|Virage, Inc. has announced the release of VS
Publishing, a next-generation product for publishing Web-based rich media,
and VS Webcasting, a product used to self-produce Webcasting events.
VS Publishing is built on the company's video-application
platform, which is already used by customers in media and entertainment,
enterprises, government, and education to create branded, personalized
video sites for fans, viewers, and customers. The new turnkey publishing
solution offers a streamlined work flow with simple editorial control and
greater Web site programming capabilities. This allows content owners to
publish more content with fewer resources. VS Publishing is available from
Virage as either in-house software or as a hosted service.
"We're pleased to announce an out-of-the-box solution
that simplifies and automates rich-media Web publishing," said Dave Girouard,
Virage's senior vice president of products and services. "In recent years,
we've crafted dozens of unique Web publishing solutions for market leaders
such as CNET, PBS, and Bell Globemedia Interactive. With VS Publishing,
content owners can now get the benefits of best-in-class Web publishing
practices in one product."
According to the announcement, VS Publishing provides
content owners with all the production and programming tools needed to
create and deliver dynamic, rich-media programming to one or more Web sites.
The Virage solution gives producers, editors, or Webmasters an easy-to-use,
Web-based interface for selecting, building, and posting content highlights
from an archive or recently broadcast event onto any part of a Web site
in a matter of minutes.
According to the announcement, VS Publishing enables
the construction of highlight reels of sporting events, news stories, or
entertainment pieces tailored to specific topics without having to re-edit
and re-encode each new piece. The straightforward interface of VS Publishing
allows users of all levels to assemble and deliver content. Any of the
content can also be made available directly to viewers in a personalized,
branded, and browsable format. VS Publishing can be customized to suit
any work flow and is fully compatible with advertising and commerce strategies,
allowing the commingling of Virage-based media with other types of content.
VS Publishing features allows users to do the following:
Search for, preview, and publish clips from archived
or recent events
Publish a single clip or build a playlist from multiple
Edit the in and out times for accurate publishing
Include a low-resolution preview image or related
Publish to an HTML editor, content management system,
or site-management tool
Add, edit, delete, or share playlists
Auto-publish new clips throughout a site based on
keyword or topic
Transform content in real time and dub-segmentation
via the SmartEncode process
Utilize a Web-based interface for remote, distributed
Manage content via the Lightweight Directory Access
Password-protect content for security and content
VS Webcasting allows corporations to self-produce
live and on-demand Webcasting events such as executive communications,
human resource broadcasts, and market announcements. Using VS Webcasting,
organizations can schedule and deliver interactive, live Webcasts that
include audio and video synchronized with slide presentations and documents,
as well as audience polls and questions. At the same time, VS Webcasting
creates a searchable, on-demand version of the event that's available minutes
after the live broadcast is over.
"VS Webcasting provides a cost-effective solution
for any organization that wishes to produce live Webcasts for internal
or external corporate communications," said Girouard. "Our solution not
only improves the management and delivery of the live event but also automates
the process of turning each event into a valuable, searchable repository
of corporate knowledge. With VS Webcasting, you get both live and on-demand
corporate content without the hassle of having to re-purpose your media.
It's ready to go."
VS Webcasting provides administrators with all
of the necessary tools to schedule a live Webcast, notify attendees, and
manage an event. According to the announcement, real-time management tools
offer complete control during the event to ensure maximum audience participation
and high-quality information delivery. Audience members are provided with
an integrated, interactive viewing experience for accessing information
and participating in the event. From their desktops, they can watch the
live event, review associated PowerPoint slides and other data, respond
to surveys, and ask questions.
VS Webcasting uses the proprietary Virage SmartEncode
process to automatically encode and index the video during the live event.
This process extracts information from the PowerPoint slides to create
a table of contents and keyword index. Other information, such as speaker
names and locations, can also be added to this index. The resulting archive
enables audiences anywhere, at any time, to find and watch any part of
Source: Virage, Inc., San Mateo, CA, 650/573-3210;