EBU Group on Quality Control
The topic of Quality Control is part of the EBU's Strategic Programme on Video Systems.
- Helps Members optimise the use of their automated Quality Control systems.
- Our EBU.IO/QC tool provides access to over 240 QC Test Items, each with a detailed description of a test that can be performed on audio/visual material. A public API is available for automated access to the collection. Users can also create and export sets of QC Items in Templates using the web GUI.
- Aims to provide guidance and share best practices on the practical implementation of QC, e.g. via Technical Review articles and the organisation of workshops and seminars.
- Current focus is on:
- Updating existing QC Tests ("maintenance")
- Adding QC Tests for Subtitling/Captioning
- Adding QC Tests for IMF
If you are interested in Quality Control, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions.
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