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EditShare Ships Geevs 7 Video Server for Post, Broadcast and Sports

January 27, 2015 Comments off

EditShareBoston, MA — January 27, 2015 EditShare®, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, today announced the release of version 7 of its Geevs range of ingest and playout video servers. Geevs 7 adds a host of new features including enhanced integration with EditShare’s shared storage and Flow media asset management solutions.

Tara Montford, EditShare’s managing director, comments, “This release marks a significant milestone in EditShare’s strategy to provide resilient and collaborative solutions that simplify our customers’ workflows. Geevs 7 exemplifies this philosophy and expands our ability to provide completely integrated EditShare workflow solutions.”

Geevs Broadcast Servers have a long history of success within a wide range of demanding workflows including newsroom scheduling, live sports with instant replay, and multi-camera studio ingest. With over 1,000 channels deployed on-air and unrivalled integration with third-party solutions, Geevs servers offer broadcast and post-production facilities real benefits and return on investment.

Geevs 7 New Features
Geevs 7 provides a host of increased functionality and features for the standard Geevs Client license:

  • Playback and recording of channels across multiple Geevs servers from a single client
  • Descriptive markers while recording for fast content tagging
  • Channel Viewer and Administrator interface redesign
  • Local playback of clip files for reduced network bandwidth
  • “Record Local and Push” option adds recording resilience on slow networks

Application-specific updates for Geevs options include:

  • New short-cut key for camera and marker selection in Geevs Studio MC
  • NLE sequences can now be imported into Geevs Live for instant playback
  • Direct timecode entry for fast, precise review and playout in Geevs Sports

Also fundamental to the Geevs 7 release is deeper integration across the EditShare product line.

  • Enhanced integration with EditShare’s Flow media asset management platform includes the ability for Geevs to generate AirFlow-compatible H.264 proxy files, allowing immediate web-based access to recorded media
  • Quality of Service integration with EditShare shared storage reserves bandwidth for Geevs ingest and media playback

For full details on the Geevs 7 release, please visit the EditShare website at: http://www.editshare.com/products/geevs.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2015 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Camtasia 2.5 for Mac (Review)

March 10, 2014 Comments off

Camtasia Recording ControlsCamtasia 2.5 for Mac
TechSmith
$99.00

Techsmith’s Camtasia is one of those essential programs for anyone who needs to create interactive content by capturing a live computer screen. That’s what Camtasia’s main job is: to capture live screen actions as video. Simply put, it’s a screen recorder. But it’s also much more than that. Camtasia comes bundled with a powerful video editor, sound editor, and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities. You can also share your videos to Screencast.com, Google Drive, or to YouTube.

Sharing MenuNote: This review covers Camtasia for Mac version 2.5/2.6. My initial download was 2.5 but has updated since that time. [Late update: Camtasia just updated to version 2.7.1].

Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows computers and I have used both with equal success.

Capturing video, video and audio, or audio alone, plus screen capture is very easy to do with Camtasia. The small control panel makes it easy. Here are the ten steps:

  1. Open Camtasia.
  2. Select a screen recording area.
  3. Choose to use your camera or not.
  4. Select an audio source.
  5. Press the Record button.
  6. Wait for the countdown.
  7. Begin recording.
  8. Stop recording.
  9. Edit recording (if needed).
  10. Share.

Here’s a short video of Camtasia in action:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6LBZw0Dcm8GSWdRS3czVEx4SFU/edit?usp=sharing

The only step in this list that’s more complicated than what I’ve listed here is editing your recording (Step #9). After you stop recording, your recorded footage opens in the Camtasia editor, ready for you to clip, to add effects, to add voiceover, or to do whatever editing you need to do. The editor is very good, but is no match for higher end editing applications.

Camtasia Editor Effects MenuThe Camtasia editor isn’t meant to compete with high-end audio/video (A/V) editors, but it does provide you with the tools you need to produce a very high quality video presentation from your screen captures. Alternatively, the higher end A/V editors are very difficult to master, but Camtasia’s is not. So, it’s really a trade off.

Why it’s frugal: Camtasia for Mac is frugal because there’s no other available professional program of its quality on the market for $99.

The $99 price might seem high for a screen capture program, but Camtasia is much more than simple screen capture. It provides you with a professional quality A/V tool and a professional editor at a fraction of the price of buying the two separately. Camtasia is also very easy to use. That ease of use is worth something because it’s difficult to create an application that is user friendly and powerful. Camtasia is both.

Techsmith has also surpassed every company I’ve ever dealt with for customer service. The only exception is Intuit, whose customer service is perhaps the best of its kind anywhere. Techsmith’s customer service professionals are well-trained, polite, and absolutely knowledgeable about their products and problem resolution. Simply put; they’re impressive.

In my opinion, Techsmith’s Camtasia is the best product of its kind on the market. Coupled with its excellent customer service, it’s a winning combination. It will be the best $99 you’ve ever spent.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: Buy it. Rely on it.

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