The Hollywood quality control company My Eye Media has installed the Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD professional media player for QC of theatrical releases and TV material created by the major studios. My Eye Media clients include Paramount Pictures, Netflix, 20th Century Fox, CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal, and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
"We have a well-earned reputation for catching issues that may exist in our clients' material before those issues make it to the viewing public. It's a job that requires an expert eye and the right tools — tools that are continually challenged by format proliferation," said Steve Waugh, chief technology officer of My Eye Media. "Archimedia Atlas can play back an impressive number of file formats, and that versatility is critical because it means we don't waste critical R&D time determining optimal playback devices for a particular format. It's especially helpful on IMF 4K packages, which are becoming a common industry deliverable. The Archimedia Atlas ensures the quality of service our clients have come to expect from us."
My Eye Media uses the Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD media player to play back A/V files it receives from clients, watching for myriad technical artifacts and technical anomalies that might exist in the content, such as audio sync, digital blocks, and compression artifacts from the transcoding process, and visual effects errors. Archimedia Atlas supports every major codec and file type in use today, including IMF, DPX, ProRes, XDCAM, and any number of MXF-wrapped files that My Eye Media receives on a regular basis. Importantly, it allows My Eye Media to view 4K files, which are becoming more prevalent but still lack professional media players to support them.
Archimedia Atlas also supports SDI, so My Eye Media can simultaneously feed UHD TVs and SDI to its own existing SDI tools, such as encoders, VTRs, scopes, and monitors, and can also view and export deep technical metadata about the video. Archimedia Atlas is compatible with My Eye Media's existing machine controllers, which was one of My Eye Media's criteria when searching for a solution. Because of that compatibility, QC operators can control the player remotely. Archimedia Atlas can decode and play 4K IMF packages, giving My Eye Media the added ability to verify interoperability on multiple devices while also checking for artifacts.
"In QC and mastering, you need consistency," said My Eye Media founder and CEO Michael Kadenacy. "Before we started using Archimedia Atlas, we certainly had the expertise and resources to use many tools in our work, but choosing different tools for different formats makes consistency very difficult and time-consuming to achieve. With Archimedia, we eliminated that problem."
The Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD media player is specially designed for use in all frame sizes including UHD TV environments preloaded with the Archimedia Atlas software. Besides being far more affordable than dedicated (and often proprietary) players, Archimedia Atlas saves companies like My Eye Media the time and expense of building their own systems.
"Archimedia's tagline is 'Know when it's right,' and My Eye Media absolutely personifies what we mean," said Josef Marc, chief marketing officer of Archimedia. "In their trusted position in the industry, they achieve the highest standards, and their customers bring them the most important and most innovative formats. So to us, My Eye Media is the superuser we love to have in our corner as we develop our next products."
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