No more Content QC headaches

Pulsar makes it incredibly simple!

  • Fastest Analysis Speed
  • Wide range of analysis parameters
  • Widely integrated

6x real-time HD Analysis

Fastest QC

Super charge your workflow

Get the “Rapid” Advantage

  • Quick Scanning & Sorting
  • Workflow Gatekeeper
  • Use for workflow optimization

Adaptive Bitrate QC without hassles

  • Integrated Analysis & Reporting
  • Auto template assignment per encoding
  • Work on on-premise & HTTP URL content

PulsarTM is the fastest, most comprehensive and versatile file-based Automated QC system in the market. It automates quality check and control at every stage of the content life-cycle. Along with RapidTM add-on module, Pulsar can be used to perform quick scanning, QC, auto sorting and in-depth verification at any stage of the workflow. What’s more, it’s incredibly simple to use!

With support for all Broadcast/OTT formats along with wide range of checks, Pulsar is ready to be used in wide range of workflows including Broadcast, Production, Post Production, Media Services, Archiving and Over-the-Top.

Fast & Scalable

Processes your HD files at 6x faster than real-time and SD files about 12x or faster than real-time. You can set-up a Pulsar farm for high content volumes. Designed on a scalable architecture, Pulsar can be expanded to any file-based workflow size.

Wide range of Checks

You can perform technically complicated checks such as Field Dominance, Cadence Digital Hits or Active Aspect Ratio with Pulsar. You can also make sure your media is in compliance with regulations and standards such as the EBU R128, CALM act or OP-59 recommendations. List of checks →

Flexible Analysis

Pulsar, in combination with its Rapid add-on, gives you unprecedented flexibility in workflow design. You can perform quick scanning, sorting, fast analysis or in-depth QC at workflow stages of your choice. Read more →

Workflow Integration

Pulsar is based on SOA architecture and has integrations with multiple leading suppliers in the industry. You can also integrate Pulsar with your workflow management system. Check out our technology partners or write to us for more details.

Customer Stories

Many large and small organizations worldwide customers are already enjoying the Pulsar advantage, validating large volumes of content 24×7 as part of their production workflows.

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Easy-to-Use

Designed for operators, Pulsar has an intuitive interface and simple configurable reports. With logical grouping of errors along with user-defined configurations, Pulsar ensures that you are not bogged down with a large number of unnecessary errors.

Adaptive Bitrate QC

With built-in support for adaptive bitrate formats such as MPEG-DASH, Apple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, you can deploy Pulsar in Video-ON-Demand (VOD) environments. Read more →

High Availability

Pulsar supports failover redundancy for automatic take-over in case of hardware failure ensuring 24×7 operations. Advanced facility for organizations who don’t allow any single point of failure in their workflow.

Some common checks

Digital Hits or Video Drops

Camera Dead Pixels

Audio Loudness

Active Region

Flash Frames

Audio Peaks

Chroma Drops

Color Bars

Audio Clipping

For complete list of checks, download Pulsar brochure

Pulsar Rapid

Do you receive large volumes of content on regular basis?

Do you rely on manual processing for scanning and sorting the content into your workflow?

RapidTM add-on module saves you numerous hours by automating the content scanning and sorting process. You can use Rapid in combination with Pulsar in-depth verification at various stages of your process to design an efficient, QC workflow. Rapid can be used seamlessly from the Pulsar interface thereby allowing seamless administration for your operators. It can also be used through Pulsar web-services API.
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Workflow Gatekeeper

A variety of parameters such as incorrect media parameters, invalid file names or incorrect file extension can render incoming content unsuitable for your workflow. Rapid can act as a workflow gatekeeper helping you spot these issues quickly and automatically before content gets inside your workflow.

Fast Scanning

Rapid works at blazing speeds and taking only a few minutes to process a typical media file boosting the efficiency of the entire workflow. There is no longer a need to scan hundreds and thousands of files manually. This helps you use your resources more efficiently. Moreover, the files with issues can be automatically quarantined along with reports helping you interact with your suppliers efficiently.

Auto Sorting

With its innovative and easy to use rule-based structure, you can define video/audio/container rules and accordingly sort the files into appropriate folders for subsequent processing. This feature and its intuitive user interface, is unique in the industry and provides you with unmatched ability and control in managing your incoming content efficiently and effectively.

