Create Content Anywhere With New Xchange Suite 2.5 by Primestream

Xchange for iPad Makes European Debut – Enabling Offline Media Asset Management and Rough-Cut Editing

MIAMI — Aug. 27, 2013 — Primestream(R) today announced FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite v2.5, the latest version of its companion application for the FORK media asset management and automation platform. FORK Xchange Suite gives broadcasters instant cloud access to content on their FORK Production(TM) servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. The latest version contains the new Xchange Shot List Editor add-on module for creating “rough-cuts” as well as the optional Xchange for iPad(R) offline media asset management (MAM) tool, an industry-first professional native iOS application making its European debut at IBC2013.

“We’re continually evolving our products and technology so that we can offer new ways to help our customers work more efficiently, especially in today’s fast-paced, on-the-go, need-it-now work environments. Now, if you can access a computer or tablet, you can access FORK. And if you’re in FORK, you can control your entire operation,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “Our Xchange Suite, especially when used with the new iOS application, is an organization-wide solution for managing, sharing, and reviewing a company’s media. With its highly scalable back end, CDN-ready platform, and API-based open architecture, Xchange is positioned to handle the most dynamic and complex workflows in the industry.”

Xchange Shot List Editor is a new add-on module that gives editors a fast and nimble way to edit proxy content that lives inside the FORK environment using Xchange for Web or iOS. An intuitive visual interface allows any user to start editing clips, subclips, voiceovers, and content with various frame rates within minutes. Users can also create subclips and markers, add metadata, and work with multitrack audio and frame-accurate video.

The Xchange for iPad application allows producers and editors to browse, edit metadata, and create annotations on content while disconnected from their production environments. When connectivity is restored, modifications are instantly synchronized directly to the original assets in the production environment.

With Xchange for Web and iPad, professionals get a user-friendly, cloud-based MAM that allows for searching, viewing, editing, managing, triggering automation, and archiving media from anywhere back to their ground operations. The tools extend access to content for producers and journalists, resulting in better stories and a better end product for viewers.

Facilities that use Xchange Suite and Xchange for iPad benefit from:
*Seamless hybrid cloud/ground workflows that connect all technologies
*Highly scalable and CDN-ready platform with an API-based open architecture
*Actions Monitor for detailed tracking of actions throughout the facility workflow
*Improved communication and resolution of process requests
*A global view of the tasks and processes that are underway
*Ability to manage thousands of users across multiple departments, roles, and privilege levels
*Powerful security enhancements such as token-based authentication, a dedicated API for streaming URLs, time-limited temporary URLs, hash-encrypted URLs, and session-based crosschecking for protecting and securing assets from unwanted intervention
*Integration with popular media technologies such as Telestream(R), Quantum(R), Harmonic(R), Cisco(R) Unified Computing System (UCS) server, Adobe(R) Premiere Pro, Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) 7 and Final Cut Pro X, and Avid(R) Media Composer(R)

Primestream’s Xchange solution has proven itself by delivering more than 20,000 hours of programming amounting to more than 85,000 assets for industry-leading media organizations. Xchange offers broadcast, government, entertainment, and corporate markets complete control and unmatched portability over production workflows — whether creating news packages, logging reality TV footage, editing, or sending video for review and approval. Xchange seamlessly integrates with FORK’s Media Asset Management environment, allowing producers and editors to work collaboratively both inside the production facility or while on the road.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK Xchange Suite 2.5 and Xchange 1.0 for iPad at IBC2013 on stand 7.D21. Xchange for iPad 1.0 is available now, and Xchange Suite 2.5 will be available in the fourth quarter.

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM) and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORKXchange2.5.zip

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Elizabethtown College Packs a Punch with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 Audio Console

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pennsylvania – A small liberal arts college looking to upgrade the audio system for its 844-seat performance space recently took a huge leap forward with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 mixing console. Having established the Vi series as a favorite digital desk for touring and installed sound applications, Soundcraft developed the Vi1 for small to mid-size venues like the one at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Barry Fritz, Technical Operations Director for the college, explained how the school uses the venues for a variety of events, including theatrical productions, musicals, college orchestra performances, worship, Christmas events, weddings and national chamber music acts. “Each year the number of events and their complexity keeps increasing, so purchasing the Vi1 has been on the long-term to-do list for a while,” Fritz said.

It is not surprising to see Fritz choosing the Vi1 as the college’s main mixing solution to alleviate the growing strain on the technical staff. While it retains a small form factor, it is packed with an impressive selection of features that one can also find in larger Soundcraft models such as the Vi4 and Vi6. For example, the Vistonics II™ interface is greatly appreciated among mixers in the professional audio industry and is an outstanding feature of the Vi1 console. Furthermore, it maintains a complete console package with 32 channels of analog input to 27 analog outputs.

