NAB 2019: Forbidden Technologies to launch new version of Blackbird

NAB 2019: Forbidden Technologies to launch new version of Blackbird
Updates to the Azure-based video editor aims to deliver faster cloud performance

Elly Yates-Roberts |

At this year’s NAB Show Forbidden Technologies announced the launch of a new version of its Microsoft Azure-based video editor Blackbird, with the aim of delivering faster cloud performance for its customers. 

Organisations can deploy the latest version on Azure in less than five minutes to quickly and accurately view, clip, edit and publish live and non-live video content in the cloud. The new version is available to anyone with a browser, anywhere in the world, even with very low bandwidth. 

“Video workflows are moving rapidly to the cloud across sectors such as sports, e-sports, news, education and entertainment,” said Sudheer Sirivara, general manager of Azure Media at Microsoft. “This latest version of Blackbird further enhances organisations’ ability to rapidly create, manage and distribute video content, while massively reducing production costs and enhancing team collaboration.”

The updated version of Blackbird follows from the firm’s recent achievement of Microsoft Co-Sell Ready status, which is enabling a closer partnership between the two organisations.  

Blackbird already has a growing number of users on Microsoft Azure, including digital and broadcast services supplier Deltatre and law exam preparation firm Barbri.  

“For our customers, quickly and easily delivering video content is vital,” said Ian McDonough, CEO of Forbidden Technologies. “This latest version of Blackbird on Microsoft Azure gives companies the opportunity to clip, edit and publish video content to their customers at unbeatable speeds, dramatically improving productivity and opening up monetisation opportunities. Azure is a fantastic partner for Blackbird and we continue to work closely together to expand our customer base.”

Blackbird is exhibiting on the Microsoft booth (#SL6716) at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas until 11 April.

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