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New Technology Developer Seeks Partners

Posted in Internet, new media, News Production, Products, software, Solutions, television on October 8, 2010 by James Rowe

Developers of MyNewsVu seek partners among television stations, networks and vendors of television news automation products.  Roland Boucher and his co-founder Stevan Vigneaux have created a product they describe as “next generation on demand news-site software.”  Messieurs Boucher and Vigneaux say they are reinventing television for the connected age.

MyNewsVu offers a personalized rundown or playlist of news stories on a station or network’s website.  Recent research notes video is king of online content.  Other studies indicate user experience is the must have in presentation of media.  Boucher says MyNewsVu promises an “individually-personalized TV newscast to each and every viewer.”  Here are a couple of ways to check on his statement.  Engineers and techie types perhaps would prefer to watch the presentation of the technology and business case for MyNewsVu.  Editorial professionals bored with technical information, who just want to know how it works, likely would choose to test the service itself.  The links provide you both experiences.

In this age when Jon Stewart is probably the most trusted news source in the United States of America his Daily Show website is user friendly.  Stewart’s site offers an easy online presentation of his comedy channel program.  MyNewsVu proposes an interesting solution for broadcasters searching for new and friendlier methods to communicate with audiences, who demand content when and where they desire.

So for those interested, here’s an opportunity to get in on the development stage of technology to deliver personalized viewing experiences for television news and shape the user experience.  Boucher calls for partners to help polish MyNewsVu.  He says they are “currently seeking development partners from a major Network News Organization or a Newsroom Automation and/or News Production Systems Company wishing to extend their News Production Workflow to include Internet delivered TV newscasts.”  Help fashion the future and reach out to MyNewsVu.  Contact information is on their website and to give you a better user experience here’s Roland’s email address Roland@MyNewsVu.com.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

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Tweets in Your Outlook

Posted in Internet, Management, Products, software, Solutions on July 8, 2009 by James Rowe

Microsoft Outlook is the de facto communications tool for most knowledge workers.  It’s more than an email reader.  Learn all you can do with Outlook from Microsoft’s free training resource.

twitter-benefits Twitter is a short message service which seems to baffle many about its utility.  Broadcast Newsroom Computing uses Twitter and encourages newsrooms to consider the free service for more than “please bring some coffee on your way in.”  Here’s BNC’s document on how journalists might benefit from Twitter.  Download it here and share it.

Twitter for Journalists

Now you’re ready to consider Tweeting from Outlook and manage Tweets that can overwhelm you like email does until you take control.

twinbox_thumb Tech Hit produces Outlook add-in Twinbox, an upgrade to OutTwit.   Tech Hit’s FAQ page answers what happened to OutTwit and more about Twinbox, configurations and capabilities.  It’s free.  Tech Hit makes several utilities for Outlook including one for Facebook.  Social networking from within Outlook could make your work easier.

Social network sites and others have created clients and add-ins to get around  logging in from a browser.  Business and journalistic utility is to leverage these tool to better communicate with your group or directly with individuals in the group.

Viewing updates from social networks you follow for story ideas and tips from within your main electronic communications tool is what Twinbox delivers with simplistic features. 

BNC considers the application a must know about.  If you’re still on the fence about the real utility of Twitter download our Broadcast Newsroom Computing digest and visit TwiTips for new and simple tricks to send and receive short messages via Twitter.

Twinbox offers a quick start guide on its site as well.

iPhone and Blackberry are in the game too.   There are applications to collect Tweets and to Tweet.  Adoption of social networking is becoming easier and more user friendly.

Next week, Broadcast Newsroom Computing begins a series on file based workflows for television news production.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

Third Party Key Completes Avid Workgroups for Broadcast

Posted in hardware, Products, software, Solutions on July 1, 2009 by James Rowe

Avid Technology has hundreds of non-linear enterprise content management systems installed at television stations, networks and production companies around the world.  In absolute openness this is the first time I have written about my former employer in Broadcast Newsroom Computing in months of the blogs existence.  However, time has come because I truly believe a long-time Avid partner delivers a product to launch honest end-to-end file based production workflows for television news.

Jim McKain, Chief Executive Officer and President of NL Technology  and I, logolast week, discussed synergies possible with Rowe and Company, LLC, parent of BNC.  We agreed immediately very genuine symbiosis between the two companies exists and needs fulfillment.

Further our lengthy conference realizes flow of information or metadata can be created in editorial meetings and tracked and travel with associated media to distribution/broadcast.  The challenge, I believe we can confidently achieve, is keeping data in sync through out the process so every person involved sees the same, clean and freshest information regarding production. For me, the geek and career journalist, I know we are about to deliver an ultimate breakthrough and Rowe and Company is bursting with excitement about joining NL Technology to bring long needed solutions to market.

