Digital Nirvana announces new version of its MonitorIQ Media Management Platform

Digital Nirvana is debuting a new version of its flagship MonitorIQ Media Management Platform during the 2018 NAB Show, which is taking place now through April 12.

The company’s innovative broadcast monitoring product enables broadcasters to effectively monitor their video and meet compliance requirements, and Version 5.2 offers more user-friendly features than ever before. Digital Nirvana is exhibiting at the NAB Show in booth #SU10121.

“Ever since the first launch of MonitorIQ in 2009, Digital Nirvana’s research and development team has been continuously looking to enhance the end-user experience by adding new features,” said Digital Nirvana’s CEO Hiren Hindocha. “MonitorIQ Version 5.2 is more stable, effective and user friendly. The main focus of this version is to improve the end-user experience and make the platform as efficient and easy to use as possible.”

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The MonitorIQ platform delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, loudness monitoring, compliance, competitive analysis, advertisement verification, content repurposing and archiving functions – enabling broadcasters to capture live content from multiple sources live and monitor the video for quality and compliance. MonitorIQ features a powerful content retrieval system called SmartSearch and operates in a centralized management server environment– which unites all units deployed throughout the system to one central point.

MonitorIQ users can schedule, store, archive, cut-clip, and repurpose content in full resolution HD or SD. This enables broadcasters to repurpose content for websites, portable media players and mobile devices. MonitorIQ can record feeds from multiple input sources, including: ATSC, SD/HD-SDI, DVB, ASI – MPEG-TS, IPTV (TSoIP  – SPTS and MPTS), Radio Channels and Audio Streams. The platform supports various output formats, such as HLS, MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, XDCAM and H.264.

New features of MonitorIQ Version 5.2 include:

  • Search filter options with updated easy-to-use calendar controls
  • Provision to select multiple alert trigger type (e.g. Email, SNMP, Trigger URL) configurations
  • Settings to configure player options like closed captions, subtitles, teletext, NAC, LKFS and ratings
  • Enhanced geographic timezone display to identify from where the content has been broadcasted
  • New options in NAS configuration to change retention period of original and proxy encoded files in storage before moving to NAS (Storage space can be used more effectively)
  • Enabled Player controls in full screen mode
  • Simplified “Date” and “Time” search filters controls
  • Support for network tuner devices using network device discovery (via SSDP)
  • Improvement to supported IPTV protocols ( MPEG-TS over HTTP)
  • Performance optimization for recording multiple channels from a single input
  • Support for recording H.265 in MPEG-TS

At the NAB Show, Digital Nirvana showcase its MonitorIQ platform alongside its full suite of media management products and services, including the CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) standalone media management product and cloud-based caption generation, caption synchronization and video logging services.

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JVC 4KCAM Cameras offer integrated graphics & live streaming

Designed for enhanced single-camera production, the GY-HM250U offers lower-third and full-screen titling solutions for recorded or streamed video output without an external CG or production switcher.

Lower-third graphic overlays are generated and controlled using a browser-equipped device, such as a tablet or smartphone. JVC also provides a software utility that lets customers upload logos or icons that are displayed in the lower-third of the recorded video.

Full-screen graphics can be advanced manually or presented as a slideshow during extended breaks in the action with user-defined timing. Users can store up to 50 .JPG or .PNG graphics, such as team logos or religious icons, in the camera. Worship facilities, for example, can display scripture readings or lyrics, with the operator manually advancing graphics during the service.

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GY-HM250U/GY-HM250SP Compact Handheld Streaming Camcorder

The GY-HM250SP’s score overlays for football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball can be placed in various screen positions. Camera operators can update the score using an external Wi-Fi connected smartphone or tablet, or receive real-time scoreboard data automatically when wirelessly connected to a Sportzcast Scorebot that is integrated with the venue’s scoreboard.

Both the GY-HM250U and GY-HM250SP also feature built-in streaming with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity that provides live access to CDNs like Facebook Live and YouTube. The cameras also work as part of JVC’s S.L.I.M. studio camera system, an affordable approach to multi-camera production that uses the RM‑LP100 remote camera control as a CCU for JVC IP-capable cameras.

