Televison automation supplier, Florical Systems, has added several innovative features now available with Omneon SPECTRUM media servers that enable TV broadcast facilities to enhance revenue by reducing operator errors and streamlining the facility workflow. The new features include closed captioning verification and status reporting, LAN-based control of content for asset management functions, and full implementation of Omneon media servers into Florical’s broadcast system configuration.
The new closed captioning system is a cooperative effort between Florical, Omneon and Evertz and eliminates several steps in the closed captioning process. Previously, closed captioning required a minimum of two real-time playbacks of the program to be captioned: once to make a low-resolution proxy from which the closed captioning text would be captured, then a second playback to add the captioning information to the program through the Evertz Pro-Cap system. With the new system, real-time playback is still required to create the proxy, but adding the captioning data to the video file in the Omneon server can now be down at nearly four times the real time, saving 45 minutes per hour program.
Florical checks content in the media servers to determine whether or not closed captioning has been added and reports this information to the facility operators well in advance of airing. The Florical system can detect if the process has been started, if it has been completed or if it is still in progress. Because of this reporting, Florical keeps the closed caption process on track, making sure it is complete before the program is played to air.