Rohde & Schwarz offers advanced quality control solution for file-based media including autocorrection of common errors
R&S VidChecker from Rohde & Schwarz is the company's new solution for file-based quality control of audio and video in broadcast distribution networks and production workflows. The software automatically performs quality control on media files and can also automatically correct common video and audio errors including loudness. The software has a straightforward operating interface and is easy to integrate.
IBC 2012, Amsterdam (Virtual Press Office
) — R&S VidChecker allows broadcasters and video-on-demand providers to perform "incoming inspection" of videos originating from external sources. For example, it is possible to test in advance whether minimal requirements or company standards have been met, such as required codecs or a specific number of audio channels. R&S VidChecker measures the parameters and settings that are most frequently found to be incorrect when files are prepared for distribution and exchange between post production, distribution and broadcast playout.
Unlike conventional quality control solutions, which only do checking, R&S VidChecker not only performs a thorough check of the video, audio and file parameters and also automatically corrects video levels including intelligent correction of black levels and color gamut. It also autocorrects audio levels including loudness according to EBU R128 and ATSC (CALM) standards. The control of audio loudness – particularly for commercials – is becoming a legal requirement in several countries and R&S VidChecker offers an efficient and fully automatic solution.
The quality control processing of each file includes dropouts, picture freeze, black frames and color bar signals as well as visual artifacts. The software also ensures that the data is fully checked and in compliance with standards. It supports all relevant SMPTE, ITU and EBU audio and video standards. Maintenance support includes updates for users so they can incorporate new standards.
R&S VidChecker is fully scalable beginning with a single license for processing four files at the same time up to four licenses operated simultaneously on a single server (16 files at a time) or spread across multiple servers working together in a VidChecker Grid – a configuration that would be used in enterprise installations requiring very high throughput. The software supports all common versions of Windows and uses the benefits of multicore and multithread processors in processing multiple files simultaneously and quickly. Using watch folders and a straightforward web services based API, it can be easily and quickly integrated into media asset or content management systems.
R&S VidChecker is an OEM version of the VidChecker software by VidCheck. Thomas Dove, CEO of VidCheck, said, “We are delighted to work with Rohde and Schwarz, which is a highly regarded test and measurement company in the broadcast business, and to be able to bring to their customers the benefits of VidChecker, the leading auto quality control solution for file-based video.”
R&S VidChecker is now available from Rohde & Schwarz in a select range of countries in the EMEA sales region. It will be demonstrated at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, September 7 to 11, at the Rohde & Schwarz booth 8.D35.
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Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics. It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation, as well as secure communications. Established more than 75 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 8400 employees and achieved a net revenue of € 1.6 billion (US$ 2.2 billion) in fiscal year 2010/2011 (July 2010 to June 2011). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany.
VidCheck Ltd is a UK-based company with many years experience in QC of file-based video. Its engineers and other personnel produced the first such product in 2003 and the current products are based upon this unparalleled experience.
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