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April 21, 2009

 

 

Press Release-New Product For Immediate Release

 

Comprompter Unveils Caption Central” at NAB 2009

La Crosse, WI

 

One of the new products that Comprompter will unveil for the first time at NAB 2009 is “Caption Central”™ … an All-Purpose Captioning System … designed to provide multiple Captioning solutions for local broadcasters, which include: NewsRoom Computer Systems (NRCS), Keyboard Entry, Live Voice, pre-recorded audio and pre-stored text files.

 

Comprompter CEO, Ralph King said, ”We have been developing Voice Recognition since 2005 but have taken this product beyond what anyone else is doing. Caption Central brings together nearly every conceivable Captioning situation and provides a built-in solution for it. We tried to imagine every normal and abnormal event and built Caption Central around those scenarios.

 

“We included almost every method of input: dictation, direct studio input, and audio pass-through; audio and text file ingest; as well as live keyboard entry.”, King continued, “Caption Central is an extremely powerful tool for both Live and Production use”.

 

Caption Central™ performs a context comparison and tries to select the most appropriate word when a conflict arises over which spelling of that word occurs. Caption Central even does Spell-Checking and capitalizes proper names of ‘people, places and things’ it recognizes.” King added, “Caption Central is a standalone system that can output captioning for our own NewsKing Newsroom system, or nearly any other newsroom system.”

 

The Audio In feature allows a live studio voice, like weather or sports, to be fed into Caption Central and instantly turns their unscripted words into captioned text. “This is the most universal system of captioning that exists in the broadcast market today and we are proud to offer our fellow broadcasters the opportunity of really serving the hearing impaired community in the most complete and instantaneous way possible.” said King.

 

Comprompter will be showing Caption Central along with NewsKing and NewsFlow Complete in NAB Booth #SU10802, South Hall, Upper Level. “Our 27th year at NAB!”

 

About Comprompter News and Automation

Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based company specializing in news and automation software for the broadcast and cable industry and services clients from worldwide with newsroom and automation systems along with auxiliary newsroom software for elections, closings, Internet newscast publishing, and close captioning.

 

For more information contact:

Ralph King 608 785-7766 Ralph@comprompter.com Home Page: comprompter.com

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March 15, 2009

 

 

Press Release-New Product For Immediate Release

 

Comprompter Releases NeXT NewsCast Automation Software

La Crosse, WI

 

La Crosse-based Comprompter News and Automation Systems announced the release of their newest NewsCast Automation product today. NewsKing NeXT is a tightly integrated news presentation software that controls a wide range of control room devices required for the production of any newscast.

 

Ideally suited for producing back-to-back shows, where turn-around time is only a matter of seconds and staff requirements are minimum. A single operator can control the entire production suite with a simple keystroke or touch of the “NeXT” button.

 

Comprompter CEO, Ralph King said, We’ve been doing automation for 25 years now, but our NeXT NewsCast Automation represents a step up in practical, affordable automation. NeXT is a 100% software solution competitive with any software/hardware system on the market today – and at a fraction of the price.”

 

King continued, NewsKing and the NeXT NewsCast automation are highly compatible with almost every broadcast production device out there so the broadcaster does not need to add a bunch of hardware … because NeXT Automation is purely software.”

 

The Windows-based NeXT™ Automation will be released on March 1, 2009.

 

About Comprompter News and Automation

Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based company specializing in news and automation software for the broadcast and cable industry and services clients from worldwide with newsroom and automation systems along with auxiliary newsroom software for elections, closings, Internet newscast publishing, and close captioning.

 

For more information contact:

Ralph King 608 785-7766 Ralph@comprompter.com Home Page: comprompter.com

 

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Client News Release For Comprompter Clients Only

Comprompter NewsKing NeXT NewsCast Automation is Coming!

 

La Crosse, WI December 11, 2008

 

A message from Ralph, President, Comprompter Inc..

 

I just wanted to take a minute to let you know of our latest developments here at Comprompter.

 

We are working on our next generation of NewsCast Automation that we call “NeXT”. Instead of separate Control Panels for each Device like in our current Automation, we have combined all the Devices into a single Rundown that contains every event/device and the order in which they appear. Thus, the Operator need only press PLAY to trigger the current event and load the NeXT event. Of course, we still offer three levels of automation like we do now: Full Auto, Semi Auto and Auto-Manual so each Director/Producer can set up their show exactly the way they want it to run.

