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Cox Stations KTVU and KICU Monitor and Repurpose Content With Volicon Observer
Cox Media Group has deployed Observer systems across its broadcast
stations, allowing staff to use the Observer platform and Web-based
GUI to access and review content recorded at any of its other
Mass.—Stations KTVU and KICU, co-located in Oakland, California and
owned by Cox Media Group, have upgraded their Volicon Observer video
monitoring and logging system to increase their channel density as
well as support rapid repurposing of high-resolution aired content
for news promos. The result is a six-channel Observer TSsystem,
which records the two main KTVU and KICU channels along with four
competitor stations, and a four-channel Observer Scout system, which
is dedicated to audio compliance monitoring.
Cox stations use the upgraded Observer system to record the transport
stream for the main KTVU channel and also capture KICU and competitor
channels in a lower-resolution format. Staff members often view these
channels in a quad-split display to enable convenient competitive
monitoring. In addition to supporting engineering operations, the
Observer TS serves as a repurposing tool, enabling staff in the
creative services department to access aired content for promo
creation. The intuitive playback controller, with its powerful search
features and a real-time shuttle feature, is key to a highly
efficient repurposing workflow.
Observer Scout system records the two stations' main and secondary
channels. Engineers use the recordings to verify compliance with
loudness regulations and to identify and resolve any issues quickly.
the Cox Media Group has deployed Observer systems across its
broadcast stations, staff associated with these facilities can use
the Observer platform and Web-based GUI to access and review content
recorded at any other station. This capability allows all Cox Media
Group stations not only to share the content on their Observer
systems, but also to leverage the group's collective engineering
expertise to the benefit of all stations.