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Digimetrics Adds NVIDIA KeplerGPU Support to Aurora QC [PR]

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Full NAB presentation here : http://nvidia.fullviewmedia.com/gtc2013/0320-210B-S3099.html

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Automated QC

Automated QC | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Back when you could count the number of broadcast TV stations in your market on one hand, broadcast studios were generally satisfied with manual quality-control (QC) spot-checking methods, looking mainly for ill-timed videotape dropouts. Today, the quantity and quality of content files for the multichannel digital television universe is exploding, while the number of people handling and critically verifying quality before streaming or airing is shrinking. Some content arrives at stations wrapped in various digital file formats that may contain their own invisible problems. More channels with fewer critical eyes prowling for problems before airing increases the risk of real viewer complaints. Is there a sensible solution other than adding staff?

 

The most reliable, efficient and economical digital QC solution is stand-alone automated QC. Broadcast automation, including automated QC processes, saves time and resources and always devotes its undivided attention to its assigned tasks. Properly administered automated QC will get 95 percent of necessary QC work done in an automated file-based environment. The remaining 5 percent will continue to rely on humans because there are some types of artistic expression in the video and audio that an automated system may misinterpret as a problem. When humans QC, they verify audio content (language, for example) and audio quality, watch for video artifacts and make the pass-or-fail call. What humans inspecting programs can’t see is the aggregation of ancillary digital data required that make the viewer-consumable essence of the file into valid digital media file.

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SOA-based archiving process for News - proof of concept (IRT study)

SOA-based archiving process for News - proof of concept (IRT study) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

 The concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA) is currently being introduced in professional broadcast environments. It offers, in principle, a more effective way of integrating systems in a production platform.


This article illustrates the concept of SOA and describes an actual implementation that has been used in a proof-of-concept study. This study demonstrated the archiving of news as an integrated end-to-end process. The experience gained gives an insight into where, as an integration platform, the benefits of service-oriented architecture lie ... and also where specific challenges might arise.

 

READ PAPER HERE : http://tech.ebu.ch/docs/techreview/trev_2012-Q2_SOA_archiving_Elser.pdf

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Harris introduces QuiC software family : MXF/TS QC solution with API

Harris introduces QuiC software family : MXF/TS QC solution with API | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Harris QuiC software family minimises the workload for video server operators in TV stations, network facilities and new media operations. Customers using QuiC software tools to analyse files ingested into video servers can achieve results faster through automated processes.


QuiC Pro and QuiC Express integrate quickly into any operation or facility, with ready-to-go test templates and an intuitive web-based user interface. A web-service application programming interface (API) enables communication with digital asset management systems and other workflow components.


PRODUCT PAGE : http://bit.ly/zRegaF

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Quality Control Roundup: Catch the Mistakes Before they Go Live

Quality Control Roundup: Catch the Mistakes Before they Go Live | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Do you QC?

 

Read this to learn what quality-control software is, how even low-volume producers can integrate it, and what it can do for your videos.

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File Format Compliance: The Next Frontier in the Cloud

File Format Compliance: The Next Frontier in the Cloud | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A new cloud-based approach from Signiant offers the promise of consistent validation of file-based content throughout the content distribution ecosystem. Instead of doing what the majority of content players do now – validating and correcting file compliance AFTER the transfer occurs – this new approach helps ensure that the right media format gets delivered for the right platform BEFORE the transfer occurs – saving everyone time and money.

 

Working with standards from the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), Signiant demonstrated this new file format compliance technology at SMPTE and IBC, and will be rolling it into the company’s intelligent file movement solutions in early 2013. The asset compliance tool, when integrated into the workflow, allows the broadcaster to define and reference specifications to which any file they receive must conform before it is sent. Signiant solutions then verify the file before it is delivered. Further, the software will not allow the file to be transferred if it doesn’t reach the technical standard required.

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Venera Pulsar Review: Quality Control for Adaptive Streaming

Venera Pulsar Review: Quality Control for Adaptive Streaming | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Quality control software has been around for a while now; for an overview of the category and quick look at four entrants, check out "Quality Control Roundup: Catch the Mistakes Before They Go Live." Producing files for adaptive streaming throws some new wrinkles into the mix, however, both from a format and a management perspective. One of the first products that attempts to simplify QC for adaptive streams is Venera Technologies' Pulsar, which now can analyze adaptive streams produced for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Smooth Streaming, but not HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS). In this review I take a look at Pulsar as a whole, with a focus on these new adaptive streaming-related capabilities.

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AmberFin Announces Second Generation Unified Quality Control Solution for Content Ingest and Transcoding Operations [PR]

AmberFin Announces Second Generation Unified Quality Control Solution for Content Ingest and Transcoding Operations [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest and transcoding solutions for content owners, broadcasters, sports organizations and post-production houses, will unveil the latest version of its Unified Quality Control solution for content ingest and transcoding operations. Called iCR Unified QC (UQC), this unique approach to media quality control combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and mark-up.

 

At NAB, AmberFin will showcase development work intended to increase the number of third-party QC systems including vendors such as VidCheck (VidChecker), Tektronix (Ceriphy) and Metaglue (MXFixer). The provision of wider choice enables users to integrate UQC seamlessly within their existing workflows more easily. Also, the option of integrating multiple third-party systems within UQC empowers the user to compare and contrast measurements from the different systems, increasing overall confidence in the quality of their media files.

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Volicon releases Observer Enterprise 6.0 with loudness-monitoring capabilities, closed-caption support, and transport-stream monitoring

Volicon releases Observer Enterprise 6.0 with loudness-monitoring capabilities, closed-caption support, and transport-stream monitoring | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Volicon has released the biggest update yet to its Observer Enterprise video content logging and monitoring system, writes David Fox.


Version 6.0 simplifies critical processes with new loudness-monitoring capabilities, closed-caption support, and transport-stream monitoring and export, and is claimed to also serve as a convenient and versatile platform for additional monitoring applications.


The Observer range captures, stores, and indexes broadcast content from multiple channels, offering users simultaneous 24/7 access to video from their desktop. Configurable alarms monitor video quality and provide early detection of audio and video issues across hundreds of HD channels, facilitating rapid resolution and minimizing downtime. The system also allows broadcasters to manage and compare content assets across multiple channels in a unified interface from any internet connection.

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AmberFin intros Unified Quality Control system

AmberFin intros Unified Quality Control system | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

AmberFin is rolling out the world’s first Unified Quality Control solution for content ingest and transcoding operations at IBC in Amsterdam next month.

 

Called iCR Unified QC, this unique approach to quality control combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and mark-up. The development of UQC represents one of the most significant developments to AmberFin’s iCR file-based content ingest and transcoding system in recent years.

 

The addition of UQC to AmberFin’s iCR means that users have the potential to create a high quality file-based HD/SD master, provide unique file conversion to multiple formats and implement appropriate levels of automated and manual quality control, all within a single unified software environment. New levels of trust and confidence in the file/media quality are introduced, freeing up staff to focus on other revenue-generating tasks. AmberFin’s intention is that UQC will become regarded as an industry benchmark in media quality control.

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