File Processing and QC

We offer a full range of software products to process AD files.

File Compilers

For AD that is delivered as pre-mixed with program audio, or as a separate audio track with associated control track, we offer Advantage Compiler products that create an audio output file via easy-to-use, software only processing.

The Advantage Compilers will check the sample rate and bits per sample of the source WAV files and, if necessary, automatically convert them during the compilation process to produce the required values specified for the output file. The original source files are not modified.

The input file format is an industry standard ESEF file with the associated WAV file set.

 

Advantage Premix WAV Compiler

This application accepts a WAV file of the original programme audio and an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files) and by using the timecode and Pan and Fade information contained in the ESEF file, creates a pre-mixed audio WAV file consisting of dipped program sound with added audio descriptions.

Download Advantage Premix WAV Compiler informationsheet

Advantage Premix M4A Compiler

This application accepts a WAV file of the original programme audio and an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files) and by using the timecode and Pan and Fade information contained in the ESEF file, creates a MPEG 4 audio (M4A) pre-mixed audio file consisting of dipped program sound with added audio descriptions.

Advantage Mono WAV Compiler

Processes an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files) to create an audio output file that is a single mono WAV containing all the audio descriptions, using either a 48 KHz or 44.1 KHz sampling rate.

Download Advantage Mono WAV Compiler informationsheet

Advantage DTT Stereo Compiler

Processes an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files) to create an output file that contains a mono WAV of the Audio Descriptions on the left channel and the matching ‘control track’ (warble track) on the right channel of a stereo pair.

A user selectable option will produce a mono AD track output only, therefore creating the same output file as the Mono Compiler.

Download Advantage DTT Stereo Compiler informationsheet

Advantage Premix Video Compiler

Processes an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files) and a browse media file, to create an output file containing the browse media with premixed AD audio.

Download Advantage Premix Video Compiler informationsheet

Output Compiler File QC Option

Any of the Output Compliers can include a file QC option. This allows ESEF files to be fully verified against an extensive series of checks before being processed to produce linear audio files.

Download Advantage QC Files checks

If you already have AD files recorded on an audio archive system, we created a product to enable these files to be imported and re-edited.

Advantage DTT DeCompiler

This software processes DTT audio from a real-time source, such as a DAT tape, to produce an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files). The ESEF file contains all of the timecode and Pan and Fade information, but not the original script. This application is used with an appropriate input audio card (check with Starfish for recommended cards).

Download Advantage DeCompiler infosheet

Advantage Format Conversion Service

An automated service to repurpose DTT Audio Description files and create Pre-Mix AD output files.

Download Advantage AD Format Conversion Service

Audio Description File QC Service

Our Audio Description File QC application runs as a fully automated service that will detect typical file errors, such as overlapping timecodes or missing recordings. The service will either Pass or Fail a file and produce a report detailing the issues detected.

Download Advantage AD file QC Service informationsheet

Download Advantage QC Files checks

File Conversion

Advantage File Converter

Provides a number of file conversion utilities including: Cinema release 24 FPS to Video 25 FPS conversion, 48 KHz to 44.1 KHz sample rate conversion and 24 bit to 16 bit resolution conversion.
The product operates on an industry standard ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files) or on stand-alone WAV files.

The software can operate on an ESEF file (with its associated set of AD WAV files), or on stand-alone WAV files.

This application also allows you to add, or update, the file BWAV data.

Download Advantage Fileconverter informationsheet