Microsoft has updated its Skype TX software to give media companies more control over Skype feeds when producing content.
Skype TX is a combined hardware and software product that can be used by broadcasters and content producers to seamlessly integrate Skype video calls from anywhere in the world into any production. In particular, the software allows them to control and manage up to 14 different Skype TX feeds from a single interface.
This update means that broadcasters now have access to a range of new features, including live video previews, remote setting controls and integration with Skype contacts.
“Call quality is vital to a successful broadcast using Skype TX, and the new mini-video preview feature lets you compare all your live calls side by side straight from the control screen,” said a Skype blog post. “You can also check the inbound and outbound call quality and take a snapshot of the contributor, which will be shown automatically if the call quality falls below a pre-set level. Once a call has started, the new call quality indicator helps you monitor real-time audio and video signals.”
Microsoft has also made it easier for users to find contributors. They can search the Skype directory using a name, Skype name or e-mail address, and then add contacts to their shared list so that they can place a call at any time.
At the end of last month, BBC World News selected the Quicklink Skype TX solution to be used in Asia. BBC World News is an international news and current affairs channel, which attracts the largest audience of any BBC channel.
The Skype TX Solution will be located in South East Asia and will allow quality video and audio broadcasts to be sent through the system.
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