At IBC 2015, Primestream® unveiled FORK™ v5.5, the latest version of its acclaimed cross-platform software suite for asset management and automation. FORK v5.5 builds on over a decade of innovation and success with many refinements, new core technologies and integrations. The release includes updates to both FORK Production Suite and Playout, with advancements to MXF, high-density I/O and 4K workflows. FORK v5.5 is available for Windows and Mac OS.
FORK Logger™, the highly customizable tool for logging live or pre-recorded video with speed and accuracy, will see an update enabling Logger sessions to optionally add new clips to Live Assist™ rundowns. This makes logged clips instantly available to an operator, ready for playout. A FORK Logger configuration can target a specific channel in a rundown, while multiple loggers can target the same rundown.
FORK v5.5 features an update to Live Assist, the award winning FORK module for control room playout, which now includes more control over trimming clips in a Live Assist rundown. The update also adds graphic overlays with the FORK Simple Graphics Engine™, a new built-in tool for Live Assist and FORK Master Control Playout. The Simple Graphics Engine (SGE) enables the management of graphics with animations such as a station logo, lower third, and clock or next up. SGE also provides tools to customize text fields and duration on the fly with a set of pre-made graphic animations.
FORK Master Control Playout will see an update – now supporting .MOV and MXF (ProPres® and XAVC®) 4K/UHD playout. The new version also adds additional language and Unicode support, additional codec support, new scripting commands, and device control. FORK Media Player is now 64-bit, enabling use of large amounts of RAM and increased performance. Also new to the Media Player is ProRes 4K Ingest. Additionally, FORK can now Ingest or Playout 4 HD channels of XDCAM®, ProRes or DVPRO on 1 PC, reducing required hardware while increasing I/O performance.
Primestream will also be demonstrating direct MXF support in the FORK client, enabling native ingest, import, edit, and playout of media. With MXF, users now gain the flexibility and freedom to work across different editing and storage systems simultaneously. Primestream continues to enhance support for craft editor workflows in FORK v5.5 with Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Avid® Media Composer®, and Apple® Final Cut Pro® X. The integration supports edit-while-capture workflows with XDCAM, ProRes and AVCIntra ® — empowering sports, news, entertainment, and corporate video operations to use industry-leading NLEs — while gaining the benefits of the FORK I/O, logging, tagging, proxy editing, workflow management, and archiving.
“Primestream’s FORK 5.5 builds on our commitment to innovation and creativity,” says Claudio Lisman, Primestream President and CEO. “Customers can enjoy a new level of productivity and control with this update, seeing enhancements to Live Assist, Logger, Playout and 3rd party integrations. FORK 5.5 is by far the most powerful and secure version of FORK yet.”
Other New Features and capabilities include:
• Thumbnails in the Content Navigator™ and FORK File-Import GUI
• A new way of searching with FORK Query Bins™
• Property Forms for Bins
• New and improved archive system support, with partial file restore
Primestream will demonstrate FORK v5.5 at IBC 2015 – Stand D21 – Hall 7. Request a demonstration in advance by visiting primestream.com/ibcmeeting