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NAB 2019: Xytech Systems and Blackbird partner to streamline asset management process for MediaPulse users

3 April 2019 – Las Vegas and London – Xytech [NAB 2019 booth SL4705], leaders in facility management software for the broadcast, media services and video transmission industries, and Blackbird [NAB 2019, booth SL6716], the market-leading cloud video platform, have partnered to offer a frame accurate codec player in the version 9 of Xytech’s MediaPulse facility management software system. This partnership will help streamline the asset management process for users of MediaPulse version 9, announced at NAB 2019, and provide users with a real-time, accurate browser-based viewer featuring complete access security for all files.

Based in the cloud, the Blackbird player will provide MediaPulse users with an efficient, cost-saving viewer through a streaming proxy codec. By using the integrated player during their workflow, post-production professionals are now able to frame-accurately play, jog and shuttle backwards and forwards through their video content at multiple speeds, all in the cloud on bandwidth as low as 2 MB per second. Since the content is streamed, deleting the source file instantly renders all stream void for an added a layer of security.

“This strategic partnership with Blackbird brings real-time viewing features to MediaPulse users supporting Asset Management and Promo Workflows,” said Greg Dolan of Xytech. “Post-production professionals will be able to securely and accurately access and view video content using Blackbird and do it all on a nominal connection right from MediaPulse. Blackbird shares our vision of intuitive user experiences. This partnership is a great fit.”

Ian McDonough, CEO of Blackbird developer Forbidden Technologies, said: “We’re thrilled Xytech has chosen to integrate Blackbird into their market-leading facility management software, MediaPulse. Blackbird’s unique power and agility will enable Xytech’s customers to frame-accurately access and view their video content at speed delivering significant efficiency benefits. Blackbird is increasingly being recognized by companies globally who need lightning-fast access and management of their video content. Our partnership with Xytech is perfectly aligned with our strategic OEM model for Blackbird as we gain further market adoption in the key US market and beyond.”

The Blackbird version 9 player will be available with the 2019 MediaPulse release version 9 due out in June 2019.

Xytech will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2019 NAB Show from 8-11 April 2019. Located at booth SL4705, Xytech will demonstrate the new features of its leading facilities management software, MediaPulse, including the Blackbird codec player.

Blackbird will be exhibiting at the 2019 NAB Show from 8 – 11 April on Microsoft’s stand, SL6716. To arrange a meeting please email

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