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Missed Us at NAB? See What We Showcased!

Digital Nirvana was busy at last month’s NAB Show in Las Vegas! We thank all of nab-show-logothose who stopped by our booth to visit the Digital Nirvana team and learn more about our media management solutions. For those of you who missed us at the conference, here’s a rundown of the new technologies that we showcased in our booth:

We introduced the latest version of our MonitorIQ
media management platform. Delivering a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, and compliance and archiving functions, MonitorIQ Version 5.0 includes:

  • An easy-to-use interface for faster content searching and retrieval
  • Cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring
  • HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support, enabling users to browse and view content seamlessly across multiple platforms – including all standard desktop browsers and mobile device operating systems
  • The ability to record from Matrox’s Monarch HDX streaming appliance
  • The availability as a SaaS model that can record and monitor IP-based streams in a virtual machine

Find out more about MonitorIQ Version 5.0 here.

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Introducing Our New Closed Captioning Services

At the upcoming NAB Show, Digital Nirvana will introduce its new closed captioning services for broadcast and online videos. This service includes post-production roll-up and pop-on captioning services for all technology platforms, as well as caption synchronization and conversion to an IP format from broadcast or vice versa.

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Our closed captioning services can handle multiple SD and HD video formats and a wide range of caption file formats. It utilizes in-house encoding to provide tailor-made solutions for each customer, including ready-to-air captioned videos. Our enterprise-level workflow has checkpoints to ensure content and caption quality along with industry compliance.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #SU10410 to learn more about our closed captioning services and other new broadcast offerings. Visit our recent news page to find out more about our latest announcements.

 

Simplify Your Media Management with Our Platform’s ATSC Tuner

At Digital Nirvana, we strive to make media management as efficient as possible for our customers. That’s why our Media Management Platform comes equipped with lots of useful features to streamline operations, and one of those features is an on-board ATSC tuner.

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The ATSC tuner provides a direct RF input into the broadcaster’s server, and eliminates the need for an off-board receiver that would add to cost, rack space and power requirements. The platform accepts all channels on the ATSC feed, and can record all channels in the multiplex, which is typically one HD program and one to three SD programs.

With the on-board ATSC tuner, the platform can use the data in the event information table (EIT) within the ATSC stream to create a program guide on the user interface and automatically record content.

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Recapping Digital Nirvana’s 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Happy New Year!

Corporate Social Responsibility is very important to the company culture here at Digital Nirvana, so today we’re taking a look back at last year to share some of our philanthropic efforts of 2015. Our corporate social responsibility program last year included support in both the United States and India to several nonprofits that promote education, provide shelter for the homeless, and aid victims of domestic violence.

The guiding principle of Digital Nirvana’s Corporate Social Responsibility program is Continuous Education. Last year, Digital Nirvana adopted a school in each of the cities where its offices reside in India. In the Government High School of Gandhimaanagar, Coimbatore, and the Rani Rudramadevi Primary School, in Sainakpuri, Hyderabad, Digital Nirvana facilitated infrastructure development and provided library materials and sports equipment.

Digital Nirvana adopted two schools in India last year, providing funds for infrastructure development, library materials and sports equipment.
Digital Nirvana adopted two schools in India last year. 

Digital Nirvana’s educational sponsorships throughout the year also included involvement with Vibha – a group that works to provide underprivileged children rights to education, health, and opportunity in America and India. Founded in 1991, Vibha has supported more than 250 projects, and Digital Nirvana is proud to help them in their mission.

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Social Sharing is Made Easy with Our Media Management Platform

We understand that social media publishing is both time intensive and time sensitive. Whether it’s a last-minute touchdown or a dramatic event occurring in the middle of the night, that news must be customized for each of the social media networks – each with a different demographic, a different format and a different API.

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The latest version of our Media Management Platform provides social media publishing and service functions that enable users to personalize and customize their social media interaction with less time and resources:

  • One social media aspect of Version 2.0 of the platform is that customers have the ability to work with Digital Nirvana’s experienced team to have them handle time-and-effort-intensive media monitoring tasks.
  • Another way that the platform can make social media easier is through its social media publishing functions – which allows users to easily view and upload clips to their Web server, YouTube channel, CDN or AWS – right from the platform’s dashboard.

Digital Nirvana can help you gain more followers and better audience engagement by reviewing your broadcast video, clipping enticing content, packaging it with relative meta-data, and publishing it to your web and social media pages. To learn more about the social media features of the Media Management Platform, check out this brochure.

