No more Content QC headaches
Pulsar makes it incredibly simple!
- Fastest Analysis Speed
- Wide range of analysis parameters
- Widely integrated
6x real-time HD Analysis
Super charge your workflow
Get the “Rapid” Advantage
- Quick Scanning & Sorting
- Workflow Gatekeeper
- Use for workflow optimization
Adaptive Bitrate QC without hassles
- Integrated Analysis & Reporting
- Auto template assignment per encoding
- Work on on-premise & HTTP URL content
Pulsar is the fastest, most comprehensive and versatile file-based Automated QC system in the market. It automates quality check and control at every stage of the content life-cycle. With support for latest technologies such as HDR, IMF and 4K, Pulsar allows you to remain ahead of the curve by tackling the quality issues early and efficiently. What’s more, it’s incredibly simple to use! With support for all Broadcast/OTT formats along with wide range of checks, Pulsar is ready to be used in wide range of workflows including Broadcast, Production, Post Production, Media Services, Archiving and Over-the-Top.
Products Features & Benefits
Fast & Scalable
Fastest QC system in the market with up to 6x faster than real-time analysis speed for HD content and near real-time analysis for JPEG-2000 4K content. Faster QC results into lesser licenses for a given content volume with direct impact on investment in the QC system. It also improves the workflow throughput with quicker access to QC results. You can also easily setup a verification cluster with multiple QC verification units for higher system throughput.
High Dynamic Range
Perform QC of your Dolby-Vision, HDR-10 and HDR-10+ content. You can perform a variety of metadata validation checks along with detailed reporting of HDR parameters. You can also cross-check the video properties between the HDR metadata and the video essence. The HDR toolset in Pulsar is the most comprehensive and can significantly aid in setting up & managing your HDR workflows efficiently.
Interoperable Master Format (IMF)
Pulsar has the most comprehensive support for IMF packages. Some of the key capabilities include:
- Support for Application# 2E and SMPTE TSP 2121
- Package validation
- Supplementary package support
- CPL and OPL based validation
- Sidecar composition map validation
- Photon integration
VOD and Adaptive Bitrate
With built-in support for adaptive bitrate formats as well as fragmented MP4, Pulsar allows users to automate the QC of Video-on-demand assets. Key capabilities include:
- Formats. MPEG-DASH, Apple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming
- Encrypted packages support.
- Auto-assignment of different QC templates to different encoding profiles.
- Adaptive bitrate package specific checks to help validate the integrity of ABR packages.
Ensure that your content is compliant with country regulations as well as against your customer specifications.
- Photosensitive Epilepsy using Harding PSE engine & get a Harding certificate for every job.
- Compliance with Audio loudness against CALM act, EBU R128 and OP-59 recommendations.
- Compliance with legal luminance & chrominance range or RGB Gamuts.
- Compliance against presence of Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages in the content.
- Compliance against Netflix, iTunes, DPP, ARD-ZDF and many other organizations using our ready-to-use factory templates.
Importance of localization in File based QC systems
29 April 2019
Many content application such as Advertisement content delivery, requires certain content segments to be present at head and tail of the content. These content segments may include color bars, black frames, freeze frames, slates, audio mute, tones and silence. You can setup your custom track layouts and validate the overall structure. This can be done in conjunction with the template checks.
Wide range of checks
Formats & Verification Checks
Container: MXF, GXF, LXF, MOV, MP4, 3GPP, MPEG-2 TS, MPEG-2 PS, FLV, WMV, AVI, Matrox AVI, WAV, BWF, AIFF, DPX, JP2, Smooth Streaming, HLS, MPEG-DASH, IMF, DCP (encrypted and unencrypted), AS-02, AS-11, Elementary
Video: H.265, H.264 (incl. AVC-Intra 50/100 and SONY XAVC), MPEG-2 (incl. D10, XDCAM, HDCAM, IMX-30/50), VC-1, DV (incl. DVCPro25, DVCPro50, DVCPro100/HD), Avid DNxHD (VC-3), Avid DNxHR, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ, SD, LT, Proxy), ProRes 4444, Canopus HQ/HQX, JPEG-2000, Uncompressed (RGB, YUV)
Audio: LPCM, AES3, AC3 (DD), SMPTE 302M, E-AC3 (DD+), MPEG-1/2, AAC, HE-AAC, WMA (Standard & Pro), Dolby-E
HDR: HDR-10, HDR-10+, Dolby Vision
General: Compliance, Factory templates – Netflix, DPP, ARD-ZDF, Loudness (R128, CALM, OP-59, ARIB), iTunes & CableLabs
IMF/DCP: CPL based analysis, Package validation, CPL cross checks, CPL checks, PKL cross checks, OPL checks, Assetmap check, IMSC checks, Sidecar checks, Netflix Photon validation
ABR: Playlist cross checks. Segment cross checks, Profile cross checks, Encrypted Packages
Video Parameters: Codec, Video Format, Color space, Chroma Format, Color Matrix, Color Primaries, Transfer Characteristics, Scan Mode, Duration, Frame Rate, Resolution, Display/Pixel Aspect Ratio, GOP Length, GOP Type, Field Order, Frame Sizes, Buffer Size, Bitrate (CBR/VBR), Profile/Level, Entropy Coding, Reference Pictures, MBAFF, Timecode Discontinuity, Timecode frame drop, 2020 Color Space, Progression Order, Wavelet Transform
Video Quality: Black Frames, Blockiness, Brightness, Cadence, Chroma Hits, Chroma Line, Clipping, Colored Frames, Color Bars, Color Gamut, Combing, Credit Roll, Camera Dead Pixels, Dead Pixels, Digital Hits, Field Dominance, Flash Frames, Freeze Frames, Luma/Chroma levels, Cadence, Half/Full lines, Bar Artefacts, Letter/Pillar Box, Framing Issue, Photosensitive Epilepsy (Harding)