“Smart Acquisition Technology” used in NLT’s first of its kind product SAT AI AutoIngest provides the engine for innovative file based workflows. SAT AI  250x188 1_1 AutoIngest manages  Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2, EditCam and Ikegami GFCAM discs or packs.  AutoIngest turns clips from the various camera manufacturers  into Avid complaint media including metadata from the camera and seamlessly integrates camera data and clips/files into Interplay or MediaManager workgroups.  It’s all done with a very simple and friendly user interface.  NLT has been doing so for some time, IMHO, with unheralded reliability McKain brings the industry.

The quantum leap takes data from editorial meetings into and out of iNEWS and ENPS newsroom computer systems and Interplay.  Every user along the production line is assured their personal view has the latest information associated with media they are searching or using, whether text, graphic or video.  The advance completes production collaboration.

It’s really big so stay tuned in.  Last week, announcement of Dennis Glenn, Solutions Architect as Rowe and Company Associate.  This week a symbiotic agreement with NL Technology.  R&C is moving forward and we’re in the lab.   The new team will quickly and reliably deliver file based production from acquisition.

Next week, Broadcast Newsroom Computing considers Tweets in the inbox.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

One to Many for Profit

Posted in asset management, audio, content, IT, Management, News Production, newsroom, Operations, Products, rundown, script, software, Solutions, video on April 30, 2009 by James Rowe

I want what I want right now where I am.   Such a statement would have drawn ire from my parents.  It becomes the mantra for deciding where media is to present.  The choice of platforms to attain what one wants when desired seems countless and burgeoning.

Consumer discretion  increases and broadcasters’ resources to accommodate end user selection usually cost in the six figure range.  Workflow attempts to send content produced once to many consumption points can boggle the mind.  Nielsen-Online’s three screen report from late last year is a dated analysis of popular stages.

Television, radio and text is consumed at home, online, on big and little screens, in movement  – such as in a car or train, on telephones,  and in public venues like work, theaters, bars, and supermarkets.  There are a number of legacy personal entertainment devices still in the hands of many and more devices made and sold to deliver rich media. 

As usual there are no real standards.  Formats for varied presentations challenge how best to communicate.  Broadcast Newsroom Computing writes often about technologies utilizing accepted standards.  Products sold as everything to broadcasters find huge systems mired in a form of head scratching, usually for lack of standards.  Simplicity is lost for user and administrator.

Business demands cost control and fierce competitiveness at the same time.   The competitive playing field broadened to arenas lacking defined and profitable models for commerce.  Getting it done once and capitalizing many times is requirement.  Doing so can be easier.

The one-to-many ideal is achieved with innumerable devices.  Managing numerous points of content delivery sometimes means digital asset management according to vendor.   Like nations, vendors most often refuse to cooperate well.  Choosing the best technology for a specific business solution requires products still learning to play nice.

Massachusetts based Signiant, IMHO, achieves respectable management of rich media across geographies and products.  Signiant’s Content Distribution Management sold to broadcasters and rich media content producers and distributors is a must check for one-to-many solutions and standard file based distribution.

BNC Friday’s Memo tomorrow with some late forecasts.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

Virtualization – Time for Genuine New Thinking

Posted in computers, Education, IT, Products, software, Solutions on March 2, 2009 by James Rowe

We begin a four part series on virtualization.  It’s the concept of one–to–many.  One physical CPU behaving as if it were several distinct processing units or computers.

Broadcast Newsroom Computing a little later examines the business benefits of an innovation whose time has come.  However to tease you, I know one broadcaster who already turned to virtual machines for efficiency and cost reduction.

I used virtual machines for many years and still toy with them from time to time.  I realized early the benefits of virtualization for broadcast newsroom computing.  It gave me the single bit of control I had in one of my previous jobs.  I managed them to a point where they were merely a second thought so other problems burned my attention.

This series might seem only directed toward those fascinated with information technology.  However, BNC strives to make the seemingly complex simple.  Sun Microsystems VirtualBox defines virtualization as one computer operating system running on top of another operating system.  BNC will come back to Sun and VirtualBox later in the series as well.  And we will explain why you want to run one operating system on another.

Why do I consider virtualization genuine new thinking?  Well here’s an anecdote.

In that previous job I was responsible for, conservatively, 21 traveling servers spread across two continents, running three different operating systems including Linux.  There were three or more different client server applications and each required some advanced networking.  Sounds complex but virtualization simplified it for me.  It was standard networking made user friendly and idiot proof even though the applications were complex because control of other machines and protocols were involved.

I tested and then deployed virtual machines to handle the Linux operating system which could live on top of eight Windows 2003 servers.  Now instead of 21 servers and related hardware problems I had 13 physical servers and the same level of service provided by the twenty-one.  Let’s make it clear, I reduced my hardware responsibilities by more than a third without loss in quality of service. 

I would upgrade a single Linux virtual machine and then copy it to seven other servers.  Again, I reduced my workload of upgrades somewhere between 80 and 50 per cent.

