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

Fastest QC

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

Overview

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.

Product features & benefits

Fast & Scalable

Process your 4K files faster than real-time, HD files at 6x faster than real-time and SD files about 12x or faster than real-time. You can set-up a Pulsar farm for high content volumes.

HDR

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. The HDR toolset in Pulsar is the most comprehensive and can significantly aid in setting up & managing your HDR workflows efficiently.

IMF

Pulsar has the most comprehensive support for IMF packages. Some of the key capabilities include:

  • Support for Application# 2E and SMPTE TSP 2121
  • Supplementary package support
  • CPL and OPL based validation
  • Sidecar composition map validation
  • Photon integration

VOD

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.

Compliance

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.
  • Track layout requirements requiring you to have certain segments at the beginning and end of content. Read more
  • Compliance against Netflix, iTunes, DPP, ARD-ZDF and many other organizations using our ready-to-use factory templates.
Track Layout

Many broadcasters and content application requires certain content segments to be present at head and tail of the content. This may include color bars, black frames, freeze frames, audio mute, tones and silence. Pulsar allows users to setup their custom track layouts and validate the overall structure. This can be done in conjunction with the template checks.

Wide range of checks

Pulsar supports a wide range of checks. Small selection of checks are displayed here. Click here for the detailed list.
Active Region

Active Region

Audio Peaks

Field Domonance

Audio Clipping

Audio Clipping

Tone

Tone

Color Bars

Color Bars

Audio Loudness (Audio Waveform)

Audio Loudness

Language ID

Language ID

Flash Frames

Flash Frames

Audio Peaks

Audio Peaks

EAS

EAS

Formates & Verification Checks

Formats
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Workflow Integration

Pulsar is based on SOA architecture and exposes XML/SOAP APIs for integration. Pulsar has been integrated with multiple leading suppliers in the industry. You can also integrate Pulsar with your workflow management system. Check out our technology partners or write to us for more details.

Customer Testimonials

Michael Lee
Global Operations Director, Adstream

“After assessing other file-based QC systems, we found that Quasar was the correct solution for Adstream and solved the challenges of finding a single QC solution which included features required to offer the ability to QC commercial content against unique regional needs at the volume required to service a global market”

Michael Lee
Global Operations Director, Adstream

Michael Moorfield
Global Broadcast Services Manager, Adstream

“Product support and aftercare from Venera has been exceptional. In addition to supporting our specific needs, they ensured almost zero downtime even during product upgrades”

Michael Moorfield
Global Broadcast Services Manager, Adstream

Jan Klier
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.

Jan Klier
Post Finishing Artist

Heiki Mannik
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

Heiki Mannik
Coordinator of Digital Archiving, Estonian Public Broadcasting

Michael Mallozzi
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.

Michael Mallozzi
VP of Broadcast Engineering & System Design, AMC Networks

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

Vincent S. Lyons
Vice President of Digital Media Services, Encompass Digital Media

Pulsar Editions

Terms Professional Standard Pay-Per-Use
No of simultaneous files 4 1 1
Audio formats All All **
Audio checks All All All
DD/DD+ * * * N
Dolby-E * * * N
Nielsen watermark * * * N
PCM/MPEG Loudness correction * * * *
Video Formats All All **
Video Checks All All All
VC-1 Supported Supported N
Adaptive Bitrate Formats Supported Supported N
Harding PSE * * * N
Container Checks Supported Supported Supported
Container Formats All All All
Media Player * * * *
Controller Plus * * N N
Watch Folders Supported Supported N
Web Service API Supported Supported N
Maximum cores 32 8 4
Verification Unit cluster Supported N N
Rapid * * N N
Pulsar Professional
  • Perpetual license
  • Ability to process four files at a time
  • Can use up to 32 Cores
  • Fastest Edition of Pulsar
  • Ideal for high volume operations
Pulsar Standard
  • Perpetual license
  • Ability to process one file at a time
  • Can use up to 8 cores
  • Ideal for normal operations
Pulsar PPU
  • Usage-based pricing
  • 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

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Pulsar file-based QC overview

Pulsar/Quasar at SMPTE 2016

Pulsar Pay-Per-Use overview

Pulsar at IBC 2014