decoded video output for baseband video analysis
  • Elementary Stream Editing
  • Extraction of Elementary Stream from Transport Stream
  • Audio extraction and playback for MPEG2 Layer 1 & 2, AAC & HE AAC
  • Available as single user local license or server based floating license

Applications

  • Equipment Manufacturers:
    • semiconductor device designers & manufacturer
    • video codec software and hardware developers
    • STB, PVR, DVD consumer electronics developers for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IP
    • video conferencing & communications equipment developers
    • mobile video infrastructure and handset developers
  • Video Content Transmission & Distribution:
    • CODEC and Equipment evaluation and comparison in cable, satellite, terrestrial, and IP applications
    • network operators
    • network equipment providers
    • application and service providers
    • Streaming media applications
    • Broadcasters checking for introduction of AV delay

Deferred Time Elementary Stream Analysis Software for Windows 2000 or Windows XP

PC-based software package, unique in its capability to display and analyze encoded video streams for the VC-1, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.263+, H.263, and H.261 video compression standards. Available for Tektronix MTS400 Series MPEG Test Systems and as Standalone Software for user's own PCs.

Error dialogue box Click for larger image

Error dialogue box

Real-Time Error Checking and Reporting

Real-time checking is made on a video stream, looking for errors or noncompliance to the standards. If an error is found, there is an alert 'pop-up' as shown in the Error dialogue box.

Alerts can be 'Fatal' or 'Error' level or 'Warning' or Info', and can be individually disabled or enabled, as shown in the Alert Configuration dialogue box.

Alert Configuration dialogue box Click for larger image

Alert Configuration dialogue box

This capability is vital as it may already be known that a particular video sequence has a particular error which can be disabled to identify other unknown errors.

Real-Time Analysis Displays

User-selected MacroBlock attributes can be overlaid onto the playback of the bit stream. There are many other attributes that can be displayed, including the following shown below.

Summary Tooltips Click for larger image

Summary Tooltips

Motion Vector Display Click for larger image

Motion Vector Display

MacroBlock tooltips Click for larger image

MacroBlock tooltips

MacroBlock Display Click for larger image

MacroBlock Display

MacroBlock Intra-coding Frequency Click for larger image

MacroBlock Intra-coding Frequency

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Error dialogue box

Buffer Analysis

Buffer standards conformance can be checked as well as user entered values to simulate specific decoder hardware. When a conformance error is found, there is an alert 'pop-up' such as in the Error dialogue box.

The main Buffer Analysis window is used to analyze buffer conformance and allows the following capabilities:

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Main Buffer Analysis Window

  • View all of VBV/VCV/VMV or only one or two graphs
  • Build the graphs in real-time, as the video is decoded
  • Zoom in to any area of the graph, or see it all at once
  • Quickly see the count of number of frames where VBV/VCV/VMV has overflowed/under flowed (as appropriate)
  • See the source of the VBV/VCV/VMV parameters and the values
  • Enter custom values and immediately see the effect in the graphs
  • Display pop-up alerts based upon the stream values or based upon custom values

Trace Analysis

Trace analysis outputs a wide variety of diagnostic information to a file to enabled detailed logging of encoder performance. Using the analysis options dialog box, It is possible to select both single and multiple Trace outputs for the following:

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Analysis options dialog box

  • Frame Summary
  • VOP Summary
  • MacroBlock Summary
  • Parse Bit Stream
  • Interpret
  • DCT Level
  • Pixel Level

Mnemonic Display of Video Stream Click for larger image

Mnemonic Display of Video Stream

Two examples of this analysis are given below:

Each of these Trace outputs is displayed in a View Trace window, as shown below, making it easy to search for particular errors or specific data:

The ability to see a mnemonic representation of the parsing of the video stream reduces the time to problem resolution, when investigating misinterpretation or compliancy issues.

Trace/Parse Bit stream display of the start of an MPEG-4 bit stream Click for larger image

Trace/Parse Bit stream display of the start of an MPEG-4 bit stream

Example of a Trace/Interpret output, at the start of an MPEG-4 VOP Click for larger image

Example of a Trace/Interpret output, at the start of an MPEG-4 VOP

MacroBlock Summary Information is available for the following:

  • Location of MacroBlock
  • Type of Coding used
  • Segment
  • Quantizer
  • Number of Bits used

MacroBlock Spatial Summary Information is available for the following:

  • Average Bits
  • Average Bits/MacroBlock
  • Average Quantizer
  • Frequency of Coding MacroBlock
  • Frequency of intra-coding MacroBlock
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Analysis option dialogue box

Graphical Analysis (Requires User Installed Microsoft Excel)

The exported data for the graphical display is selected from a built-in menu. It is possible to select both single and multiple graphical analyses. This page provides some examples of the analysis output that the MTS4EA can produce.

