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  • Imagine Communications MSA-100

Imagine Communications MSA-100

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Transport Protocols TS over ASI
TS over UDP (multicast or unicast)
TS over RTP/UDP (multicast or unicast)
TS over TCP
TS over Namepipe
Session Announcement Protocol (SAP) Support
Throughput Up to 8 SAP servers simultaneously
Default Group Address at port 9875
Format RFC-2974
Streaming Protocols
Signaling RTSP (RFC 2326), SDP (RFC 2327)
Transport RTP (RFC 3550, RFC 3551)
Video Payload MP4V-ES (RFC 3016): SP and ASP profiles
H264 (RFC 3984): baseline, extended, main and high profiles
Audio Payload MP4A-LATM (RFC 3016): AAC and HE-AAC
MPEG-4 generic (RFC 3640): AAC-lbr and AAC-hbr
Note: Payload interleaving mode is not currently supported
RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol 1.0)
Transport RTMP/TCP
Video Payload H.264/AVC: baseline, extended, main and high profiles
Audio Payload AAC, HE-AAC v1, HE-AAC v2, MPEG audio
Apple HTTP Live (IETF Internet Draft HTTP Live Streaming)
Transport TS/TCP
Video Payload H.264/AVC: baseline, extended, main and high profiles
Audio Payload AAC, HE-AAC v1, HE-AAC v2
Video Compression Formats
MPEG-1 Video (ISO/IEC 11172-2)
MPEG-2 Video (ISO/IEC 13818-2)
Supported profiles (all levels)
- Simple
- Main
- 4:2:2
Note: HD is supported by main profile @ high level
MPEG-4 Part 2 Video
(ISO/IEC 14496-2)
Supported profiles:
- Short video header
- Simple (L0 – L5)
- Advanced simple (L0 – L5)
Supported object type:
- Rectangular
H.264/AVC Video (ITU-T H.264) Supported profiles (all levels)
- Baseline
- Main
- Extended
- High
SMPTE VC-1 Video (SMPTE 421M) Supported profiles (all levels)
- Simple
- Main
- Advanced
Video Layer Analysis Video stream information
Video picture graph and bitrate profile
Video conformance tests from sequence level down to block level
Black video detection
Frozen video detection
Video Conformance Tests
MPEG-2/MPEG-1 Per ISO/IEC 13818-2 (ISO/IEC 11172-2 for MPEG-1)
MPEG-4 Part 2 Per ISO/IEC 14496-2 (v2)
H.264/AVC Per ITU-T H.264
AVS Part 2 Per GB/T 20090.2
Audio Compression Formats MPEG-1 audio (ISO/IEC 11172-3)
MPEG-2 audio (ISO/IEC 13818-3)
MPEG-2 AAC (ISO/IEC 13818-7)
MPEG-4 AAC (ISO/IEC 14496-3)
MPEG-4 HE-AAC (ISO/IEC 14496-3/Amd.1)
MPEG-4 HE-AAC v2 (ISO/IEC 14496-3/Amd.2)
AC-3 (ATSC A/52B)
E-AC-3 (Dolby® Digital plus)
Note: multichannel audio is down-mixed to stereo audio for output and level analysis
Closed Caption EIA-608D over ATSC A/53 or SCTE-20
EIA-708D / DTVCC over ATSC A/53 or SCTE-20
Teletext per ETSI EN 300 706
DVB Subtitles per ETSI EN 300 743
XDS Program name (title)
Content advisory (V-Chip), including MPA, U.S. PG, Canadian English, Canadian French
Copy Generation Management System, Analog (CGMS-A)
Transport Layer Analysis Dropped packet detection for RTP layer
RTP header length error
ESTI TR 101 290 tests for transport stream layer
First Priority TS sync loss
Sync byte error
PAT error
Continuity count error
PMT error
PID error
Second Priority Transport error
CRC error
PCR repetition error
PCR discontinuity indicator error
PCR accuracy error
PTS error
CAT error
Third Priority NIT actual error
NIT other error
Unreferenced PID
SDT actual error
SDT other error
EIT actual error
EIT other error
EIT PF error
RST error
TDT error
Table Analysis TS PSI
Audio Layer Analysis
Audio Stream Information Audio type
Audio bitrate
Sampling frequency
Channel mode
Other compression-format-dependent information
Audio Wave Monitor Short-term wave window: 1 audio frame
Long-term wave window: 5 seconds
Fast PPM with digital clipping indicator
PPM Parameters 0 ms attack
12 dB/sec decay (fallback)
4 sec hold for peak
Audio Level Test Silence detection
Max level detection
Digital clipping detection
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.75 x 19 x 25 in. (4.4 x 48.3 x 63.6 cm)
Weight 22.5 lbs (10.25 kg)
Power Supply Single supply
Voltage 110 to 240 VAC
Max Current 4.5 to 2.5 A
Frequency 60 to 50 Hz
Total DC Output 650 W
Operating Environment
Operating Temperature Range 50° to 95° F (10 to 35° C)
Non-Operating Temperature Range -40° to 158° F (-40 to 70° C)
Humidity Range 8 to 90% non-condensing
Non-Operating Humidity Range 5 to 95% non-condensing
Standard Inputs 2x RJ45, 10/100/1000 full line rate @ standard MTU size IP traffic
Note: MSA-100 has a total of 2 slots available for input options which support 1 DVB-ASI module and 1 RF input options or 2 RF input modules (MSA-OPT-DVB-T or MSA-OPT-DVBS-S2).
Input Ports Limit 4 (1 slot x 4 ports )
ASI/SDI Connector 4x BNC, 75 ohms
Input Return Loss >15 dB
Hardware Buffering 32 MB/channel
ASI Physical Layer DVB-ASI (coaxial)
Rx Bitrate 0 to 214 Mb/s
Resolution <1 bit/s
Packet Size 188 or 204 bytes
Input Ports Limit 2 (2 slots x 1 ports per slot)
Antenna Inputs F-type, female, 75 ohms
Tuning Range 50 to 860 MHz
Bandwidth 6/7/8 MHz
Input Sensitivity -78 to -20 dBm
RF Level -80 to -20 dBm, ±3 dB
MER 10 to 32 dB, ±2 dB
Constellation Diagram dependent on selected modulation
Input Ports Limit 4 (2 slots x 2 ports per slot )
Antenna Inputs 2 F-type, female, 75 ohms
Number of Channels 1 (16/32-APSK)
2 (QPSK/8-PSK)
Monitoring Outputs 2x ASI
Tuning Range 950 to 2150 MHz
Input Return Loss >10 dB
Input Sensitivity -60 to -30 dBm
Baud Rate 2 to 40 MBd
Metrology RF Level -60 to -30 dBm
SNR 5 to 35 dB
MER 10 to 26 dB
Constellation 256x256
LNB Supply (per channel) 13/18 V 400 mA