Honestly in the end my responsibilities were quite under control.  I had ability to respond to requests immediately and easily by copying virtual machines and images of other servers.  The fear those who used the systems would cause me massive rebuilds and upgrades was tamed.  My workload was reduced at least 50 per cent.  I saved  more than 33 per cent in hardware costs and much more in my time and sanity.

Wikipedia has a complicated definition of virtualization and I cite it to explain the topic can be complex because its true potential, I believe, is yet to be realized.  However it’s concept is simple and only requires genuine new thinking to see the math that brings the benefits noted in the above anecdote.

BNC tomorrow examines claims from the big three vendors of virtualization.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company

Web Browsers, What’s Yours?

Posted in Internet, Journalism, Products, software on February 25, 2009 by Patrick Rowe

Everyone has a preference for a particular browser to surf the World Wide Web.  I have a favorite as well.

You’ll notice sometimes certain sites won’t perform as expected with some browsers.  The peculiarity is the reason anyone producing for the web needs to have multiple browsers on their workstation or computer. 

Available browsers:

  1. Internet Explorer
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Mozilla Firefox
  4. Safari
  5. Opera
  6. AOL
  7. Flock

Flock presents itself as the social web browser and offers some customizable features geared toward that end.

Include AOL when thinking about browsers.  You might think why but your audience may avoid the question and use what is simple.  There are free versions of the browsers AOL wishes you to use and be directed to their portal.

Opera offers all kinds of features for easy browsing.  There’s also a mobile version for smart phones.

Apple produces Safari.  The computer maker claims Safari is “the world’s best browser.”  There’s a beta version out now.

The majority of the browser users I know prefer Mozilla Firefox.   Firefox introduced tabbed browsing first and everyone else followed.  Firefox has a number of extensions that make it perform like other applications.  I can recall software engineers looking for heads to chop off because someone introduced a browser based application that had problems functioning in Firefox.   I hope that gives you some idea of the popularity of Firefox.

Google entered the browser fray with it’s Chrome.   Google has some interesting features.   You have to play around with the various browsers and decide which one fits your preferences and work patterns.

Now comes Internet Explorer the Microsoft entry.  MS is making an effort to compete with the other browsers.  IE still has most of the developers and designers using it as the standard.  Despite some bugs and threats usually against Internet Explorer, it is still a must have on your computer even if you don’t use it.  I find I need it sometimes when certain sites give me problems with my browser of choice.

Why would you want to have seven browsers on your computer?  You need to see how your web production plays on each stage.  These  platforms are out there and you must be able to play on each of them.  Sometimes there are slight differences in your web output in each browser and sometimes it just works for all.

Web developers and even web editing software recognize the need to preview your web output on all the various browsers.

Please return to Broadcast Newsroom Computing tomorrow for more education on new tools entering the newsroom.

Patrick Rowe

Rowe and Company
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State of the Industry 2.09

Posted in Education, How To Series, Jobs, Journalism, Products, software, Solutions on February 19, 2009 by James Rowe

I can tell you there is constant buzz in offices and conference rooms and executives suites about the state of television and broadcasting.  What that means to you is determined by your individual circumstances and desires.  Broadcast Newsroom Computing is taking a stab at helping with the basics for you to make informed decisions.

It’s a completely new world that is moving at the fastest pace I’ve witnessed in a long time and that means there’s going to be a lot of stumbling.  You must first accept there is no perfect technology.  Some find that daunting when there’s software claiming to do everything for broadcasters and journalists are being asked to do everything in the production process.  It is discouraging. Let’s try to make less so.

The best free resource I’ve found is Adobe’s list of primers and their page to pitch broadcasters gives you a good idea of the state of the industry.  You may work with another production system as there are a number of vendors offering what’s called end-to-end solutions like Adobe’s pitch. BNC started yesterday with “Reporting in the New Millennium” to prepare for the change to doing it all.  We only want to point to sources with basics. 

Video is television’s strength and editing is the process gone digital.  Dvmoviemaking.com offers an online Beginners Guide to DV Editing.    Videomaker.com has tips for one man bands.  Shooting video requires some basic knowledge of photography and no one beats National Geographic in that regard today.  Their tip site provides a good refresher on what the eye needs to search for in pictures. So when you’re unexpectedly handed some gear and told you’re now shooting you have some resources.

The new world, the current state of the industry, demands journalists at least understand the process from planning to multi-platform distribution. 

Broadcast Newsroom Computing plans other looks at specific areas of digital news production the journalist in the new millennia has to comprehend.  Check in tomorrow for an assessment on the future of journalism.

Remember Broadcast Newsroom Computing’s Skills and Talent for Hire page.  If you’ve been laid off, you may have an elevator pitch and contact information posted on the page for free.  Email bnc@roweandcompany.biz.   You can get the background in our post “Colleagues Laid Off – Jobs Need.” 

James Rowe

Rowe and Company