Aurora - Automated QC for a File-Based Video Workflow

Aurora - Automated QC for a File-Based Video Workflow

Aurora is an automated, scalable file-based QC system that saves media providers time and money by driving efficiency, quality, and cost savings in their workflows. Aurora can be integrated with external workflow management tools in both on-premise and cloud deployments to check thousands of hours of content continuously with unattended operation. And now, picture quality has never been easier to measure than with the new TekMOS feature. Unique to Tektronix, the non-reference TekMOS measurement can help you quickly identify content that fails to meet your threshold for acceptable video quality.

 

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Comprehensive High Volume QC Saves You Time & Money

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Aurora is engineered to automate accurate assessments of thousands of hours of file-based assets for quality and compliance. Measurement accuracy and breadth of test coverage improves efficiency and saves costs by reducing rework. QC operations teams have confidence in the quality of their content.

  • Broad range of tests for video and audio quality and metadata accuracy
  • Ensure regulatory compliance is met on audio loudness, captions/subtitles, PSE + more
  • Software predictable and sustained high performance architecture regardless of load
  • Scalable cluster-based solution to efficiently handle high volumes of content

TekMOS Measurement Simplifies Picture Quality Assessment

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The TekMOS measurement—unique to Tektronix—provides picture quality scores that make it easy to identify poor content. TekMOS uses a machine-learning algorithm to create a model from a large set of training images, then computes scores from the model but without requiring any reference video. The objective TekMOS scores have a very high correlation to subjective scores from visual inspection by human observers.

  • Find both quality issues pervasive throughout the content, and quality issues present for shorter durations within the program
  • Graphical results in the QC report make it easily to visualize the quality scores and determine the reason (tiling, blurriness, or noise) for low scores
  • Get an overall assessment of content quality without having to look at a long list of individual defects

QC Reports that Highlight What Really Matters

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Informative and actionable QC reports that provide a concise overview of the picture and audio quality, format and attributes, and any compliance issues with the content, so that users will quickly identify problem areas to review and correct.

  • Graphical information to quickly assess the problems and dive into root cause
  • Summarized information to highlight the most important elements of the report
  • Active links open playback at the precise timecode of each problem for quick review

Comprehensive API & Experienced Teams to Support You

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Aurora has a rich API for easy integration with workflow orchestration tools. When coupled with Tektronix' experienced support team, we will ensure the integration stands up to real-world complications before and after the system goes live or is later expanded to meet new challenges.

  • Existing integrations with Dalet, Tedial, SDVI and many others
  • Web Services API with software environments using standard development tools
  • Dedicated and fast support team to help with system configuration or other issues

24x7 Scalable Enterprise Class Software Solution

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Aurora is a highly fault tolerant system that can scale dynamically to meet demands. As a software-only solution it can run on any computing platform, on-premise or in the cloud. Aurora is trusted by some of the largest providers in the broadcast and delivery industry on a 7x24x365 basis.

  • Fault tolerant cluster configuration that can easily scale
  • Runs directly on physical servers or on virtual machine instances
  • Industry-proven solution with millions of hours of content tested

Be Confident That Things Are Running Smoothly – 24/7

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Aurora has a team of highly skilled software and service engineers to support to our customers, add new product features, and to support the latest standards, specifications, and workflows.

  • Direct customer service portal backed by technical support engineers in multiple time zones
  • Highly responsive to customer needs related to changes in their workflows
  • Actively supporting important emerging standards and specifications

 

Models

Model CPU Cores Operating System Recommended Hardware List Price
AUR

Aurora VU
Up to 4 CPU cores per job

Aurora Pro VU
Unlimited CPU cores per job

Windows Server 2012 R2 or later

Intel Xeon E5 v3 or later CPU,
4 GB RAM per VU

Configure & Quote
ModelAUR
CPU CoresOperating SystemRecommended Hardware
<p><strong>Aurora VU</strong><br>Up to 4 CPU cores per job<br><br><strong>Aurora Pro VU</strong><br>Unlimited CPU cores per job</p>Windows Server 2012 R2 or later<p>Intel Xeon E5 v3 or later CPU,<br>4 GB RAM per VU</p>
Model CPU Cores Operating System Recommended Hardware List Price
AUR

