Actus provides solutions for broadcast recording, compliance logging, and clips generation for OTT and social.
Every broadcaster, media operator or media agency would need to have as many of its’ media requirements answered by one web-based media monitoring platform, available from anywhere, anytime. Such requirements are an off-air broadcast recording solution, compliance logging, monitoring relevant TV channels, track competitors’ channels for competitive analysis, analyze rating fast and efficiently, create clips for content re-purposing, sharing and exporting track ads automatically for ads verification and to be able to comply with regulators such as the FCC requirements.
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Actus View is a professional broadcast compliance recorder and broadcast media monitoring platform for recording any number of TV or radio channels, from any input and any format. Actus View broadcast monitoring system complies with the media regulation authorities requirements, such as the FCC compliance specifications.
The media is saved in any bitrate, any resolution and for any retention period. A powerful player allows to easily navigate and retrieve the relevant content, create and export clips, transcode and export the clips in any format. Actus media intelligent platform is a web based broadcast logging solution and provides cross organization tools, all from a shared web based platform. The broadcast recording software allows you to monitor the competitors content as well for better competitive analysis.
Actus View always includes the Quick-ExportTM module for easy clips creation. It allows mark-in and mark-out of a segment, selection of any resolution, bitrate and file format for export, and a choice of several destinations such as FTP, local PC, Catalog (MAM). From the catalog any clip can be searched and either downloaded or sent via E-mail.
Please note that Quick-ExportTM does not include advanced features such as special effects (Blur, Mute, Logo insertion) or automation (API, XML hot folder) or multiple parts in a clip. If these features are required then please refer to Actus Clip-FactoryTM Click here.
Transport Stream recording
Actus View-ProxyTM is intended for feeds that need to encoded (compressed) into Proxy files. It does not include the capability to record the original feeds as-is (native). If this capability is required then please refer to Actus View-NativeTM Click here.
Key Features of Actus View-ProxyTM
Why do I need Actus View?
Actus View automatically records your content 24 x 7 and archives it for any desired period of time, making it available for you with the click of a button.
Actus View records linear video at any required quality, from any type of interface – whether it is analog, SDI, DVB or IP / TS. Once the content is stored, Actus View allows you to access and manage the content using any standard web browser. You can do everything through the web: select and encode clips into various industry standard formats and frame sizes for sharing with others inside or outside your organization, monitor the connected audio/video inputs’ for failures, and archive the recorded media for any desired period of time.
Actus View is a web application. This means that all the work is executed without any client software installed, and it can be accessed from any workstation connected inside the organization or even from a remote location.
Actus View is a modular platform centered around 3 modules: ActusPlayer, QuickExport and AlertCenter. These modules brought together in one powerful platform, allow broadcast media professionals around the world to accomplish several important tasks.
We’ll cover the main two: Broadcast media Logging and Content Monitoring
Actus View Logger is an enhanced platform designed specifically for Broadcast media logging and monitoring, capturing any number of audio and video channels, from any input or any format. The purpose of the system is to allow Broadcasters to record TV and radio feeds, to monitor the aired content and to easily export any segment as clips.
The system serves as a multi-functional platform and provides cross-organization tools, all from a shared web-based platform. The system comes with the ActusPlayerTM which is a solid video player for easy navigation and retrieval of all recorded content. The player also lets the users add bookmarks, Metadata, and search.
The system is modular and would fit both a small installation of 2 or 4 channels, and up to hundreds of channels. Feeds can be Analog, SDI, ASI, IP, DVB-X, HDMI, TS, and from practically any source.
The Actus AlertCenterTM module detects automatically any irregularity in the Video or Audio feed, such as frozen image, Audio too low, and a dozen other common Quality of Experience issues.
Broadcast Content Monitoring
Actus View is a powerful Broadcast monitoring platform. It is a software suite dedicated for content monitoring of electronic Media (TV and Radio). The platform is being used for monitoring purposes by broadcasters, governments and media agencies. Actus View is suitable for monitoring of broadcasted programs, political events, news gathering, and security.