The following are just some of the examples of the analysis displays that can be produced:

Spatial Bits/MacroBlock Click for larger image

Spatial Bits/MacroBlock

Motion Vector Histogram Click for larger image

Motion Vector Histogram

Spatial Quantizer Deviation Click for larger image

Spatial Quantizer Deviation

MacroBlock Coding Frequency Click for larger image

MacroBlock Coding Frequency

DCT Frequencies Click for larger image

DCT Frequencies

Opening & viewing structure of MPEG-2 Transport and Program Streams, MP4, 3GPP, and ASF files

Video Stream Extraction dialogue box Click for larger image

Video Stream Extraction dialogue box

ASF, & VOB 'container' files, as well as MPEG-2 Transport Streams & Program streams, can be opened and the video tracks extracted from within them. When one of these files is opened, the list of tracks or programs in the file is shown, as below in this MPEG2 Transport Stream example

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Structure View

The structure of the MP4/3GPP/VOB/ASF/MPEG-2 TS/PS file can be seen in the Structure View shown here (more information is provided for MPEG-2 Transport Streams, where all the internal programs and video, audio, and metadata are listed).

The track number is displayed at the top of the video window the extracted video can also be saved as a separate file.

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Hex view

HexView - binary, hex, and ASCII views of the Video Bit Stream

Hexadecimal View of a Video bit stream (or any other file) can be displayed and searched for specific addresses or data (binary, ASCII or hex). An example of the Hex View output is shown here for an MPEG-4 stream

Batch Mode Processing

When debugging video encoders and decoders, it is almost always necessary to keep repeating the same tests on the same video sequences, to see what has changed / improved / got worse with each decoder / encoder change. To repeat these tests, it is not desirable to have to interact with a user interface.

A 'Batch' mode is provided, whereby the user can set up a batch process to:

  • Automatically repeat tests
  • Output Trace Files
  • Produce output report files only if there are warnings/errors/fatals in the video
  • Create a YUV decoded video output file

These outputs can be used to undertake automated comparisons and regression tests (for example, to compare what changes between different versions of an encoder/decoder).

Supported Video Compression Standards:

  • H.264/AVC Bytes Streams, including:
    • All elements of H.264/AVC Baseline Profile at Levels 1 - 5.1
      • Slice types I and P
      • NAL unit types 1, 5-12
      • CAVLC entropy coding
      • Arbitrary slice order, slice groups 1-8, redundant coded pictures
      • Method 1/Method 2 quantization
    • All elements of H.264/AVC High Profile at Levels 1 - 5.1
      • FRExt (10 - bit, 4:2:2, 4:4:4)
      • All above elements for Baseline Profile Plus
      • Slice type B
      • CABAC entropy coding
      • Chroma formats 0-1, 0-3
      • Weighted prediction flag, bipred_idc >0
      • Direct_8x8_inference_flag in B-frames (L3 - 5.1)
    • All elements of H.264/AVC Extended Profile at Levels 1 - 5.0
      • All above elements for Baseline Profile plus
      • Slice types B, SP, SI
      • NAL unit types 2-4
      • Data partitioning
      • Interlace (permitted in levels 2.1 - 4.1 only)
      • Weighted prediction flag, bipred_idc > 0
      • Direct_8x8_inference_flag in B-frames
    • All elements of H.264/AVC Main Profile at Levels 1 - 5.1
      • All above elements for Baseline Profile Plus
      • Slice Type B
      • Interlace (permitted in levels 2.1 - 4.1 only
      • CABAC entropy coding
      • Weighted prediction flag, bipred_idc > 0
      • Direct_8x8_inference_flag in B-frames
  • MPEG-4 Simple Profile/Levels 0 -3, including the following tools:
    • VOP
    • P-VOP
    • Four Motion Vectors
    • Unrestricted Motion Vectors
    • AC/DC Prediction
    • Error Resilience, including Slice Resynchronization, Data Partitioning, and Reversible VLC
    • Short Headers
  • MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile /  Levels 0 - 5, including 3b, with the following tools:
    • All tools of MPEG-4 Simple Profile, plus:
    • B-VOP
    • Quarter-pel motion compensation
    • Global Motion Compensation (GMC)
    • Method 1/Method 2 quantization
    • Interface
  • VC-1, including of the following tools:
    • Extraction of Simple, Main, and Advanced Profiles from ASF files
    • Analysis of Advanced Profile Elementary Stream Files
    • All elements of Simple Profile at all Levels (Low and Medium)
    • All elements of Main Profile at all Levels (Low, Medium, and High)
    • All elements of Advanced Profile at all Levels (L0 to L4)
  • MPEG-2 Main Profile/Main Level including the following tools:
    • I-frames
    • P-frames
    • B-frames
    • Field-coded picture (interlace)
    • MPEG-2 syntax elements, including:
      • Program Streams
      • PES
      • Direct Reading of VOB's/DVD's
  • H.263+, including:
    • Annexes A, B, C, D, F, I, J, K, S and T
  • H.263 baseline standard
  • H.262 baseline standard
  • MPEG-2 Transport Streams Systems containing:
    • H.264/AVC Byte Streams (all profiles, all levels)
    • MPEG-2 Elementary Streams (ES), Program Streams (PS), Packetised Elementary Streams (PES)
    • Multiple programs, multiple video, audio and meta-data

