Emotion System’s products can be used to create a wide range of applications within file-based workflows. This page lists some common topics within modern broadcast and playout environments, and shows how our software can improve the efficiency of your facility.
Our products are scalable and modular, so that you can fine tune the system to your exact needs, and know that easy upgradability is designed right into the system, so our software can grow as your business grows.
Compliance with loudness specifications is now a mandated reality in many regions of the world. Although use of hardware processors at the output of a playout centre seems an easy solution, this has been proven time and time again to be only a short term fix, leading to client dissatisfaction with the level of processing that is applied to the audio. The quality of your output will be improved by moving the compliance processing upstream. Our Loudness Compliance solutions are compatible with worldwide standards including ATSC A85, CALM, EBU R128, and has been verified by Netflix, plus offers support for legacy PPM and VU measurements. We also have Loudness Range (LRA) correction available with two options, depending on whether only small corrections are required, or if you need large reductions.Find out more
Do you prepare files for online delivery? Engine includes a number of tools that can greatly simplify and automate a number of commonly required tasks. Find out more
If you are doing Standards Conversion of file-based content using Edit Suite tools, you should look at how Engine can automate much of the process for you. Find out more
Playout systems require a standard input format yet files are often supplied in a wide range of formats. Is there an efficient way to normalise files? Find out more
Dolby E is a fantastic technology that was originally designed around hardware/real time solutions. Working with Dolby E audio in the file domain creates extra challenges. Engine has modules available for Dolby E encoding, Dolby E decoding, and for Dolby E guard band correction, which are designed for full functionality within a file-based workflow and overcome many of the challenges inherent in transitioning to files. Full access to Dolby Digital Plus metadata is provided, and you can also obtain comprehensive XML reports of all metadata. Find out more
Dolby Digital Pro and Dolby Digital Plus Pro were developed to fit multiple audio channels into a stereo pair, to provide an easy way to deliver 5.1 surround, as well as newer and more complex surround, to the consumer. Engine can ensure that common Dolby Digital Pro and Dolby Digital Plus Pro encoded audio formats can be adjusted to achieve loudness compliance to normal world wide loudness standards. Engine can also encode PCM into Dolby Digital Pro or Dolby Digital Plus Pro formats. All other Engine functionality is available for use with files containing Dolby Digital Pro and Dolby Digital Plus Pro encoded audio. Full access to Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus metadata is included. Find out more
As we continue to try and offer an improved user experience, technology keeps changing. Sometimes this causes problems for broadcasters, and a good example is the move to surround audio. Ideally all content is produced in both stereo and surround sound versions so that the customer can select the appropriate source for their viewing/listening environment. But older content is probably only available in stereo, yet the surround must still be provided. If you have access to the original master audio, and can afford edit suite time, you can create the surround audio in high quality. Usually though, you don’t have access to the master, and only have the released stereo soundtrack. In any case, apart from particularly high value material, time in edit is likely to be prohibitively expensive, meaning another solution is required. Enter Engine with our Upmix module. Find out more
Playout centres normally need a common channel layout but content can be supplied in different formats and sometimes it is a challenge to manipulate the layout to suit your needs. Our channel mapping option is the perfect solution. Find out more
In multi-language broadcast, media files are often supplied, with a separate WAV containing a required language track. The challenge is to insert the audio from the WAV directly in to the media file so that the playout system doesn’t need to be modified. With Engine, this is very simple. Find out more
In Europe we have Audio Description. In USA it is Video Description. A different name but the function is the same, which is to supply a commentary track which is of particular use to the visually impaired. When media is supplied to televisions and set top boxes, the commentary can often be streamed in parallel to the main sound track and selected in the home. When broadcasting to devices such as tablets and computers, this is usually not possible. For these cases it is therefore necessary to premix the commentary over the main audio, and let the end user select either the normal audio, or the audio with commentary. The AD mix for Engine provides a range of solutions for premixing the commentary using a standard Pan/Fade control track. Find out more
We are increasingly speaking to customers looking to broadcast existing content to VOD applications. The common requirements are to convert existing files to the format used. Read on for more details
The power of Engine comes with its flexible automation interface. A comprehensive API is provided, and Engine has been integrated into a number of third party tool sets. For many customers, API-level integration is the ideal long term solution, but this does not prevent you saving time and money today. Simply use the watch folder system (sometimes called hot folder, or drop folder), available as standard with all Engine purchases, to add instant automation efficiency. Find out more
One area where Engine brings unexpected efficiency is when you use the central server both for your main production workflows, and also for file finishing within your edit suites. The same server can be used simultaneously in both, and a number of customers use this to achieve virtually free loudness compliance within Edit, as part of a main Engine installation. Find out more
Whilst not an application itself, channel growing is an important function that may be needed to realise specific workflows. In essence, this converts a media file to a media file with a greater number of audio channels. For example, you could start with a two channel MXF file, and end up with an eight channel MXF file. These additional channels may be required, for example if you want to upmix a stereo file, and keep the new 5.1 within the same MXF file. Find out more
A growing number of manufacturers now provide integration to Engine. These can be standard modules, or as custom integrations depending on manufacture. Find out more
Additional modules and functions are planned or in development.
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