Interra Systems Ramps Up QC Systems Power

Company introduces numerous upgrades and new features to its QC and file-testing products.

At NAB 2015, Interra Systems demonstrated the latest versions of Baton, an automated, file-based QC system; the VEGA software platform for analysis and debug of encoded media; and Orion, a real-time content monitoring system that collects and examines both QoS (Quality of Service) and QoE (Quality of Experience) analytics.

Baton

The Baton software solution, now on version 6.0, is a multi-platform, automated content verification (quality control) system for file-based SD, HD, and mixed workflows. New features include additional subtitling and closed caption format support, enhanced 4K and HEVC support, better visual checking, multi-language support for QC reports, and multi-severity quality checks, a feature that is unique to Baton. The company has also expanded Baton integration support with third-party technology partners and extended new smart folder functionality.

Baton+

The new Baton+ product release adds workflow QC capabilities and data analysis. The tool can aid in decision-making and offers the possibility of performing quality control on the workflow itself. An example would be analyzing only the changes between files of the same origin instead of reviewing the derivative file(s) from scratch. Baton+ seamlessly integrates with multiple Baton systems for managing, analyzing and reporting Baton’s long-term QC data.

Vega

The Vega suite allows users to gauge the compression efficiency of encoders as well as pinpoint any errors they may produce when encoding. The software helps significantly reduce R&D and QA time in delivering standards-compliant media content. Vega supports a range of media formats and DTV standards such as H.264, MPEG-2, HEVC, VP9, CC, MP4, ATSC, and DVB, among others. Interra Systems will demonstrate the full Vega product suite: Vega HEVC, Vega H264, Vega VP9, the Vega Transport Stream Analyzer and AVSync.

Some of the latest updates include video quality checks for HEVC and 4K content and video comparison between streams compressed using different standards such as H.264 and HEVC. Interra announced support for Dolby AC-4 audio and MPEG-Dash. Also, the YUV quality viewer is enhanced.

Orion

Orion is an advanced monitoring platform that allows its customers to deliver videos with superior QoS and QoE. The integrated platform performs all critical monitoring functions on up to hundreds of services simultaneously from a single platform. The newest version of Orion supports virtualization and comprehensive QoE evaluation on HEVC and 4K content.

Orion is the only content monitor solution in the industry today that is capable of running on a virtualized platform, allowing it to take advantage of the scalability, efficiency and cost benefits of virtualization. At NAB, Orion was shown running in the virtualized mode. In addition to performing In-depth audio and video quality monitoring, Closed caption data monitoring, it also performed Comprehensive QoE on HEVC and 4K content, and ad-Insertion monitoring including SCTE-35 cue messages and post-insertion verification for regulatory compliance. Tools such as historic reports, alerts, metrics, and analytics were also demonstrated.

Orion’s Central Manager provides an operator with complete visibility of all Orion-monitored points in the entire network, including thumbnails, video services status and error reports. Users can drill down to any program in any of the monitoring probes for quick problem identification and proactive problem resolution.

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