Click here to read what you can achieve with Rapid.

Pulsar Customers

Pulsar is an important addition to our infrastructure and will help us obtain higher operational efficiencies from our content workflows. We looked at major QC players in the market and selected Pulsar because of its high performance and accuracy of results. As Public Broadcaster, we verify new material coming daily from production and will use Pulsar for that but even more important role of Pulsar would be to keep an eye on large volumes of old archive material being mass-digitized from analogue tapes with its QC reports
Heiki Männik, Coordinator of Digital Archiving  Estonian Public Broadcasting
In Pulsar we have found the combination of simplicity, performance and features that we have been looking for in a media file QC software
Vincent S. Lyons, Vice President of Digital Media Services  Encompass Digital Media
Given our positive experience with our initial Pulsar installation in improving the quality of the content in our file-based workflow, as well as Venera’s ongoing support and responsiveness to our requests since our first Pulsar installation in 2013, we chose to expand our QC operations with additional Pulsar systems, which we have found provide us the best value and ROI.
Michael Mallozzi, VP of Broadcast Engineering & System Design  AMC Networks

Pulsar Editions

  Professional Standard Pay-Per-Use
No of simultaneous files 4 1 1
Audio formats All All **
Audio checks All All All
DD/DD+ * * * N
Dolby-E * * * N
Nielsen watermark * * * N
PCM/MPEG Loudness correction * * * *
Video Formats All All **
Video Checks All All All
VC-1 Supported Supported N
Adaptive Bitrate Formats Supported Supported N
Harding PSE * * * N
Container Checks Supported Supported Supported
Container Formats All All All
Media Player * * * *
Controller Plus * * N N
Watch Folders Supported Supported N
Web Service API Supported Supported N
Maximum cores 32 8 4
Verification Unit cluster Supported N N
Rapid * * N N

* Optional feature
** Selective formats available. Contact us for more details.

Verification Unit Cluster: Ability to cluster multiple Verification Units together to process a larger number of files simultaneously.
Controller Plus: Ability to provide automatic fail-over redundancy for the Pulsar Controller.
Rapid: A module that allows to quickly check and sort media files based on metadata header information.
Media Player: Media player linked with Pulsar reports for visual review.

Documents Library

Video Resources

Pulsar file-based QC overview

Pulsar can be used by broadcasters, IPTV/Cable/OTT operators, Production/Post-Production and Archiving companies to improve the efficiency of their file-based QC workflows.

Pulsar/Quasar at SMPTE 2016

AT SMPTE 2016 we participated in an interview along with one of our customers, 3rdiQC, to talk about the growing need of content QC.

Pulsar Pay-Per-Use overview

Use Pulsar’s powerful file-based QC capabilities with a Pay-Per-Use offering without compromising the security of your content and without making any CAPEX.

Pulsar at IBC 2014

Video interview with Post Perspective at IBC 2014 discussing the new announcements and enhancements at the show.

White Papers

Efficient QC for Adaptive Streaming content in file-based workflows

Increasingly, viewers are now consuming content over heterogeneous devices and networks. This ranges from low end hand-held devices running over traditional wireless networks to high-end televisions streaming HD content over IP networks. Many of these viewers/users also sit behind corporate firewalls that do not allow anything other than HTTP content to pass through

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Pulsar Rapid – A new efficient approach to content QC

Broadcasters, operators, and OTT service providers are processing increasing volumes of file based content. Where-ever possible, this content undergoes QC using traditional file based content QC solutions. These solutions support wide range of formats and quality checks but are not always the best answer to the emerging content QC needs

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Pulsar Content Verifier for Broadcasters

Broadcasters have been using home grown scripts and manual verification to validate the content till now but with the increased complexity and the content volume, it is no more a practical solution

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Publications

Article in TV-Bay KitPlus magazine (November 2014 Edition)

“File-based QC systems for small and mid-sized media organizations: challenges and benefits” by Vikas Singhal.

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Pulsar Review – Streaming Media (August 2012 Edition)

“Venera Pulsar Review: Quality Control for Adaptive Streaming” by Jan Ozer.

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