AmberFin to Unveil New Version of iCR at NAB 2014

Features Support for New Codecs and Wrappers, New Enterprise-Class Features, New Cadence Correction Option, and Enhancements to UQC

Basingstoke, UK – At NAB 2014, on booth SU8505 AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding and quality control solutions for owners, broadcasters, sports organizations and post-production houses, will unveil version 10 of its iCR software. The new version will include support for new codecs and wrappers, new enterprise class-features, a new option for 2:3 adaptive cadence correction and enhancements to UQC, AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control platform.

Support for new codecs and wrappers

Designed to further facilitate the digitization and transformation of new and archived content in modern file-based workflows, iCR version 10 will feature more robust, resilient and enterprise-ready transcoding, more wrappers for broadcast workflows (QT ref), more codecs for streaming workflows (webM) and archive conversion workflows (SStP).

New Enterprise-class features

iCR’s enterprise-class features enable the creation of transcode farms scalable to many nodes while ensuring fault-tolerant operations. The iCR Transcode Farm Controller provides a single, reliable, redundant interface. Jobs managed by the controller continually manage the system architecture to achieve the levels of redundancy and throughput required by each individual application. This is designed to combine high throughput with advanced system functionality to deliver great picture and sound quality, while simultaneously generating cost savings through more versatile network licensing capabilities. Visitors to the AmberFin booth will also be able to see the all new iCR WebFace, an enterprise web-based transcoding interface that will allow users to manage their transcoding jobs from a browser.

New cadence correction option

Version 10 of iCR will also feature a new option for 2:3 Advanced Adaptive Cadence correction that will allow users to automatically correct broken 2:3 cadence, generating clean blend-free outputs.

“Modern working methods and commercial pressures increase the likelihood of broken mixed-cadence material appearing in file-based workflows. With our new industry leading cadence correction option for iCR, we have developed a pure software solution that’s fast and allows users to get back to the 24p original for internet, international and digital workflows without any cadence correction artifacts,” says Bruce Devlin AmberFin’s CTO.

Enhancements to UQC

Version 10 of iCR also includes enhancements to UQC offering a better user experience on the UQC timeline and new function-specific plug-ins.  AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control (UQC) represents a unique approach to file-based media quality control since it combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and mark-up. Now with a palette of ten different vendors and systems –including Interra Systems, Digimetrics, and Tektronix — UQC users are able to mix and match tools to create the optimum QC environment for their needs. New to the UQC ecosystem is Nexidia QC, a software tool that automates the verification of closed caption and video description, closed caption alignment, and language identification in broadcast and IP workflows.

AmberFin Academy

As part of the AmberFin Academy, visitors to the AmberFin booth will be able to attend a series of live educational presentations covering a variety of topics including:

·       “How to make the best progressive pictures”

·       “Enterprise transcoding – how to get great content without breaking the bank”

·       “UQC – using standards, multiple tools and AmberFin to get the best QC ROI in the industry”

AmberFin will also announce a new series of the ever-popular Bruce’s Shorts series of educational videos, new webinars, and the next release of MXF Desktop.

About AmberFin

AmberFin’s business is intelligent media conversion, solving file-based workflow challenges for broadcasters, sports organizations, post-production houses and other media content owners. Scalable, agile and efficient, the Amberfin iCR (intelligent Content Re-Purposing) Platform brings true innovation and cost-effectiveness to the demands of multi-platform delivery, enabling the industry to deal with high volumes and true-to-source high quality pictures at the same time, all with exclusive slim-file technology.

Unique to the iCR Platform, AmberFin’s industry leading approach to Quality Control, known as Unified Quality Control (UQC), introduces a QC mark that brings a new level of trust to media assets. UQC uniquely combines, automated processes that integrate third party verification tools with a humantouch, enabling more efficient and effective decision-making and new levels of confidence in the file creation and transformation processes. AmberFin continues to experience market growth thanks to hundreds of iCR systems being deployed worldwide. Systems that are trusted where quality matters by some of the world’s leading media organizations including Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Turner Broadcasting, Canal+, ITV, ZDF, NRK, Nine Network Australia, Discovery and National Geographic. To follow the latest innovations in Broadcast-IT workflow technologies

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