Volicon adds storyboard feature for broadcasters


Michelle Clancy

| 01 September 2015

Volicon has enhanced its Observer Media Intelligence Platform for broadcasters with an additional storyboard capability.

The storyboard — a series of thumbnails representing video over a large block of time — enables users to zoom in on ever-narrower windows of time, selecting different thumbnails and scanning forward and back at 4x, 8x, 16x, or 32x to identify the segment they need. Using the mouse wheel to scan through video frame by frame, the user can employ straightforward controls to mark in and out points for clip extraction, select and crop a video frame to serve as a thumbnail for the new clip, add comments or a description, and export the complete piece for sharing with colleagues, clients, or social media and online video platforms.

"The new storyboard feature in our Review application is enormously valuable when users must find content quickly without the benefit of specific timecode information, as is often the case when creating highlights clips from news and sports programming," said Gary Learner, CTO at Volicon. "Representing video with a series of automatically generated thumbnails and providing robust playback controls, the storyboard feature gives users the tools they need to locate high-value content — even when searching hours of video — with speed and ease."

The function is built into the platform's Review application, which has also incorporated an updated media player and a professional multiplayer display that allows management and review of multiple channels simultaneously. It allows users to browse by channel name and then set and view favourite channels or to access video instantly based on time and date with no retrieval delay. Multiple channels can be displayed three ways — picture-in-picture, full-screen or split-screen — and a 'sync to me' feature facilitates single-click syncing of all channels to a specific date and time.