Blog

Welcome to Digital Savvy, a new blog from Digital Nirvana that highlights our latest news for broadcast, cable and satellite engineers and decision makers. Please feel free to comment, share and join our community.

Announcing Our Media Management Platform’s Integration with Pikolo Systems

By Hiren Hindocha

At Digital Nirvana, we’re always looking for ways to collaborate with other technology providers to give our clients the most efficient media management technology. Earlier today, we announced our most recent collaboration – our Media Management Platform‘s integration with Pikolo Systems‘ Incident Tracker software.

The Digital Nirvana Media Management Platform provides a simple set up to capture content from multiple sources and publish it to digital platforms – all while monitoring the video and audio for quality and compliance. With Pikolo Systems’ Incident Tracker software, every incident from Pikolo-Incident-Video-Playerproduction, acquisition, promotions and playback is recorded and analyzed. Integrating the two systems will provide users with an immediate visual reference within the Pikolo’s GUI of the video broadcast at the time of a reported discrepancy. Operators can now see precisely what was being broadcasted at the time that an issue occurred.

We’re looking forword to showing this integration for the first time at next month’s NAB Show, where Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU8813. At NAB we’ll be unveiling the latest version of our Media Management Platform, which includes a new social media publishing and service feature. Please visit our booth if you’re attending the show, and feel free to contact us with any questions about our media management technology at info@digital-nirvana.com or +1 (510) 226-9000.

Welcoming CER-TEC as Our New Manufacturer’s Rep

By Hiren Hindocha

Digital Nirvana is always looking to team up with other companies that share our ideals and believe in our products and services. Earlier today we announced our partnership with Manhattan-based manufacturer’s representative CER-TEC Inc. CER-TEC represents several of the top broadcast and post production industry manufacturers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, and we are confident that they’ll be a great fit for us.

CER-TEC’s CEO, John J. Cerquone, said, “Digital Nirvana’s media management platform provides a Media Management Platformsimple set up for broadcasters to capture content from multiple sources and publish it to digital platforms – all while monitoring the video and audio for quality and compliance. There’s nothing out there that does all of what the Digital Nirvana solution can do. We’re proud to include such an impressively designed product on our client roster.”

We look forward to working with CER-TEC moving forward, and to strengthening our relationships with all of our existing manufacturer’s reps, including Torrance, CA-based Piper Digital; A and D Avenues out of Roanoke, VA; and EMEA Gateway in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

2014 Recap of Our Corporate Social Responsibility Program

By Hiren Hindocha

Corporate social responsibility and philanthropy is part of the company culture here at Digital Nirvana. We’re committed to making a positive difference in the world – not just through helping organizations and companies with our technology, but also through nonprofit work to aid those in need.

Today we shared details of Digital Nirvana’s 2014 corporate philanthropic endeavors. Our corporate social responsibility program included support of several organizations that provide shelter for the homeless, raise awareness about suicide, and aid victims of domestic violence.

In 2014 we were involved with Vibha – a group that works to provide underprivileged children rights to education, health, and opportunity in the U.S. and India. Our company also donated to Narika – a provider of domestic violence services in California’s Bay Area. Digital Nirvana also provided support to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Read More

How Digital Nirvana’s Platform Simplifies Operations for a Major Sports Broadcaster

Digital Nirvana’s media management platform helps today’s broadcasters capture content from multiple sources, create content, and publish to multiple digital platforms while monitoring for quality and compliance. Check out how one major sports broadcaster based out of the Bay Area has been using the platform to simplify its operations:

Client:

Top Sports Broadcaster based out of San Francisco

Requirements:

  • (Network) Advertising department wanted to send high resolution videos clips to their clients
  • Operators in multiple locations across California needed access to the recorded content
  • Multiple user environment and locked network made software installation process very lengthy on user’s desktops
  • Local feeds in the form of Encrypted QAM were supposed to be recorded, which were available as Cable Subscription
  • For remote feed recording, which was available as HD-SDI, the right technology was required

Read More

Learn More about the Media Management Platform with Our YouTube Videos

Digital Nirvana recently introduced its Media Management Platform, which offers a suite of applications that allows broadcasters and media entertainment companies to capture, edit, share, and manage content – as well as prove compliance, monitor and analyze video. To help better explain the features of the platform, we’ve created several videos on our YouTube channel for your viewing. We offer a quick overview video of the platform:

We also have published videos on several specific Media Management Platform features, including its capture application, which allows users to record up to hundreds of channels; its edit application, whichIBC 2014 Digital Nirvana media management hardware enables operators to produce frame-accurate cut clips to rebroadcast content and repurpose clips for social media; its compliance application, which lets users log and monitor video content for regulatory, licensing requirements and quality control; and its share feature, which allows for unlimited user accounts and enables users to capture and record multiple video feeds and repurpose them quickly for multiple platforms such as web, mobile, social media and the cloud.

We encourage you to visit our YouTube channel to learn more about the vast features that our Media Management Platform offers.

The Sports Recording Workflow is Made Easy with Our Media Management Platform

When TV stations broadcast the sports segment of their newscasts, there are typically two ways in which the sports clips have been repurposed. Either the footage has been ingested from satellite or cable directly to their primary ingest system, or it has been ingested from satellite or cable to a DVR, then clips from the DVR are ingested into the primary ingest system. At Digital Nirvana, we present a new workflow option – one that makes clip searching, content preparation, and rebroadcasting easier and much more efficient.

With our sports clipping workflow, broadcasters use QAM modulators for the station’s satellite or cable HDMI/Component/Composite output, which then feeds into Digital Nirvana’s Media Management Platform. With this method of clipping sports footage for newscast, editors can quickly skim through the recorded content using any Web browser, select content, and transcode high-resolution clips from MPEG-2 to NLE native format for repurposing game highlights.

Read More

Digital Nirvana Welcomes Michael Collins as Broadcast Customer Support Manager

By Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s Director of Sales

Following up from IBC last month where Digital Nirvana’s new Media Management Platform was well received, we’re thrilled to announce a new employee at our U.S. headquarters in Fremont, CA:  Michael Collins, our new customer support manager.

Michael has spearheaded the design and deployment of large-scale video, IPTV and server technology at high-profile broadcasters and tech companies around the world, including work with KBS, CBC and NBC. He was previously the manager of video ingest systems for the San Francisco-based firm, Cognitive
Networks.

Michael’s duties include: managing the customer support team, strengthening client relationships and service, conducting pre- and post-sales technical support, monitoring client sites and equipment, as well as researching and testing new products and services. He can be reached at: michael.collins@digital-nirvana.com.

In addition to our emphasis on customer service, we have a renewed focus on our partner relationships. We recently announced new partnerships with two manufacturers’ representatives – Piper Digital in Torrance, CA and A and D Avenues of Roanoke, VA. Piper Digital will handle sales in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. A and D Avenues will represent our technology in the Washington, D.C. area; North and South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Florida. Both companies began representing our product line in August.

There are a lot of exciting things happening around here, so stay tuned for more announcements moving forward!

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.”