Volicon’s Observer TS set for European debut20 July 2011
Volicon will highlight three Observer technologies at IBC: Observer TS (transport stream) logging system, Observer loudness monitoring and Observer Mobile, writes Carolyn Giardina.
Volicon’s Observer video monitoring and logging system has 400 customers in over 40 countries, recording 6,000 channels worldwide. “Now more than ever, companies need comprehensive, reliable and effective monitoring tools to help them maintain quality of service, meet compliance goals, and repurpose and monetise their valuable content,” said Mike Asebrook, Volicon’s senior director of product marketing. “At IBC, we’ll be showing several products on a variety of platforms that are helping our customers build a future-proof foundation for quality and compliance. One example is the loudness monitoring features within the Observer that lay the groundwork for compliance with new and emerging loudness regulations.”
To that end, Volicon said it aimed to develop a tool to enable TV stations and networks to monitor the loudness of their broadcasts in real-time to comply with regulations and improve the overall user listening experience for viewers. Using overlay controls within its web-based interface, loudness monitoring is integrated into the Observer system to provide continuous measurements identifying program loudness and true-peak signal levels.
Making its European debut, the Observer TS logging system is developed to give broadcasters, networks and cable operators the ability to handle MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 transport streams natively over the WAN with a low-res proxy, retaining the content and associated metadata within the stream. According to Volicon, this new interface complements the existing Observer Enterprise analogue, SD-SDI and HD-SDI systems.
Finally, Observer Mobile is a Web-based interface that supports H.264 on Apple iOS devices using the Safari Web browser with native support for iPad and iPhone devices.