Pixel Power and VDS Collaboration Provides Broadcasters with Effortless Social Media Workflow

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Bridge the gap between on-air and on-line experience to create a cohesive, interactive experience for audiences

“From a broadcast perspective, social media is an on-air and on-line experience that should be interactive and seamless,” said Larry Mincer, president of VDS.

Pixel Power Inc., (NAB Booth N2034) the leading innovator and supplier of broadcast playout solutions with integrated graphics, and VDS, (NAB Booth N3734) a leading developer of broadcast automation software, content design and plug-in products, announced today that the companies are collaborating to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast and the multi-screen viewing experience.

“From a broadcast perspective, social media is an on-air and on-line experience that should be interactive and seamless,” said Larry Mincer, president of VDS. “Delivering this requires the real-time automated graphics capability of Pixel Power systems coupled with the moderation, approval and control features of SoapBox from VDS. The combination allows media companies to connect directly with their viewers and creates new opportunities for their advertisers.”

“The combination of VDS Soapbox and Pixel Power graphics systems enables broadcasters to erase the line between their online community of viewers and the output delivered on air,” said Pixel Power Inc. CEO Pete Challinger. “Thanks to VDS, broadcasters can effectively engage with their viewers without sacrificing the control they need, while Pixel Power graphics ensure delivery of dynamic content to air. It is a perfect combination for developing new revenue opportunities and strengthening viewer loyalty.”

VDS SoapBox makes social media easy, providing all the tools to moderate and display Twitter and other social media messages during the on-air broadcast. SoapBox sorts Twitter messages by #Hash-tag to track specific topics and to conduct “ad-hoc” polling, or by @Mentions to track what viewers are saying about posts made from the specified Twitter account. SoapBox can also harvest from groups of Twitter accounts contained in “lists”, allowing end users to track tweets by specific on-air talent, specific celebrities, specific “super fans”, etc. Using available and/or custom add-on modules, Soapbox can support other data sources including SMS data aggregators, specialized XML data feeds, and pre-defined messages stored in ASCII text files.

Pixel Power offers a range of broadcast graphics and integrated playout systems that deliver the speed and layering capability needed to make the on-air social media experience truly interactive, displaying messages and posts from social media sites quickly as the program progresses. Pixel Power systems including Clarity graphics systems, Logovision automated branding devices and BrandMaster master control switchers enable unified social media workflows via an XML interface that exposes the full power of the systems. This allows Soapbox to take complete advantage of the broadcast graphics environment.

For more information about Pixel Power products and to reach our sales team, visit http://www.pixelpower.com. More information about VDS is available at http://videodesignsoftware.com.

About Pixel Power
Pixel Power provides innovative graphics production and delivery systems for broadcasters, OB truck companies, playout facilities, post-production houses, venues and sports complexes. Our award-winning branding and promotions systems, integrated channel playout systems, graphics-enabled master control switchers, and sophisticated HD/SD switchable graphics production systems allow producers to deliver dynamic live and pre-recorded content for any SD, HD, 3D stereoscopic, mobile, online or interactive application.

For more than 20 years Pixel Power’s engineering prowess and dedication to customer support have made it the industry’s first choice. Our customer base of over 2000 systems includes market leaders like ABC, Astral, CBC, Disney, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, MTV, CNBC and Technicolor.

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Pixel Power has a subsidiary located in Burbank, California and a Middle East office in Dubai, as well as a global network of carefully selected and trained distributors to support any requirement.

About VDS
VDS provides automation and content design tools for the broadcast, cable television, internet, and post production markets. VDS products offer automated control of broadcast television systems, with an emphasis on graphics-related operations, content distribution and automation, and internet-to-video and video-to-internet systems. These products are used in fully automated sports, news and financial graphics channels as well as the automated management of digital assets and the automated generation of promos in multichannel broadcast or cable facilities. VDS content creation products help broadcast and post-production artists create eye-catching visual effects and apply cutting edge image processing algorithms to still graphics and moving footage. VDS's content creation toolset includes imaging/FX and media import/export plug-ins for editing/compositing systems, and an advanced paint system for broadcast graphics.

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