Pixel Power And Digimetrics Join For File-Based QC 

At The IBC 2014 (stand #7.A31) Pixel Power, a provider of broadcast graphics and playout solutions, will show new integration with Digimetrics that will see the Digimetrics Aurora file-based quality control system integrated into Pixel Power’s Gallium content management and playout workflows. The companies said Aurora provides market-leading quality control, and is an ideal fit for Gallium’s intelligent workflows.

Pixel Power developed Gallium as the workflow engine for its ChannelMaster playout automation, and its Pixel Factory file based media assembly solution. It is a powerful and flexible automation controller, which allows very sophisticated, rules-based workflows to be created and implemented. In a file-based environment content may come to the Gallium environment from a number of sources, and increasingly there is a demand for quality control at this stage, to ensure a seamless and standardized output.

The Digimetrics Aurora platform tackles all four critical QC areas: metadata gatekeeping; visual and audible limits and artifacts (including loudness); detecting editing problems; and testing for broadcast and distribution constraints. The latest version, Aurora 5, performs all these tests in a 64 bit environment on standard IT servers. Each instance of the Aurora software runs in a defined number of cores, allowing for multiple pieces of content to be tested at the same time without impacting overall performance and delivering results predictably.

“Not only is it fast, but because of the way it manages its resources we can deliver guaranteed QC times to our users,” James Gilbert, CEO of Pixel Power, said. “Our tests have shown that it generates far fewer false positives than other high performance systems, and its built-in Hydra player makes it easy for engineers to check any questioned material. We are already building systems which integrate Aurora into Gallium, and we see the two products as market leaders coming together to create something more than the sum of their parts.”

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