The media is saved in any bitrate, any resolution and for any retention period. Using the ActusPlayerTM, the powerful client Web-based full featured Video player, users can easily navigate and retrieve the relevant content, add bookmarks, edit a segment using a timeline and add Metadata. The player also lets the users add bookmarks, and search content.
The platform can include a large number of recorders, for continuous archiving of off-air feeds. Optionally, 3rd party modules can be added for speech-to-text and other recognition of content. It is installed by more than 200 broadcasters, networks, Media agencies, regulators or other government agencies, worldwide.
Actus Clip-FactoryTM is an easy to use one-stop-shop video editor for clips creation for OTT, VOD, Catchup TV, mobile, social and any new media platform.
ClipFactory is a one-stop-shop alternative to a multitude of separate products for capture, encoding, editing, transcoding and delivery of clips. Thus, ClipFactory saves you both complexity and costs. ClipFactory incorporates video recording, content extraction, editing, metadata application, transcoding and delivery management into a single streamlined solution.
Clip-Factory-Pro is a separate product, with additional features and capabilities that are not present in the Clip-Factory (Standard). Its main differentiation is in the API automation and in the special effects (Blur, Mute, Logo/Bitmap insertion). By using the API, it is possible to automate the whole clips generation workflow without any manual intervention.
Additional Features Clip-Factory-ProTM
Why do I need Actus Clip Factory
In order to accomplish this “all-in-one” approach to content production and delivery, ClipFactory harnesses the available linear feed in order to capture and record the video at any required quality, from any type of interface – whether it is analog, SDI or IP transport. Once the content is available, ClipFactory allows you to extract the content using a powerful streaming web-player, to edit the content and assign all required metadata information, transcode the clip into various industry standard formats and frame sizes, and deliver the content to its designated destination.
Access content from anywhere
The Clip Factory is a web application. No need to install any client software and can be accessed from any connected workstation inside the organization or even from a remote location.
Fast clips creation and delivery
With Actus ClipFactory your content is ready to be viewed within minutes.
Actus Rating Analyzer provides efficient rating and competitive analysis tools. It provides a clear graphical view of all rating information, yours and competition, along with the actual broadcast media. The clear rating and demographic data display allows you to get an easy at-a-glance information from all numbers and charts received from the rating companies. The end result is a far more accurate analysis of the content, which in turn allows research teams to give much more informative and accurate recommendations, leading to better program planning, ad placement, and even more viewers watching the shows – all significantly increasing revenues.
Actus Rating Analyzer simplifies the way you compare your rating to that of your competition. It takes the raw statistical data and transforms it to a dynamic graph displayed fully in sync with the actual broadcast material which was recorded and archived in advance.
Why do I need Actus Rating Analyzer:
The infrastructure is the digital recording system, which records all broadcasts 24/7, and archives it for a selected period. The video serves as the contextual base for analysis.
Thus, Actus Rating Analyzer allows research personnel to analyze the media in a graphical and contextual environment, rather than making them work on many spreadsheets and other textual information that is out of context.
Actus AdWatch is a cost effective platform for automatic TV ad tracking and ads (advertisements) detection for ads verification and competitors monitoring. It offers an advanced audio and/or video ads detection solution combined with a robust feature-set allowing detection of recurring ads in linear broadcasts. Adwatch contains a report generator, allowing you to create any report, by any criteria and filter.
The task of verifying if commercials (ads) were aired or not is getting more complex due to:
The process begins by defining the reference commercials, either by marking them from the recorded feeds or by importing sample files.
AlertCenter allows you to monitor one or more remote capture locations, recording multiple channels at each location. You can monitor and manage them from afar, using a single, centralized user interface, greatly cutting manpower and operational costs involved in having a monitoring operation on every site.
