Cincinnati, OH (April 11, 2008)–At the NAB Show, Harris Corp. will introduce the latest version of its Videotek QuiC media analysis server, which combines loudness monitoring technology from TC Electronic with the QuiC system’s automated quality control and correction tools.
Harris Corporation signed an agreement in July 2008 to license TC Electronic’s intellectual property. The two companies have since been working in close cooperation to integrate TC Electronic’s software into the Videotek QuiC system.
“Today’s television viewer is very familiar with audio levels that jump to unacceptable levels, especially during commercial breaks, which causes millions of annoyed viewers to dive for their remotes to turn the sound down and is counter-productive for commercial television,” said Thomas Lund, program manager for TC Electronic A/S, in Risskov, Denmark. “As more channels and platforms are being controlled by fewer master control operators, our loudness monitoring tools built into the QuiC system offer broadcasters a unique, automated solution for this problem.”
TC Electronic developed “Universal Descriptors” or metadata–based on the open ITU-R BS.1770 standard–that describe the loudness levels of compressed audio files residing on servers. Based upon that metadata, the QuiC system’s FCT (File Correction Tool) adjusts the audio to an acceptable dynamic range without returning to baseband. This “faster than real-time” audio processing takes place during ingest to enable quality control of incoming content–such as sports, music, news, commercials and movies–prior to air.
Harris first introduced QuiC in April 2006 and began shipping it in December 2006 to what is now an installed based of more than 100 customers worldwide. Existing QuiC systems can be upgraded with TC loudness monitoring and control software.