Multi-Source Analyzer


The MSA-100 multi-source analyzer couples confidence monitoring with full testing of compressed video conformance, audio level, data services and ETR-290 on any terrestrial broadcast, cable headend, satellite or telco network. Cost-effective and compact, the entry-level MSA-100 is a powerful tool designed for today’s video-over-IP infrastructures, while still supporting legacy delivery interfaces. A wide array of options allows it to scale from small stations to complex, multichannel operations.

The MSA-100 delivers awareness of system information and ancillary data in a space-efficient 1RU package. It possesses a rich user interface for both local and remote control situations, with conformance results displayed in the intuitive GUI. Real-time, full-motion video decode and audio level analysis can be viewed in one or more mosaic displays. A variety of physical input formats are supported, along with all major compression standards, a wide array of transport and streaming protocols, and the ability to simultaneously handle a large number of channels in real time.

The MSA-100 multi-source analyzer provides total control of test parameters on each selected source. An option allows the scheduling of different levels of testing at different times of the day. All A/V essence is fully decoded in real time.

Up to 24 PiPs can be viewed on a virtual screen. The number of PiPs displayed depends on picture size (SD/HD) and video essence type. Video of the sources in the currently viewed screen — one of 12 available virtual screens — is rendered in real time. The multi-PiP display is quickly set up using standard layout formats and can also be customized to meet a user’s unique preferences. Users can even focus in on a full-screen version of any single source under test.

