May 18, 2012

Autoscript PicoPrompt for iOS

Autoscript has partnered with Teleprompting Techniques to offer a professional prompting app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. PicoPrompt (below - $69.99/£47.99/€54.99) is available via the App Store, along with Picoscroll, a free scroll app. Autoscript also offers a scroll control and a connector for iOS devices.

For broadcasters, the main benefits will be gained through Autoscript’s latest upgrade to its WinPlus software, which is claimed to be the most widely used prompting application in daily use. The new version allows producers to select and send single stories or complete running orders from the broadcast studio to a journalist or presenter’s iOS device anywhere in the world.

“We have been working on this product for some time to ensure it meets Autoscript’s high standards, and we believe we’ve done it,” said Brian Larter, Autoscript’s Managing Director.

“In combination with our software the app offers some unique benefits, such as allowing the script to be automatically formatted correctly for the device on location, and giving the presenter more control.” He believes that this opens up “a truly professional way of prompting on location while still being linked to the studio.”

As TV presenters often have to host shows from places within a studio complex that aren’t permanently cabled, Autoscript’s Magno Wireless Foot Control (above) will allow them to control the speed of the script without the need to run cabling.

The ten channel device uses licence-free RF technology in the 400mhz range for Europe or 900Mhz in the US, is promised not to interfere with any other devices and can be used up to 100 metres from the receiver module, and is claimed to be easy to add to existing Autoscript installations.

Also new is the Smart Combiner Wireless Receiver, which will allow up to four separate wireless controllers to be used in a single studio, and further Wireless Smart Combiners can be added to increase this.

By David Fox

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