The latest version of the AI-powered QC Platform combines a new engine and web framework with support for additional checks, formats, and features.
Interra Systems, a provider of content QC, monitoring, and analysis solutions to the digital media industry, has announced that the latest version of its AI-/ML-enabled automated QC platform, BATON 9.0, will make its debut at the IBC 2023 Show in Amsterdam, which will run from September 15 to 18. BATON 9.0 features a brand-new engine for enhanced performance, while offering support for new checks, formats, and features. To complement these upgrades, Interra Systems’ BATON Media Player has also received performance and usability upgrades.
Sanjay Mittal, Executive Vice President, Product Development, at Interra Systems, said: “Our BATON platform is constantly evolving, with new features and capabilities consistently added to stay ahead of the shifting media landscape. BATON 9.0 represents a major leap forward for the platform in terms of performance, especially for those working with UHD content and Dolby Atmos. The end result is a better experience for users and more efficient workflows for our customers.”
Deployed globally by broadcast, cable, telco, satellite, IPTV, over-the-top (OTT), post-production, and archiving companies working with file-based media, Interra Systems’ BATON provides comprehensive quality and compliance checks for VOD content — in the cloud, on-premises, or as a hybrid solution — for linear and streaming workflows. Japan-based Innotech Corporation and South Korea-based Namsung Traders Co. Ltd. are among Interra Systems’ prominent partners eagerly anticipating the launch of BATON 9.0.
Yosuke Kaburagi, Managing Executive Officer at Innotech Corporation, Japan, added: “We are proud of our partnership with Interra Systems — serving as their distributor in Japan for file-based QC, stream monitoring, and encoder analysis solutions for more than 20 years. We are thrilled with the introduction of BATON 9.0 and believe it is a groundbreaking solution in more ways than one — designed for scale and performance, and representing a new approach for streamlining workflows. This new version of BATON incorporates major enhancements that are set to transform the landscape of content QC and will dramatically enhance the throughput of handling large volumes of content, helping our customers to efficiently manage workflows.”
Sehun Yang, President and CEO at Namsung Traders Co. Ltd., South Korea, stated: “Since adding Interra Systems’ BATON platform to our portfolio, it has proven to be a popular solution that many of our customers rely on to meet their QC requirements. We can’t wait to provide them with all the new enhancements and capabilities the latest version has to offer. With its faster performance — especially for UHD — new and improved audio and video quality checks, support for the latest formats, and a faster and sleeker media player, BATON 9.0 will take our customers’ media QC to the next level.”
With BATON 9.0, the platform has received a complete platform stack upgrade. A migration from Python 2.x to Python 3.x results in a more responsive interface, increased scalability, and service and resource optimisation, while a new Postgres DB and Django web framework simplifies database management. BATON 9.0 also offers performance enhancements for QC and analysis of UHD content, optimised IMF analysis, and optimised reading and downloads from the S3 cloud.
In addition, enhanced video quality checks in BATON 9.0 enable the detection and decoding of QR codes, video dropout, black bar, logo detection, burnt-in-text recognition, and more. The enhanced platform offers complete support and checks for the Dolby Atmos ecosystem — including Atmos storage formats, native Dolby Atmos, and cloud support for Atmos formats — and subtitles and transport stream formats. BATON 9.0 also features enhancements in audio quality checks, like Audio Silence, and improved support for formats including REDCODE audio, DPX, and TIFF.
The upgraded BATON Media Player, which allows media professionals to play, inspect, and verify audio and video content, now enables optimised playback of 4K content and further support for Dolby Atmos storage formats like AXS-R7, REDCODE audio, “.dng”, and more options to review errors.