Volicon today announced that at the 2011 NAB Show, the company is showcasing a series of updates that extend the flexibility of its Observer(R) Professional video content monitoring and logging system, which are being demonstrated at the Volicon booth SU5902 and featured within the Microsoft(R) booth SL3812. Chief among these updates are a newly designed Manual Scheduled Recording Module (MSRM) option that enables recording without requiring an EPG (electronic program guide) subscription service, plus new support for Observer Pro Silverlight(R) interface flexibility, an option that can run on fully redundant, RAID-5 Observer Enterprise hardware to enable much broader use of Observer tools and recorded media across an organization.
"The updates we've made to the Observer Pro system are designed to make critical monitoring and logging tasks easier, more accessible, more flexible, and more cost effective for broadcast and media companies," said Mike Asebrook, senior director of product marketing at Volicon. "The Manual Scheduled Recording Module adds new functionality and value while reducing costs, and our Web-based interface employs Silverlight to allow users to put the right tools in the right hands, regardless of the platform or browser in use."
The Observer Professional's MSRM gives users a fully integrated interface for selecting and recording upcoming programming content simply by scheduling the appropriate time segment and channel. Thus, when a subscription EPG service is unavailable by region or beyond an organization's budget, Observer Professional users can set up selective recording as easily as they'd make an appointment in an online calendar. The interface's built-in recurrence and conflict-resolution features ensure reliable set-it-and-forget-it background recording, even with many users scheduling record events simultaneously.
Based on Microsoft Silverlight, the Observer Professional includes an intuitive, streamlined user interface that works on both Mac(R) and PC platforms, supports Internet Explorer(R), Safari(R), Google Chrome(TM), and Firefox(R) browsers, and enables exports in H.264, Flash(R), MPEG-2, or MPEG-4 formats. This versatile interface is being leveraged by media companies such as public media powerhouse WGBH Boston to perform video content monitoring, logging, and compliance using existing Mac-based workstations natively. At WGBH, the interface also supports the import of as-run logs from the station's Harris automation system, thereby giving WGBH the ability to segment the recorded content for simpler program access and clip creation.