ContentAgent Automates Legalisation

ContentAgent Automates Legalisation

In our busy world of editing and post production, we need to ensure that any final deliverable conforms to the different broadcast regulations that exist around the world.  You may already be aware of these if you are currently producing file based deliverables and are utilising quality control software.

Part of the QC process is to check whether the video signal in a file conforms to the template standard being used, or more accurately if it falls within the acceptable limits of a particular specification (or is legal). Video can become illegal for various reasons, maybe the original source itself was captured incorrectly or, as part of the editing, grading or visual fx process, values were manipulated that causes the file to be considered illegal. Depending on the region, delivering a file to a broadcaster that is considered illegal, can be costly.

People deal with this in different ways; some take advantage of “software effects” in editorial packages that apply a degree of legalisation, others rely on tools in QC products that attempt to fix the video as part of the quality control process.  Neither is really ideal as they can add additional rendering time to the whole process or re-encode the file to try and fix the issue as well as having very limited settings. Having access to a fully configurable legaliser as part of your workflow arsenal can be a real benefit and help to stave off issues when it comes to deliverables.

In ContentAgent v3.8.1 such a tool can be found in the Platinum transcoding node. You can now apply industry standard legalisation templates, as well as making your own custom ones, as part of the deliverable creation. The Legaliser comes pre-configured with a set of tested industry standard templates that should be your go to choice.

The new legaliser feature is an integral tool for anyone providing broadcast deliverables. It can save you time and make the generation of compliant video for multiple markets a simple process as part of your QC workflows.

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