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Primestream Announces Enhancements to FORK Xchange Suite

August 16, 2012

AMSTERDAM — Aug. 16, 2012 — Primestream®, a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, today released the latest version of FORK™ Xchange™ Suite, the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows®, Mac®, or iOS device. FORK Xchange Suite 1.5, an add-on to Primestream’s highly acclaimed FORK software platform for managing and automating broadcast workflows, contains new capabilities for creating subclips and markers, as well as an upload manager, extended metadata functionality, multitrack audio control, and more new features that make it even easier for media enterprises to manage content efficiently among multiple FORK Production sites.

“Content creation and management are no longer centrally located activities. We created Xchange Suite so that producers and editors can tap into their content from anywhere,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream|B4M president and CEO. “The more efficiently and quickly they can get the job done, the more readily they will profit from their assets. We’re building on that notion with this latest version of Xchange.”

In FORK Xchange Suite 1.5, subclips can now be created directly from the Xchange Suite using the new Assemble module, an interface for creating subclips and markers. Users can review material and select portions of the media to deliver to remote sites. Users can create and submit markers and subclips through Assemble from a desktop PC and/or iPad®.

FORK Xchange Suite 1.5 also boasts an upload manager and monitor, which allows users to upload content in any of the supported formats directly from the user’s browser, and then monitor the upload progress of multiple files. Once the FORK Production Server registers the file, it creates an H.264 proxy file, which is also viewable from anywhere. Users anywhere in the world can also download a proxy or high-res media file of any clip in Xchange.

With the new multitrack audio feature in Xchange Suite 1.5, a video clip can have multiple tracks of audio in different languages. Additionally, a new audio panel facilitates switching between audio tracks and master volume controls. This flexibility enables accurate creation of voice-over text for multilanguage assets.

Xchange Suite 1.5 also has extended metadata capabilities. Required metadata fields ensure that content has valuable information that is later searchable within Xchange and FORK.  Read-only metadata fields provide protection for critical information, embedded within the content. The use of predefined values allows for quick tagging of content with commonly used metadata tags. Upon login, groups are presented with their customized form for metadata logging — permitting easy access and user-friendly workflows. 

Not only is Xchange hardware-agnostic, it also supports multiple frame rates according to both NTSC and PAL standards. Other new features include the ability to color-code media files for easy identification, and the ability to perform simple or advanced searches within smartbins with the click of a button.

Primestream will demonstrate FORK Xchange Suite 1.5 at IBC2012 on stand 7.D21. More information about Primestream, B4M, and their products is available at www.primestream.com or b4m.com.

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About Primestream
Primestream® broadcast software solutions offer a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company's portfolio includes the B4M FORK™ suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air®, ControlStation™, and the cloud-based FORK Xchange™. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream's proven solutions are implemented by some of the world's leading broadcasters, uplink services providers, online digital media operations, and production/post-production facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com and b4m.com.