Interra Systems IBC 2016 QC Preview

As operators in the global broadcast, cable, telco, satellite, IPTV, OTT, and post-production markets deliver a growing amount of high-quality video content, including HDR/UHD/4K, to various screens, the need for reliable, efficient, and scalable quality control (QC) and monitoring solutions becomes ever more critical.

At IBC 2016, Interra Systems will demonstrate its newest and most intuitive QC/monitoring solutions to date. A key highlight will be new HEVC and 4K support across all of the company's products, including ORION real-time content monitoring and video analysis systems, VEGA media analyzers, and BATON automated, file-based QC.

HEVC, HDR, and 4K

On the company's IBC stand there will be live demos of its quality control and monitoring solutions for checking and assuring the integrity of 4K UHD, HEVC, HDR, DPX, and IMF content. Interra Systems' R&D team has carefully crafted 4K resolution support for all its products so that broadcast operations can truly benefit from the quality improvements enabled by higher resolution.

To improve picture quality, broadcasters not only need to deliver more pixels, but also better pixels. With the introduction of increased resolution in 4K, broadcasters must support increased intensity and color as outlined by the ITU-R BT.2020 specification. Higher bit depths also need to be supported. Interra Systems' solutions optimize this process, enabling better detection of video quality artifacts and other errors in high-resolution content.

BATON 7.0

In the latest version of its industry-leading QC solution for file-based SD, HD, and cloud-based workflows, BATON 7.0 expands upon the system's pre-existing support for language verification of subtitles and closed-caption files with new multi-language checks of audio tracks. The system currently offers auto detection support for a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Dutch. Detection of Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish will be available later in 2016.

BATON 7.0 operators can automatically match the language in each audio track with associated metadata as well as simultaneously check multiple audio tracks in each media asset. In addition, broadcasters and post-production houses can use BATON 7.0 to accurately measure and correct audio program loudness and true-peak audio levels in accordance with the International Telecommunication Union's Recommendation ITU-R BS.1770-3.

The latest BATON+ QC and data analysis system will also be on display at IBC 2016. BATON+ optimizes the workflow QC process by allowing users to define workflows representing the stages through which media content flows in a facility.

ORION

The latest version of the ORION real-time content monitoring system provides comprehensive SCTE-35 verification with time-accurate thumbnails around splice points, closed-caption and text-service monitoring with logging and display of captions frame-by-frame, encoder boundary point monitoring, and IGMP monitoring for network troubleshooting. It also offers virtualization and comprehensive QoE evaluation.

VEGA

Interra Systems will also demonstrate its VEGA media analysis platform for standards compliance, debug, and interoperability of encoded streams. Recent updates to the VEGA family include support for Windows 10, the latest HEVC HM reference code, HEVC interlaced streams, VP9 streams (4:2:2, 4:4:4), PCAP streams, Dolby AC-4 audio, and AVS Plus video.

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