HDR Parameters: HDR Formats, Reporting of HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision metadata
Static Metadata: Verify (display color primaries, mastering display luminance, content light level)
Dynamic Metadata: Compliance, Validate HDR10+ metadata (MaxSCL, Average Max RGB, Distribution values, Tone mapping information, Targeted system display maximum luminance), Validate Dolby Vision metadata (Metadata version, shot must not contain <0,0,0> in level 1 metadata, Detect duplicate dynamic metadata, Crosscheck canvas aspect ratio, Crosscheck Video track information, Crosscheck (Calculated/metadata) Image aspect ratio
Audio: Audio Codec, Sampling Frequency, Quantization Bits, Channels, Bitrate (CBR/VBR), Drops, Silence, Mute, Test Tones, Loudness (R128, CALM, AGCOM, ARIB, Speech Gated), Loudness Range, Dialnorm, Sample Peak (DBFS, PPM), True Peak, Dual Mono, Clipping, EAS tone, Phase Mismatch, Nielsen Watermarks, Language ID
Container: Conformance, Format, File Size, Media Info metadata dump, File name validation, MD5, SHA1 Hash, No of streams, Incorrect extension
MXF: Version, Operational pattern, Timecode presence/track count/mode/start value/source, Index table presence/location/completeness/correctness, Origin parameters, KLV alignment grid/fill elements, Partitions validity/Status/Completeness/Instance count/Index table presence/Essence presence/Max length, Essence wrapping/external check/referencing/partition strategy, Audio track numbers/element size/channel count/configurations, Descriptive metadata presence/scheme, Run-in sequence, Random index pack, Segmentation track, File package count, Index edit rate, Index duration, Audio/Video sample rate, Audio/Video stream type, Audio/Video edit rate, Video line map, System item presence, Block Align, Channel status mode, Fixed channel status data, Stored F2 offset, Display F2 offset, Sampled X/Y offset, Display X/Y offset, Identical GOP indicator, Edit unit byte count, Slice count, Dark metadata, Timecode frame drop, Audio locked/unlocked status, Audio ref level, Index start position, Single index location, Single essence location, Forward index direction, Image start/end offset, Color siting, Padding bits, Black ref level, White ref level, Color range, Constant B picture flag, Single sequence, Low delay
Transport Streams: SCTE35, Program count, PCR Jitter, Packet Length, PID Usage, PIDs, PID Bitrate, Packet Intervals, PAT checks, PMT checks, Stream checks, PES checks, Language Metadata Verification
QuickTime: Checks and correction for PASP, FIEL, GAMA, CLAP, COLR. Channel Configuration, Track properties, Movie properties, Language Metadata Verification, Check disabled tracks, Check multiple codec entries, Check Timecode properties
Video-Container: Width, Height, Frame rate, Aspect ratio, Bitrate, Profile/Level, Scan mode, Field order, Chroma format, GOP type, GOP length, B-pictures, Low delay, Duration, Component depth
Audio-Container: Sampling frequency, Bit depth, Channels, Bitrate, Duration
File Rules Incorrect extension, File Size, Invalid file characters
Video Codec, Video Format, Chroma Format, Colour Matrix, Scan Mode, Duration, Frame Rate, Resolution, Display Aspect Ratio, Pixel Aspect Ratio, Profile/Level, Bit Depth, Buffer Size, Entropy Coding, Reference Pictures, MBAFF
Audio Codec, Sampling Frequency, Quantization Bits, Channels, Profile
Container Format, No of Video/Audio streams, Track Duration, PASP, GAMA, CLAP, FIEL, COLR, Channel Configuration
Vincent S. Lyons
Vice President of Digital Media Services, Encompass Digital Media
In Pulsar we have found the combination of simplicity, performance and features that we have been looking for in a media file QC software
VP of Broadcast Engineering & System Design, AMC Networks
Given our positive experience with our initial Pulsar installation in improving the quality of the content in our file-based workflow, as well as Venera’s ongoing support and responsiveness to our requests since our first Pulsar installation in 2013, we chose to expand our QC operations with additional Pulsar systems, which we have found provide us the best value and ROI.
Coordinator of Digital Archiving, Estonian Public Broadcasting
Pulsar is an important addition to our infrastructure and will help us obtain higher operational efficiencies from our content workflows. We looked at major QC players in the market and selected Pulsar because of its high performance and accuracy of results. As Public Broadcaster, we verify new material coming daily from production and will use Pulsar for that but even more important role of Pulsar would be to keep an eye on large volumes of old archive material being mass-digitized from analogue tapes with its QC reports
Post Finishing Artist
Quasar did save me considerable time this week in some last minute QC of live streamed content and found 3 issues that needed to be addressed. The speed and flexibility of Quasar processing was essential as the QC ran in a small window before going live.
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Ability to process four files at a time
Can use up to 32 Cores
Fastest Edition of Pulsar
Ideal for high volume operations
Ability to process one file at a time
Can use up to 8 cores
Ideal for normal operations
No permanent license
Only solution of its kind in the market
Ability to process one file at a time
Capable of Harding PSE
Ideal for low volume occasional use