News Production & Post

Volicon’s Observer for Estonian TV

22 August 2006

Volicon has announced that its Observer desktop video monitoring solution is going live at Eesti Televisioon facilities in Tallinn, Estonia. The newly installed 10-channel Observer system provides ETV with a powerful, yet easy-to-use, system for programme monitoring and ratings analysis.

“We put great value in the cultivation of the possibilities that digital video systems can provide our operations,” said Risto Sirts, system architect at Eesti Televisioon. “Volicon’s Observer system helps us capitalise on these opportunities by enabling our personnel to monitor and analyse video quickly through a simple and intuitive interface. As a result, we dedicate less time and fewer resources on our monitoring tasks, and we are able to act rapidly in addressing issues that could compromise the programming transmitted to our viewers.”

Prior to deploying the Observer, ETV’s monitoring processes relied on VHS recorders and tape. Today, ETV uses the Observer system, one of the first file-based applications in which the station has invested, for more efficient station recording and archiving, monitoring of different channels in the newsroom, and for ratings analysis.

The Volicon system replaces the labour-intensive, tape-based system, giving users fast navigation capability, ratings views, and export-to-file functionality. The Observer also provides ETV with the ability to associate ratings with station content; analyse specified programming over a given time period; navigate a whole month of video content; and to burn, by request, recorded video date and time to exported video.

The station plans to implement the system for remote monitoring of channel content and has already put the Observer to the test with a wireless remote broadcast of its morning programme from Tallinn Botanic Gardens. The Observer allowed engineers working remotely to use the closest internet-connected computer to view the video, identify a problem signal, and correct it.

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