Tektronix interoperates with AWS Elemental

Feb. 13, 2018
Tektronix has announced interoperability with its video quality assurance solutions and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elemental MediaLive, AWS ...

Tektronix has announced interoperability with its video quality assurance solutions and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elemental MediaLive, AWS Elemental MediaConvert, and AWS Elemental MediaPackage. The combination is intended to give video providers, including pay TV operators, broadcasters and OTT providers, means to convert and package video content into various formats, while ensuring quality across the video workflow from acquisition to delivery.

Customers turning to those services can now use Tektronix Sentry for monitoring live streaming video along their workflow, from AWS cloud ingest through to content delivery networks (CDNs). For file-based analysis, Tektronix' Aurora file-based QC is designed to ensure compliance of media files on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to meet quality, regulatory and workflow requirements.

"To be successful on the cloud, content providers need to have the ability to diagnose and isolate issues along the workflow," said Charlie Dunn, general manager, video product line, Tektronix. "We are excited to be collaborating with AWS to deliver QC solutions."

AWS Elemental MediaLive is a real-time video encoding service and works in combination with AWS Elemental MediaPackage for content origination, just-in-time packaging, and encryption. The Tektronix Sentry monitoring and diagnostics solution for those products (as well as the Amazon CloudFront CDN) delivers end-to-end measurement and reporting on issues in live streams that impact customers' viewing experience the most, often before they lead to actual customer disruption. Sentry also offers quality of experience (QoE) and picture quality analysis on encrypted networks. The software-based solution can be deployed in cloud or hybrid network environments.

AWS Elemental MediaConvert is a file-to-file video transcoding service with packaging and encryption capabilities and can function as a standalone service or within a larger video workflow. By using Tektronix' Aurora with MediaConvert, video providers can automate file QC on Amazon S3 storage to ensure a reliable and high quality VOD viewing experience. For OTT services, Aurora's perceptual video quality and TekMOS picture scoring reveal any encoding and alignment issues. Depending on how workflows are structured, Aurora can perform QC testing of files in Amazon S3 folders from a web-based user interface, through an API or through Amazon S3 watch-folder automation.