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What the EBU says about QC in a file-based media environment

What the EBU says about QC in a file-based media environment

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What the EBU says about QC in a file-based media environment
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What the EBU says about QC in a file-based media environment“Broadcasters moving to file-based production facilities have to consider how to use automated Quality Control (QC) systems. Manual quality control is simply not adequate anymore and it does not scale,” so says the EBU.


It is reassuring when you see that what you have been advising customers for years is supported by a leading broadcast industry body - QC is key!

EBU gets serious about QC 


The EBU recognised QC as a key topic for the media industry in 2010. In 2011 it started an EBU Strategic Programme on Quality Control, with the aim to collect requirements, experiences and to create recommendations for broadcasters implementing file-based QC in their facilities. 

The EBU Strategic Programme on Quality Control (QC) has identified four main use cases:


1. Ingest


2. Legacy archive transfer to files


3. Final programme delivery


4. Programme exchange

The work of the EBU is essential in the pursuit of standardisation of QC testing. Through this work it defines what a QC test is, what the QC metric should be called and what it looks like. Adopting the EBU guidelines enables content owners to take a media file and pass it through numerous third-party QC products and then to collate the results in a meaningful way. In today’s world of multiplatform delivery this is absolutely critical. 

QC’s Periodic Table of tests


The EBU has created a ‘Periodic Table’ of QC tests, which is a visual representation of the different tests that users might wish to implement. Just as users need a visual representation of the tests, they also need a visual representation of the test results. This is AmberFinUnified Quality Control’s (UQC) raison d’être – it is exactly what UQC provides.

To provide complete coverage of the EBU Periodic Table of QC tests a user will need more than one QC tool since some specialise in certain areas, but no one tool provides every test.AmberFin UQC enables users to select from a broad range of ‘best of breed’ QC system that provide very specific capabilities and integrate them on a single platform. The results of all the tools are displayed on a single user interface. 

At IBC next month, we will be demonstrating UQC in all its glory, complete with the latest additions and refinements. If you would like to meet and discuss how UQC could increase the quality, efficiency and bottom line profitability of your media enterprise operations why not contact your local AmberFin representative and we’ll set up an appointment at IBC.

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