At the 2014 NAB Show, Volicon will unveil five powerful new applications within the company's Observer(R) Media Intelligence Platform (MIP)(TM), an enterprise-wide solution that records a station's media from ingest to playout, as well as multiple on-air broadcasts. In addition to enabling multiple users to stream, analyze, and review content from anywhere at any time, the platform supports a range of applications including compliance, quality assurance, competitive analysis, production, and repurposing for multiple platforms and social media outlets. With these tools, MIP users are equipped to capitalize on new opportunities to create compelling content, raise viewer ratings, and generate new ad revenue.
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Today's broadcaster must capture media from a variety of sources to produce compelling content for viewers, whether delivered via on-air broadcast or a digital platform such as Web, mobile, streaming, and OTT services. Serving as a cost-effective alternative to expensive and cumbersome capture stations, Volicon's new Capture application allows broadcasters to capture media from any source at any time, ingesting media either according to a schedule, in real time, and/or 24x7 recording. The application supports a fast, simple edit workflow by enabling the user to review content as it is captured, immediately clip high-value content, and push it directly to editing and MAM systems without time-consuming transcoding steps. Because a low-resolution proxy is created along with the True HD (1080i 25/30, 720p 50/60) recording, both local and remote Observer(R) Media Intelligence Platform (MIP)(TM) users -- remote staff, partners, consultants, outside talent, and reporters in the field -- can quickly and easily collaborate to access, review, and clip content to create valuable footage for distribution.
Broadcasters today need an agile way to publish exciting and compelling content to a multitude of digital platforms including the Web and social media outlets. This typically is a cumbersome and expensive process, but Volicon's new Share application allows the broadcaster to repurpose existing content quickly and efficiently and subsequently push it to digital platforms and social media sites. One-button publishing profiles facilitate rapid processing of content to meet appropriate container and encoding requirements for an array of platforms, including target websites, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Share also makes use of existing closed captioning text to publish content that is compliant with government regulations.
The new Volicon Review application provides broadcasters, networks, and playout service providers with a fast and intuitive solution for reviewing on-air content, validating ad placement, and performing competitive analysis. This application facilitates rapid access to broadcast content for users working centrally and across geographically distributed sites, thus giving all key stakeholders the ability to keep an eye on their own broadcasts, as well as those of their competitors, and associated ratings data within a single GUI. Making high-resolution live and historical broadcast content available locally and lower-resolution proxy versions available on any device, the application gives users the ability to review and analyze their broadcasts at any time, from anywhere. The application interfaces with the playout automation system to provide as-run log data for comparison with the frame-accurate recording of the broadcast output, thus making it easy for users to show advertisers what they're getting for their money.
Volicon's new Comply application enables users to record, clip, and export their broadcasts to meet regulatory and licensing requirements. Addressing a complete array of regulations, ranging from decency to closed captioning to loudness, this scalable and highly reliable application allows users to respond quickly and unambiguously to compliance requests. Leveraging Volicon's proven compliance monitoring technology, Comply lays critical A/V metadata over frame-accurate video to create a clear visual affidavit of compliance.
Built on Volicon's acclaimed digital video monitoring technology, the new Monitor application allows users to monitor video quality, respond to fault reports, and use a full recording of the on-air broadcast for instant review of errors and their impact. While continuously analyzing logged content for a variety of faults such as black or static screen, loss of video or closed captions, and incorrect audio levels, this application provides flexible, individually configurable alert thresholds, with notifications delivered via email or SNMP traps. Quality measurement thresholds may be configured per channel to optimize performance and error reporting. To further simplify network monitoring and troubleshooting, the application provides an integrated multiviewer feature that enables Observer(R) Media Intelligence Platform (MIP)(TM) users to use their standard displays as multiviewers or record the output of a traditional multiviewer. With multiple streams presented on a network wall, users can respond immediately to any issues, instantly grabbing the suspect stream via their desktop interfaces to begin resolving the problem.
Presentation: "How Advances in Remote Monitoring Benefit Even the Smallest Operations"
Gary Learner, chief technology officer at Volicon, has been selected to present a paper as part of the Broadcast Engineering Conference at the 2014 NAB Show. Learner's presentation, titled "How Advances in Remote Monitoring Benefit Even the Smallest Operations," will be held on April 8 at 5 p.m. in room S228 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"While we plan to unveil a number of important new products at the 2014 NAB Show, we feel that these new applications for Observer will also prove to be some of the most powerful and valuable releases since the company first launched. We are confident that the technology on display at our booth will be recognized by attendees as a significant step forward that Volicon is taking as a solutions provider to broadcast enterprises."
-- Gary Learner, Chief Technology Officer at Volicon
Volicon is the leading provider of enterprise media intelligence solutions serving the needs of broadcasters, networks, cable operators, and governments worldwide. Providing powerful tools for content creation and repurposing, compliance monitoring, ad verification, competitive analysis, and quality-of-service monitoring, Volicon solutions are used by all stakeholders in the media enterprise from engineering to the executive suite.
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