BATON Speeds Up File-Based QC Workflows, Providing the Chinese Media Company with Significant Time and Cost Savings
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Aug 03, 2016
Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that SiTV, a branch of Shanghai Media Group (SMG), one of China’s largest media conglomerates, has installed Interra Systems’ BATON®, an automated, file-based QC solution to enhance the accuracy and speed of its QC operations. SMG chose an enterprise-class version of BATON over other systems on the market based on its comprehensive quality checks, scalable design, and support for a wide range of media formats and codecs. Through these features, the media company can distribute superior-quality television content via traditional broadcast and OTT channels.
“SiTV-SMG has over 20 channels and we also provide several hours of programming to other TV stations, IPTV, cable, and OTT operators. Given the various distribution methods we deal with, efficiency is critical during the QC process as is the capability to perform checks for our current MXF OP1a and MPEG-2 Transport Stream formats, with future expansion into the OTT environment,” said Mr. Zhong Kan - director of technology, SiTV - a branch of SMG. “We were delighted with the results of the BATON QC system, which is highly flexible, reliable, and even provides QC reports in the Chinese language. BATON is hardware and OS independent, allowing us to quickly scale to accommodate the increasing size of our asset library, ensuring exceptional content quality, at all times, for viewers.”
“Today, there’s a strong demand for automated QC systems, especially in the Asia-Pacific market, where subscriptions for pay-TV services are exploding. To guarantee that each file-based asset meets the appropriate quality requirements, television providers need an efficient and trustworthy solution,” said Sanjay Mittal, managing director Asia, Interra Systems. “BATON has successfully been deployed by hundreds of installations globally. By guaranteeing high-quality content, BATON enables SiTV to focus on other important tasks, like content production and delivery.”
SiTV is currently using BATON to perform content quality checks for its cable and satellite TV networks, subscription-based digital pay TV channels, as well as production of films, animation, and documentaries. As a critical part of the central check, BATON instantly detects and corrects content, while also ensuring compliance with broadcast television standards and closed captioning requirements. Using the free add-on media player, SiTV can pinpoint and play the media around the error location, check the severity of the error, and choose whether to ignore, comment, or rate the error. Relying on BATON within each step of the workflow — from ingest to transcoding, playout, and archive — SiTV can ensure that it is always delivering the highest quality content to its customers.
BATON simplifies quality assurance for SD, HD, UHD, 4K, and mixed workflows, offering support for a wide range of codecs and media containers. Featuring a scalable architecture, BATON enables SiTV to quickly support OTT and expanded broadcast offerings in the future. Seamless integration with media servers, transcoders, MAM archiving, and workflow solutions assures trouble-free installation and upgrades. Built with high availability, BATON continues operating even if one of the hardware components is down.
About Interra Systems (www.interrasystems.com)
Interra Systems provides software-based content verification, monitoring, and analysis solutions for file-based and real-time workflows in the digital media industry. The company's solutions include BATON®, a market-leading, enterprise-class QC solution that automatically ensures media content readiness; ORION™, a real-time content monitoring solution that enables the delivery of error-free, superior quality video; ORION™-OTT, a software-based OTT monitoring solution for ABR content; and VEGA™, a family of audio/video analyzers for standards compliance, debug, and interoperability of encoded streams.