A vast number of broadcast technology vendors are embracing the iPhone, iPod and iPad as a platform for professional tools of the industry. Digital Broadcast showcases some of the best.
FiRe audio field recorder
Version 1.3 of FiRe, the professional field recording application for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, developed by Audiofile Engineering, incorporates many new features including professional audio effects powered by industry leader iZotope.
The most notable of these features is the new Podcast Export option, which allows users to publish podcasts directly from the iPhone, the first app with this capability.
FiRe was designed to bring serious field recording to audio professionals and version 1.3 furthers this direction by being the first iPhone application to incorporate professional audio signal processing powered by iZotope, claims Audiofile.
“With a reputation for the best digital signal processing available, iZotope has become the leading provider of DSP for professional audio applications,” according to Matthew Foust, co-founder and operations manager with Audiofile Engineering.
FiRe 1.3 is the first application with the ability to publish a finished Podcast directly from the iPhone or iPod touch. Several features make FiRe an excellent Podcast recorder, according to Audiofile, such as the ability to tag recordings with location data and the ability to insert and give names to markers.
When creating a Podcast with FiRe, markers are converted to chapters for easy navigation.
“Bringing professional audio processing to all platforms is part of iZotope’s main strategy,” explained Mark Ethier, CEO of iZotope.
“We’re proud to have Audiofile Engineering as a lead customer on the iPhone with their professional-grade FiRe field recording app.”
Haivision unveiled the VFiControl application for its Furnace video over IP platform, Furnace.
VFiControl enables users to control the Furnace’s recording process, apply real-time metadata (HotMarks) on the fly, and review video recording directly on the mobile device. VFiControl is ideal for controlling the recording, review and publishing processes of medical procedures, medical skills and other training simulations, lectures, military exercises, and sporting events. With VFiControl, users can instantly review the recording directly on their mobile device prior to publishing it directly to the Furnace IP video system.
“With the ability to view and control live video using mobile technology, Haivision customers realise dramatic improvements in the speed, ease, and convenience with which they can view, enrich, and publish media,” said Joe Gaucher, CTO, Haivision. “The release of VFiControl makes Haivision’s powerful Furnace IP video delivery system even more valuable and useful to our clients working in virtually any environment, anywhere. This exciting new app provides intelligent control over intelligent video. The development of VFiControl is indicative of Haivision’s direction and continued pursuit of solutions that empower customers to make the most of media across their enterprises.”
Streambox launched the StreamboxME app at this year’s NAB.
The video-encoding application enables iPhone 3GS users to upload high-quality video using the dedicated Streambox Live broadband video contribution service.
Available for free download from iTunes, StreamboxME is a groundbreaking approach to field newsgathering and video capture that reporters and other content contributors can use to stream live or file-based video from their iPhones to broadcasters, news organisations, government agencies and enterprises.
StreamboxME is the latest free-of-charge encoding application in the Streambox Live solution family, adding iPhones to other 3G and 4G mobile phones and Wi-Fi-connected laptops that can be turned into tools for flexible field newsgathering.
By subscribing to the cloud-based Streambox Live service, news and media companies and other organisations can use low-bandwidth networks to enable many-to-many real-time and file-based video acquisition. After downloading the free encoding software to their mobile devices, video contributors, journalists, citizen reporters, and enterprise communicators can file breaking news stories from field locations that are difficult for satellite newsgathering trucks to reach. Once the compressed video streams are uploaded to the studio, they can be decoded and broadcast live or archived via the Streambox Live data centre.
“Streambox Live is a revolutionary approach to field newsgathering, enabling news organisations to expand their live coverage economically in remote, rugged field locations or those lacking high-bandwidth networking services,” claims Bob Hildeman, chairman and CEO of Streambox.
“Reporters can add iPhones to the arsenal of mobile devices with which they can quickly and easily record, encode, and transmit live video. All they need is an iPhone and a low-bandwidth IP connection.”
Broadcast Pix announced the iPixPanel last month, an application that will allow an iPad to control any of its Slate video production systems.
The iPixPanel combines the iPad’s user friendly touch screen and wireless control with a Slate panel’s unprecedented feedback, which shows device and file name on the panel’s buttons, helping users to create engaging live video.
Users can try a portion of a control panel for free by downloading the Broadcast Pix iPixPad from the App Store, then run it on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
“Broadcast Pix has always been about harnessing new technologies to enable you to create the most compelling live video,” said Ken Swanton, Broadcast Pix president. “Now, the iPixPanel on an iPad lets us bring a powerful control panel to individual producers that previously could not afford one – and wireless panels to larger production teams to expand their control options.”
Each Slate system has its own IP address, so iPixPad can control a specific system. The iPixPad application replicates a Slate’s PixPad, the bank of 12 buttons on the Broadcast Pix control panel that allows the user to fire off macro memories, as well as select clips and graphics. Unlike macros on conventional switchers that only recall switcher moves, Broadcast Pix macros can also recall graphic and clip files, as well as camera positions. An iPixPad can control a simple show with macros that select and position cameras and automatically add the appropriate title graphics and animations. The iPixPad can also be used to augment control of a larger production by providing an additional operator, or even the director, with a wireless controller that can be used to run macros or select graphics or clips.
The first professional video editor application for Apple devices was unveiled at NAB this year.
VeriCoder’s 1st Video app includes a multi-track sound editor, a video editor and a proprietary editing interface that the company claims makes editing with an iPhone easier than on a computer.
The professional version of the system 1st VideoNet can be integrated into a professional newsroom environment. Videos can be taken from external sources and cameras and then sent to Camera Roll, Mobile Me or YouTube or sent to an IPTV platform with VeriCorder’s IPTV solution.
The editor can handle resolutions of 640 x 480 although off-device rendering can be done at 720p.
“It really is the first fully featured system for filing news reports from the field quickly and easily,” claims Gary Symons, founder of VeriCorder. “In fact, there are features in 1st Video that are still not available in large, expensive commercial systems, such as the ability to simultaneously file stories to the newsroom and the web.”