The latest release of Sonic Foundry's webcasting and lecture capture platform Mediasite is centre stage on its stand this year.
"Mediasite 5.2 introduces several new features that enable enterprise and higher education customers to record and deliver multimedia presentations more efficiently than ever before," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "As webcasting frequency and volume increases, the new Mediasite recorder control centre maximises the ability to remotely control and monitor multiple simultaneous recordings."
From a single online control dashboard, operators can simultaneously track the status and recording activity for any number of Mediasite recorders; watch confidence monitors for each recorder's audio, video and image signals; start, stop or pause any recording and control slide advance functions and access each recorder's web interface to remotely control any recorder functions.
"Mediasite is already a platform that matches the scale of lecture capture at the Fox School of Business," said John DeAngelo, current IT consultant to the Fox School of Business at Temple University. "With the addition of the recorder control centre, the ability to visually monitor and manage all 37 of our classrooms in real time will further increase the level of service we can provide our faculty and students via Mediasite."
Ira Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research, added that the new module "represents a significant enhancement for enterprise customers. The ability to remotely monitor and manage multiple capture devices quickly and easily via a single screen is both powerful and efficient.
"This is especially critical in fast-paced production environments like busy universities, multi-track conferences and road-shows," Weinstein explained. "I expect this feature will help pave the way for larger, more geographically dispersed deployments in the future."
Also included in 5.2 is a keyword search in captioned presentations which enables viewers to search by keywords, click on a search result and play the presentation from that point, making navigation more efficient.