Post-production

Post-production houses large and small face the challenges of receiving large number of files from production, cameras, studio, archive and processing them for distribution within tight timescales and budgets. As well as editing the video and audio, adding titles and effects, the output content has to meet the client specification and broadcast standards.

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This requires Quality Control of

  • format: UHD, HD, SD, or smaller formats for web / mobile
  • encoding: typical mezzanine formats XDCAM / ProRes / DNxHD / AVC-I
  • video and audio levels to ITU / ATSC / EBU standards including black levels, color gamut and audio loudness
  • play-length, timecodes, lead-in, color bars, black sequences, lead-out
  • captions present
  • check for PSE flashing to OFCOM requirements

Manually checking every frame of every produced file is neither practical nor cost effective. Having your files rejected by the distributor or broadcaster is not an option.

Vidcheck’s software based QC systems automatically check and correct files before they are despatched to ensure they meet the clients specification.

VidChecker-post and VidChecker include specific tests and templates for checking files for supply to

  • AS-11 UK DPP
  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • ATSC / CALM
  • EBU R128 loudness
  • UK / Japan PSE Flashing

Post-production applications

  • Need to check your files meet iTunes, Netflix or AS-11 DPP requirements?
    Vidchecker-post and Vidchecker include templates and specific tests for these requirements. They are AMWA AS-11 DPP certified.
  • Need to check video and audio levels in your output files meet broadcast standards?
    Vidchecker-post and Vidchecker can not only check but also automatically correct your files, including audio loudness to ATSC/CALM and EBU standards.
  • Need to check that Closed Captions are present?
    Vidchecker-post and Vidchecker check that Line 21 / ATSC A53 / SMPTE436 captions are present and continuous.
  • Need to check your files for PSE flashing and harmful patterns?
    Vidchecker-post and Vidchecker include ITU / OFCOM testing at no additional cost.
    Vidchecker-post and Vidchecker can be installed on standard PC/Servers, and use simple watchfolders.
    They are also available with many leading workflow management and transcode systems such as Telestream Vantage, Amberfin iCR, Digital Rapids Transcode Manager, Sony Media Backbone, Root6 ContentAgent, Suitcase TV and others.

Product solutions for Content distribution:

  • Vidchecker-post
    Vidchecker-post has all the Auto QC and correction features of Vidchecker, but processes one file at a time for lower-volume QC requirements. It is ideal for Post-Production houses and smaller Broadcasters.
  • Vidchecker
    Vidchecker is 2nd Generation Auto QC – faster, easier to use, and more cost effective than older products. Each license processes 4 files simultaneously and thoroughly checks file, video and audio parameters and quality, plus auto correct video and audio errors and re-encode corrected files – not just ‘legalization’ but patented Intelligent Automated Correction.

Content Distribution

File-based video has transformed the world of broadcasting with many advantages in the transfer, storage, control and transmission by terrestrial, satellite, cable, web and mobile delivery. An explosion of channels and digital content is now available on TVs, in-flight screens, computer screens, mobile phones and tablets.

A commercial, movie, show or newscast has to be available in many different screen sizes and formats for the different transmission media and viewing devices. Original mezzanine files from post-production or archive may be transcoded into four or five different versions. Each of these need to be QC checked to ensure they meet the applicable format requirements.

Vidcheck’s software based QC systems automatically check and correct files before and after transcode and distribution to ensure that they meet the required content channel specifications.

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Content Distribution applications

  • Need to transcode and reformat high bitrate XDCAM / DVCPro / ProRes / DNxHD / AVC-I master files for distribution as lower bitrate MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / H264?
    Vidchecker can not only fully QC check but also automatically correct and transcode to different formats.
  • Need to check video and audio levels in your transcoded files meet broadcast standards?
    Vidchecker can not only check but also automatically correct your files, including audio loudness to ATSC/CALM and EBU standards.
  • Need to check files meet iTunes, Netflix or DPP broadcast requirements?
    Vidchecker includes special templates and specific tests for these requirements.
  • Need to check that commercials are exactly the right play length, and have the required lead-in and lead-out?
    Vidchecker can check these. In addition it can automatically insert, remove or change the length of black sequences and color bars that do not meet the distribution requirements. All without the need to go back for re-editing.
  • Need to check that Closed Captions are present?
    Vidchecker checks that Line 21 / ATSC A53 / SMPTE436 captions are present and continuous.

Product solutions for Content distribution:

  • Vidchecker
    Vidchecker is 2nd Generation Auto QC – faster, easier to use, and more cost effective than older products. Each license processes 4 files simultaneously and thoroughly checks file, video and audio parameters and quality, plus auto correct video and audio errors and re-encode corrected files – not just ‘legalization’ but patented Intelligent Automated Correction.

Broadcast

File-based workflows have transformed broadcasting with many advantages to the transfer, storage, control and transmission by terrestrial, satellite, cable, web and mobile delivery. There is more content on more channels in more formats then ever before.

Broadcasters receive video files on tape, via satellite links, transmission networks, cloud based services and archive from many different sources including post-production, and distributors of networked commercials, music videos, movies and shows.

All of these files must be quality checked as soon as they arrive and before they are sent from ingest servers to the broadcast workflow. If they fail to meet requirements they must be corrected or returned with an error report to the provider as soon as possible. They also need be checked if they are reformatted from UHD or HD to SD or smaller web and mobile formats. Quality checking during transmission is too late.

