Social media prompting launched by Autoscript

Twitter integration incorporated into new features of WinPlus prompting software
2015, Autocue, Autoscript, New, Twitter, WinPlus, News, Consumer-facing Tech

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Autoscript, a Vitec Group brand, has incorporated new features into its WinPlus prompting software, developed to meet the immediacy of today’s news operations and including Twitter integration, cloud storage and automated closed captioning.

WinPlus’s Twitter functionality, the first of its kind in the industry, is ideal for the newsroom environment as it enables producers and prompting operators to automatically send tweets at specified points of the script. This allows broadcasters to distribute their news online and in sync with their television broadcast, allowing them to reach a wider audience than before. The tweets can be sent directly from the organisation’s Twitter account, the news anchor or reporter, depending on the studio’s requirements.

Robin Brown, product manager, Autoscript, said: “This latest update sees us looking at teleprompting in a whole new way to harness the power and potential of social media. The functionality has been developed in response to changing market needs, viewing patterns and the increasing use of handheld smart devices while consuming news content. Social media, and Twitter particularly, is changing the way people consume news. While news organisations already use these channels, this feature enables producers or operators to plan tweets in conjunction with the script and send them directly from the WinPlus software so that online messaging coincides with the broadcast report.”

WinPlus prompting software now also includes a cloud storage feature whereby talent in the field can upload or download data and scripts wirelessly without using email or internet browsers. This is particularly useful when large files need to be accessed and ensures that users are always able to download or save scripts in the field.

WinPlus has also integrated with Adobe Premier Pro for automatic closed captioning support, which offers a substantial time, manpower, and cost savings to broadcasters.

The WinPlus software will be showcased on the Autoscript stand (C6025) at this year's NAB Show, alongside its E.P.I.C. 17 and 19 integrated prompting systems.

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