Capella Systems Integrates NexGuard for Watermarked Transcoding

Forensic watermarking tech firm NexGuard has teamed up with universal transcoding enterprise software company Capella Systems, with Capella including NexGuard’s forensic watermarking solutions into its Cambria FTC transcoder, with the goal of better-protecting files, the companies announced.

NexGuard’s audio and video forensic watermarking software development kit (SDK) is being integrated into Cambria FTC to watermark and transcode file formats faster, with the joint solution supporting resolutions up to Ultra HD, high dynamic range (HDR) and 8K. The solution is compatible with both on-premise and cloud workflows.

“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,” said Harrie Tholen, managing director of NexGuard. “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.”

The Cambria FTC transcoder handles high-quality, multi-frame, motion-adaptive de-interlacing, and supports ProRes, XDCAM, H.264, MPEG-2, DNxHD, and HEVC, and is 8K, 12-bit, and HDR ready.

“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,“ said Ikuyo Yamada, CEO of Capella Systems. “Adding NexGuard forensic watermarking enables us to offer best in class content protection through the whole content lifecycle while ensuring that it can be easily integrated within today’s workflows to secure revenues.”