Civolution Brings Watermarking to Apple ProRes

Content protection company Civolution has added two enhancements to its NexGuard watermarking technologies that enable watermarking of pre-release content in the Apple ProRes 422 codec. The new NexGuard technologies are a software plug-in for Final Cut Studio and a standalone software solution to process ProRes .mov files. NexGuard solutions will be demonstrated at the Civolution Booth #SU7917 at NAB tradeshow.

“Protection of premium content prior to its release is critical for the sustained development of movie and television businesses,” says Jean-Michel Masson, Senior Vice President, Watermarking Solutions, Civolution. “Civolution’s NexGuard video watermarking solutions now offer support for ProRes to protect content during post-production and distribution with traceable forensic evidence in case of content theft.”

NexGuard’s watermarking plug-in for Final Cut Studio allows users to embed a unique identifier on a per content copy basis when exporting content in ProRes 422. This means that ProRes 422 Proxy copies can be circulated for preview, and ProRes 422 HQ mezzanine copies can be delivered to various distribution channels, right from the Final Cut Studio editing station. NexGuard provides each copy with a unique and imperceptible forensic watermark.

The standalone NexGuard watermark embedding solution processes .MOV files of any ProRes codec and generates uniquely watermarked file copies. The solution is designed to process multiple copies and can be easily integrated in any file delivery system or workflow management application.

Civolution’s NexGuard watermarking applications for pre-release content are deployed in content production and post-production facilities on a worldwide basis. NexGuard video watermarking solutions provide a strong deterrent against piracy, helping to protect content processed through tape, DVD and file based workflows. NexGuard products add imperceptible video watermarks – on a per content copy basis – which are resilient to analog/digital conversion, format change, recompression and various other forms of content manipulation.

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