“Having the analog inputs is a nice feature, plus the stagebox we purchased bridges the gap between digital snake and analog,” Fritz said. “I also love always having the channel displays there. With our old console, we never had enough outputs; now I have more than I know what to do with!”

Spanning only just over a meter wide, the Vi1 includes 16 motorized channel faders with fixed and user-definable layers, eight output/VCA faders and two master faders. More importantly, as a digital console, the Vi1 allows for both massive customization and recallable settings.

“We do have a lot of groups that repeat throughout the year, so it’s nice to be able to recall the cues from our previously saved projects; having that flexibility makes it a lot easier,” Fritz concluded.

Photo Caption: Ginette Slaughter and Ryan Carson, student event technicians at Elizabethtown College.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Forget books, students say gimme tablets

Take a quick jaunt through some of the education blogs in our Lifestyle section, and you’ll know that mom bloggers are all talking about back to school, Technorati reports. One of the topics that’s heating up is technology in the classroom, specifically the thirst students want to quench with tablets. According to a new report from Nielsen found, 71% of students who use tablets are interested in accessing textbooks on them. Google is listening as they now let students rent or buy digital textbooks via Google Play. Also in the report, 51% of students who are over 13-years-old and use their tablets in school said they use it to search the Internet. Additionally, they are also using it for email (46%), reading books (42%), taking notes (40%) and completing homework/school assignments (30%)…

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New Zealand bans software patents

CBC News reports that in a move widely seen as a boost for innovation and competition in the technology sector, New Zealand has passed a law that will prohibit the patenting of computer software. The reformed Patents Bill, which was first drafted five years ago, passed third reading in the New Zealand Parliament Wednesday. The new law states that “a computer program is not an invention” and hence cannot be protected by a patent. “This bill marks a significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand,” said Commerce Minister Craig Foss in a press release on his ministry’s website. “It replaces 60-year-old legislation and introduces a patent system suited for the 21st century.”

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How much ‘value’ can teachers really add to student achievement?

As a high school English teacher, it’s heartening to think I can “add value” to all of my students, according to The Washington Post. Unfortunately, this is completely unrealistic. I can prepare engaging lessons that appeal to different learning styles, maturity levels, and backgrounds. I can also repeat, reteach, and communicate my concerns to students and parents; my influence, though, is ultimately limited. I cannot force students to engage with curriculum, nor can I control study habits outside of my classroom. I cannot negate the effects of poverty, and I am challenged by a system increasingly subjected to misguided reforms, slashed funding, and excessive testing. Teaching is a messy art involving numerous, unpredictable variables and participants, and the learning process spans multiple venues and points in time. A fair evaluation instrument would address this multifaceted reality. The value-added instrument currently utilized in North Carolina and many other states, though, is unfair and inaccurate…

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Video games are the perfect way to teach math, says Stanford mathematician

Video games are a much better representation system for learning mathematics than are symbolic representations on a static page, Forbes reports. If the technology had been available in 350BCE, Euclid’s Elements would have been a video game. All Euclid’s arguments are instructions to perform actions: draw an arc, drop a perpendicular, circumscribe the square, etc. It would be much more efficient, both as a communicative medium and for the student learning, if instead of writing instructions in words, the student was presented with opportunities to perform those ACTIONS…

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How One District Successfully Met the Needs of 163 Homebound Students—While Saving Money in the Process

K12 for Schools and Districts partnered with a Florida district to provide online education to 163 homebound students. The solution delivered a level of personalization not possible before, letting each student proceed at his or her own pace. Since the program’s implementation, not a single student has been held back despite not being able to attend school—and the district also has seen a 20-percent cost savings in teaching these homebound students.

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10 special-ed iOS features for students

Students with special needs will benefit from built-in iOS features

special-education-iOSApple has revamped its education website, and part of the redesign highlights built-in and downloadable resources to help students with disabilities or in special education classes gain access to the same technologies used in general education classrooms.

Apple’s iOS devices come with a number of features to help students with autism, vision-challenged students, and students with special needs.  In alphabetical order, here are some of the top special education features in iOS devices. Click for the full list.

AssistiveTouch

This feature gives special-needs students with limited motor abilities full control of an iOS device’s more sensitive screen features, such as pinching or finger swiping, by simply tapping a finger on the screen. The tool also can be adapted for wheelchair-bound students, and through third-party customization for those who need special or additional assistive devices, such as joysticks.

Braille Display

More than 40 Bluetooth wireless braille displays are out-of-the-box compatible with the iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, and the iPod Touch 3rd generation or later. There is no additional software required, and the compatible iOS devices feature braille tables for more than 25 languages.