Supported Audio Compression Standards:

  • MPEG-1 Part 3
    • Layers I and II
  • MPEG-2 Part 3
    • Layers I and II
  • MPEG-2 Part 7 (AAC)
    • Main (Excludes LC and SSR)
  • MPEG-4 Part 3 (HE-AAC)
    • AAC Main
    • AAC LC (Low Complexity)
    • AAC LTP (Long Term Prediction)
    • SBR (Spectral Band Replication)
  • Dolby Digital (AC-3)
    • Baseline Standard
    • Annex D: Extended/alternate bit stream syntax
    • Pro-logic and Mid-stream sample rate change not supported
Audio Frame Tooltip Click for larger image

Audio Frame Tooltip

Audio Analysis (Option AUD)

The MTS4EA offers advanced analysis of the audio ES, looking inside compressed MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 AAC and HE-MAC audio streams and quickly providing detailed analysis of all aspects of the performance of the compression used in an easy-to-understand form. It can also extract audio from 3GPP and MPEG transport streams, as well as play and display Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio streams. The audio analysis is synchronized with the video analysis allowing for rapid cross-correlation.

  • Frame number
  • Time (secs)
  • Address (in audio ES)
  • Frame bits
  • Plot mouse over
  • Histogram mouse over
  • Total audio data size [MPEG-1]
  • Ancillary data size [MPEG-1]
  • Total SBR data size [AAC]
  • Total config data size [AAC]
  • Total data size  [AAC]
  • Max scale factor block [AAC]
  • Global gain [AAC]
  • LTP data preset [AAC]
  • Predictor data present [AAC]
  • MS mask present
  • Pulse data present [AAC]
  • TNS data present [AAC]
  • Gain control data present [AAC]
  • Window sequence [AAC]
  • Window shape [AAC]

The information given by this tooltip includes:

Audio Stream Extraction dialogue box Click for larger image

Audio Stream Extraction dialogue box

  • Number of channels
  • Sample rate
  • Video Standard
  • Audio Standard
  • Stream Size

Audio Summary Tooltip Click for larger image

Audio Summary Tooltip

AV Delay Measurement (Option AVDM)

This option allows the measurement of the delay between the Audio ES and Video ES, providing a complete solution for measuring AV delay in an encoding system. This option comes with a collection of predefined, clapperboard test streams in various formats, allowing users to select and encode an appropriate test stream with their encoding system. The encoded stream is then analyzed using MTS4EA. MTS4EA will measure the delay between audio and video in the encoded stream and report it to the user as a time value to an accuracy of ±1 mS. The variation between the Video ES and the Audio ES is also presented as a graph.

The MTS4EA has two order codes depending on the version you need:

