Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, will unveil and demonstrate its new Qligent¢ Vision A/V Sync Detection capability at the upcoming IBC2017 exhibition, taking place fromSeptember 15-19 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam.
As a new feature within the Qligent Visions Match module, A/V Sync Detection provides an automated, software-based way to spot A/V sync (or lip-sync) problems that may have occurred anywhere in the distribution domain to the last mileincluding over the air, satellite,cable, IPTV, or OTT media distributionand alerts on-air operators so they can take the appropriate action to get them resolved quickly.
More importantly, this real-time feature is self-synchronizing and doesnt require any sort of test signal to work. Based on Visions Match technology, A/V Sync Detection works by comparing the audio portion of downstream video with its original known good reference to determine if the A/V is in sync, or if it has drifted out of sync.
To do this, Vision probes gather key data at various points along the distribution path, including content origination, satellite up/downlinks, head-ends and even out to the homes, and the platform-wide trend analysis and cross-correlation engine compares all the findings.
If the probes detect that the video and audio are out of sync, whether leading or lagging, they report every instance where the variations occurred and for how long, down to millisecond accuracy, said Ted Korte, Qligents COO. Systems administrators can then use this frame-accurate datawhich is reported as a text, email or other type of notificationto deduce the root cause of the problem.
As a platform-independent solution, A/V Sync is also not tied to any particular physical layer, codec, or distribution platform. And, as a SMPTE 2064-compliant technology, A/V Sync Detection works in all types of signal environments, including SDI, IP, or any of the new SMPTE 2022 and SMPTE 2110 SDI over IP standards.
Despite the industrys best efforts, lip-sync issues have plagued Media & Entertainment professionals since the dawn of broadcasting. Any media processing step thats done at any stage of content distributionsuch as encoding, multiplexing, splicing, insertion or transcodingcan knock a programs video and audio out of sync, Korte said.
Its become even more challenging today because many third-party networks can carry and deliver a program to the viewers, and no one entity controls the end-to-end chain anymore, said Korte. Were empowering broadcasters by giving them the means of determiningwhere the A/V sync fell apart, even if it occurred on a third-party distribution platform, so they can alert the responsible parties and maintain quality control.
A/V Sync Detection is a component of the Vision Match module, which handles a broader array of broadcast monitoring and QC functions. By performing real-time automated comparison of the transport streams video and audio, Match can flag a wide range of program-related inconsistencies that are otherwise difficult to detect as the signals move across todays multi-platform distribution platforms, including:
- Airing a different show than the one listed in the program guide
- Airing a show at the right time but on the wrong channel
- Having a foreign language on the wrong audio track
- Mistaking a static image for frozen video
- Incorrectly inserting branding elements like bugs, crawls, time and temperature
With Matchand now the latest addition A/V Sync DetectionQligent continues to expand and evolve its comprehensive, flagship broadcast monitoring platform. Whether its configured as a cloud-based or premise-based solution, Vision encompasses the detection of objective errors (QoS), subjective errors (QoE), and now, with Match and A/V Sync Detection, programmatic errors that can adversely impact the viewers QoE.
Vision customers will be able to download the affordable new A/V Sync Detection software as soon as it becomes available, sometime later this year. By unveiling this new capability at IBC 2017 (at Stand 8.E47), Qligent executives hope to spark discussions with interested broadcasters about their A/V Sync challenges, and show them how this new feature will go above and beyond to address the problem throughout the delivery domain.
Qligent architects complete monitoring, visualization and delivery analytics solutions for broadcasters, content distributors, ad agencies, regulators and network operators. Based in Melbourne, Florida, Qligents software-defined approach provides an open, vendor-agnostic platform to monitor performance, integrity and compliance of multiple signals, streams and systems across enterprises of any size. Its solutions provide the same consistent quality of content and service across multiple delivery platforms simultaneously.