What Sets Digital Nirvana’s Media Management Platform Apart?

If your business is in the market for a media management system, you have a lot of factors to consider. You need a system that can capture content from multiple sources, publish that content to digital platforms, monitor for quality and compliance, and much more, depending on your unique management needs.

With so many things to keep in mind, we want to make your purchasing decision easier by clearly describing the features that set our Media Management Platform apart. Version 2.0 of our platform features enhanced capabilities, making media monitoring and management for efficient than ever. Here are some distinguishing factors of the Digital Nirvana platform:

  • Integrates Easily with Customer Supplied Storage Networks - Operators can export content to their own storage networks and still have the MonitorIQ system search and retrieve video segments. This feature is beneficial for efficient use of storage and long- term archiving.
  • Customized Recording Mode - Users can choose to either record specific programs or set up 24/7 recording.
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Come Visit Us at the CCW Expo

We’re looking forward to exhibiting at next month’s Content & Communications World Expo, which takes place November 11-12 at the Javits Convention Center in New York. Digital Nirvana will showcase the latest version of our Media Management Platform for content creation, capture and delivery.  If you’ll be in attendance at the expo, we hope that you’ll visit us in Booth #351.

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What’s new with Version 2.0 of our platform? 

Version 2.0 features an expanded social media publishing and service function, enabling users to easily publish audio and video content to popular social media platforms. Broadcasters and content owners can also work with our dedicated internal team to handle time-intensive tasks, such as reviewing broadcasts and locating clips with the most value, tagging content with the correct metadata for optimal repurposing, writing
headlines designed to peak interest from the target audience, and customizing social media postings as required by each network.

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Digital Nirvana’s Hybrid Solution Makes it Easy to Record Multiple Channels

For the many broadcasters that have a need to record multiple channels, most media recording solutions on the market today require the use of separate set top boxes whose outputs get fed into
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are being recorded is a process full of potential issues.

In contrast, included in Digital Nirvana’s Media Management Platform is its Hybrid Solution – which enables a much cleaner, efficient way to record multiple live video feeds. With the Hybrid Solution, one platform is capable of recording six cable channels and an ASI feed, making media recording a task easier than ever for engineers.

An example of one of our customers who is taking advantage of our Hybrid Solution is Comcast, who records six channels all within our 2 RU system. Find out more about our Hybrid Solution and how Comcast’s operations are simplified with the use of it by viewing the following video:

Please check out our Media Management Platform page for more on this and to find out the details on all of the system’s offerings.

 

Monitor from Anywhere with Our Centralized Management Server

The rapidly expanding number of broadcast channels and content distribution platforms challenges broadcasters, television station groups, and networks in battling for ratings and ad revenues. The ability to ensure the integrity, compliance and quality of content from origin to distribution, with faster troubleshooting and resolution of problems, is essential in today’s broadcasting environment. This necessity is exactly why our Media Management Platform includes Centralized Management.

So what is Centralized Management?

The Centralized Management server of our platform unites all units deployed throughout the system to one central point. It empowers users with simultaneous access to multiple channels of content from any geographic area at any time. The Digital Nirvana platform delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving functions, is fully customizable, and features a user-friendly interface.

Check out this video of Digital Nirvana’s CEO, Hiren Hindocha, further explaining Centralized Management:

For more information, you can view our Feature Brief on Centralized Management here. As always, give us a call at +1 (510) 226-9000 or shoot us an email at info@digital-nirvana.com to find out more about our Media Management Platform.

Our Platform’s SmartSearch Feature Simplifies Content Retrieval

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One of the features of Digital Nirvana’s Media Management Platform that we’re most proud of is the SmartSearch application, which makes our product a powerful content retrieval platform. Our unique SmartSearch feature enables users to easily find clips based on specific parameters that they set. Operators can filter for content on certain dates, times and channels. It also allows searches for keywords within closed captions, alert reports, as-run reports and traffic logs.

The advanced playback feature allows for playback at speeds such as 2x, 4x, 1/2x, 1/4x forward and rewind, enabling faster operations during legal review, ad verification, content review and repurposing applications.

Check out this video where I further explain what SmartSearch is all about:

To learn more about SmartSearch, you can view our feature brief about it here. You can also check out an overview of our Media Management Platform to learn more about all of its features and capabilities here.

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