 

The single rundown concept simplifies the control of each device and a single person can trigger the event – either the Director or someone designated by the Director. Response is immediate for those live timings that are so crucial to a great professional on-air smoothness. NeXT is designed to improve your production values and increase the accuracy of your on-air presentation. Your Director would have to work very hard to screw something up!!!

 

Script and/or Rundown changes can be made inside of NewsKing and the Next Automation is instantly aware of those changes and even remakes or adds CG’s on the fly.

 

Please review the attached draft document to get a better look at our NeXT NewsCast!

http://www.comprompter.com\RalphsPosts\NewsKingNewsCastAutomation.htm

http://www.comprompter.com\RalphsPosts\ComprompterNEXTAutomation.htm

http://www.comprompter.com\RalphsPosts\NeXTAutomation3.pdf

 

NeXT will be released as an Upgrade to your current NewsKing Automation and/or as an Add-On if you don’t have NewsKing automation at the present time. Call for Pricing and other Information.

 

About Comprompter News and Automation

Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based company specializing in news and automation software for the broadcast and cable industry and services clients from worldwide with newsroom and automation systems along with auxiliary newsroom software for elections, closings, Internet newscast publishing, and close captioning.

 

NewsKing NeXT™ Automation is scheduled for release 1st Quarter of 2009.

 

For more information contact:

Ralph King 608 785-7766 Ralph@comprompter.com Home Page: comprompter.com

 

News Release For Immediate Release

Comprompter Announces NewsKing “Caption Central” that handles all Three types of Captioning Needs: NRCS, Typing and Voice Automation

 

La Crosse, WI June 25, 2008

 

Comprompter, today announced a new product will be joining their line of News and Automation Software. “Caption Central” is designed to provide multiple Captioning solutions for the local broadcaster. From sending out Captioning from NewsRoom Computer Systems (NRCS), Keyboard Entry, and Voice Captioning.

 

Comprompter CEO, Ralph King said, ”We have been working on Voice Recognition for Captioning for several years and even showed a beta version at the last 2 NAB shows … but it just didn’t quite keep up to the pace of a fast Anchor.”

 

“This year we switched to a Microsoft Vista Platform for the voice module and that made all the difference in the world”, King continued, “Caption Central is a single touch-screen computer where one person can control all the captioning from any newsroom system; or type in adlibs, or speak into the headset Mic and the words are turned into text immediately”.

 

Caption Central™ performs a context comparison and tries to select the most appropriate word when a conflict arises over which spelling of that word occurs. Caption Central even does Spell-Checking and capitalizes proper names of ‘people, places and things’ it recognizes.” King added, “Caption Central is a standalone system that can output captioning for our own NewsKing Newsroom system, or nearly any other newsroom system we’ve tried so far.”

 

A unique USB-based Audio Mixer allows a live studio voice, like weather or sports, to speak directly into Caption Central and turn their unscripted words into captioned text. “This is the most universal system of captioning that exists in the broadcast market today and we are proud to offer our fellow broadcasters the opportunity of really serving the hearing impaired community in the most complete and instantaneous way possible.” said King.

 

Caption Central™ is scheduled for release 1st Quarter of 2009.

 

About Comprompter News and Automation

Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based company specializing in news and automation software for the broadcast and cable industry and services clients from worldwide with newsroom and automation systems along with auxiliary newsroom software for elections, closings, Internet newscast publishing, and close captioning.

 

For more information contact:

Ralph King 608 785-7766 Ralph@comprompter.com Home Page: comprompter.com

 

KBJR Upgrades NewsKing Server Automation

 

Duluth, MN June 24, 2008

 

Comprompter, this week installed a New NewsKing Server specifically designed to handle the workload of 6 major news outlets that cover the entire Lake Superior and North Shore Region.

 

In 2007, KBJR TV owner, Granite Broadcasting Corporation, formed “The Northland's NewsCenter” by combining several broadcast properties in the Duluth/Superior region into a single broadcast facility. Stations include: KBJR-TV (NBC), KRII-TV (NBC), KDLH-TV (CBS), KBJR-DT2 ("My Network TV") and the market's cable-based CW channel. 

