Wohler RadiantGrid doubles throughput; expands quality-analysis capabilities

Wohler Technologies hit IBC this weekend offering a dramatic jump in the performance of the company’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform. The platform, already capable of rapid file-based media processing, is now achieving new levels of performance according to the company without sacrificing quality, with the version 8.1 software released this month. Through Wohler’s redesign of the critical processing steps of content ingestion and indexing, as well as transcoding, the RadiantGrid platform has increased its end-to-end throughput capabilities by an average factor of 200 percent.

“By employing CPU strategies and a unique software architecture rather than proprietary, and often costly, hardware designs, the RadiantGrid platform has achieved industry-first characteristics that bring significant benefits to our customers’ media-processing workflows,” says Craig Newbury, vice president sales, RadiantGrid at Wohler. “The results of automated media ingestion, analysis, and intelligence-gathering are united with extreme processing parallelization to bring transcoding, standards conversion, loudness management, and color legalization under a fully managed and consolidated file-based workflow at speeds that are unmatched.”

The RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform is unique in the way it binds multiple media processes into a single workflow, starting with intelligent media information-gathering at ingestion. With this approach, the user need only specify the desired output profile, rather than defining the parameters of the input — irrespective of what that input may be.

Wohler has also extended the quality-analysis capabilities of the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform with the integration of VidChecker automated QC software. This integration offers broadcasters, VoD and cable service providers, post houses, and other content providers another industry-leading method for checking media against distributor-defined quality control policies while processing content within the RadiantGrid platform.

“Integrated with our RadiantGrid platform, VidCheck’s popular QC software provides intelligent automated operation and scalable processing speed within a consolidated file-based workflow,” said Craig Newbury, vice president sales, RadiantGrid at Wohler. “By making VidChecker processing available to RadiantGrid platform users, we not only support the broad existing base of VidCheck users, but also offer new and future users a powerful option for thorough checking of file, video, and audio parameters and quality.”

And lastly, Videomenthe has become the newest member of the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform reseller network. Covering the French marketplace, Montpellier-based Videomenthe will provide sales, service, and support for the RadiantGrid business line.

“Videomenthe is known for providing forward-looking file-based solutions built on best-of-breed technologies, and we’re pleased to be working with the company to extend availability and adoption of our RadiantGrid solutions in France,” says Newbury. “Videomenthe is a well-established yet dynamic company with a strong understanding of the French audiovisual market and its new technical requirements. Working together, we can provide robust media transformation solutions optimized to meet those requirements.”

“With the merging of the IT and broadcast worlds and increasingly diverse array of distribution targets, it can be challenging for broadcasters and post houses to create and deliver content in the appropriate format and with the essence and metadata necessary for a quality viewing experience,” adds Muriel Le Bellac, director at Videomenthe. “We specialize in helping our clients to meet these challenges, and as part of the reseller network for the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform, we’re pleased to be able to supply this very powerful solution for enabling automated workflows for streamlined delivery of quality content.”

The RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform will be featured in the Wohler stand 10.B10 at IBC2013.

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