Making it Faster, Easier to Find the Glitch Buried in the Bits

By Hiren Hindocha, President and CEO, Digital Nirvana

Digital signals come in many forms and may pass through multiple coders, decoders, and interfaces, any of which may cause a problem or make an existing problem worse.

Troubleshooting an entire system to isolate a single discrepancy can take hours of valuable engineering time. Better access to metadata has been sorely needed in the broadcast industry for some time. When there’s a discrepancy or signal failure, learning what caused it is critical to fixing it.

That’s why we’ve added advanced metadata harvesting capability to the MonitorIQ broadcast monitoring system.  This unique feature tracks any data that’s been logged and collects various logs, discrepancy reports, and data alarms as well as the broadcast feed. It can help in identifying where any error occurred in the broadcast signal, collect forensic analysis about the event, and report that data back to the customer.

With this feature, engineers can harvest metadata and map it to the recorded video content for more in-depth analysis and troubleshooting – immediately indicating when, where and how the video was recorded. It enables station executives and engineers to hyperlink straight to the reported video and view a problem, thereby streamlining and improving the efficacy of broadcast discrepancy reporting.

It can capture all types of audio and video metadata in the broadcast signal. And it provides access to all classifications of metadata, including technical, descriptive, time-stamped and event parameters.

The enhancements this provides create a number of benefits for the end user.

  • Speeds troubleshooting time
  • Increases confidence in problem resolution
  • Helps eliminate mysterious glitches and discrepancies
  • Logs critical technical system data
  • Offers iPad and iPhone compatibility for remote monitoring

In its full form, the MonitorIQ broadcast monitoring system combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieval and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance. Its Web-based management user interface makes it easy to use for technical and non-technical personnel. The system is available in four versions—Starter, Essentials, Plus and Premier—giving users a wide range of options and prices to fit their needs.

MonitorIQ is the only broadcast monitoring system that provides centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester. Because the MonitorIQ platform is based on open webservices (REST) APIs, MonitorIQ can be easily integrated with third-party products and can scale from one to multiple servers and up to hundreds of channels. All Digital Nirvana solutions are web-enabled, so users can access the software through any web browser.