Wednesday, August 18, 2004

A Television Studio in a box ... and more.

They've done it again. It wasn't a few years ago that Serious Magic's Visual Communicator got the nod as E-R's software of the year. After a sophmore effort which largely focused on web capability, Visual Communicator Web, Serious Magic is back with a vengeance with it's STUDIO version of the award winning Visual Communicator.

Early efforts making good use of the ability to produce videos that could be downloadable from a the web, or burned to DVD, for more traditional distribution. And while it touted itself as a "television studio" in a box, what VC lacked was a multi-camera format.

Well, Visual Communicator Studio changes all that. Visual Communicator Studio’s live output adds the ability for users to self-produce live corporate broadcasts, conferences, distance learning courses, campus-wide newscasts and more. Video can be streamed to the Internet or Web server in real time, or displayed live on a large projection screen, monitor or TV, without expensive hardware or technically complex set-ups. Users can also publish their videos to video-embedded web pages without learning HTML, and add chapter markers and web links, which can display web pages, pictures or PowerPoint slides alongside the video.

Multiple camera support, enables users to provide for a more professional look by moving between different camera angles much like high budget professional newscasts and to use interview-style formats. Up to three camera sources are supported, and all can be used with Visual Communicator’s "VScreen" virtual sets and green-screen effects.

And with a full screen enhancement to their teleprompter, reading copy is much easier for the user, and as such, cuts down on rehearsal time.

With upgrades that really places itself in High gear, Visual Communicator Studio not only takes the next step in it's evolution, it does so with a giant leap.

Basic Requirements
Windows® 2000 or XP
933 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor or equivalent (including Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel® Celeron® 2, AMD® Athlon® or Athlon XP®, or AMD® Duron®)
256 MB RAM
CD-ROM drive
300 MB available hard drive space
Standard PC sound card
16 MB AGP graphics card with 3D acceleration

Additional Requirements for Live Streaming
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor at 2.4 GHz or higher
NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Radeon based AGP video card
USB webcams are not supported for live streaming. Use DV or analog video capture cards.

Price $695 - though users of previous versions can get an upgrade price.

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