Nowadays, news anchors are more than just pretty faces reading from a prompter; they moderate multitudes of information sources, including news clippings and images, online resources, media files, and live feeds. With standard news formats becoming increasingly complex, news teams must adopt increased control of news program components to ensure they can run their programs smoothly and engage viewers.
NewsTouch is an innovative IT-based multimedia touch system created by MediaPower. It is a standalone multimedia presentation appliance dedicated to the live production of press clippings, web content, and recorded and live media files in the studio for a live broadcasting environment. For the rst time, multi-touch technology, together with a HD 3D graphic engine, enters the world of Broadcast Television at an extremely low cost.
Live and Online
NewsTouch is a complete product that provides a single graphical interface which brings you infinite power at the touch of a finger. NewsTouch is a highly advanced professional system that can handle multi-touch with up to 10 fingers simultaneously and independently. Therefore, it can be used easily at the same time, even by two operators.
Using natural gestures on a multi-touch board, the news anchor or journalist is in full control of his delivery, simultaneously anchoring and presenting supporting news clippings, videos, and content. Other than being able to scroll, zoom, and rotate images to emphasize points, NewsTouch also offers a vast array of powerful illustration tools for drawing arrows, shapes and other markers on top of images and videos; these include different pen sizes (in a range of colors) and an eraser feature. This element is particularly useful for sports and weather newscasters, as they must often reference specific sections of their supporting images for clarity.
Equipped with advanced graphics capabilities, NewsTouch also supports the broadcast of video fragments, freezing frames and permitting users to add comments with its instantly retrievable writing tools. Additionally, NewsTouch incorporates a web browser which allows journalists and TV presenters to outline live material directly from the web with ease, as well as providing integrated support for social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Texts, graphics, images and multimedia material can also be visualized live or saved before the show on a local disc in order to guarantee a smooth access to the network content during the broadcast.
Compact & Complete
NewsTouch is a compact product that can be used in a stand-alone mode by a single journalist; simplicity and user friendliness are key features of this tool. Even though it is a powerful and versatile instrument, it can be used by anyone, immediately and without training. Boasting four different pre-sets for color, layout and transparency, users can easily and precisely superimpose their own notes onto the background. Furthermore, NewsTouch has "no-panic" functions to distribute the presentation content evenly to a default zoom level, complete or selective cancelling tools, customizable menus and the option to exclusively visualize the essential information required during a live show, guaranteeing maximum concentration levels, without unnecessary distraction from excessive buttons and icons.
With NewsTouch, create any kind of program that features dynamic and engaging presentations: from news, sports and weather reports, to special events like an election coverage, talk shows and much more. Apart from press clippings and web material, anchors can take control of live video inputs coming from other studios or the field. Output on the presenter display and on air is HD- enabled.
Supports Professional Mobile Devices
NewsTouch now supports professional tablets, starting with Microsoft Surface Pro 2, making it more flexible and convenient to use, than ever before. By using a Surface Pro 2, journalists or news anchors can now freely move around during their presentations. Some news anchors are also already used to using tablets in their news reports, thereby making it easier to incorporate NewsTouch as another delivery tool for their compelling and dynamic reports.
Through its HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, NewsTouch covers all features for a video mixer, interactive graphics, web video and so much more. External secondary events can be managed via IP by means of a specific video matrix with a maximum of 16 inputs (4 standard). Available for an extremely affordable price which does not compromise its outstanding performance and smooth graphics with elastic effect, NewsTouch does not require any installation or training costs, and is operated by a single connection to LAN and video matrix.
News Touch is compatible with the following formats:
- Images: GIF, TIFF, JPG, PNG, BMP, PCX
- Container video: MXF, AVI, MPG, M2P, MP4, MOV (OPTIONAL)
- Video CODEC: H264 FLV, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPEG1, DV, DVCAM, RAW, DVIX, XVID
- Audio CODEC: AC3, PCM, MPEG1, MP3
- File audio: MP3, WAV
- File PDF: UNPROTECTED PDF, SINGLE AND MULTIPAGE PDF