Leader Instruments updates VidChecker, VidFixer

Leader Instruments Corporation has revealed details of updates to the VidChecker and VidFixer broadcast media file analysis and repair systems which it offers to digital content producers and broadcasters in the Americas.

New features introduced with VidChecker V5.0 include two to four times faster processing, post-process re-encoding, advanced MXF metadata checking, automatic aggregation of multiple video alerts, API additions, batch deletion of old test tasks, user-configurable PDF reports, plus support for Dolby E surround sound in MOV (as well as MXF).

VidChecker V5.0 also adds Apple iTunes compatability testing, support for JPEG2000 decode and re-encoding, plus the ability to integrate directly with Telestream’s Vantage file transcoder, Amberfin’s iCR, Root6’s ContentAgent, DVS’ Venice server, Envivio’s OnDemand 4Caster and the SuitcaseTV range of systems.

The new updates are also incorporated into VidFixer V5.0, which offers the same functions as VidChecker V5.0 plus an integral transcoder allowing output in a user-selectable alternative to the source file format.

“VidChecker and VidFixer are highly efficient alternatives to real-time visual inspection during content ingest, media archiving, studio to studio distribution and broadcast playout,” comments George Gonos, president of Leader Instruments Corporation. “They provide a powerful safeguard against human error, content discontinuity or data deterioration. Both products are compatible with Microsoft Windows and can be operated locally or via a web browser.”

VidChecker and VidFixer check and correct the most common problems in file-based content, ensuring that clips, interstitials and complete programmes are immediately ready for post-production or transmission. Automated correction is applied to video and audio levels. Multiple audio tracks, each with up to eight channels, can be checked in just one pass. Audio levels are automatically corrected to ITU-R 1770-2, ATSC A/85 and EBU R-128 loudness recommendations including EBU Tech 3341 windowing and gating modes.

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