Volicon IBC2011 Preview
Volicon provides the broadcast and cable industries with the most efficient, reliable, and cost-effective automated multichannel video content logging and monitoring system for compliance, media analysis, content repurposing, and quality of service [http://www.volicon.com/index.php/products/observer_rpm/]. Its Observer(R) real-time digital video monitoring and logging solutions are based on Volicon's patented Virtual Media Network (VMN). Volicon Observer's core is comprised of a multichannel video streaming engine, interactive search, content analytics, and service monitoring and alarming capabilities. Volicon products and services meet the demanding requirements of broadcasters, cable and IPTV service providers, and enterprise and government organizations looking to improve broadcast product quality, enhance video management, and lower costs.
Volicon Observer(R) Product Line
As the industry standard for video monitoring and logging, with 400 customers in over 40 countries recording 6,000 channels worldwide, the Volicon Observer(R) captures, stores, and indexes broadcast content from multiple channels, offering users simultaneous Web access to recorded video content from their desktop computers. The Observer product line includes Observer Professional, which is a Microsoft(R) Silverlight(R)-based system designed specifically for budget-conscious television stations and organizations that require streamlined workflows and multiplatform (PC, Mac) capability for media monitoring; Observer Enterprise, a fully redundant, enterprise-grade, 24/7 automated record-and-search appliance targeted to broadcasting networks for media monitoring and compliance workflows; and Observer Remote Program Monitor (RPM), which provides quality-of-experience monitoring for IPTV, MSOs, independent cable operators, and satellite operators.
New Volicon Products at IBC2011:
Making its European debut, the new Observer(R) TS (transport stream) logging system gives broadcasters, networks, and cable operators the ability to handle MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 transport streams natively and efficiently over the WAN with a low-res proxy, retaining the content and associated metadata within the stream. Complementing the existing Observer Enterprise analog, SD-SDI, and HD-SDI systems, this new interface simplifies signal flow, allows for greater signal density and flexibility, and enables full-quality content logging, thereby opening the door to new use cases -- such as rebroadcasting high-resolution data, interactive content, and dialnorm reporting -- for logged content. Using Observer TS for compliance logging and air checks, operators can easily extract MPEG metadata and troubleshoot the MPEG transport stream live or from the Observer log.
Observer(R) Loudness Monitoring
With commercial loudness being legislated in Europe by groups including the European Broadcasting Union (EBU's PLOUD specification R 128) and Italy's AGCOM, it's more important than ever that TV stations and networks are able to monitor the loudness of their broadcasts in real time to comply with regulations and improve the overall user listening experience for viewers.
Using intuitive overlay controls within its Web-based interface, Observer(R) provides continuous measurements identifying program loudness and true-peak signal levels for instant verification for review or export. Observer's fully compliant, integrated loudness monitoring simplifies the overall monitoring workflow and adds value by eliminating the hassle and cost of working with external systems.