IBC 2012: New iPhone app from Livewire Digital for journalists

by Staff Reporter | August 13th, 2012

Journalists caught in the heart of the action with no news crew on hand can now film breaking news footage on their iPhone and post it directly to their broadcaster’s newsroom using the new M-Link Newscaster Mobile app from Livewire Digital.  Reportedly ideal for filming events as they unfold, such as last year’s riots in the UK, this app is set to bring a new level of immediacy to special reports and news bulletins.

Also new is Livewire Digital’s BGAN Pointer, a free app designed to reportedly help news crews working in harsh or dangerous environments to accurately position their mobile satellite terminal

Also new is Livewire Digital’s BGAN Pointer, a free app designed to reportedly help news crews working in harsh or dangerous environments to accurately position their mobile satellite terminal, pinpoint the exact location of their BGAN satellite, and highlight trees or buildings that interrupt the clear line of sight required for first class transmission of breaking news footage via satellite.

Demonstrations of the company’s live video solution M-Link Live X will also be taking place – now featuring a new high definition option. Targeted at higher bandwidth broadband networks such as emerging 4G LTE mobile data networks and Inmarsat’s forthcoming Global Express broadband satellite network, it reportedly provides live video from the field in full 1080i at 25 or 30fps, at data rates as low as 2Mb/s. Using the latest generation of Blackmagic Designs USB3 and Thunderbolt interfaces, Live-X can support cameras with HD-SDI and HDMI outputs.

The enhanced M-Link Newscaster store and forward solution will also be making its debut, now reportedly boasting a 10% improvement in encoding speed alongside a 15% increase in video qualityand support for MXF and AVC Intra source files. Designed to enhance the workflow efficiency of news crews, this new development removes the encoding step when exporting edited stories from their NLE software. M-Link Newscaster reportedly works directly with the source media used by the NLE so that only one transcode step needs to be applied to the source media, thus saving significant time and avoiding unnecessary video degradation resulting from unnecessary encoding steps.

Commenting on Livewire Digital’s attendance at IBC, Tristan Wood, managing director, said, “For mainstream broadcasters looking to implement HD workflows, we believe the M-Link range has the requisite support and advanced features, as demonstrated by early M-Link HD adopters like Sky News, Sky Sports and Reuters”.

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