Vela Adds Features to ArgoNavis MultiViewer - Comprehensive 608 & 708 Closed Captioning Logging & Exception Recording for Ops Management, QA, Audit, Regulatory Compliance

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Powerful ArgoNavis Quad Multi-Viewer and Monitoring technology allows real-time monitoring, logging and analysis of 4 independent channels, to ensure LKFS (loudness) compliance for CALM Act, and quality assurance of video quality, Closed Captioning, VANC and other metadata (AFD, Broadcast Flag, audio metadata)

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Quad SDI & VANC Monitor and Multi-Viewer for QA and CALM Act Compliance

Vela Research announced the addition of two major features to its versatile ArgoNavis SDI & VANC Multi-Viewer. The ArgoNavis MultiViewer comes in two configurations – the Dual, which enables operators to view, monitor, log, record and analyze video and audio content and levels for two (2) channels simultaneously in real time, and the Quad, which enables the same functionality for four (4) channels.

The ArgoNavis Multi-Viewers provide a very cost-effective solution for call letter stations and other broadcasters, cable operators, content creation, editing and handling studios and hosting locations to ensure the quality, integrity,audit-trail and regulatory compliance of the programming they broadcast, distribute, create or manipulate. One key element of the functionality of these solutions is a robust ability for LKFS measurements, analysis, real-time monitoring and action – as well as elaborate, continuous and comprehensive logging to create the records and documentation crucial to proving compliance if you are ever audited by regulators or receive a complaint from the viewership.

The Closed Captioning addition enables comprehensive and continuous logging of the all 608 and 708 Closed Captioning data that is contained in the programming being delivered by an operator. The MultiViewer’s logging feature enables users to automatically create a daily date and time stamped log of all the Closed Captioning in an efficient manner. The configuration and policies regarding review, mapping/graphing, transforming, analysis, dissemination/distribution and further archiving can be set, and changed, by operators with ease.

The Exception Recording feature addition enables users to automatically capture screen shots of all programming channels being monitored whenever an alarm or alert occurs. The ArgoNavis allows operators to monitor LKFS measurements, as well as SDI and VANC data continuously, and allows them to define any exception conditions to watch for. When such a user-defined exception condition occurs, the system is capable of automatically capturing a snapshot of the exact programming being delivered at that instant. The captured snapshot includes the video, audio and VANC data conditions as they exist at the precise instant. A detailed product spec can be found here.

The ArgoNavis Universal Multi-Viewer system is an advanced professional solution that is designed to not only provide a high quality real-time viewing and monitoring capability for all of your channels or programming, but also to generate the raw data, metrics and measurements that are displayed in real-time to enable prompt response to emerging situations needing attention. Further, the system enables the data and metrics to be logged for record-keeping purposes in an efficient, cost-effective manner, allowing broadcasters, cable operators, IPTV and OTT providers to prove compliance at any past moment in time, when necessary.

Eight (8) channels of embedded audio can be monitored per channel with real-time amplitude and LKFS measurements provided for each programming source for confidence monitoring and CALM Act compliance. The logging feature of the ArgoNavis Multi-Viewer logs date and time stamped data of LKFS loudness measurements up to every 100 milliseconds for proof of compliance.

Kevin Grubbs, Vela’s Director of Engineering said, “the ArgoNavis Multi-Viewer solution decodes and monitors various types of VANC data including 608 and 708 closed captions, Active Format Descriptor, Broadcast Flag and Dolby Audio Metadata in real-time. For reporting purposes, users can easily graph the logged LKFS measurement data. Customers of the ArgoNavis Multi-Viewer system can easily configure email, text alert and file transfer (FTP) settings to enable it to communicate, alert or archive information to other workstations, phones or NAS devices.” For information and spec sheets on Vela’s ArgoNavis family of affordable, high performance multi-screen, multi-format encoders, decoders, SDI&VANC monitors, transcoders, servers and multiviewers, please click here.

Users in broadcast, cable, content creation and distribution interested in further information or test-driving the ArgoNavis can contact Kevin McDowell at 954-558-2063 (kmcdowell(at)vela(dot)com).

About Vela: Vela® is an Emmy® award winning company offering a complete range of high quality SD and HD products for the broadcast, cable, post production, enterprise and education markets. Vela designs and manufactures system and board level solutions used in a variety of media 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, Fla., USA, and is on the web at http://www.vela.com.

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