KTVU and KICU, two Cox Media Group stations co-located in Oakland, Calif., have upgraded their Volicon Observer video monitoring and logging system to increase channel density and to support rapid repurposing of high-resolution aired content for news promos.
The new installation includes a six-channel Observer TS system that records the two main KTVU and KICU channels along with four competitor stations, and a four-channel Observer Scout system that is dedicated to audio compliance monitoring.
The Cox stations use the upgraded system to record the transport stream for the main KTVU channel and also capture KICU and competitor channels in a lower-resolution format. Staff members often view these channels in a quad-split display to enable convenient competitive monitoring.
In addition to supporting engineering operations, the Observer TS serves as a repurposing tool, enabling staff in the creative services department to access aired content for promo creation. The playback controller, with a real-time shuttle feature, allows search.
The Observer Scout system records the two stations’ main and secondary channels. Engineers use the recordings to verify compliance with loudness regulations and to identify and resolve any issues quickly.
Because the Cox Media Group has deployed Observer systems across its broadcast stations, staff associated with these facilities can use the Observer platform and Web-based GUI to access and review content recorded at any other station.