 

The NewsKing NewsRoom and NewsCast system coupled with Digital Broadcast’ NewsBank Video Production system facilitate more than 50 hours of local news programming each week at “The Northland's NewsCenter”.  NewsKing provides the backbone for the complete end-to-end digital solution featuring multi-channel Ingest and Playout, editing and networked storage along with CG and Captioning outputThis solution has allowed “The Northland's NewsCenter” to work in a shared digital network workflow environment that makes this kind of production consolidation cost-effective and practical.

 

Clip Viewers are embedded inside of NewsKing so that Producers can preview news clips from their workstations and Reporters can easily enter the body copy of SOT’s and PKG’s for complete Closed Captioning. NewsKing monitors and controls the playout of all video clips and CG’s for each newscast.

 

The newest Server Technology will enhance and speed up production capabilities even more.

 

About Comprompter News and Automation

Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based company specializing in news and automation software for the broadcast and cable industry and services clients from Atlantic City to Hong Kong with newsroom and automation systems along with auxiliary newsroom software for elections, closings, and Internet Newscast Publishing. For more information visit: www.comprompter.com

 

About Digital Broadcast, Inc

DIGITAL BROADCAST offers a premier line of broadcast program and news automation control products including master control automation, newsroom automation, automated media delivery transference, on-air verification, disaster recovery, archiving, and broadcast centralization. Headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, Digital Broadcast maintains regional offices on the West Coast, Southwest, Midwest and the East Coast. For more information visit:  www.digitalbcast.com

 

For more information contact:

Ralph King 608 785-7766 Ralph@comprompter.com Home Page: comprompter.com

John Davis      352-377-8344     jdavis@digitalbcast.com

Barbara Reyelts 218-720-9600     breyelts@northlandsnewscenter.com

 

Caribbean Media Corporation Adds NewsKing Automation

La Crosse, WI February 13, 2008

 

Comprompter News and Automation recently installed CG and Digital Video to the NewsKing Newsroom system at CMC’ headquarters in Barbados, West Indies. Utilizing very cost effective systems from Compix Media and Video Technics, the new automation will dramatically increase the News and other Programming output locally and throughout the Caribbean. CMC recently contracted to provide Caribbean-oriented programs for a series of cable companies in the U.S. as well.

 

CMC Chief Engineer, Garcia Thornhill stated, ”We have been working with Comprompter in our newsroom since 1997 … and when it came time to step up to a new level of productivity, Comprompter again offered the greatest value and the greatest amount of both News and Production Automation.”

 

Ralph King, Comprompter CEO, said, ”In order to meet the new technology and production demands of entering the U.S. market, CMC has time-shifted from analog to digital in a remarkably short time. With the show preparation and presentation automation of NewsKing, there normal workload will ease in itself … and given the transportability of our automation from one show to another, CMC will be able to produce nearly twice as many shows with essentially the same staff.”

 

NewsKing will generate graphics on a Compix 500 with 1 channel for news and the second for a lower third crawl. A pair of Video Technics Apella Servers in a NewsFlow configuration will provide the news and commercial content play out. Workstation editing and browsing allow multi-user nonlinear show preparation to occur throughout the facility on simultaneous shows.

 

About Comprompter News and Automation

Comprompter is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based company specializing in news and automation software for the broadcast and cable industry and services clients from worldwide with newsroom and automation systems along with auxiliary newsroom software for elections, closings, Internet newscast publishing, and close captioning.  

 

About Video Technics, Inc

Video Technics, Inc., a pioneer in cutting-edge broadcast solutions, supplies the global broadcast, corporate, financial, government, and post-production sectors with innovative, feature-rich end-to-end solutions built around the Company’s IT-based still image and video clip servers. Based in Atlanta, GA, Video Technics’ Apella™ and NewsFlow™ solutions streamline the entire production process from automated ingest, to edit, production, playout to air, and feature proxy creation and unparalleled asset management. For more information visit: www.videotechnics.com

 

For more information contact:

Ralph King 608 785-7766 Ralph@comprompter.com Home Page: comprompter.com

Andy Tuggle 404-327-8300 atuggle@videotechnics.com Home Page: videotechnics.com