March 4, 2014, 10:45 am by dliu
You can now overlay a station logo and text crawls on your channel with the latest TelVue HyperCaster release (v4.1).
Use this for emergency notifications, community and programming related messages, and channel branding.
Manage station identification “bugs” and scrolling “tickers” across the screen from the new “Overlays” section of the config tab.
Positioning a “bug” on your screen is as easy as uploading a graphic and specifying the image position on the display grid.
Similarly, you can preview a live “ticker”, even as you choose and edit the colors, fonts, speed, positioning, size, and alpha blending.
If you’re simulcasting in different formats, such as broadcasting the same channel in both HD and SD, the graphics will automatically scale to the size and resolution of each channel. Simulcast can be used to deliver your channel in HD to iPad, Roku, and other connected devices, while distributing the same channel in SD to your cable channel. With simulcast, your playback and graphics display properly for each simulcast output resolution, all from a single action.
For example: you design overlays for multiple resolutions (HD 16:9 and SD 4:3 for example), and then by associating more than one ProVue (set to different output resolutions) with a HyperCaster channel, you can enable an overlay on a channel, and each ProVue displays it properly in its native resolution.
- the HyperCaster’s ability to multicast to multiple ProVues, and
- ProVue’s ability to auto up and down-convert, and
- the new multi-resolution overlay capability,
you can manage Simulcast channels without really having to think about the fact that they are working with different output resolutions. Schedule programs as you normally would, and turn overlays on and off. The rest is TelVue magic!
Graphics are displayed on both file-based playout and StreamThru™ events, so you also get true downstream overlays on programming and live sources.
This new integrated graphics feature is available in any Gen 2 HyperCaster with an integrated TelVue ProVue IP Decoder, or streaming to external TelVue ProVue IP Decoders. 3rd party HD graphics systems can be very expensive, so this is a great way to get even further value out of your TelVue system!
For more detailed instructions on how to use the graphics feature, see the latest addition to the HyperCaster User Manual.
February 4, 2014, 12:03 pm by dliu
This is America and the World
The Media Exchange has some new Syndicated content, covering topics ranging from international affairs to arts and sustainability. Check out some of the recently-added videos:
This is America and the World informs viewers about the government, culture, economy, and historic sites of other unique countries, their important role in the world, and their relationship with the United States. Explore our increasingly interconnected world through interviews with Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State as well as men and women in all walks of life. This is America and the World is also broadcast on PBS stations nationally every week, and Voice Of America distributes the series throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and parts of South America. (You can subscribe to this as a Series in the Media Exchange, and each new episode will automatically be added to your Media Library.)
Peak Moment TV produces programs on “locally reliant living”, which covers sustainability, energy, food, and how people are meeting these 21st century challenges.
NJ Arts News is an independent organization that is committed to giving the arts and humanities in New Jersey a place in TV coverage of the state. Their collection of 3-5 min news pieces on cultural happenings around NJ will be growing.
LOG IN or REGISTER NOW for full download access to all the Media Exchange syndicators. Hundreds of shows can be browsed, searched, previewed and downloaded from the TelVue Connect Media Exchange. If you don’t already have a free Media Exchange account, ask us for one.
January 27, 2014, 3:18 pm by dliu
An Enviable Problem
A year ago, MetroEast Community Media had a problem that many fellow PEG stations would envy.
The channels it administers for the eastern region of Portland, Oregon, were going HD. The problem MetroEast now faced was: how best to handle the transition?
Technology decisions fall largely on David Elkin-Bram, MetroEast’s Chief Information Officer. CIO is a new title; one adopted from watching his bailiwick expand with the evolution of digital TV, and now encompassing audio and video production, networking, computer and server management, as well as scripting and programming.
The Complexity of Collaboration
Before the transition could begin, there were many factors to take into consideration. MetroEast Community Media is actually one hub in a collaboration of channels.
Read more …
December 13, 2013, 9:12 am by dliu
Jordan Hassler (left) is BEK Sports Broadcast Operations Manager
At TelVue we often talk about how high school sports can differentiate a local TV operation from its national competitors. At BEK Sports, they prove it. Every day. With a vengeance.
In the last school year, BEK Sports televised – LIVE – 200 games in 200 days from 55 cities in North Dakota. That averages a game a day, across a state that covers nearly 71,000 square miles. And BEK Sports does this with a full-time staff of six, and a fleet of two live production trucks.
