Vela Research Announces Comprehensive Solutions for Closed Captioning (CC) Verification, SDI & VANC Monitoring and Quality Control

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Vela ArgoNavis solutions address the increasingly prevalent challenges of viewing and verification of Closed Captions; and monitoring and quality control of SDI and VANC data - particularly in third party programming and ad content.

Quad SDI & VANC Monitoring solution from Vela

Quad SDI & VANC Monitoring solution from Vela

Vela Research announced its comprehensive solutions for the capture, verification and manipulation of Closed Captioning and for monitoring SDI and VANC data in MPEG-2 and H.264 SD and HD content. The CineView HD Pro Blade SD and HD MPEG-2 4:2:0/4:2:2 decoder and ArgoNavis Universal SD and HD MPEG-2, H.264, VC1 and Apple ProRes decoder are two powerful system level solutions offered that enable broadcasters, cable MSOs, VOD and content distribution providers to decode and distribute content. These advanced professional decoder products are offered with optional Closed Captioning viewing/verification and SDI & VANC data monitoring modules.

Kevin McDowell, Vela’s Director of Sales, said “These systems are ideally suited for mezzanine file playback, digital signage, studio contribution, news distribution and ad insertion – and within these applications, for quality control and verification of SDI, VANC and Closed Captioning data integrity. The ArgoNavis Universal Decoder is highly cost-effective, at under $8,000 per system, and the CineView HD Pro Blade decoder, at under $6,000 has proven itself in extremely demanding environments around the world and has earned its place as the most powerful, versatile and cost-effective solution for Closed Captioning Verification. As for the ArgoNavis Universal Decoder, the ability for customers to easily, intuitively and rapidly integrate it into their existing work processes, to do away with time-consuming and disruptive extraneous processes to transcode or trans-rate content, and avoid over-loading existing computing resources with these processes is a major design criterion.”

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Kevin Grubbs, Vela’s Director of Engineering said, “The ability to monitor and ensure quality of the SDI signal, the VANC data and Closed Captioning information in real-time is a significant requirement that our broadcast, cable MSO, VOD and content distribution and syndication customers have talked with us about over the past year. The SDI & VANC Monitor allows the operator to monitor up to 16 channels of SDI audio in real time, and operator alerts can be set to trigger if audio levels exceed user-defined thresholds. Individual channels can be selected for monitoring. It also enables users to decode and monitor 608 and 708 Closed Captioning from the VANC in real-time – and of particular interest to many of our customers, the Closed Captions can be viewed simultaneously without obstructing the video. Operators can also decode and view Active Format Descriptor (AFD), and detect Broadcast Flag and Dolby Audio Metadata.”

The Closed Captioning Viewer is an intuitive, easy to use application designed to show operators the 608 and 708 Closed Captioning residing in the User Data of an MPEG-2 or H.264 file, and includes professional features such as frame numbers for each Closed Captioning Line and the ability to dump text or raw User Data to a file for debugging purposes.

Users in the broadcast, cable, IPTV, content distribution, and VOD markets interested in further information or in test-driving these solutions are invited to contact Kevin McDowell, Director of Sales, at 954-558-2063.

About Vela: Vela® is an Emmy® award winning company offering a complete range of high quality standard- and high-definition products for the broadcast, cable, post production, enterprise, and education markets. The Company designs and manufactures MPEG system and board level solutions used in a variety of applications. The board level products are also integrated into advanced systems and video servers offered through Vela and its partners. Over the past 18 years, Vela has earned recognition by virtue of the trouble-free, high-performance and cost-effective solutions in use in demanding customer environments worldwide. Vela is based in Clearwater, FL, USA, and on the web at


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