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The New Features of Monitor IQ 4.0

By Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s Director of Sales

Are you a broadcaster or content creator looking to reliably monitor your traditional broadcast stream? If so, our Monitor IQ solution is the smart choice to fulfill your signal and loudness monitoring needs. Within a highly scalable appliance, Monitor IQ combines signal and loudness monitoring with aircheck-logging, archiving, ad verification and competitive analysis.

Monitor IQ SmartAlerts

Monitor IQ SmartAlerts

Digital Nirvana just released Version 4.0 which includes SmartAlerts for customized alarm profiles, SmartSearch for easy content and video clip searching,  advanced editing, transport stream recording, and a variable speed playback option.  Running on our Open Media Appliance,  Monitor IQ includes an efficient architecture and improved user interface for content search and retrieval. The solution easily integrates with third parties and uses the latest mobile device technologies.

Many broadcasters rely on Monitor IQ to efficiently fulfill their monitoring demands, including Discovery Communications and Fisher Communications. You can read more about how each of them are using Monitor IQ here and here, respectively.

Want to learn more? Check out the video below, in which I discuss Monitor IQ 4.0 from the NAB show floor, or visit our Monitor IQ product page.

Monitor IQ’s SmartSearch Allows for Targeted Clip Searching

By Arco Groenenberg

One of the new unique features offered with the latest version of our broadcast monitoring system, Monitor IQ V 4.0, is SmartSearch, which allows users to easily find clips based on specific parameters that they set.

Monitor IQ SmartSearch

Monitor IQ SmartSearch

SmartSearch enables searches to be as broad or as specific as desired. Users can search for clips based on set parameters, including date, time, channel, descriptions or titles. It also allows users to search for keywords in the closed caption, as run or traffics logs, as well as in error reports. With SmartSearch, Monitor IQ operators can easily define the specific clips they’re looking for using Boolean searches. Once results are found, all clips are noted in a list containing hyperlinks that go directly to the video or content by the click of a mouse.

Monitor IQ 4.0 gives operators the advantage of SmartSearch’s flexible search options, making it easier than ever to find the information they’re looking for, with no hassle involved.

The latest version of Monitor IQ is now shipping. You can read more about Monitor IQ’s features here.

Reseller Spotlight on EMEA Gateway

Digital Nirvana recently announced its new partnership with EMEA Gateway, a company with over 25 years of experience selling software products in the broadcast industry throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. Digital Nirvana has forged this partnership to strengthen its presence in the EMEA region, an area with more than a hundred countries and a diverse marketplace.

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd

Guy Elliott

“We like Digital Nirvana’s products because they’re extremely well-designed,” said Guy Elliott, founder and Managing Director of EMEA Gateway. “The key advantage to their solutions is that they work on an open platform that does not require a user license pricing model, making them an even more cost efficient choice for our customers. Their products are a great fit with our existing portfolio.”

EMEA Gateway is now offering Digital Nirvana’s broadcast monitoring solutions to its clientele. Digital Nirvana’s popular broadcast monitoring system, Monitor IQ, combines signal and loudness monitoring with aircheck-logging, archiving, ad verification and competitive analysis. Its latest version includes SmartSearch, SmartAlerts, advanced editing, transport stream recording, an improved user interface, and a variable speed playback option.

“We’re always looking for companies that are making expansion in the EMEA region a priority,” explained Elliott. “Digital Nirvana has the potential to establish itself as the go-to company for broadcast monitoring in the area, and we want to help make that happen.”

“We’re confident that our partnership with EMEA Gateway will increase our brand awareness in the EMEA region,” said Arco Groenenberg, Director of Sales and Marketing for Digital Nirvana’s Broadcast Products. “This is a key focus of Digital Nirvana’s business expansion plan, and we’re happy to be working with EMEA Gateway to grow our business.”

What’s New with MediaPro 2.0?

During April’s NAB Show, Digital Nirvana introduced Version 2.0 of the MediaPro content repurposing system.  This new version includes advanced clip search capabilities and clip editor functions, as well as the ability to record content and share it easily on social media platforms and the cloud.

