Boinx Software has updated BoinxTV, a live‐production software for video podcasters that turns any recent Mac into a TV studio, to version 1.6. The new “Conference Recording” template comes complete with new layers for creating customizable opening credits, placing a source in an area defined by four arbitrary screen points, automatic crawls, sidebar options and an iPhone demo layer complete with iPhone 4 artwork.
The new template simplifies presentation preparation. In addition, the Axis camera layer now supports Mac OS X 10.5.8.
Version 1.6 also features BoinxTV’s rendering engine for enhanced performance on multi-core/hyperthreading-based Macs. A fail-safe auto save function ensures that if your system crashes, you will not lose your BoinxTV footage.
BoinxTV uses various inputs like video cameras, microphones, and pre‐recorded material like movies and sound clips. Those inputs can be used in any number of “layers” that can be stacked on top of each other, toggled on and off and dynamically controlled. Multiple layers — for example a ticker tape, a station logo, lower thirds and others — can be placed on top of a video source.
Live recording Interactive controls allow one to change aspects of every layer — for example a movie, a title, the caption of a lower third — on the fly while the show is being recorded. The movie can either be encoded directly to a QuickTime movie for later post‐processing (e.g. with Apple Podcast Producer) or be played fullscreen on a dedicated monitor.
BoinxTV ships with more than 30 layers (video switcher, RSS crawler, lower third, interview setup, and others), and can be extended by custom layers designed with Apple’s Quartz Composer software, which comes free with Mac OS X. Advanced chroma keying makes BoinxTV a valuable production solution in podcast studios with green screens and lighting rigs, says Breidenbach.
BoinxTV is available immediately for download (http://boinx.com/download). In demo mode, BoinxTV can be used for five days. The single license of BoinxTV is available for US$499 at the Boinx Kagi Store (boinx.com/kagi). The BoinxTV Sponsored Edition for US$199 (single license) requires a credit for BoinxTV in every video created with BoinxTV.
Version 1.6 is a free update for registered users. For education and volume licensing (multi‐seat) of BoinxTV, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . BoinxTV requires Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later and QuickTime 7.5.5 or higher.