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Harris Corporation Extends File-Based Quality-Control Capabilities Of Videotek QuiC Media Analysis Server For TV BroadcastersNew Analysis Parameters And File-Correction Tools Debut At NAB2007 (February 13, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-2-13-- Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is introducing new data-analysis parameters and file-correction tools to its Videotek® QuiC™ media analysis server — dramatically increasing the speed, convenience and quality of the video analysis process. These enhancements, along with several other new features, will be demonstrated for the first time at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention being held April 16-19 in Las Vegas.
First introduced as a Phase One release in 2006, the QuiC media analysis server provides broadcasters with an efficient, consistent method of analyzing file-based, compressed digital content faster than real time. The new functionality greatly extends the capability of the QuiC™ system, more than doubling the number of available parameters that, based on user specifications, will be identified as faults during file analysis. This release also adds file-correction tools into the QuiC system, which utilize Videotek® legalization, processing amplification (proc amp) and audio correction technology.
"This update to the QuiC media analysis server will enable customers to significantly improve their workflow efficiency," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. "Not only will QuiC™ analyze files during ingest into the workflow environment, but it also will enable certain file problems to be corrected on the fly with no operator intervention, providing outstanding speed, convenience and quality."
The introduction of file-correction tools provides unprecedented opportunities for automated quality control. Based on user-defined profiles, QuiC™ can analyze, detect and correct many common file errors and re-encode the file for future use. For example, gamut errors, a common problem generated by incorrectly adjusted equipment in graphics suites, will be corrected through the legalization tool. Audio clicks, pops and hum can be reduced during processing by QuiC™ and replaced with interpolated values. The included proc amp features can be set to adjust user-defined chroma and luma values.
While traditional stream monitors test for compression and syntax errors, the robust QuiC media analysis server checks visual (pixel by pixel) and aural (sample by sample) quality assurance parameters, including video and audio levels, video color space compatibility, audio phase, low audio, and letter and pillar box limits. The process can be initiated manually via the intuitive user interface, or the system can be set to automatically process files placed in a drop box, or ingested by a NEXIO™ server.
The addition of the newest analysis parameters extends the capabilities of QuiC™ to more than 30 user-definable parameters that are communicated via customizable reports or the unique summary of program measurements. Among the file characteristics that can now be checked are average picture level, MPEG profile and level, GOP structure and length, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio standard and file length.
Another enhancement to the system makes it easier for users to identify the exact location in a file where a fault condition has been identified by the system. QuiC™ now cues alarmed events to the specific timecode address on the NEXIO server, and can play out the content directly to a Videotek® TVM signal analyzer or other display device.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of about $4 billion and more than 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services for global markets, including government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and wireless transmission network solutions. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com