Vidcheck’s software based QC and auto correction systems automatically check and correct files on ingest, and before and after transcode to ensure that they are ready for playout and meet the required broadcast specifications. They are integrated with many leading leading workflow management and transcode systems such as Telestream Vantage, Amberfin iCR, Digital Rapids Transcode Manager, Sony Media Backbone, Root6 ContentAgent, Suitcase TV and others.

 Vidchecker

Broadcast applications

  • Need to check video and audio levels in ingested files meet the required channel and broadcast standards?
    Vidchecker can not only check but also automatically correct your files, including video and audio levels.
  • Need to transcode high bitrate XDCAM / DV / ProRes / DNxHD / AVC-I mezzanine master formats for distribution as lower bitrate MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / AVC?
    Vidchecker can not only fully QC check but also automatically correct, and transcode to different formats.
  • Need to check that commercials are exactly the right play length, and have the required lead-in and lead-out?
    Vidchecker can check these. In addition it can automatically insert, remove or change the length of black sequences and color bars that do not meet the distribution requirements.
  • Need to check that all the required audio tracks and channels are present and correct?
    Vidchecker can check all the tracks and channels for levels, phase, dropouts and loudness. They can automatically correct dialnorm and loudness to ATSC/CALM and EBU standards.
  • Need to check that Closed Captions are present?
    Vidchecker checks that Line 21 / ATSC A53 / SMPTE436 captions are present and continuous.

Product solutions for Broadcast:

  • Vidchecker
    Vidchecker is 2nd Generation Auto QC – faster, easier to use, and more cost effective than older products. Each license processes 4 files simultaneously and thoroughly checks file, video and audio parameters and quality, plus auto correct video and audio errors and re-encode corrected files – not just ‘legalization’ but patented Intelligent Automated Correction.

Archive

Broadcasters, content distributors and post-production rely on archived material to supplement new content, and keep a constant flow of broadcast material available on-demand to fill the channels.

In addition, video archives play a key role in national film libraries, political debate records and video heritage collections.

Archives previously stored on film or analog tape are increasingly digitized to files stored on digital tape or file servers. Flexicart tape systems and software controlled workflow systems enable them to be cataloged and retrieved when needed.

Vidcheck’s software based QC and auto correction systems automatically check and correct files as they are archived to ensure they are good masters, and check again after retrieval and before and after transcode to ensure they are ready for re-use.

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Archive applications:

  • Need to check files digitized from film or analog tape are good masters and meet the required archive and broadcast standards?
    Vidchecker can not only thoroughly check but also automatically correct files, including video and audio levels.
  • Need to transcode between lower bitrate MPEG2 / MPEG-4 / VC-1 and higher bitrate XDCAM / DVCPro / H264 / JPEG2000 archive formats?
    Vidchecker can not only fully QC check but also automatically correct, and transcode to different formats.
  • Need to check that all the required audio tracks and channels are present and correct?
    Vidchecker can check all the tracks and channels for levels, phase, dropouts and loudness. They can automatically correct dialnorm and loudness to ATSC/CALM and EBU standards.

Product solutions for Archive:

  • Vidchecker
    Vidchecker is 2nd Generation Auto QC – faster, easier to use, and more cost effective than older products. Each license processes 4 files simultaneously and thoroughly checks file, video and audio parameters and quality, plus auto correct video and audio errors and re-encode corrected files – not just ‘legalization’ but patented Intelligent Automated Correction.

OTT

With its easy to use interface and easy deployment Vidchecker elegantly addresses the problem of the ever growing number of different platforms for OTT; Vidchecker is used extensively to ensure the correct file format is delivered to the platform.

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OTT applications

  • Need to check your files meet iTunes, Netflix or AS-11 DPP requirements?
    Vidchecker includes templates and specific tests for these requirements. They are AMWA AS-11 DPP certified.
  • Need to check that commercials are exactly the right play length, and have the required lead-in and lead-out?
    Vidchecker can check these. In addition it can automatically insert, remove or change the length of black sequences and color bars that do not meet the distribution requirements.
  • Need to check that all the required audio tracks and channels are present and correct?
    Vidchecker can check all the tracks and channels for levels, phase, dropouts and loudness. They can automatically correct dialnorm and loudness to ATSC/CALM and EBU standards.
  • Need to check that Closed Captions are present?
    Vidchecker checks that Line 21 / ATSC A53 / SMPTE436 captions are present and continuous.
  • Need to check video and audio levels in your output files meet broadcast standards?
    Vidchecker-post and Vidchecker can not only check but also automatically correct your files, including audio loudness to ATSC/CALM and EBU standards.
  • Need to check your files for PSE flashing and harmful patterns?
    Vidchecker includes ITU / OFCOM testing at no additional cost.
    Vidchecker can be installed on standard PC/Servers, and use simple watchfolders.
    Vidchecker is also available with many leading workflow management and transcode systems such as Telestream Vantage, Amberfin iCR, Digital Rapids Transcode Manager, Sony Media Backbone, Root6 ContentAgent, Suitcase TV and others.

Product solutions for OTT:

  • Vidchecker
    Vidchecker is 2nd Generation Auto QC – faster, easier to use, and more cost effective than older products. Each license processes 4 files simultaneously and thoroughly checks file, video and audio parameters and quality, plus auto correct video and audio errors and re-encode corrected files – not just ‘legalization’ but patented Intelligent Automated Correction.