AmberFin Improves Content Ingest, Transcoding Workflows with UQC, iCR

AmberFin unveiled the newest version of UQC, the industry’s first Unified Quality Control solution for content ingest and transcoding operations, and iCR Player, a new cost-effective, professional standard, media player with HD-SDI output for broadcast grade monitoring, at NAB. AmberFin is also announcing new multi-transcode capabilities for iCR, its file-based content ingest and transcoding system.

Called iCR Unified QC (UQC), this unique approach to media quality control combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and mark-up. The provision of wider choice enables users to integrate UQC seamlessly within their existing workflows more easily. Also, the option of integrating multiple third-party systems within UQC empowers the user to compare and contrast measurements from the different systems, increasing overall confidence in the quality of their media files.

The new iCR Player is a cost-effective, professional standard, media player with HD-SDI output for broadcast grade monitoring. Available as an optional plug-in for iCR, this enhanced file player provides a single point of operator interactivity for multiple workflows. It provides users with features such as segmentation workflow mark up and a generic metadata tool. Users can customise XML files that are consumed and created by iCR. Furthermore, users can build seamless MAM workflows via web services without having to program AmberFin’s iCR system. Thanks to the system’s powerful feature set, users can construct simple workflows using configuration buttons to create workflow tasks.

With high quality HD-SDI playback of all major formats from both local and shared storage, access to full broadcast grade monitoring and tools bring new levels of trust and confidence to a user’s media assets. All video, audio and data properties can be monitored through a single interface with full support for closed caption and ancillary data. Designed at the outset for professional broadcast IT environments, full automation can be achieved through standard broadcast and IT protocols and methods. The player can also be connected to an edit controller to be used in slave mode for dubbing.

And with iCR’s new multi-transcode option, users can now run up to 8 different transcode nodes simultaneously on a single PC, thereby dramatically reducing the cost per channel while obtaining even better use of their PC hardware.  Available immediately as an upgrade, iCR’s new multi transcode option brings increased quality, improved productivity, and ease of integration to iCR users. Scalable across both CPUs and networks, iCR’s multi-transcode option can be configured with 1, 2, 4 or 8 nodes (with video, audio, caption and QC processing in each node) to allow customers to choose the right configuration for their applications and budgets, and easily add additional capacity to meet growing requirements.