How do they do it, and more importantly, why? Read on…
Read more …
December 11, 2013, 4:20 pm by dliu
December 9, 2013, 3:51 pm by dliu
This morning we upgraded TelVue Connect to version 1.5, featuring:
1) “Clear Storage Space” on each media pulldown menu helps users easily make room for more media in their library by deleting broadcast files that have already been uploaded to their server. Before you use this feature, PLEASE READ this addition to the TelVue Connect User Manual.
2) Metadata fields have been enhanced. All users can now see additional metadata fields such as “Categories”, Ratings, and the ability to add information like the licensing window, or the names of Actors, Directors and Producers. These fields are compatible with CableLabs ADI metadata requirements, but are optional, unless your organization uses the Cable Option.
Read a full version of the Release Notes, here.
November 26, 2013, 1:23 pm by dliu
TV shows on money, showbiz, satire, travel, science, health, and native culture — it’s all there for the taking, in the TelVue Connect Media Exchange. Take a look at some of the new and diverse syndicators who have recently contributed content to the TelVue Connect Media Exchange.
Sidewalks Entertainment produces a talk/music series of 30-minute shows featuring celebrity interviews, music and rising acts.
Will Roberts records a weekly commentary on current events, “Will Rogers style”.
Money Matters TV produces a half-hour business program that interviews business leaders about their take on the financial climate.
Experience Nirvana Productions often delves into the spiritual, with guests who explore alternative healing and lifestyles.
Travel Television is about “traveling for a purpose”.
These are just some of the most recent joiners to the Media Exchange. LOG IN or REGISTER NOW for full download access to all the Media Exchange syndicators, including Democracy Now!, the National Science Foundation, some beautiful underwater programs from the YourSanctuary TV (courtesy of Access Monterey), Native Voice TV, Perils for Pedestrians, and many more.
Hundreds of shows can be browsed, searched, previewed and downloaded from the TelVue Connect Media Exchange. If you don’t already have a free Media Exchange account, ask us for one.
November 11, 2013, 1:51 pm by dliu
TelVue is pleased to announce the release of HyperCaster 4.0, which represents several big steps forward in features and functionality for our 2nd Generation HyperCaster models, including:
* HyperCaster B100 (Gen 2)
* HyperCaster B1000 (Gen 2)
* HyperCaster B100-Analog (Integrated ProVue Decoder, Composite/Component/HDMI)
* HyperCaster B100-SDI (Integrated ProVue Decoder, HD-SDI)
* HyperCaster B1000-SDI (Integrated Quad ProVue Decoders, HD-SDI)
Enhanced multi-format, integrated decoding including Single and Four Channel models, and support for importing additional file formats are among the most important new features of the 4.0 release. Details as follows:
October 28, 2013, 12:54 pm by Chris Perry
(Chris Perry is TelVue’s Director for Systems Engineering)
Over the past six or so months I’ve spent an increasingly large portion of my day talking about how to backhaul video across the public Internet. Before diving in let’s clarify what I mean by backhaul. In situations where you are shooting a game, parade, or other event in the field you have to transmit that video back to the station or whatever demarcation can get you back into your broadcast system. Traditional methods such as Satellite uplink and Microwave transmission have an extensive amount of testing, research, and development behind them; however there are two main downsides: cost and ease of use. Sat transmission prices start around $5/minute and require a trained engineer to setup and maintain. Microwave requires either an FCC license (for reliable transmissions) or unlicensed transmitter/receiver (more susceptible to interference); not to mention that you need line-of-sight or multiple hops in order to establish a connection.
Enter the Internet – prolific, speedy, and cheap. Sounds great, doesn’t it? And in many cases the Internet can prove to be an important part of a remote backhaul solution where traditional means are not available or affordable. However the Internet does not come without its own set of challenges for video transmission. In this blog post I hope to address some of the issues and strengths with using the Internet as a live video backhaul solution, as well as some of the products that I’ve tested recently and my findings from those tests.
Let’s begin with a bit of information about the Internet itself.
October 25, 2013, 1:09 pm by dliu
There’s more than just the World Series going on at Boston’s storied Fenway Park this week.
The Mass Access Fall Mini-conference is there too, sharing the billboard with TelVue, Premier Sponsor of the event.
TelVue President and CEO Jesse Lerman also took to the podium to discuss advances in cloud-based tools for broadcast, as well as HD options now available to PEG stations.