NVerzion, a leading provider of cutting-edge tools for digital broadcasting and television station automation, today announced the launch of the NCompass software platform that enables broadcasters to manage the processing and playout of file-based content received through a variety of content delivery systems like PitchBlue(TM) and Pathfire. NCompass allows stations to manage each platform with a single, common user interface providing access to program metadata and enabling operators to take content directly from providers to the on-air video server.
File-based workflow is rapidly becoming the norm in the broadcast industry with the majority of commercial and programming material being delivered as digital files. However, the A/V files delivered by various content delivery systems are not always compatible with the video server and require transcoding to make them playable on the broadcast facility's existing system. NVerzion's NCompass is the solution to this problem -- it not only streamlines the broadcast workflow, but also allows for the efficient use of the delivered metadata.
NCompass empowers the broadcast operator to choose and move specific content from different delivery systems both manually and automatically. Manual transfer is achieved by simply dragging and dropping the desired content to the preferred destination. In the automated system, users create a set of configurable, predefined rules for automatic transfer, naming, and segmenting of content. The rules are stored in individual, editable text files and the format can be changed based on the delivery system. Additionally, material can also be moved from the source device to configurable destinations, such as FlipFactory and Carbon Coder.
"Our goal at NVerzion is to eliminate the broadcasters' pain by providing them with the necessary tools for efficient automated workflow," said Scott Murphy, president of NVerzion. "NCompass is a crucial part of the toolkit because it empowers operators to easily and cost-effectively manage content and metadata without having to worry about file format compatibility or the specific requirements of a given content delivery system."
When integrated with NVerzion's NBase media database manager, NCompass automatically updates metadata and in most cases, automatically segments the program. This useful segmentation provides crucial time savings down the road when the content is recalled from the database.
Configuring the NCompass system is easy and the software can run independent of the NVerzion Automation system. Also, since NCompass is licensed based on the number of delivery sources with which a broadcaster interfaces, there is no additional charge required for destinations such as servers or transcoders. NVerzion has already installed several of these packages throughout the United States.
NCompass will be on display in the NVerzion booth SL 2505 at the 2011 NAB Show. More information on NVerzion, NCompass, and other products from the company is available at www.nverzion.com.