04.06.2009 10:39 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Harris upgrades QuiC media analysis server

Harris has announced enhancements to its Videotek QuiC media analysis server, a fully automated, file-based test and measurement tool that verifies the quality of compressed digital files before the content is distributed. The system’s ability to process content automatically, and at speeds much faster than real time, results in a cost-effective tool that enables new and more efficient quality-control workflows.

Version 1.7 includes a new Multi-box management feature that enables the analysis server to be pointed to external drop boxes (folders) in any Windows-compatible server network. With the Multi-box feature, workflows can be created via a configuration wizard. For example, files can be automatically moved from the “failed” outbox of one analyzer to an “auto-correct” inbox of a second analyzer. QuiC reviews and reports the results of “passed” content, and sends the necessary files to a correction server for resolution of any of the numerous detectable faults — without manual intervention. Furthermore, files can now be moved to a designated inbox or outbox for QuiC analysis and correction via the Harris Intelligent Media Mover workflow management application.

New additions to QuiC Version 1.7 include support for file analysis in multiple industry formats — including GXF (General eXchange Format) — as well as MXF, LXF and QuickTime. Support for Sony XDCAM HD, Avid DNxHD, MPEG-4/H.264, and MPEG-2 software codecs are also included.

Other new key features in QuiC Version 1.7 include e-mail notification, which automatically notifies the operator when files fail to process; time code detection, which detects SMPTE-formatted time code data and works with MXF, GXF or MOV files; and closed captioning (CC) detection, which alerts operators when thresholds have been exceeded.

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