Hosted annually by China’s National Radio and Television Administration (SARFT), the Golden Sail Awards are the most prestigious award program in China’s broadcast industry, with TV stations across the country submitting program content to be judged for overall appeal and technical quality. Subjective judging, by a panel of Golden Ears & Eyes, accounts for 80 per cent of the score, and then a team of experts from China’s national broadcasters, who formed Golden Sail Judge Committee, subjects the content to rigorous technical examination to confirm the results. This year, SARFT used Telestream Aurora in conjunction with Telestream Waveform Monitors to interrogate the content.
Armed with Telestream’s Aurora QC system, the judges were able to test and confirm the quality of the HD, UHD and HDR content in a fraction of the time that the process took in previous years. What the experts discovered was that in excess of 95 percent of the entries, the Aurora measurements were consistent with the Waveform Monitor measurements – this synchronicity enabled these expert engineers to assess much more content in a far shorter time with better consistency.