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TAG adds new functionality to flagship monitoring system

The company's Multi-Channel Monitoring (MCM) system has been expanded to include UMD and Tally functions as well as internal timers

TAG Video Systems has updated its Multi-Channel Monitoring (MCM) system with expanded UMD and Tally functions, internal timers, and tight integration with a third-party series of production timing devices.

The infusion of live data pulled from multiple sources and visualised in one place provides operators with a clear and quick timeline of the content’s health and lifecycle, said the company.

MCM’s UMD capability has been expanded to 8 per tile element, with each UMD able to display static or external (via API or TSL-5 protocol) text, internally derived metadata and other data such as stream information such as service name, TSID, bitrate, resolution, colours pace, HDR format, timecode, codec, stream type, and VCHIP rating, said TAG.

In addition to the usual ‘tally light’ indicators, many display attributes such as border, font, background, etc. can be customised for tally. Operators can custom configure all Tallies and UMDs to reflect their preference for font attributes and display appearance, colours are specified as 24-bit, and user-provided JPG still images can be displayed as well, added the company.

The UMDs can now also deliver on-screen timers for production and playout timing applications along with their other display capabilities.

TAG has also introduced integration with the popular Plura series of MTD production timing devices, offering on-screen visualisation of local desk timer displays.

“Having everything on the screen exactly as the operators need and want it simplifies their lives dramatically,” said Kevin Joyce, TAG’s zer0 friction officer.

“Even something as simple as having visual access to a third-party timer reduces the complexity of their tasks by slashing the time it takes to identify a timeline, freeing them to work on creative or growth initiatives.”