Closed Captions

Visual learners can use this feature to see captions in video to help with comprehension. This feature is useful for students who are learning to speak a new language or who have other special language needs. Open captions and subtitles also are supported in iOS devices.

Dictation

Students with print disabilities such as dyslexia might benefit from the Dictation function, in which they can speak notes, eMails, web searches, or even large amounts of text. Using this feature may save students from feeling frustrated or from being slowed down. Students tap their device’s microphone button to activate the feature, which also turns numbers and characters into text.

(Take our poll on page 2. Next page: Special features for audio needs and more)

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INFOGRAPHIC: Our top stories this week!

The editors at eSchool News understand it’s not always possible to read every article we publish-you’re a busy educator! That’s why we’ve created our “Top News” infographic, which highlights some of the best stories of the week, as well as some interesting facts. Click anywhere on the infographic that reads “Here’s the story” to read more about this topic on our site. We hope you enjoy!

– The Editors of eSchool News

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Create Content Anywhere With New Xchange Suite 2.5 by Primestream

Xchange for iPad Makes European Debut – Enabling Offline Media Asset Management and Rough-Cut Editing

MIAMI — Aug. 27, 2013 — Primestream(R) today announced FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite v2.5, the latest version of its companion application for the FORK media asset management and automation platform. FORK Xchange Suite gives broadcasters instant cloud access to content on their FORK Production(TM) servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. The latest version contains the new Xchange Shot List Editor add-on module for creating “rough-cuts” as well as the optional Xchange for iPad(R) offline media asset management (MAM) tool, an industry-first professional native iOS application making its European debut at IBC2013.

“We’re continually evolving our products and technology so that we can offer new ways to help our customers work more efficiently, especially in today’s fast-paced, on-the-go, need-it-now work environments. Now, if you can access a computer or tablet, you can access FORK. And if you’re in FORK, you can control your entire operation,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “Our Xchange Suite, especially when used with the new iOS application, is an organization-wide solution for managing, sharing, and reviewing a company’s media. With its highly scalable back end, CDN-ready platform, and API-based open architecture, Xchange is positioned to handle the most dynamic and complex workflows in the industry.”

Xchange Shot List Editor is a new add-on module that gives editors a fast and nimble way to edit proxy content that lives inside the FORK environment using Xchange for Web or iOS. An intuitive visual interface allows any user to start editing clips, subclips, voiceovers, and content with various frame rates within minutes. Users can also create subclips and markers, add metadata, and work with multitrack audio and frame-accurate video.

The Xchange for iPad application allows producers and editors to browse, edit metadata, and create annotations on content while disconnected from their production environments. When connectivity is restored, modifications are instantly synchronized directly to the original assets in the production environment.

With Xchange for Web and iPad, professionals get a user-friendly, cloud-based MAM that allows for searching, viewing, editing, managing, triggering automation, and archiving media from anywhere back to their ground operations. The tools extend access to content for producers and journalists, resulting in better stories and a better end product for viewers.

Facilities that use Xchange Suite and Xchange for iPad benefit from:
*Seamless hybrid cloud/ground workflows that connect all technologies
*Highly scalable and CDN-ready platform with an API-based open architecture
*Actions Monitor for detailed tracking of actions throughout the facility workflow
*Improved communication and resolution of process requests
*A global view of the tasks and processes that are underway
*Ability to manage thousands of users across multiple departments, roles, and privilege levels
*Powerful security enhancements such as token-based authentication, a dedicated API for streaming URLs, time-limited temporary URLs, hash-encrypted URLs, and session-based crosschecking for protecting and securing assets from unwanted intervention
*Integration with popular media technologies such as Telestream(R), Quantum(R), Harmonic(R), Cisco(R) Unified Computing System (UCS) server, Adobe(R) Premiere Pro, Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) 7 and Final Cut Pro X, and Avid(R) Media Composer(R)

Primestream’s Xchange solution has proven itself by delivering more than 20,000 hours of programming amounting to more than 85,000 assets for industry-leading media organizations. Xchange offers broadcast, government, entertainment, and corporate markets complete control and unmatched portability over production workflows — whether creating news packages, logging reality TV footage, editing, or sending video for review and approval. Xchange seamlessly integrates with FORK’s Media Asset Management environment, allowing producers and editors to work collaboratively both inside the production facility or while on the road.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK Xchange Suite 2.5 and Xchange 1.0 for iPad at IBC2013 on stand 7.D21. Xchange for iPad 1.0 is available now, and Xchange Suite 2.5 will be available in the fourth quarter.

# # #

About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM) and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORKXchange2.5.zip

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