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With the importance of social media in the information sharing landscape of today, MediaPro 2.0 users benefit by quickly being able to cut, clip and share with social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Using Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance hybrid server platform, MediaPro 2.0 enables multiple users to record up to hundreds of channels, then edit, clip, and publish content in real time. MediaPro offers a wide variety of hybrid input options including: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, ATSC and the ability to record encrypted HD content with Digital Nirvana’s cable card technology.

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From the NAB Show Floor: The Cost Effective Open Media Appliance Explained

Earlier this year at NAB, Digital Nirvana showcased the latest version of its Open Media Appliance, a true hybrid appliance that offers excellent price performance. With the ability to accept multiple input formats in one unit, the versatile server is the platform for the Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring and MediaPro content repurposing systems.

Open Media Appliance is a feature-rich 2- or 3-RU platform that accepts a wide range of inputs, OpenMediaAppliance_PressImage_nonameincluding SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, and QAM. Supported formats include 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2. A unique feature of the server is Digital Nirvana’s cable card technology, which allows users to record from encrypted cable feeds in full HD. This allows for direct cable and off-air antenna recording and expansion on up to hundreds of channels. The server also delivers 30, 90, or 360 days of low-res or 1, 7, or 14 days of high-res storage. It also includes NAS Connect, allowing users to push recorded files to storage and then easily manage and search recorded media in the NAS.

The server is an industrial grade server with Raid 6HDD that runs on a Linux operating system, and it includes built-in redundant power supplies and system alerts.

With Open Media Appliance, users can do more with reduced hardware expenses. To find out more about this cost-efficient server, please check out the video below of Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s Director of Sales, discussing Open Media Appliance from the NAB Show floor. You can also visit the Open Media Appliance product page here.

NAB Video: AnyStream IQ OTT Monitoring

As OTT content becomes a bigger revenue driver in your organization, OTT recording and monitoring becomes critical. Many broadcasters currently monitor their live streams manually using tablets, phones and other devices. This manual process is expensive, time-consuming and prone to error.

That’s why Digital Nirvana showcased AnyStream IQ at last month’s NAB Show.  This cost-effective OTT monitoring solution automatically records and monitors live streams from the cloud. With AnyStream IQ, you’ll always know if your live streams are up and running with no loss of video, audio or closed captions. And you’ll be confident your viewers are having a high quality experience with your OTT broadcast.

With AnyStream IQ, you can record and monitor FLV, HLS and HDS streams. Search recorded streams with any web browser. Cut and clip recorded content quickly and easily. And receive alerts on all channels in one report. So you save hours of time and improve productivity, while creating a high-quality OTT workflow.

In the video below, our CEO, Hiren Hindocha, discusses the new features of AnyStream IQ and how it can benefit your operations.

For more info about the latest version of AnyStream IQ, please check out our news release on its introduction.

Announcing Our New Partnership with EMEA Gateway

By Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s director of sales and marketing for broadcast products

The Digital Nirvana team is pleased to announce that it’s joining forces with EMEA Gateway for global sales and marketing operations. This partnership will allow Digital Nirvana to expand its international sales in the more than a hundred countries included in the EMEA region, a key component to our business expansion plan.

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd

In joining forces with EMEA Gateway, we benefit from their vast expertise in the EMEA marketplace. Digital Nirvana is looking forward to increasing its brand awareness and reseller networks in the region, and we’re confident that this partnership will help us to move forward in doing so. Teaming up with EMEA Gateway also gives us a local presence to better serve our current customers in the area.

Founded by industry veteran Guy Elliott, EMEA Gateway has over 25 years of experience selling hardware and software products in the broadcast industry throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Elliott said, “EMEA Gateway offers a deep understanding of broadcast technology as well as the complex challenges of both traditional and emerging markets. Most importantly, we provide unmatched access to contacts formed over decades in the EMEA broadcast arena, including close relationships with the local resellers in the region. We know what works to jumpstart sales and marketing efforts, and we deliver ‘feet on the street’ to make that happen. We’re excited to partner with Digital Nirvana, allowing them to focus on developing their unique technology solutions while we drive the sales channel and expand the company’s EMEA market share.”



