Photosensitive Epilepsy (PSE) is a medical condition where certain stimuli in video can trigger epileptic seizures in some viewers. Common triggers of PSE are flashes or repeating changes between dark and light (such as a strobing effect), some geometric patterns, and specific colors, like deeply saturated red. PSE affects around one in four thousand people, with the age group of 7-25 years being five times more likely to be susceptible. As a result, many broadcasters (including all broadcasters in the UK) and other distributors have adopted regulations to ensure content passes a PSE test (also known by the branded name “The Harding Test”). This test is a software-based scan using an algorithm that detects harmful flashes and patterns.
PSE testing is an optional add-on to our standard QC process and is also available as a stand-alone service. Blackwater’s testing complies with ITU-BT.1702 to ensure your content is safe for all viewers and suitable for delivery to broadcasters and other distributors worldwide.
Get in touch today to learn how we can help with your PSE testing needs.