Volicon, Kaltura partner for live broadcast workflow
Michelle Clancy | 17-04-2014
Volicon and Kaltura have announced a technology partnership with the objective of enabling an end-to-end workflow for bringing live broadcast capture and captioning to digital and social media platforms.
The companies' integrated solution unites the content capture, streaming, review and clip-extraction capabilities of Volicon's Observer Media Intelligence Platform with the automated video transcoding, publishing and management tools of Kaltura's video platform to facilitate delivery of rights-approved and captioned content to digital platforms.
"Our joint customers — TV stations and networks — need a seamless, fast and reliable process for generating FCC-compliant captioned content that can be viewed on any display, and that is exactly what this partnership provides," said Gary Learner, CTO at Volicon. "By simplifying and accelerating the creation, packing and distribution of this content, we help our customers gain a competitive advantage in providing timely content across virtually every outlet and viewing device."
The Observer Media Intelligence Platform records aired broadcast content round-the-clock and provides instant access to this content through a Web-based interface. Working at a desktop, multiple users can locate, stream and review content immediately following its broadcast; mark in and out points; and extract and deliver H.264-encoded 1080i clips along with metadata — including caption information — to the Kaltura system.
Using the high-resolution clip provided by the Volicon system, the Kaltura platform then creates versions of the video in all 'flavours' necessary for the target distribution platforms and viewing devices. Captioning is incorporated into each version to ensure that content meets the accessibility requirements of the FCC's Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).
"Rapid time to market is a critical element in the effective monetisation of broadcast assets, and this is one key benefit that makes our joint solution so valuable in today's media marketplace," said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura chairman and CEO. "The speed, efficiency, and simplicity of this approach, along with its reliance on approved, compliant broadcast content, make it an exceptionally powerful solution."