Launching the FIFOPro Ingest Back-Up System at NAB 2014

By Arco Groenenberg

At next week’s NAB Show, we’ll unveil our new FIFOPro ingest back-up system – an ideal solution for news departments and live production applications to streamline workflows and save time, space and money.

Traditionally for SAN back up, broadcasters have relied on recording onto multiple tape decks, one for each feed, with station personnel manually loading, labeling, cataloging and storing each tape for back-up FIFOpro_PressImage_nologoinsurance. In this mode of operation, if the need arises to restore from tape, it must be manually de-archived, taken to the editing bay, loaded and then transcoded into the proper format prior to editing.

FIFOPro has been created out of market demand for an easier, more efficient way to back up ingest. The system provides an automated workflow. It continually records and archives multiple HD-SDI feeds on a rolling First-in/First-out (FIFO) basis, retaining all content for 72 hours before deleting it from the system. This data is automatically recorded in an edit-ready AVCi 50 format along with its metadata, including channel, date and time. If original content is lost or damaged, it’s a simple process to find and access the stored media via web browser and export the selected clips to the watch folder for immediate editing.

If you’re a broadcaster or live event producer looking for an ingest back-up system to simplify your operations, Digital Nirvana has the perfect solution for you. Stop by our NAB booth, SU11017, to learn more about FIFOPro and how our other new technologies can benefit you.

Introducing Digital Nirvana’s New Open Media Appliance

By Hiren Hindocha

With NAB 2014 just around the corner, the Digital Nirvana team is getting ready to introduce some exciting new technologies and product updates at the show. One of the new technologies that we’ll show is our Open Media Appliance, a true hybrid server offering multiple I/O choices in a single appliance. It enables media and broadcast organizations to dramatically cut their total cost of monitoring.

Our Open Hybrid Appliance offers all the functionality and performance needed to monitor every channel of content. It allows a wide selection of inputs and outputs, including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, QAM, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2. It also includes a Linux operating system, an industrial-grade server, built-in redundant power supplies and system alerts – all in one 2RU or 3RU device.

OpenMediaAppliance_PressImage_nonameThe appliance offers high-res storage, the ability to expand to hundreds of channels and system alerts when troubles are detected.  Our Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring and MediaPro content repurposing solutions both use the Open Media Appliance.

Media Pro provides a fast and reliable way to record using the Open Media Appliance for rebroadcast and repurposing. It uses advanced cable card technology to repurpose HD content from both cable and broadcast channels.

Monitor IQ combines signal monitoring, loudness monitoring, logging, archiving, and competitive analysis in one, highly-scalable networked appliance. The solution provides a range of unique options, including iPad/iPhone/Android interface, NAVE watermark decoding, centralized management, director’s audio track and a REST API for third party development.

So, why buy multiple servers when you only need one? We invite you to stop by our NAB booth (SU11017) to find out more about our Open Media Appliance and how this cost efficient technology can benefit your operations.


The Latest Version of Monitor IQ to Debut at NAB

By Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s director of sales and marketing for broadcast products

At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, Digital Nirvana will unveil the latest version of our Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring software. Monitor IQ is an in-house logging and compliance monitoring solution for traditional broadcasting media.

Monitor IQ is a popular product of ours that offers excellent cost performance and provides signal-MonitorIQ NAB 2014_PressImage_nologomonitoring, loudness monitoring, aircheck-logging, ad verification, competitive analysis and content repurposing. New innovative functionality has been added to Monitor IQ Version 4.0, including transport stream recording, as well as SmartSearch, editing, playback and advanced engineering alerts. It also features Web Captioning to comply with new FCC regulations, Program Guide Extraction to enable recording by program, and an Infrastructure Self-Check to proactively monitor the overall health of the system. Monitor IQ runs on our Open Media Appliance industrial-grade server. The highly scalable server accepts multiple inputs and and exports content in a wide range of file formats.

Our broadcast monitoring solution can record Multi-language Audio/Video and VANC Metadata. Designed with an efficient architecture and a simple Web interface, it integrates seamlessly with third party software. The resulting workflow is quick and easy, making the most of time and money.

Please stop by our NAB booth, SU11017, to learn more about the newest version of Monitor IQ.