Venera Technologies has announced the availability of Ref-Q, a reference-based QC technology that enables automated ‘side-by-side’ comparison of a file with its master reference file, reporting back any discrepancies.

Frequently, multiple iterations of the same media file must be created to meet various business needs and distribution markets. The process of transcoding the master file to derivative formats may cause unintended issues such as video dropouts or significant degradation in content quality. As a result, operators must watch each version closely to ensure no differences are introduced in each new version. The Ref-Q feature of the Quasar file-based cloud QC service provides the means for operators to automate this comparison, reducing time and increasing accuracy. Quasar will produce a detailed report identifying any frame from the test file that is different from its corresponding frame in the master/reference file.

Ref-Q enables automated side-by-side comparison of a file with its master

Ref-Q enables automated side-by-side comparison of a file with its master

Many media files are distributed worldwide and accordingly, localised versions of such files are created where any frame that includes signs or text in English is replaced with a similar frame in the local language. Studios and other media companies have been in need of an automated way to extract all such texted frames and compare them with the localised version. Prior to Ref-Q, that was a manual process. With this new feature, studios and media distribution companies have an efficient and cost-effective automated means of getting a frame-by-frame report of all such differences, reducing their manual inspection costs. 

“With the introduction of Ref-Q in our native-cloud Quasar QC solution, we are pleased that we can now address this requirement requested by our customers. We believe Ref-Q will have a great positive impact in automating and expediting comparison-based QC, resulting in cost savings and increased accuracy,” said Fereidoon Khosravi, SVP of business development at Venera Technologies.