Kaleido-Solo Simplifies Loudness and Dialnorm Monitoring on 3-Gbps/HD/SD Video

Miranda Technologies’ new Kaleido-Solo device simplifies monitoring of 1080p, HD, and SD programs and their associated loudness and dialnorm properties.

Ultra-compact and designed to be attached directly on the back of any LCD screen, Kaleido-Solo converts 3-Gbps, HD, and SD-SDI, with embedded audio, to DVI and HDMI for display on an inexpensive LCD screen. In addition to providing the high-quality scaling necessary for display in professional applications, it provides continuous measurement of loudness and also overlays a histogram of the loudness and dialnorm on top of the program video. Unlike traditional loudness-metering solutions, the histogram conveys the progression of loudness and dialnorm over a user-defined period.

“Loudness issues continue to preoccupy broadcasters at various locations in their facilities. This simple device allows broadcasters to monitor loudness while watching their programs,” said Michel Proulx, CTO of Miranda Technologies. “It’s a heads-up display for loudness.”

In addition to converting 3-Gbps/HD/SD to HDMI or DVI and displaying the loudness and dialnorm histogram, Kaleido-Solo provides overlays of key audio and video parameters, including aspect-ratio markers, AFD codes, time code, and peak meters.

Kaleido-Solo provides automatic video-input-format detection and supports a wide range of video resolutions, including 525i, 625i, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. To ensure the correct aspect ratio for video monitoring, it fully supports AFD, WSS, and VLI metadata.

To simplify embedded audio monitoring, Kaleido-Solo provides two RCA audio connectors to output a digital 5.1 stream as SPIDF, a 5.1 downmix, or any two user-selected channels.

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