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InMedia

Compliance and Logging
Contributing Editor David Kirk looks at the
latest developments in terms of hardware,
software and services...

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roadcast compliance regulations
varies from one legislative region
to another but is largely summarised
by the document 'Compliance checklist
of TV broadcast content' which is
accessible as a PDF from the website
of UK communications regulator
Ofcom
(www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/
assets/pdf_file/0031/35779/TVCompliance-Checklist.pdf).
Variants
of this publication are available from
equivalent
organisations
around
the world. In terms of signal quality,
compliance monitoring is a largely
automated process which has advanced
significantly in recent years. This article
looks at the latest developments in
terms of hardware, software and
services.
Vela has differentiated itself
with a well-designed line of smart
logger solutions ranging from the
extremely affordable, yet powerful
and full-featured Luna system used by
broadcast engineers for compliance,
quality monitoring, live-multiviewer,
recording and logging... to the featurerich Encompass system that adds
sophisticated tools that improve news
programming and increase ad sales.
SMPTE 2110 and ATSC 3.0 are
among a large variety of input types
supported and they integrate nicely
with a wide-range of third parties,
including Pikolo, Slack, and Teams.
Transcending other brands, Vela's
value-laden offerings and unique tools
have made them the most popular
Volicon-alternative since NAB2019,
deployed at over 450 stations.
Actus Digital's media monitoring
system can automatically tag and
categorise video recordings to allow
rapid retrieval of relevant content
and clips creation for social media
outlets and the web. "AI opens up an

EMS' Easy
DVB Analyzer
setup screen

entire new range of workflows and
automation options," says CTO Raphael
Renous. "Tagging and clips creation
become an instantaneous process
based on comprehensive content
analysis." The enhanced system allows
media companies to monitor and
search for content beyond the channel
name, date/time, extracted metadata
and manually entered metadata. In
addition, users can use the platform
to search for spoken words, text
that appears in the videos, specific
faces, log-os and logo changes. The
system can also detect advertising.
The AI capabilities are among ongoing
improvements to the compliance
recorder which offers detailed reports
on parameters such as loudness. AI
capabilities have also been added to
Actus Digital's Clip Factory.
Digital Nirvana's MediaServicesIQ
is a combination of cloud-based
microservices designed to streamline
media production, postproduction and
distribution. Features include speech
synthesis,
content
classification,
subtitle generation and compliance.
EMS' Easy DVB Analyser allows
operators
of
the
company's
EasyMediaSuite to check all key
aspects of DVB transport streams.
Designed for use by encoder
developers, system integrators and
uplink engineers, it performs a range
of standards-based output stream
validation tests. Supplied as software
to run on a Windows-based PC, the
DVB Analyzer can test for transport
stream sync loss, sync byte error,
continuity count error, PMT error, PID
error and transport error, CRC error,
PCR repetition error, PCR discontinuity
indication error, PCR accuracy error,
PTS error and CAT error. Also available
from EMS is the Easy Multiviewer
which can be used to monitor and
analyse multiple sources. It can
perform automatic tests for video
and audio continuity, generating
relevant alerts and logs. Audio
level metering can be set to display
multiple audio tracks or single
audio track.
Mividi's TSM100 can monitor
up to 300 IPTV services
simultaneously in a single system.

Qligent has introduced v3.10 of its Vision media monitoring and analysis software

It can ana-lyse transport stream
errors according to the TR 101 290
test guideline and measure IP packet
jitter as well as media loss rate.
Multiple TV standards are supported,
including analysis of metadata in
MPEG, DVB and ATSC streams. Upon
receiving transport streams, the
system can perform de-tailed analysis
on the IP layer, including protocol
and bandwidth analysis, media
delivery index calculation to measure
the media loss and IP packet jitter
loss, RTP sequence analysis and loss
characterization for RTP streams. If
any values exceed tolerance, errors
are generated and logged in database.
Mediaproxy
offers
broadcast
networks, streaming service operators
and facilities the flexibility to perform
quality control and compliance
monitoring away from the main master
control room or network operations
centre. By mirroring the Mediaproxy
LogServer logging and analysis
systems at the MCR/NOC in the homes
of technical operators, it is possible to
maintain the same level of checking
and audience experience. Technicians
can monitor outgoing streams using
exception-based
monitoring
on
Mediaproxy's interactive Monwall
multiviewer. LogServer functionality
can also be extended or customised
to integrate the logging platform with
other parts of the broadcast workflow,
such as a newsroom computer system.
"The changes in how television
programs are produced brought about
by the Covid-19 pandemic are leading
broadcasters to use technologies in
new and different ways," comments
chief executive Erik Otto. "Many
broadcast organisations were already
considering remote workflows but now
they are a necessity, not only to keep
networks running but also in ensuring

that the output continues to meet the
highest standards. Mediaproxy already
has technologies such as LogServer
and Monwall that can easily integrate
into remotely controlled operations.
We will continue to develop these
capabilities to allow our customers
to react to any future disruption and,
ultimately, create more efficient and
safer ways of working."
Qligent has introduced version 3.10
of its Vision media monitoring and
analysis software. Free to existing
customers with a valid support
contract and running on the Linux
CentOS platform, the new version can
be integrated with Wasabi's cloud
platform for video, audio and data
storage. Vision v3.10 is claimed to
strengthen software security, improve
measurement and more efficiently
communicate performance through
scheduled reports. Qligent also now
offers broader access to on-demand
reports, allowing customers to
schedule enhanced reports detailing
media performance at specific times.
The reports use the software's
real-time data analysis capabilities
to gather specific performance
information and generate reports
for presentation on a customisable
dashboard. "This latest release
provides value for all of our customers
seeking to accelerate their transition
to cloud by offering a lower cost,
highly secure and infinitely scalable
storage and management platform,"
adds Qligent product manager Lang
Cooksey.
SnapStream's
Monitoring
&
Compliance service is designed for
use by local TV stations, broadcast
networks, cable networks, and
multichannel video programming
distributors. It accepts inputs from
Telos' Linear Acoustic ARC


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