Manual Quality Control alone is not adequate anymore and does not scale. As the amount of content continues to increase, broadcasters are finding it difficult to keep up with manual checks. As a result, it is important for broadcasters to look into automated file-based quality control systems to cope with the large amount of content and the abstract nature of digital files.
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 200 QC Test Items, each with a detailed description of a test that can be performed on audio/visual material. You can also create and export sets of QC Items in personal Templates.
- 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.
- Active collaboration with the FIMS QA group and SMPTE makes sure the EBU.IO QC Test Items can be easily used by users of FIMS, BXF, etc.
If you are interested in Quality Control, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions.
EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan
Every two years, the EBU develops a roadmap for technology and innovation activities based on the requirements and inputs given by EBU Members. The result of this roadmap is our bi-annual EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan. Strategic programmes and project groups are set up to focus on specific areas of interest. To access the latest Workplan, click here.
The EBU has published a report evaluating the use of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) for broadcasters. It sees strong potential for the format in...
The EBU has entered into a formal partnership with the Digital Production Partnership Ltd (DPP) to drive the development and adoption of open technical...
The EBU has partnered with several other leading organizations to create the IP Showcase, demonstrating that real-time media production using IP networks...
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For Public Service Media access services such as subtitling are very important. The formats used for its creation and distribution are evolving.
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Guaranteeing the quality of media content is vital for our industry. The EBU helps all actors to speak a common Quality Control (QC) language.
This report provides the conclusions of work performed in the EBU IMF-TV group with regard to the relevance of the Interoperable Master Format for broadcasters. It includes a basic introduction to IMF.
Tech 3320 defines the technical characteristics for video broadcast monitors used in a professional TV production environment for evaluation and control of the images being produced.
The March 2017 issue of tech-i includes FM switch-off in Norway, the launch of the EBU Multi-CDN pilot and the PEACH personalization project.
Our latest issue of tech-i 29 takes a closer look at meeting audience expectations, women and technology, big data, cybersecurity, live IP and more!
An overview of EBU Technology & Innovation activites from 2015 - 2016.
EBU tech-i magazine, Issue 28 answers the question what all the 'fuzz' around HbbTV is about, takes a look at the advantages of the IMF and much more...
EBU tech-i magazine, issue 27 includes articles on Virtual Reality, Cross-Media Production, UHD, Loudness, and much more...
EBU tech-i magazine, issue 26 welcomes you to the LiveIP Project, shows the latest on Automated Signing Production, and more...
This article suggests a way of adapting IMF to broadcasters’ requirements by giving an insight into possible extensions to the IMF structure.
EBU tech-i magazine, Issue 25 tells you all about personalisation, why broadcasters should go IP, and how subtitles go live. And that's not all...
Quality Control has become big business and getting it right has never been more important. This factsheet outlines the work of the EBU Strategic Programme on QC and the EBU.IO/QC tool it created and is currently extending.
EBU tech-i magazine, Issue 23 tells you how you can produce smarter, introduces future broadcasting architectures, dives into the use of the 700 MHz band, explains how hackers have become 'smart', and more...
EBU tech-i magazine, issue 22 explains why Video did NOT kill radio and what the future of radio will be like. And there is more, including Cross-Platform Authentication and a look at the state of loudness normalisation in Europe.
Since 11 Sep 2014 the EBU QC Test Items are no longer defined in an Excel sheet, but using an online platform (which allows for exporting the information as well). Go to: EBU.IO/QC for all details.
Issue 20 of tech-i includes news on newsrooms, addresses the question if FTA TV is dead, takes a look at MPEG MMT, provides a profile of the new EBU TC chairman Egon Verharen (NPO) and features two articles explaining what UHDTV will offer. And there is more...
Issue 17 of tech-i looks at UHDTV, with SVT's Per Björkman on the UHD equation, Hans Hoffmann on UHD technology parameters, David Wood on high frame rates, and a report on the recent shoot of the Eurovision Young Dancers.
This article explains the current state of video file quality control at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). In general, QC activities at Yle try to ensure that play-out automation can play back a video file, that the technical quality of the video and audio are acceptable, and that there are no issues that have not been detected by the automated QC.
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This article — first published in the March 2012 edition of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal — connects the dots among SDI, AAF/MXF, SMPTE 2022, IMF and FIMS.
Issue 12 of tech-i includes a look back at February's RadioHack workshops, a look forward to the Libre Software Meeting where the EBU is organizing sessions on Free and Open Source Software for media, introductions to the IMPS programme, EBUCore and MPEG-DASH, plus an update on follow-up actions from WRC-12. David Wood weighs up digital radio options and HRT's Kazimir Bacic is "In the spotlight".
Digitization has became a mandatory step that media stakeholders have to face up to, in order to cope with the increasingly digital nature of production, archiving and distribution workflows.
Besides giving some details of a migration project at ORF, this article discusses different proposals concerning the understanding of QC from an archival viewpoint, along with file format collateral effects and, finally, some data-tape library issues.