Automated watermarking

Aspera and Civolution integrate NexGuard watermarking with Orchestrator workflow automation


Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing content, has integrated its Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking functions with Aspera’s Orchestrator workflow automation and management solution.

Civolution’s NexGuard forensic marking applications offer both a deterrent against piracy and a forensic analysis tool in case piracy occurs. Solutions range from applications for pre-release content to integration in digital cinema, pay-tv and online media delivery systems. With NexGuard seamlessly integrated with Aspera Orchestrator, operators can incorporate watermarking into a file-based workflow using the rich visual designer, and execute the process automatically at run time, eliminating any manual steps. It ensures complete content protection.

A typical workflow for content ingest, processing, and delivery includes file transfer, transcoding and watermarking. Aspera’s fasp TM high-speed transfer platform enables secure ingest of high-value content, while the Aspera Orchestrator platform manages the end-to-end workflow, initiating parallel transcoding jobs followed by watermarking operations. Aspera’s Orchestrator can drive dedicated NexGuard watermarking resources as well as NexGuard watermarking functions integrated in transcoders. Each recipient receives a uniquely watermarked copy, like a serial numbering process on the video that is imperceptible to viewers. In addition to the actual embedding of an imperceptible watermark into a given copy of the video, the workflow also logs content description and recipient details in the NexGuard database. For additional customized operations, the NexGuard platform includes both SOAP and RESTful interfaces.


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“Aspera offers both high-speed transfer and seamless workflow management.” Jean-Michel Masson, Sr. Vice President of Watermarking Solutions