Features

Verify captions, languages, and descriptions with Avid QC

Take the stress out of media verification

File-based workflows have rapidly overtaken tape, but file complexity is increasing. Today, a single asset can have individual files for 16 different languages. It’s a challenge to ensure content is being distributed in the right languages with the correct captions at the right times. Avid QC makes the process easy by automating closed caption and video description verification, caption alignment, and language identification for broadcast and IP workflows.

Deliver accurate closed captioning

Avid QC compares captions to an audio track’s spoken words, verifying their presence and that they both match. It determines the caption quality level by comparing each intersection of dialogue to its corresponding caption segment. Verification is based on configurable settings, which outline acceptable levels of caption accuracy, timing, and coverage. A detailed report of test results then shows if content passes or fails, providing timecodes of problem areas.

Align captions quickly

You can have Avid QC repair caption synchronization problems too by comparing the timecodes of the words spoken in the audio track to the corresponding timecodes in the caption file. Avid QC then automatically adjusts the timecodes in the caption file so that the captions are properly aligned with the spoken words, returning a new, accurately-timed caption file that’s ready for distribution or playout.

Verify languages

Easily make sure the language in each audio track matches the intended one—independent of any metadata. Using a configurable test profile, Avid QC analyzes each audio track, confirming if the primary language spoken is correct, or identifying the language detected if not. You can check an infinite number of tracks at the same time for any piece of media. Avid QC also supports caption and subtitle language verification, enabling easy language identification of any file.

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Verify video description

To verify video description content, Avid QC analyzes both the primary and secondary audio programs. It then compares the program audio tracks against one another, identifying all segments in which the description track contains dialogue not present on the primary track, and returns a pass/fail result with a detailed report containing the timecodes where video description was detected.

Interact easily with the web interface

Avid QC includes a powerful web-based user interface for setting up and configuring your quality-control tests. Easily create profiles indicating which tests to execute, with the ability to configure multiple parameters per test, and review results right in the interface. Once created, you can easily clone and modify profiles, enabling anyone to tune profiles based on the unique distribution requirements.

Scale up as business grows

While a single server can process thousands of hours of content per day—and will more than likely meet most customers’ needs—additional servers can be added to provide higher availability or throughput. And because Avid QC can be installed and operated on premises or in a cloud environment, you gain great flexibility and access across your entire organization.

Ensure content is in compliance with Avid Comply

Validate hours of media fast

FCC rules define new quality standards for caption accuracy, synchronicity, completeness, and placement. These rules not only apply to broadcast content, but also to online video—every rendition of every stream in every format. That can mean analyzing millions of files each month. Avid Comply provides an automated solution that empowers video program owners and distributors to verify that captions and video description across all outputs meet FCC regulations.

Verify closed captioning

Avid Comply automates comparing the timecodes of spoken words in an audio track to the corresponding timecodes in the caption file. After verification testing, Avid Comply delivers a pass/fail result and detailed report with timecodes of problem areas. It can also automate caption file adjustments, properly aligning captions with their spoken words and returning a new accurately-timed caption file for rebroadcasts and distribution with Avid Align.

Verify video description

To verify video description, Avid Comply analyzes both the program audio track and the video description track, identifying all segments in which the description track has dialogue not present on the program audio track. It then returns a pass/fail result and a detailed report containing all of the timecodes where video description was detected.

Verify languages

Avid Comply can also verify that the language in each audio track matches the intended language. Simply set up a predefined test profile that indicates the possible and expected languages for each audio track, and Avid Comply will analyze each track and verify the primary language spoken on each track. It also supports caption and subtitle language verification, enabling fast and easy primary language identification of any file.

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Automatically adjust caption timing errors with Avid Align

Repair caption sync fast

Forget spending hours trying to manually fix caption syncing problems. Avid Align automatically repairs them in mere minutes by comparing the timecodes of the words spoken in the audio track to the timecodes in the caption file. Avid Align then adjusts the timecodes in the caption file so that the captions are properly aligned with the spoken words and then returns a new accurately-timed caption file, ready for distribution.

Work with multiple formats

Avid Align supports a wide variety of closed caption formats, including SCC, SAMI, SMPTE-TT, SRT, iTT, EBU-STL, EBU-TT, and Cheetah CAP. Don’t see what you need here? Additional formats can be added upon request.