  • To order the MTS4EA for an existing MTS400, MTS430, or even to integrate it on an existing MTS4SA dongle, please use the MTS4EAB order codes, selecting the LUD licensing option, plus the other options that you need
  • To order the MTS4EA for single user use on a PC, please use the MTS4EAB ordering codes, selecting either the PPD or USB licensing option, plus the other options you need.
  • To order MTS4EA as a floating system, please use the MTS4EAF ordering codes and contact your Tektronix representative for information on how to configure the floating system.
  • MTS4EA is also available as an option on the MTS400 series of MPEG Test Systems
  • *1 One of licensing options PPD USB and LUD must be ordered
  • *2 One of licensing options PPD USB and FLT must be ordered. Please contact your Tektronix Representative to configure a MTS4EA floating system
  • 1 - Manual
  • 1 - Rack slides
  • 1 - Power cord
  • 1 - License
MTS4EAB Local License Options
Model Description Buy Now Price
MTS4EABAUD Tektronix MTS4EABAUD Audio Decode and Analysis and also includes AC-3 decode Please Call
MTS4EABAVC Tektronix MTS4EABAVC AVC/H.264 Codec Support; Baseline, Main, Extended, and High (FRExt) Profiles Please Call
MTS4EABAVDM Tektronix MTS4EABAVDM Audio Visual Delay Measurement, Required Video Codec Option Must be ordered to enable AVDM; Compatible with MTS4EA Version 5.0 and above Please Call
MTS4EABM4SP Tektronix MTS4EABM4SP MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profule (Levels 0 - 5) Please Call
MTS4EABVC1 Tektronix MTS4EABVC1 VC-1 (all Profiles, all levels) and ASF Extraction Please Call
MTS4EAF Floating Version Options
Model Description Buy Now Price
MTS4EAFAUD Tektronix MTS4EAFAUD Audio Decode and Analysis and also includes AC-3 decode Option for the MTS4EAF Floating Version Option Please Call
MTS4EAFAVC Tektronix MTS4EAFAVC AVC/H. 264 Codec Support; Baseline, Main, Extended, and High (FRExt) Profiles for the MTS4EAF Floating Version Option Please Call
MTS4EAFAVDM Tektronix MTS4EAFAVDM Audio Visual Delay Measurement, Required Video Codec Option must be ordered to enable AVDM; Compatible with MTS4EA Version 5.0 and Above Please Call
MTS4EAFFLT Tektronix MTS4EAFFLT Additional Floating license (Must be ordered at time of System Order) Please Call
MTS4EAFM4SP Tektronix MTS4EAFM4SP MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile (Levels 0 - 5) Please Call
MTS4EAFVC1 Tektronix MTS4EAFVC1 VC-1 (All Profiles, All Levels) And ASF Extraction Please Call
Post-Purchase Instrument Upgrades
Model Description Buy Now Price
MTS4EAUP4EAF Tektronix MTS4EAUP 4EAF Upgrade: Adds Additional Floating License to Existing Floating System; Base Software with video stanard package Please Call
MTS4EAUPAUD Tektronix MTS4EAUP AUD Upgrade: Add Audio decode and analysis Compatible with MTS4EA Version 5.0 and above Please Call
MTS4EAUPAVC Tektronix MTS4EAUP AVC Upgrade: Add AVC/H.264 Codec Support; Baseline, Main, Extended, and High Profiles Please Call
MTS4EAUPAVDM Tektronix MTS4EAUP AVDM Upgrade: Add Audio Visual Delay Measurement Please Call
MTS4EAUPFLUP Tektronix MTS4EAUP FLUP Upgrade: Upgrade a Current Single Local User License to Floating Please Call
MTS4EAUPM4SP Tektronix MTS4EAUP M4SP Upgrade: MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profule (Level 0 - 5) Please Call
MTS4EAUPUPG Tektronix MTS4EAUP UPG Upgrade: Upgrade to Latest Version of MTS4EA Base Software and Installed Options Please Call
MTS4EAUPVC1 Tektronix MTS4EAUP VC1 Upgrade: Add VC-1 (All Profiles, all levels) and ASF Extraction Please Call
MTS4EAB Series
Model Description Buy Now Price
MTS4EABGSA Tektronix MTS4EABGSA Local License Option, Base Software with Video Standard Package
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EABAUDGSA Tektronix MTS4EABAUDGSA Audio Decode and Analysis and also includes AC-3 decode
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EABAVCGSA Tektronix MTS4EABAVCGSA AVC/H.264 Codec Support; Baseline, Main, Extended, and High (FRExt) Profiles
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EABAVDMGSA Tektronix MTS4EABAVDMGSA Audio Visual Delay Measurement, Required Video Codec Option Must be ordered to enable AVDM; Compatible with MTS4EA Version 5.0 and above
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EABM4SPGSA Tektronix MTS4EABM4SPGSA MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profule (Levels 0 - 5)
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EABVC1GSA Tektronix MTS4EABVC1GSA VC-1 (all Profiles, all levels) and ASF Extraction
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAF Series
Model Description Buy Now Price
MTS4EAFGSA Tektronix MTS4EAFGSA Floating Version Option, Base Softwate with video standard package; Includes MPEG-2 Main and 4:2:2 Profiles, MPEG-4 Simple Profiles, H.263, TS Extraction, Floating License
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAFAUDGSA Tektronix MTS4EAFAUDGSA Audio Decode and Analysis and also includes AC-3 decode Option for the MTS4EAF Floating Version Option
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAFAVCGSA Tektronix MTS4EAFAVCGSA AVC/H. 264 Codec Support; Baseline, Main, Extended, and High (FRExt) Profiles for the MTS4EAF Floating Version Option
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAFAVDMGSA Tektronix MTS4EAFAVDMGSA Audio Visual Delay Measurement, Required Video Codec Option must be ordered to enable AVDM; Compatible with MTS4EA Version 5.0 and Above
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAFFLTGSA Tektronix MTS4EAFFLTGSA Additional Floating license (Must be ordered at time of System Order)
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAFM4SPGSA Tektronix MTS4EAFM4SPGSA MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile (Levels 0 - 5)
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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MTS4EAFVC1GSA Tektronix MTS4EAFVC1GSA VC-1 (All Profiles, All Levels) And ASF Extraction
GSA Advantage
Government/GSA - Eligible Entities Only.
GSA Contract GS-07F-0375T
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