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INFOCOMM: Roku adds live video, new authoring software to BrightSign

SARATOGA, Calif. — BrightSign is using InfoComm to preview two enhancements to its BrightSign range of digital media players. BrightSign’s InfoComm booth #2072 will demonstrate a new live video support module along with BrightAuthor, a new desktop application for creating playlists. Both additions work with BrightSign’s range of high-definition, solid-state digital signage players.
Live video feed module
The new Live Video Module enables live video to be played back on BrightSign and mixed with recorded BrightSign content, including video, still images and animations. The live video playback can also be mixed with other content sources, including Internet delivered content and SD flash card content. Live video can be displayed in full screen or within a zone display while other content sources play around it. Brightness, contrast, saturation and hue of the input video are all adjustable.
This small 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.2in (115 x 80 x 30mm) module offers S-video and composite video inputs with support for NTSC, PAL and SECAM, as well as left and right audio channel RCA jacks. Requiring no external power source, the adaptor is connected and powered by a USB connection to BrightSign HD810 and HD1010 models.
Evaluation samples are available now, and single unit pricing will be approximately $150.
Also new, the BrightAuthor PC application is being introduced to make it easier to create playlists and improve the accessibility and implementation of existing BrightSign features. Its tools and wizards take users step-by-step through the process of creating presentations. Zone templates and custom layout tools are provided, helping content authors make eye-catching displays without manually configuring coordinates and image sizes.
BrightAuthor supports scheduling and day-parting of multiple playlists in a simple calendar format, eliminating the need to create playlists manually. Completed presentations are quicker and easier to prepare for publication, as the software automatically creates the playlist file and bundles it with the selected content, ready to drop onto an SD card for BrightSign playback.
The software is compatible with all BrightSign compact-size models. BrightAuthor will be free of charge to BrightSign customers. Evaluation versions will be available in July, with official release planned for the third quarter of 2009.