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Make Your Work Memorable with PhotoCopy Quantel Plug-In

by Larry Mincer on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 6:03 PM

Here is a great article about PhotoCopy, a plug-in from Digital Film Tools.

It was written by Geoff Poister, Ph.D., of Boston University and can be found at TV Technology.

Generate Synchronized Social TV Messages - Get Ratings Boost

by Larry Mincer on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 6:05 PM

There was a nice article published by NM Incite, a Nielsen/McKinsey Company, and Nielsen which discussed their study analyzing of the correlation between online buzz and television ratings - another measure of the impact of Social TV.

Upstream Control of Downstream Broadcast Graphics Devices

by Larry Mincer on Monday, November 14, 2011 6:06 PM

Traditionally, graphics systems have been grouped into two categories: those used in production control rooms to support live programming, and those used in master control to support downstream graphics insertion including branding bugs, promos, emergency crawls/tickers and other graphics – generally under automation control.

VDS Provides Social TV Enhancements to CBS Sports Gametrax Ticker

by Larry Mincer on Monday, November 7, 2011 6:08 PM

As the impact of Social TV continues to grow, and you consider how to integrate it into your broadcasts, we thought we would share this news with you.

VDS has delivered new, dynamic features to CBS for their Gametrax Ticker system. The CBS Gametrax system is used to support Football and Basketball games broadcast by CBS Sports.

Streamline your Election Broadcast with Automated Election Graphics

by Larry Mincer on Monday, October 31, 2011 3:12 PM

It’s that time again – Elections ! 

One of the biggest and busiest news periods for television broadcasts, Elections coverage can be overwhelming, but it can be manageable if you have the right tools and do some pre-planning.

How to Send e-Coupons by Automated Social TV

by Larry Mincer on Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:19 PM

For a fan of a show or product, getting an e-coupon is always a plus. If you happen to be watching a commercial spot for a product you’re interested in and the e-coupon comes to you by social media at the same time, that’s even better. You get information on the product that has your attention, and you immediately have an opportunity to get a great deal on it.

As a media company, your advertisers will love the ability to make a connection with consumers exactly at the time you are running their commercial spots. And what’s even better, these consumers don’t need to have special applications running on smart phones to receive the synchronized content.

TVA Sports Uses VDS GameTrak Ticker

by Larry Mincer on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:28 AM

We are happy to tell you of our newest customer for our GameTrak sports ticker system.

Automated Broadcast Graphics Systems - A Modular Approach

by Larry Mincer on Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:47 AM

As an engineering or project manager in a media company, you know the challenges you face when you need a system for automating graphics, whether it’s a news ticker, L Bar, or a full-screen, data-driven channel.  Selecting the right solution provider and integrator, defining the right graphics generator for the job, coordinating workflows with your creative team, overall management, and selecting vendors are just some of the many tasks involved.

Watercooler Tip No. 4: Social TV Contests!

by Larry Mincer on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 9:50 AM

One of the great things you can do with Watercooler is easily generate Social TV contests to engage viewers.

The key to this is Watercooler’s granularity of information regarding the content that is being played out. Because of its detailed and interactive interface with the facility automation system, Watercooler has exact relational information about when events happen within programming.

New Quantel Plug-In - GenArts Sapphire V6!

by Larry Mincer on Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:53 AM

We are very pleased to tell you about the latest GenArts Sapphire version 6 Quantel plug-in.