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InMedia

Video Clarity Announces SaaS
Versions Of ClearView and RTM
V

ideo Clarity a provider of marketleading audio and video quality
measurement and analysis systems,
has announced ClearView 8.5, the
newest version of software for its
ClearView video quality analysers.
With version 8.5 come two new
software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings
for broadcasters and content owners
that deliver video through the Amazon
Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute
Cloud (EC2) platform. Video Clarity's
ClearView video quality analyser
and RTM real-time monitor are now
available as an addition to AWS EC2
cloud subscription services, giving
subscribers in broadcast, IPTV, and
any other content-delivery scenarios
licensable SaaS versions of the most
accurate video quality-measurement
tools on the market.
The quality of content that flows
through the AWS service must be
measured for accuracy just as it would
be in a hardware-based operation.

With a license, AWS EC2
subscribers can use either
the ClearView application
or the RTM application for
full-reference-based
A/V
quality testing in the AWS
cloud.
Like its hardware/software
combination
counterparts,
ClearView SaaS can upload
any source file type and decode
delivery files or streams for
testing against the source video.
Users can measure video and audio
quality through an intuitive interface
with all the features of ClearView
hardware/software systems, with the
exception of uncompressed video I/O.
Similarly, RTM is well-suited to cloud
applications because it can provide
comparison and quality measurement
of source versus encode/transcoded IP
streams. Just like RTM in a hardware
environment, RTM SaaS measures
AWS streams in real-time up to HD

VideoClarity ClearView Extreme IP

resolutions. By applying ClearView
SaaS or RTM SaaS testing, operators
can understand the audience's quality
of experience before deployment. Both
can also be used during service on
samples of content if required.
"As more and more media
organisations
turn
to
virtual
infrastructures
to
make
their
operations more efficient and scalable,
we're making it easier for them to
duplicate their hardware-based video

workflows in a new, software-based
world," said Blake Homan, President
and Founder of Video Clarity. "With
ClearView and RTM SaaS offerings,
we're taking a step forward and
making our comprehensive videotesting tools available in the cloud.
In this way, our customers can apply
the same easy-to-use, highly accurate
quality-monitoring and measurement
tools that Video Clarity is known for to
their new services."

Cobalt Digital's Channel Integrator
C

obalt Digital has launched Channel
Integrator, which provides a single
point of audio and video processing
and control for converting a wide range
of input sources and protocols to the
desired outbound configuration.
Channel Integrator is designed
for terrestrial over-the-air, directbroadcast satellite, postproduction,
and outside broadcast environments,
as well as terrestrial cable/multiple
system operators and OTT internet
streaming providers. The high-density
system can accept changing input
formats (SD and HD) and detect and
convert them to the specified output
raster extremely quickly. As a result,
The 9902-UDX-DSP-CI
openGear card option

it takes fewer converters to perform
upstream conversions, and the unit
can input format changes gracefully
with minimal disruption to the output
picture. The unit can also use AFD
(Active Format Descriptor) metadata
to ensure an ideal output raster.
Optional linear frame rate standards
conversion allows the unit to accept
and output video standards such as
PAL to NTSC and vice versa, or HD
50Hz to 60Hz signals and vice versa.
This functionality means Channel
Integrator serves as a universal video
processor that can adapt a foreign
input video standard to meet the
required output video standard.
Mosquito and block noise reduction
yield an ideal output image that
optimises
downstream
video
compression. Because
downstream
MPEG-2,
H.264,
or HEVC encoders

don't need to encode noise artefacts,
the result is a lower-bit-rate, higherquality encode. As a complement,
Channel Integrator also includes a
detail enhancement function.
Integrated audio processing comes in
the form of support for Linear Acoustic
UpMax stereo-to-surround sound
upmixing; Dolby E, AC-3, and E-AC-3
encoding, transcoding, and encoding;
and Dolby's real-time loudness
levelling (RTLL). Additionally, the unit
offers a wide range of routing, mixing,
downmixing, and audio-processing
controls such as gain, inversion, and
per-channel delay.
Channel Integrator also offers RGB
colour correction and YCbCr video
processing for colour matching and
optimisation, and frame-accurate
DPI trigger insertion. Furthermore,
composite analogue video and
analogue inputs and outputs allow for
integration to legacy systems.

Channel Integrator can be configured
to recall settings automatically based
on predefined input states, so users
can set and forget. The product is
compatible with Cobalt's OGCP-9000
Series of remote control panels and
the openGear DashBoard GUI. The unit
is also SNMP-enabled and can be run
under automation control.
Channel Integrator is available as
a 9902-UDX-DSP-CI openGear card
deployed with a passive rear module in
a 20-slot openGear frame. Optionally,
an expanded rear module is available
that allows for additional analogue
audio I/O along with a SFP+ cage
that paves the way for HDMI input
or output; fibre-optic transmission,
receiving, or transceiving; or a
SMPTE 2110/2022-6 encapsulator or
de-encapsulator.
With the optional expanded rear
module, the Channel Integrator's
channel density is reduced to 10
channels of processing per 2RU.
Channel Integrator provides
a single point of audio and video
processing and control


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