Volicon today announced the release of the New Observer(R) digital video monitoring and logging system, a complete solution that incorporates the many advances of the new Observer 7.0 software release, a more powerful processing platform, and five inputs for ASI logging and another four for QAM/8VSB monitoring. The New Observer makes all of these features and capabilities available in a single solution that addresses a broad range of use cases -- competition monitoring, cable feed and over-the-air monitoring, closed-captioning and loudness compliance, and NAVE monitoring -- at a remarkably low price point.
"The new utility afforded by our 7.0 software release, along with improvements in computing, storage, and capture technologies, allows us to offer the robust New Observer package at a compelling value for broadcast stations," said Andrew Sachs, vice president of product management at Volicon. "For those stations that haven't yet adopted logging systems, the New Observer system is the best reason yet for making the shift."
The New Observer system allows users to record (log) five ATSC/ASI inputs continuously, as well as monitor the A/V content for BS.1770-2 loudness, NAVE, and other correlations of data and video that are critical both for quality of experience (QoE), compliance, and accurate Nielsen ratings. Volicon has packed the New Observer system's 1-RU chassis with four 8VSB/QAM inputs, as well, to facilitate both return-feed monitoring and competitive monitoring of in-market stations.
Because the New Observer logs the full transport stream, users are able to go back an hour, a day, a week, or a month to examine and/or export content. Low bit-rate proxies (WMV or H.264), DVR-like frame-accurate controls, and an intuitive interface on both PC and Mac(R) systems support easy content review, even when Observer is operating over an enterprise network or WAN. The system's logging, review, and export capabilities allow operators to troubleshoot problems quickly and distinguish customers' issues in their network from issues with the service handoff. Users can stream and export content remotely to all stakeholders in the media enterprise, or they can access live and recorded video, as well as monitoring data, via iPhone(R) and iPad(R) devices.
The New Observer system integrates easily into existing broadcast infrastructure, thanks to open system APIs. Volicon's patented Virtual Media Network (VMN) technology provides a unique architecture that facilitates seamless and efficient streaming throughout the organization, optimized video logging and monitoring, centralized management, and efficient expansion and scalability from small to large deployments.
In addition to providing the station-complete version of the New Observer, Volicon offers an even less expensive ASI-only entry-level model for those broadcasters looking for a simple, affordable way to get into digital monitoring and logging.