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Universal transcoding software firm Capella is to integrate forensic watermarking solutions from Kudelski subsidiary NexGuard with its Cambria FTC product to protect file transcoding.

nexguard 9august20178K, 12-bit and HDR-ready, plus offering support for ProRes, XDCAM, H.264, MPEG-2, DNxHD and HEVC, the Cambria FTC is designed for high quality, multi-frame, motion-adaptive and de-interlacing transcoding. Its content adaptive frame conversion is claimed to minimise stuttering, with an automatic scaling algorithm helping to produce optimal visual quality. It can also set automatically target settings based on properties of the source file, such as automatically preserving the resolution, frame rate, interlacing, and aspect ratio of the original. In addition, it automatically adjusts the bitrate ladder used for DASH, HLS, or Smooth Streaming based on the encoding complexity of the source video.

The joint solution with the NexGuard audio and video forensic watermarking software development kit (SDK) also supports resolutions up to Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K. Compatible with on-premise and cloud workflows, the joint solution can be integrated with other applications as a plug-in filter.

“Global day-and-date distribution results in more pressure on bandwidth and operational staff as content owners and studios send their files to more third parties and in a growing number of versions for preparation and distribution,” explained NexGuard managing director Harrie Tholen. “To simplify the process without compromising on picture quality, using faster than real-time transcoding is no longer nice to have – it’s a necessity. By integrating our forensic watermarking solution within Cambria FTC, we provide robust and imperceptible watermarking that enables the tracking of the source of illegal redistribution of content, regardless of format.”

Added Capella Systems CEO Ikuyo Yamada: “Cambria FTC has been designed to provide content owners, pay-TV and OTT/VOD service providers with a simple, secure solution that can be inserted within their existing infrastructure. [We can now offer] content protection through the whole content lifecycle ... integrated within today’s workflows to secure revenues.”