Wohler Technologies — Carl J. Dempsey

Our comprehensive product range simplifies analog and digital source monitoring in facilities of all sizes and complexity.
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(click thumbnail)Carl J. DempseyQ. What kind of products or services does your company offer for broadcasters?

We provide in-rack audio and video monitoring solutions for the broadcast, motion picture, and professional audio/visual markets. Our comprehensive product range simplifies analog and digital source monitoring in facilities of all sizes and complexity. The Wohler product line also features conversion and processing solutions that streamline handling of multiformat video and closed-caption data in digital broadcast environments.

Q. What’s new that you will show at the NAB Show and what should broadcasters look for there?

At the 2008 NAB Show, we’ll showcase a number of new products that give broadcasters the specific monitoring and processing functionality they require.

The Wohler Plus line of audio products represents state-of-the-art processing and monitoring tailored to the needs of digital broadcasting, whether for terrestrial broadcasting, video over IP, cable or satellite. Offering a variety of DSP options, each unit can be configured to meet the unique needs of individual facilities. With the flexibility to adapt to users’ needs, these solutions maintain their value and contribute to lower operational costs even as a broadcast operation changes and grows. We have built our reputation on providing flexible and convenient monitoring solutions, and this new Wohler+ range, the culmination of 3 years research and development, delivers one of our best audio and video monitoring solutions ever.

A joint venture with one of our key strategic technology partners Elio Deluca of Europa Australia, broadcasters should look for our HDCC-200A HD/SD-SDI dual-channel closed-caption encoder/decoder bridge, a compact and flexible solution that simplifies closed-caption encoding of two independent SD and/or HD sources in any international standard. By encoding subtitles within an HD ingest workflow and subsequently decoding those subtitles back at the time of playout, this new card supports a single cost-effective video ingest and playout workflow regardless of the availability of subtitles. It also adds to the bottom line by eliminating the need for duplication of SD and HD video storage.

We also will showcase the latest additions to our modular openGear® line, which uses a standard card and the user’s choice of IP core applications including an HD-format dual-channel logo keyer and an HDVANC data inserter/extractor, as well as the HDCC-200A closed-caption encoder/decoder bridge. Also, we will be featuring a professional quality 3G/HD-SDI to SD Down-Converter MDC-1000 and our new range of fiber products including multi-definition optical transmitters and receivers with up to four channels per card. The growing range of options in our openGear line makes it easy for broadcasters to incorporate high-quality signal processing functionality into their workflows.

Also on display will be our Touch-it™ Digital multichannel viewer video monitor, which switches up to 16 HD/SD-SDI video inputs through a combination of a 7-inch touch-screen thumbnail display and 7-inch target LCD. Building on this functionality is our new Touch-it Hear-it™, a dual-touch-screen multiview system that allows operators to interface visually with an IP-based intercom system, thus enabling instant communication with any other Touch-it Hear-it user in the world – this system is compatible with most existing intercom interfaces.

Q. How is your new product offering different from what’s available on the market?

Wohler is known for providing high-quality audio and video monitoring products that are both compact and convenient. The market lifecycle for Wohler products is quite long; some of our clients continue to rely on Wohler systems installed 20 years ago. In the past few years, we’ve further advanced the longevity of our product line by introducing highly scalable solutions, such as our openGear line and 3-Gbps-compatible products, that can be easily adapted to the needs of users. By building our products on scalable platforms, we can offer users the functionality they want, when they want it. Rather than swap out a system entirely, the user simply updates the card inside the case. As a result, our solutions can offer the desired functionality and performance at an attractive price point.

Q. Where are you based, and how many employees do you have? Anything else we should know about your company?

Wohler Technologies is based just outside San Francisco. We currently have 83 employees, who are based at our California headquarters, our Wohler Europe office located in the United Kingdom, Wohler Asia in Hong Kong and at our secondary engineering resource location in Australia. With the opening of satellite offices, focus on data-driven growth, and strengthening of our executive and sales team, we have increased our international business significantly across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These markets today represent more than 40 percent of our business, giving Wohler a stable base on which to continue development of clever technologies and to work with new partners in meeting the needs of broadcasters all over the world. We anticipate future growth, domestically and internationally, will be spurred by our recent advances and successes in audio and video monitoring and closed-captioning solutions.