Video and Audio Forensic Watermarking Solutions for the Entire Content Lifecycle

Digital Cinema

Video and audio forensic watermarking is part of the Digital Cinema Initiative specification. NexGuard’s technology is built into more than 100,000 cinema screens around the world.

OTT Streaming

OTT VOD and TV Everywhere services use NexGuard Streaming to add a session-based video watermark to content delivered to SmartTVs, tablets, PCs and mobile devices.

 

Pre-Release

NexGuard solutions are used by all of the major film and television studios to add traceability to dailies, eScreeners, screener DVDs and mezzanine files.

Network ID

Network ID provides Live SDI & Satellite video watermarking capabilities for broadcasters & playout centres, to know the distribution path used to pirate your channel

PayTV

PayTV operators implement forensic watermarking in their set-top boxes to allow illicit redistribution of content to be traced directly back to the perpetrator.

Digital Cinema Screens Protected

DVD Screeners Protected

eScreener Sessions Per Day

Set-Top Boxes Equipped

Solutions for MVPDs

Featured Use Cases

SESSION-BASED WATERMARKING FOR VOD

Movielabs recommends forensic watermarking for high-value UHD and early-release VOD content. Our studio customers agree.

  • Support for device-side and OTT delivery
  • Effective for both streamed and downloaded content
  • Even works with camcorded copies

PROTECT LIVE SPORTS FROM RE-STREAMING

Remove competition from pirate streaming sites

  • Device-side or OTT watermarking
  • Easily integrated with any web monitoring service
  • Puts control back in the hands of operators and content owners

Where is the Watermark Applied?

TABLETS AND MOBILE DEVICES

TV Everywhere services that deliver to customer-owned devices use NexGuard Streaming technology to watermark server-side. Each session is uniquely identified.

SET-TOP BOXES AND SMART TVS

Watermarking occurs in the device. Content is protected regardless of how it is captured.

Set-Top Boxes Deployed with Built-In Watermarking

Operators Taking Control

By partnering with the leading set-top chip makers, NexGuard is making it easy to deploy forensic watermarking in an MVPD’s ecosystem. Learn more on our partner page.

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Solutions for Content Owners and Post Production Houses

Featured Use Cases

DELIVER SCREENERS ELECTRONICALLY

eScreeners are more economical than DVD and provide greater flexibility.

  • Any content resolution from SD to UHD
  • Support for streaming and download models
  • Video watermarking is performed on-the-fly in the video server
  • Fixed or Usage-based licensing models

ADD FORENSIC WATERMARKING TO IMF WORKFLOWS

As Pre-Release workflows transition to the IMF standard, NexGuard has partnered with the major transocder vendors and video encoding technology providers.

  • All video files in the IMF will be watermarked uniquely
  • IMF package updates to reflect asset changes

WATERMARK MEZZANINE FILES AT SCALE

Use the NexGuard FileDelivery option to watermark HD mezz files in minutes.

  • Files are pre-processed in advance
  • Watermark embedding can be performed on demand
  • Can be integrated with delivery platform (such as Aspera) for even more scale

Where is the Watermark Applied?

AS A TRANSCODER PLUGIN

NexGuard Forensic Watermarking is most widely deployed as a plug-in to the industry’s leading solutions for transcoding and mastering.

  • Video and audio watermarking adds negligible overhead to transcoding
  • Solutions are either stand-alone or integrated with the NexGuard Manager
  • Solutions for: Ateme (Titan KFE), Capella (Cambria FTC), Colorfront (Transkoder), Dalet (Amberfin), AWS Elemental (Elemental Server), Evertz (OuvertureRT), Harmonic (Rhozet WFS and ProMedia CarbonCoder), Imagine Communications (StreamZ/ZHD, SelenioFlex Ingest), Marquise Technologies (MIST), Rohde & Schwarz DVS (Clipster), Root6 (ContentAgent), Telestream (Vantage).

IN TAPE OR LIVE WORKFLOWS

The NexGuard Live Embedder provides an HD-SDI interface capable of watermarking content on-the-fly. Both 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 chroma options are available.

  • Tape-to-File
  • File-to-Tape
  • Direct SDI-out to File

STAND-ALONE FILE WATERMARKING

The NexGuard File Embedder is a purpose-built tool for (video) watermarking key mezzanine file formats. When a transcode step is not used, the File Embedder is an optimized method for embedding a watermark.

  • YUV (UYVY 422)
  • Uncompressed AVI (UYVY 422 and YUY2 422)
  • XDCAM (MPEG2 HD long GOP in MXF)
  • ProRes (up to 4K HQ422)
  • DPX (10-bit Linear and Logarithmic RGB)
  • DV25
  • MPEG2 SD (Intra 422@Main in TS)

DURING DVD DUPLICATION

Combined with a DVD duplication robot from Rimage, the NexGuard DVD Screener system can create uniquely-watermarked DVDs in minutes.

  • Integrated recipient-list management with NexGuard manager makes it easy to trace each disc
  • Label templates can be customized to include barcode or recipient name
  • Unique visible burn-in can be added during duplication
  • Stand-alone watermark detection tool enables you to offer a complete end-to-end service
  • Optional integration of Fortium Anti-Rip and Pin-Play (Fortium licenses purchased separately

Feeling a Little Lost?

Forensic watermarking is complex. Get an overview here.

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