Snell & Wilcox today announced Hyperion, a new multichannel content monitoring system that uses intuitive algorithms that mimic human intelligence to provide dedicated audio, video and metadata monitoring for all content throughout the broadcast infrastructure, from ingest to transmission. Hyperion evaluates the quality and makeup of the video, audio and metadata content within the signal. […]
Snell & Wilcox today announced Hyperion, a new multichannel content monitoring system that uses intuitive algorithms that mimic human intelligence to provide dedicated audio, video and metadata monitoring for all content throughout the broadcast infrastructure, from ingest to transmission.
Hyperion evaluates the quality and makeup of the video, audio and metadata content within the signal. Rather than simply alerting operators of complete technical failure (a rare occurrence), Hyperion automatically provides an “educated opinion” as to whether each element of the program meets satisfactory viewing quality standards, as well as the legal and contractual requirements necessary to generate revenue.
“Hyperion monitors what’s within the video signal rather than just the signal itself,” said Joe Zaller, vice president of marketing at Snell & Wilcox. “It acts like a human being by making a subjective assessment as to whether all is right with the audio, video, and metadata content within the signal.”
In addition, Zaller said Hyperion is a distributed system that monitors the quality of content from ingest to transmission not just what goes on the air. “Conventional systems alert the operator to errors as they are being broadcast,” Zaller continued. “Hyperion works to ensure that errors are identified and corrected before they go on the air. This level of preventative quality control not only ensures the integrity of the playout schedule, it also protects broadcasters from lost revenue associated with program downtime and legal issues.”
According to the company, Hyperion’s algorithms “can detect subtle but critical errors that previously could be identified only through dedicated human monitoring. This means that Hyperion can monitor far more parameters than conventional systems. For example, Hyperion can detect subtle errors such as whether the content is too dark or too still. It can also intelligently address critical elements such as multilanguage soundtracks, multichannel audio types, and the ever-increasing volume of metadata that tie together today’s complex broadcast operations.”
Hyperion’s genre-based monitoring ensures that the content being broadcast matches the pre-configured profile for a particular program type, channel or target audience. Sophisticated algorithms at the core of the Hyperion system enable broadcasters to determine and set what “normal” looks like for a given content type or channel. If the content does not match expected behavior, the system can alert the operator.
Hyperion offers remote monitoring tools that utilize metadata to track and QC content in conjunction with automation and scheduling systems. The system provides automatic content tracking and verification via SMPTE UMID (Unique Material IDentifier) and program ID processing. It also provides video thumbnail images over TCP/IP to enable visual confirmation.
Hyperion functionality is now being integrated into all new products throughout Snell & Wilcox’s broadcast infrastructure line which will be on display at the company’s NAB2006 booth, SU156.