For over forty years Maryland Public Television’s six transmitters have served Maryland and the surrounding region with original and PBS programs. MPT produces programs for the state, region and the nation including Direct Connection, Outdoors Maryland, Eatin’ Crabs, Chesapeake Wine Country, Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen and MotorWeek. These series and specials on arts and culture, news and public affairs, which often include talent introductions, video narration or scripted programs, were greatly in need of a reliable prompter system. MPT not only needed a solution for the varying setups of each of its productions, but it also needed something that would address the needs of a variety of staff operating the equipment. Autoscript’s WinPlus Xlite software proved to be both flexible and easy to use.
“Since we purchased Autoscript's WinPlus Xlite software it has been fantastic,” says George Beneman, vice president, technology Maryland Public Television. “All of our users, from experienced prompter operators to interns with little or no experience, love working with the easy-to-use software. We have close to a dozen operators using the software and each has been able to customize the setup to their desired comfort level. Our employees ask why we didn’t buy it sooner.”
With over 10,000 WinPlus systems in daily operation around the world, WinPlus is one of the most widely used prompting applications today. This newer version, WinPlus Xlite, is an entry-level version of the WinPlus product. A Windows-based software designed to be used with teleprompting products, WinPlus Xlite provides users with the ability to control the Run Order and edit anywhere within the script, even when scrolling the On-Air story, leaving the prompt output unaffected. In fact, the WinPlus Xlite prompting software was so user friendly, MPT training was completed in just one day, via a live online tutorial with Autoscript training experts.
MPT also purchased and employed Autoscript’s accompanying USB Scroll Control rotary desktop controller, which has helped to provide further management for the station’s prompting operators. “Reverse is reverse and forward is forward,” adds Beneman. “There are no buttons to push, thereby greatly eliminating the potential for errors. In addition, it’s also ergonomically pleasing. Autoscript clearly understands what crews need and helps to make the job easier.”
The rotary speed control for WinPlus Xlite offers center stop for forward and reverse, select next page and previous page and top of script selection.
Established in the U.K. in 1984, with headquarters in the U.S. and the U.K., Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry. Autoscript provides a complete range of PC-based teleprompters, the best designed and built hardware, PC cards and software, and – with its expanding line of intuitive accessories – is the new definition in prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group. For more information visit www.autoscript.tv.
A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2009 revenue of £315 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.
Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.
More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.