04.06.2009 11:01 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Volicon reconciles monitoring and logging system

Volicon has released a new Reconciliation Report Module, an option for the Observer digital video monitoring and logging system that provides near-real-time content reconciliation and discrepancy reporting.

The new module was designed for broadcasters that need to centralize and archive critical data about scheduled vs. actual aired content, and to share the information across different departments and facilities.

Developed through Volicon’s partnership with Floripa Integration, the Reconciliation Report Module automatically records content as it airs and creates a log of all aired video that can be browsed and searched from any networked computer. The module compares as-run data from the automation system with the original traffic schedule to identify discrepancies, such as commercials that did not air according to the original schedule.

When a difference is identified, the system immediately notifies traffic and sales via e-mail and, if required, attaches a link to the video demonstrating the error. Master control operators can annotate the reconciled log with a description of the discrepancy for later reference by the accounting and traffic departments. Because the reconciliation happens close to real time, stations have an increased chance of “making good” on a missed commercial in the same day.

Because the module provides detailed closed-caption reports, broadcasters also can demonstrate any attempts they made to correct captioning errors. This demonstration can in turn assist in avoiding closed-captioning violation fines from the FCC.

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