Aurora VU
Up to 4 CPU cores per job

Aurora Pro VU
Unlimited CPU cores per job

Windows Server 2012 R2 or later

Intel Xeon E5 v3 or later CPU,
4 GB RAM per VU

Configure & Quote
ModelAUR
CPU CoresOperating SystemRecommended Hardware
<p><strong>Aurora VU</strong><br>Up to 4 CPU cores per job<br><br><strong>Aurora Pro VU</strong><br>Unlimited CPU cores per job</p>Windows Server 2012 R2 or later<p>Intel Xeon E5 v3 or later CPU,<br>4 GB RAM per VU</p>

OTT Delivery for Video on Demand Assets

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As you prepare content for OTT deployment, Aurora will verify the correct encoding at all profiles and that the packaging is error-free and perfectly aligned for a flawless viewing experience. Aurora can test the picture quality for each representation to guarantee that it is acceptable for the service provider to meet viewer expectations.

  • EBP and IDR alignment tests for seamless transition between different representations
  • Support for common OTT formats such as HLS, MPEG-DASH, and Smooth Streaming
  • Single QC report for all video and audio representations and the manifest
  • Perceptual Video Quality tests uncover video encoding issues

Standard Templates for Delivery Specifications Compliance

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Once a finished piece of content is mastered and checked it then needs to be re-encoded and packaged to meet delivery compliance with Netflix, iTunes, AS-11 UK DPP, AS-10 PAD, ARD-ZDF, CableLabs, and others. Aurora automates the check of material that is ready to be delivered and highlights any problems that will result in a costly delay from packages that are rejected.

  • Check for delivery and regulatory compliance issues such as audio loudness, caption presence, and PSE
  • Evaluate quality of the content while testing for format compliance
  • Test common format and packaging issues

Media Operations QC for Broadcast Playout

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As content is received from post-production, advertisers, studios, and other content providers, Aurora provides an efficient means of verifying playout compatibility. After checking that the material conforms to the house format, Aurora does a final validation of picture and audio quality prior to playout.

  • Check that content meets delivery specs and is ready for transcode or playout
  • Verify content will playout correctly, free of errors
  • Check for regulatory compliance and correct the file if necessary
  • Hydra Media Player compliments Aurora with manual spot checks

Post Production Final QC

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Aurora automates the final review of finished content for post-production environments, checking for both visible and audible defects and for file package metadata. The easy-to-read QC report provides the details for the operator to quickly find areas of concern in the content, saving time previously spent manually searching for defects.

  • Test for dropouts, dead pixels, incorrect mattes, audio clicks and pops, audio clipping and more
  • Companion Hydra Player allows manual QC with correlated timecode markers from the Aurora report
  • Easy to read QC report with thumbnail images and timecodes for detected errors
  • Support for all common mastering and mezzanine formats & resolutions

 

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Automated File-based Quality Control System
Aurora Datasheet
Aurora is an automated QC system to help media providers drive efficiency, quality and cost savings into their workflows. Based on Tektronix expertise, Aurora reliably validates high volumes of content for Quality, Compliance and Syntax. Aurora is a…
Literature number: 2NW-60054-8
Datasheet 23 Oct 2017
AURORA; AUTOMATED FILE-BASED QC SOFTWARE; V6.4

AURORA; AUTOMATED FILE-BASED QC SOFTWARE; V6.4


Part number: 066173910
Access Key Protected 17 Oct 2017
Aurora

This document describes how to install and operate version 6.4 of the Aurora Automated File-based Quality Control System.

Automated File-based Quality Control System V6.4


Part number: 077111105
Primary User 12 Oct 2017
Aurora
This document describes how to install and operate version 6.1 of the Aurora Automated File-based Quality Control System.
Part number: 077111102
Primary User 28 Aug 2017
Aurora
This document describes how to install and operate version 6.2 of the Aurora Automated File-based Quality Control System.
Part number: 077111103
Primary User 28 Aug 2017
AURORA Automated File-Based QC Software, V6.0

Part number: 066173903
Access Key Protected 08 Aug 2017
AURORA V6.1 AUTOMATED FILE-BASED QC SOFTWARE, V6.1

Part number: 066173904
Application 08 Aug 2017
AURORA V6.2.2 Automated File-based QC Software - V6.2.2

Part number: 066173907
Access Key Protected 08 Aug 2017
AURORA Automated File-based QC Software - V6.3.1

Part number: 066173909
Application 08 Aug 2017
Quality Control for File-Based Video Workflows Primer

Literature number: 25W-60894-0
Primer 08 Aug 2017
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