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Apr 15, 2002  •  Post A Comment

ITV coalition formed to intro content standards
A number of television and interactive production companies have joined forces to introduce a set of standards for interactive TV content based on XML and initially developed by two-way interactive TV provider GoldPocket Interactive. The group hopes the development of standards will spur growth in ITV content and programming. Participants include American Film Institute, Animax Interactive, ARTiFACT [+] iTV, Beyond Z Interactive Media, Chyron Corp., Cylo, Final Draft, GIST Communications, GoldPocket Interactive, grim.TV, H Design, Interspot, PushyBroad, and Zeek Interactive.
Telestream launches new FlipFactory software
Telestream launched a new version of its FlipFactory software that includes new asset management functions. The software can automatically extract information such as time code, closed-caption and audio levels and convert that information into metadata for search and retrieval on asset management systems. The company also formed a licensing agreement with Pinnacle Systems that will include Telestream’s Flip technology in its new Palladium Exchange gateway to help with file interchange among Pinnacle products and third party products such as Avid’s editing systems.
Avid unveils MetaSync support program
Avid introduced its MetaSync Program, which is a program designed to provide support and tools for developers that want to adapt their products to be compatible with Avid MetaSync technology, which allows users to synchronize metadata with video and audio during postproduction. The program could help enable new forms of interactive entertainment.
Short takes
Editware has introduced Fastrack, a hybrid editing system available next month that enables linear and non-linear editing. The price ranges from $15,000 to $30,000. … Encoda Systems has begun installation of Encoda MART, a software system that integrates all five of Encoda’s existing legacy traffic and ad management systems. … Leitch unveiled the newest addition to its VR line of broadcast video servers. The new server can handle more than 100 broadcast channels, up from 44 last year, and 18 terabytes of storage, up from 730 gigabytes. … AccuWeather introduced a desktop feature that allows TV stations to offer personalized weather information on viewer’s computers.