Other new features include 4:2:2 recording for 4K/30p and 4K/24p, as well as 4K/60p HDMI output. The new tele macro shooting mode on the GY‑HM250U and GY‑HM250SP provides better focus on close objects than previous models, while the new Zero Config function provides automatic, one-click configuration of the camera when it joins the same LAN as other cameras.

The new GY-HM250U replaces the current GY-HM200U and GY-HM200HW models, while the new GY-HM250SP with integrated sports graphic overlays replaces the GY‑HM200SP. An upgrade to the popular GY-HM170U, the GY-HM180U still outputs live 4K via HDMI, but also adds a 3G-SDI output for connectivity flexibility.

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JVC GY-HM180 4KCAM Compact Handheld Camcorder

Beyond the upgrades, GY-HM250U, GY-HM250SP, and GY-HM180U retain the professional features valued in the previous 4KCAM models, including a 1/2.3-inch BSI 4K CMOS imager and integrated 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer. The cameras record footage in a variety of file formats and frame rates (including up to 120fps slow motion) to economical Class 10 SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Users can record on two cards simultaneously for instant backup or use relay mode for extended recording time. Other features include dual XLR audio inputs, integrated handle with hot shoe, built-in microphone and dedicated shotgun mic mount, and viewfinder and LCD displays.

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Kwesé Brings OTT to Africa Thanks to tucano Back-End

Kwesé has introduced two major products for the African market: Kwesé Play & Kwesé TV. Kwesé Play is the very first Roku video solution launched by any operator in African territory. Kwesé TV is a new OTT user experience offered to existing DTH users.

Thanks to tucano’s back-end multi-tenant functionality, the two products support several African countries using a single software platform. tucano CMS simplifies management of live, EPG, and VOD content along with providing enhanced editorial and promotional features.

“We are excited to partnered with Alpha Networks in the creation of a seamless end-user experience for our Kwesé Play and Kwesé TV offerings using the tucano back-end software platform. As we continue to penetrate markets in the rest of the continent, we look forward to an enhanced customer engagement through this partnership,” said Joseph Hundah, President and CEO, Econet Media.

The modular architecture of tucano provides Kwesé with extra services, such as subscription and offer management, device management, authentication, encryption, and reporting and statistics, while offering the best TV experience to Kwesé subscribers around the African continent. Fully integrated in the Econet ecosystem via its driver capabilities, tucano manages DRM, CRM, CDN, and metadata provider interactions in a reliable and efficient way.

“The pay-TV environment is becoming more complex, and users are more demanding than ever before. Operators need to deliver a mix of live and VOD content, either paid or freemium, coming from different content sources, across different networks, targeting multiple screens including smartphones, tablets, STBs, and smart TVs,” said Kris Warreyn, CEO of Alpha Networks. “Our open and modular back-end provides a faster time-to-market for delivering new services so that Econet can maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace.”

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HRT-HTV 5 selects HOTBIRD for Satellite Broadcasting

The free-to-air channel HRT-HTV 5 offers 24-hour news, educational and entertainment programmes in Croatian, as well as content in English, Spanish and German.

It joins the hub of 1,000 channels available via HOTBIRD to more than 135 million households in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. By selecting Eutelsat’s premium neighbourhood, the Croatian Group HRT will be able to raise the profile of its latest channel HRT-HTV 5 beyond its borders, thereby reaching a widespread global audience.

Up to now, the HRT broadcasting Group operated four terrestrial TV channels (HRT-HTV 1, HRT-HTV 2, HRT-HTV 3, HRT-HTV 4), aired via the EUTELSAT 16A satellite in Croatia. HRT is also member of EBU, an organisation of which Eutelsat has been a partner for many years.

Kazimir Bacic, CEO of HRT, commented this agreement: “The launch of HRT-HTV 5 reflects the vibrancy of Croatian broadcasting, in particular for news and other services. Our drive to share this with a wide national and international audience has been made possible thanks to satellite broadcasting via HOTBIRD, which was the obvious step in achieving this goal.”

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Michel Azibert, Chief Commercial and Development Officer at Eutelsat, said: “We are delighted with HRT-HTV 5’s arrival on HOTBIRD, and through this with the new momentum given to our partnership with a renowned public broadcasting group such as HRT. This agreement once again shows the legitimacy of this leading position for broadcasters who wish to reach key audiences spread over a very large geographical area.”

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