IBC 2014, Stand 11.F45 – Autocue, the world’s leading supplier of teleprompters, has added two unique features to its newsroom integration – the prompter can now automatically jump to whatever story is selected in the newsroom running order and edits to the script on the prompter can be mirrored in the newsroom computer system (NRCS).
The first new feature is support for the roElementStat MOS command. This allows the Director to skip ahead to another story in the running order of the newsroom system and for the teleprompter to automatically display the corresponding section of script, rather than relying on an operator to jump ahead manually. Rachid Anis, Autocue CTO, explains “This new functionality ensures the prompter is completely in sync with where the Director wants to be in the newsroom system running order at all times. It eliminates the need for the operator to react to the Director’s instructions and jump to the correct point, or for a presenter to have to scroll ahead themselves to try and find the right point to pick up the story."
Profile 7 support in AP ENPS allows the communication between the teleprompter and the newsroom to become two-way. In a standard workflow, the scripts will be prepared in the newsroom system and output to the teleprompter, with any changes in the newsroom running order or script reflected in the prompting system. However, with support for profile 7, Autocue now uniquely enables changes made by the teleprompter operator to be reflected in the AP ENPS system. Anis continues, “It is much easier for the teleprompter operator, who is working on the script, to make changes locally on the prompter machine under the direction of the production team. Until now, this has not been possible."
Autocue has also announced support for the very latest MOS protocol versions 2.8.3 and 2.8.4, as well as support for “Buddy Server failover mode” in AP ENPS. This means that if the NRCS primary system is unavailable, then the prompter will respond to the backup (buddy) server MOS commands.
Anis concludes, “Now that we are no longer in competition [following the sale of the Workflow division to AQ Broadcast], we are building much stronger development relationships with newsroom providers. And thanks to our in-house development team, and their deep understanding of newsroom and automation systems, we are well placed to create the best possible newsroom integration and MOS support. These latest developments are just the first of many enhancements planned for the coming year.”
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Autocue (The home of QTV teleprompters) has been the leading provider of teleprompters to the broadcast industry since their introduction in the 1950s. Today, Autocue has the broadest teleprompter range, with the leading hardware and software product at every price-point. Tens of thousands of users worldwide, ranging from schools and videographers to high-end broadcasters such as the BBC, NBC, MBC, Doordarshan, TF1 and CNN, rely on Autocue for their teleprompting needs.
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