What a year for Forscene in 2015. From signing new clients to bringing out the latest features, our professional video editing software has gone from strength to strength.
On the event side, we had three very successful shows at BVE, NAB and IBC, with record numbers of visitors to our stands and many demos to some very exciting companies (Lucasfilm, anyone?)! At BVE in February we unveiled our new look Forscene after the interface was revamped at the end of 2014. At NAB Show in Vegas in April, we introduced Forscene as a fully functional editing platform in the sports, news and long-form post sectors, and had the catchy tag line of ‘Just Edit’. Later in the year at IBC Show, we demonstrated our fully virtualised workflow that doesn’t require any Forscene hardware. We used a racing car simulator on stand because it’s fun to showcase live ingest of camera feeds straight into the cloud that can be edited as they come in to Forscene.
2015 has also been a very good year as new and noteworthy clients started using Forscene. In March this year, we announced that IMG had chosen to license Forscene for all digital rights channels in 2015. The sports giants have been using our cloud-based platform to edit and distribute sports highlight video content. A few weeks later we were also proud to publicise that Forscene was to be used on a major golfing event taking place in the U.S. in April. Working with Wazee Digital (formally T3 Media), Forscene was used on the post-production of digital rights content for the event. Late in March, Field59, an offshoot of news distributors Broadcast Interactive Media, signed a contract with Forscene to incorporate our video editing platform into their client offering. We had some of the Field59 team on our stand at NAB Show, showcasing the power of our combined platforms.
Moreover, we made several announcements around new clients using Forscene on exciting projects. First up was the news that independent production company KEO films used Forscene on the production of Bangkok Airport for the BBC. Producers and editors were able to collaborate on reviewing and editing content for the show from several different locations, without any delay. In July, we revealed that StormHD, post-producers of popular David Attenborough shows, had installed Forscene for use on a dating-format show for ITV. They had been met with increasing demand from clients who wanted to use Forscene and liked how easily our professional video editing software slotted into their existing workflows. More recently, Run VT chose to offer Forscene to clients at their post-production facility in London. They have many reality TV productions with high shoot ratios, making our cloud-based platform a good fit to help producers and directors save time by cutting down footage quickly.
We’ve also had immense success stateside with Forscene in 2015. In May, we interviewed Sean Burt from FNTECH about the benefits of using Forscene on Canadian reality TV series Hockey Wives, produced by Bristow Global Media. A couple of weeks later, we also filmed a case study with another Canadian production company, Frantic Films, about their use of Forscene on Buy It, Fix It, Sell It. However, our biggest news from the states came just a few weeks ago, when we announced that Leftfield Entertainment are to deploy Forscene across their group of production companies.
A big focus for Forscene in 2015 was sports, starting off with a case study with long-time partners of ours deltatre. In March, our Director of Business Development, Jason Cowan, wrote a blog about Forscene dominating sports workflows, and how important our cloud-based editor is to this industry. This was further supported by newly appointed CEO Aziz Musa’s blog on Forscene solving college sports challenges, after he visited SVG’s College Sports Summit, along with Regional Manager for the US & Canada, Jeff Krebs. Throughout the year we’ve also won some large contracts in sports that unfortunately cannot be mentioned by name, but are all household events you would have heard of! A sports production we can mention though is the Rugby World Cup, and how Forscene was used by IMG Digital to create online video content throughout the tournament that attracted 25,000,000 users to their website. With so much success sports still remains a strong focus for Forscene in 2016.
We also spent some time in the early part of the year focusing on our education clients, including making a case study video with Ravensbourne. We ran some campaigns introducing higher education institutions to Forscene and also announced that long-time Forscene advocate Steve Keeler, a Professor at the State University of New York, is offering a Forscene certification at the US College.
Lastly, we’ve also put a lot of focus into growing our social followings on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, as well as expanding our blog with engaging topics like women in technology and whether a degree is needed to work in TV.
So if you’ve made it to the end of this exhaustive round up of Forscene in 2015 – thank you! We appreciate your support and look forward to working with many of you in the New Year.
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Jon Hanford - Group CTO, Deltatre