VideotekÂ® QuiCâ„¢ Media Analysis Server Addresses Annoying Audio Jumps During Commercial to Offer Broadcasters First-of-Its-Kind Product
CINCINNATI, April 9, 2008 â€” Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will unveil the latest version of its VideotekÂ® QuiCâ„¢ media analysis server, which combines loudness monitoring technology from TC Electronic with the QuiC systemâ€™s automated quality control and correction tools to form a unique market offering. The new product will be introduced at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention being held April 14-17, 2008, in Las Vegas.
â€œTodayâ€™s television viewer is very familiar with audio levels that jump to unacceptable levels, especially during commercial breaks, which causes millions of annoyed viewers to dive for their remotes to turn the sound down and is counter-productive for commercial television,â€? said Thomas Lund, program manager for TC Electronic A/S, in Risskov, Denmark. â€œAs more channels and platforms are being controlled by fewer master control operators, our loudness monitoring tools built into the QuiC system offer broadcasters a unique, automated solution for this problem.â€?
TC Electronic developed â€œUniversal Descriptorsâ€? or metadata â€” based on the open ITU-R BS.1770 standard â€” that describe the loudness levels of compressed audio files residing on servers. Based upon that metadata, the QuiC systemâ€™s FCT (File Correction Tool) adjusts the audio to an acceptable dynamic range without returning to baseband. This â€œfaster than real-timeâ€? audio processing takes place during ingest to enable quality control of incoming content â€” such as sports, music, news, commercials and movies â€” prior to air.
â€œFrom the early phases of this project, TC has had an excellent working relationship with Harris/Videotek, which we hope to extend in the years to come,â€? said Anders Fauerskov, CEO of TC Electronic. â€œTC is confident that the implementation of Universal Descriptors in QuiCâ„¢ will be beneficial to both parties, as well as our broadcast customers.â€?
Harris first introduced QuiCâ„¢ in April 2006 and began shipping it in December 2006 to what is now an installed based of more than 100 customers worldwide. In April 2007, Harris expanded the QuiC systemâ€™s automated analysis and correction tools designed to analyze, detect and correct many common file errors. Existing QuiC systems can be upgraded with TC loudness monitoring and control software.
â€œQuiCâ„¢ is now a mature, full-featured system that consolidates a wide array of essential quality control features within a single, compact system,â€? said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. â€œOur latest version, including loudness monitoring and correction, solves a pressing problem that plagues broadcasters and content providers in this multichannel, multiplatform distribution environment.â€?
The agreement between Harris and TC Electronic, allowing Harris to license TC Electronicâ€™s intellectual property, was signed on July 8, 2007. The two companies have since been working in close cooperation to integrate TC Electronicâ€™s software into the Videotek QuiC system.
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems, and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast delivery chain. The Harris ONEâ„¢ approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.
About TC Electronic
TC Electronic was founded in 1976 with the objective of developing, manufacturing, and marketing innovative audio products that provide lasting user value for audio professionals and musicians. With its large research and development staff, TC Electronic is very focused on developing new products and technologies. The company is a leader in digital signal processing as well as digital amplification and networking. TC Electronicâ€™s customers include TV stations, radio stations, theaters, operas, and public address companies.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of almost $5 billion and 16,000 employees â€” including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communicationsÂ® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at