Actus AlertCenter continuously performs quality checks on your feeds
If a problem is detected, such as loss of audio or video signal, frozen picture or any other nuance – Actus View alerts you in multiple ways: audible signal, onscreen notifications with alert descriptions and can also send a detailed notification via email or SNMP to your desired recipients. The proactive status alerts let administrators solve problems immediately and optimize transmissions.
Actus has announced a new Change Tracker solution for comparing outgoing and off-air feeds and flagging significant differences according to user-defined rules. These combined functionalities allow regionalised versions of the content to be monitored from multiple sites, ensuring that clients’ brand values are retained wherever they are viewed.
Ability to compare two linear feeds, like a primary channel and an affiliate channel, and to automatically detect any variation or modification in the secondary feed.
You will be notified automatically on all the locations in the streams that were modified.
Why do I need Actus Change Tracker
Throughout the world, growing numbers of consumers have voiced their concerns in the past few years about variations in loudness, especially in commercials loudness, advertising loudness, resulting in national legislative activities (FCC CALM Act) that have begun to regulate broadcasters more closely.
Actus Loudness brings broadcasters a complete visibility of the loudness levels of all programs as well as a comparison to the average loudness levels of ads.
Loudness Compliance integration
The ability to completely monitor Loudness Compliance is now fully integrated into Actus Loudness module. Broadcasters can avoid costly legislative penalties and better handle viewer complaints with this fully compliant feature. Actus Loudness is a multi-layer solution that offers centralized broadcast performance operational information in real time.
The Actus Loudness module lets operators maintain continuous measurements, which among other things, identifies program loudness and loudness range. Loudness measurements combined with robust logging allow users to quickly review the status and provide continuous, exportable measurements as proof of compliance and to defend against loudness complaints.
Only by providing complete information, like the Actus Loudness Meter does, including not only the ‘Program Loudness’ (‘I’) but also the ‘Program Range’ and the ‘Program True Peak’, can the sound engineer select the right mix of methods, and make sure that the program is within the EBU\CALM Act specifications without compromising its sound quality.
The powerful combination of loudness measurement and logging easily demonstrates compliance with loudness standards.
Actus Loudness Feature Highlights
Record and Retrieve
Actus Loudness offers an on-screen display during the playback of the following values:
The user can select to show or hide the value next to the video.
The system constantly saves an Excel Spreadsheet which presents during the whole duration of the segment all the measurements of the parameters described above, and even more raw data.Excel Spreadsheet
Export with Burn-In Loudness Data
Quick Export provides you with an easy and quick way to export and share your content with the Regulator, or any other party. You can export media to various destinations simultaneously with the Loudness Data burned-in, as affidavit of the program Loudness value.
Actus View – Quick Export Screen with Loudness Burn-In Selected
Actus Loudness Specifications
Actus proposes an efficient and cost effective Mosaic system, catering to the different requirements of Broadcasters, Public authorities and Media monitoring organizations.
In a nutshell
Actus Mosaic is a software module, running on any client workstation, capable of displaying a large number of TV signals, with low latency, including errors detection and alerts, audio VU meters, clocks and images into any large wall monitor screen. Its low budget and its ability to use existing sources from Actus encoders make it a perfect solution for control rooms.
Actus MosaicTM can display any of the channels recorded by the Actus recorders. This means that regardless of the input type, Analog, IPTS, ASI, SDI, DVB or other, all channels can be displayed side by side.
The display is driven either by a PC client, similar to any other PC client running the Actus Web browser, or by the Actus recording servers.
Actus MosaicTM comes with a configuration screen from which the system administrator can specify the number of players, the size of each specific player, with the possibility to mix players of any size, clocks, and labels for channel names. Each player will have one TV channel assigned to it.
TS deep analysis
A comprehensive and up-scale plug-in for Mosaic, TS deep analysis provides all priorities of alerts for IP and ASI sources. This plug-in includes ETR 290 levels 1, 2 and 3.