All test and layout settings are remembered, and can be managed by persistent IDs to allow long-term trending in logs.

Analysis/Test Report and History
 The MSA-100 provides the following analysis data:
• Test summary of each source at system, video and audio level
• Detailed test message of each error/warning type
• Monthly, daily and hourly test history (error/warning count) over the past 12 months
Stream Capture
 Two different stream capture modes are supported:
• Automatic Stream Capture on Error
 For standard builds, auto capture enables monitoring of one source at a time (avoiding multiple sources having errors at the same time and overwhelming the capture device). Source data captured is saved from three seconds before the error happens and one to 60 seconds after the error happens. If a new error happens during the trailing period, auto capture continues without creating a new capture file.
• Manual Stream Capture
 For large builds, users can set the maximum capture file size, allowing large continuous files to be captured as smaller files for easy offline inspection from a workstation on the same network.
Data Traffic Monitoring and Logging
 The MSA-100 monitors and logs the data traffic at the following layers. The status can be overlaid on the corresponding video window.
• IP (loss/gain of sync)
• TS (loss/gain of transport sync)
• Audio/video
• SCTE-35
• DVB Teletext (ETSI EN 300 472 or ETSI EN 301 775)
• DVB VBI CopyGuard
There is an option to show the PIDs of applicable traffic on screen. The order of the audio ES can be configured according to either the PID value or the position in the PMT table.

The MSA-100 logs up to 16,000 events daily, including:
• Input signal status
• RTP errors
• ETR sync errors
• ETR continuity counter errors
• Audio/video buffer overflow
• Frozen video
• Black video
• Video resolution change
• Video DAR change
• Silent audio
• Clipping audio
Up to 30 days of traffic histories are kept and logs can be forwarded to syslog server or SNMP server.

Table Analysis
 A table analysis feature shows detailed syntax elements of all known tables and descriptors, and provides a Hex data view for debugging and analysis.

Ordering Information
Multi-source analyzer, entry-level platform, MPEG-2 format, standard with 1 codec and 4 SD or 2 HD PIPs, providing full conformance testing and traffic status monitoring

Multi-source analyzer, entry-level platform, MPEG-4 format, standard with 1 codec and 4 SD or 2 HD PIPs, providing full conformance testing and traffic status monitoring

Multi-source analyzer, entry-level platform, H.264 format, standard with 1 codec and 4 SD or 2 HD PIPs, providing full conformance testing and traffic status monitoring

Multi-source analyzer, entry-level platform, VC-1 format, standard with 1 codec and 4 SD or 2 HD PIPs, providing full conformance testing and traffic status monitoring

Note:  Number of PIPs and/or shadow testing varies depending on codec type, picture resolution and bitrate.


Software Codecs
MPEG-1 (ISO 11172-2) and MPEG-2 (ISO 13818-2)

MPEG-4 Part 2 (ISO 14496-2)

MPEG-4 Part 10 (ISO 14496-10)


Display and Testing Options
Add optional DVB-T2MI Data Analysis software package

Add block of 4 SD or 2 HD PiPs with full testing and text

Add block of 4 SD or 2 HD Shadow C-testing plus text

Add a block of 4x 5-channel Dolby® decoder licenses

Add a block of 4 AAC/HE-AAC decoder licenses

Add a block of 4 PIPs of CIF or lower resolution with full video conformance testing and text

Add a block of 4, CIF or lower resolution background Shadow A – system tested programs

Add a block of 4, CIF or lower resolution background Shadow C testing plus text

Add a block of 4 SD or 2 HD background Shadow A - system level tested programs

Add a block of Radio-Only PIPs that include audio and data monitoring

Remote Viewers
Remote view server — low-resolution (720x480) mosaic plus GUI

Remote view server — high-resolution (1280x720) mosaic plus GUI

Input Options
Quad-port ASI input board (limit 4 ports per MSA-100)

Dual-channel DVB-S/S2 interface

Single channel DVB-T2 interface

Hardware Options
Extra hard disk drive for MSA-100