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Plura Broadcast; Loudness and V-Chip enhancements boost 3G range

An updated range of 3G monitors, enhanced with integrated audio loudness logging and V-Chip decoding features, are being showcased at IBC.

Plura Broadcast said the new software-defined features for its SFP-3G and PRM-3G monitors would aid quality control across broadcast and production workflows without adding complexity or increasing form factor.

The company currently offers standard live monitoring of digital audio loudness LFKS levels, but will introduce new timeline-centric features that allow broadcasters to quickly review and troubleshoot fluctuations in audio loudness over a given time period. The monitors log all LKFS activity on a continuous basis, and provide graphical representations on screen via a built-in HDMI output. The company said this will enable broadcasters to better understand when and where fluctuations take place, and troubleshoot issues to prevent further occurrences.

The integration of V-Chip technology is of special interest to North American broadcast stations and networks, which must transmit ratings data for content that specifies suitable viewing audiences. Plura said the integration of this technology into its monitors would deliver this sensitive data on screen without hiccups, as well as save broadcasters from purchasing separate units and integrating them within existing workflows.

“Plura has blazed the trail for all-in-one monitors, eliminating the confusion and complexity of mix-and-match modules and options that many vendors still require of their customers today,” said Plura president Ray Kalo.

“Our vision for broadcast and production monitoring remains integrated functionality of rich feature sets within sleek, easy-to-manage platforms. This ultimately minimises costs for our customers while increasing the reach and power of their monitoring environments.”