Volicon Observer® at IBC2008
Volicon develops and markets turnkey digital video archiving and streaming solutions, including the award-winning Observer® multichannel video monitoring and logging system, for the television broadcast and telecommunications industries, cable programmers, cable MSOs, and corporate and government markets. Volicon's proprietary video processing system, comprised of a video encoder and streaming engine, gives a large number of users simultaneous access to multiple channels of video content over a network. More information is available at www.volicon.com.
Volicon Observer® at IBC2008
Broadcasters and cable operators who face growing competitive pressure to convert to fully digital operations and provide high-definition offerings to discriminating viewers are looking to improve the quality of service and viewing experience now more than ever. The industry standard for video monitoring and logging, the Volicon Observer® gives broadcasters a powerful competitive weapon that helps them to deliver the highest quality viewing experience possible. The Observer captures, stores, and indexes broadcast content from multiple channels, offering users simultaneous, 24/7 access to video from their desktop computers. The Observer brings new levels of efficiency to many critical broadcasting tasks, such as monitoring and troubleshooting transmissions, ensuring compliance, verifying advertising broadcasts, and tracking and analyzing viewer ratings and public relations information.
At IBC2008, Volicon will demonstrate the newest release of the Volicon Observer, Version 5.0, as well as a new entry-level version of the Observer RPM® and several modules that expand and enhance the Observer's functionality. Products on display will include:
Driven by customer requirements, the Observer 5.0 offers a range of new features designed to give operators greater flexibility and broader options in different content monitoring situations, including monitoring and recording of high-definition (HD) content. The system now enables operators to obtain closed captions from CEA-708 HD video streams through extraction of EIA-608 closed-caption data. Other new HD features include support for Dolby® 5.1 and support of bit rates higher than 3.0 Mbps to enable improved monitoring of high-quality HD video.
The Content Export module, which enables batch and scheduled exporting, now provides support for exporting of closed-captioning data. In addition to email alerts, Observer 5.0 now has added the ability to generate alerts, triggered within Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) systems when SNMP traps are detected, including data about the fault and an embedded URL pointing directly to the offending clip.
With the Observer 5.0's support of custom language names for audio tracks, users will now be able to give names of their choosing to multiple audio streams assigned to each video channel. In addition, users can now perform closed-caption searches by time period, set individual quality-of-service thresholds for each type of alarm, and place channels in a desired order in the user interface.