Forbidden, the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market leading cloud video platform, Forscene, the video social network, ‘eva’, and the online video editor, Captevate, is pleased to announce that two new ABC network affiliates will be adopting Forscene through long-term Forbidden partner Field59, a premier online video management system for live streaming, video-on-demand and over-the-top content.
Through moving onto the video platform provided by Field59, WWAY TV NewsChannel 3, the news, weather and sports television station for south-eastern North Carolina owned by Morris Multimedia, and WWSB TV ABC 7, the ABC news leader for the Suncoast owned by Calkins Media, will both make use of Forscene for a 24-month period.
Forbidden and Field 59 have worked closely together to allow clients to edit video-on-demand clips from live streams in real-time, from one platform anywhere, anytime – and stream from the same encoder, a potentially significant cost saving. In addition, a new IP-based video workflow addresses the current trend of IP-based systems in the television industry.
Susan Hardin, Director of Digital for WWSB TV ABC 7, had this to say about her experience with Forscene and Field59 thus far:
“In a short amount of time, Field59 has improved ABC 7’s video publishing workflow significantly.
“Our favorite aspect of the [Forscene] system is its speed – we don’t have to wait for an entire clip to load before we start working on it. The system has “download intelligence” – it downloads the video around our point of work.
“Learning the system was simple and easy. With a quick review of the tutorials, I logged on and made a one-hour clip in 3 minutes. Then, I made 4 packages in less than 10 minutes. The final compression and processing time is the standard 1.5 times the length of the video, but it’s one you can start and leave.
“No other system that we’ve used compares. Our workflow has decreased by about half, allowing us to publish more video efficiently to our OTT channels, our mobile apps and our live streaming platforms.
“Our demand is higher than usual for a video management system – we clip and publish eight full-length shows a day. While our hour-long shows have been clipped and processing, we have the ability to simultaneously clip individual packages and send them to processing. Each of these full length shows appear on our Roku and Amazon Fire TV channels as well as our news apps and desktop site. While this is happening, Field59 allows us to live stream the eight shows on our multiple OTT channels, news apps and our main domain. Our live streaming channel is a 24/7 streaming channel across all devices, OTT, mobile, personal computers and TVs. It’s high demand, and where we had repeated systems crashes in the past, Field59’s platform has performed remarkably well.”
Derek Gebler, CEO and Founder of Field59, said of the partnership:
“Forbidden has been a true partner in every sense of the word. Forscene is an amazing product, and we’re proud to offer it as a part of the Field59 Video Platform(TM).”
Aziz Musa, CEO of Forbidden Technologies plc, said:
“ABC is one of the largest and highest profile television networks in the US so the fact that two of its News affiliates have opted to use Forscene is further validation of our video editing software’s capabilities within the sector. News is a key vertical for Forbidden and, through executing on our newly invigorated commercial strategy, it’s one where we believe we can gain real sales traction going forwards.”
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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.
The Company develops and markets the powerful cloud video platform, Forscene, which is used by broadcasters, in professional web video, in education and by consumers. Forscene is one of the world’s most advanced browser-based and mobile platforms.
Field59 is a premier online video management system for live streaming and video-on-demand solutions. Field59’s cloud-based video platform enables any organization to use video to efficiently and effectively reach a wide audience on Mobile, Desktop and OTT.
Field59 is headquartered in Madison, WI, and is a trusted partner for companies such as Exact Sciences, Calkins Digital, Quincy Newspapers, Woodward Communications, United Communications, Gray Television, Civitas Media and Morris Multimedia.
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