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VidBlaster v2 - The New Approach!

Friday, 28 October 2011

With this new version of VidBlaster comes a ton of new features and improvements. After more than a year of hard work and in field beta testing, the first official VidBlaster version 2 is released. Since the last public release, more than 9 new modules have been added as well as many new features. The API has matured and opens up VidBlaster to the world! Several third party programs have already been released that allow remote control of VidBlaster using various devices like midi controllers and Android phones. The Novation Launchpad has become the first natively supported control device for remote video switching. An uncountable number of large and minor improvements have been made to the code. CPU usage has been drastically cut and at the same time multi core CPUs are better supported thanks to better load balancing. In short.... VidBlaster v2 is "VidBlaster's new approach".

Download the new VidBlaster here. Note the Trial edition is equal to the Studio edition. Order your license for VidBlaster Home, Pro, Studio or Broadcast in the store. VidBlaster v2 has already proven itself in the past 4 months of beta testing to be very reliable and up to any task ranging from simple live streams from conventions to large multi camera sport broadcasts for national TV.

Overview VidBlaster

The following functions are new or improved in v2

Improved stability & core load distribution, reduced CPU usage: A lot of the code in v1 has been rewritten to gain more stability and better performance. CPU usage has been drastically cut and at the same time multi core CPUs are better supported thanks to better load balancing. The "look" remains the same.. but the "feel" has improved a lot!

Camera II: Like the old Camera module but with a faster startup time, lighter on resources and with more control over video settings. Very suitable for Blackmagic DeckLink cards. Includes a high quality deinterlacer and smooth rescaler.

RTSP/RTMP Input: Receive RTSP & RTMP streams from network cameras, wireless video streamers and video servers.

Resizeable modules: Allowing you to arrange and size the modules any way you like. All controls will automatically be removed to make it easier to create "video walls".

Audio Player: Small native audio player that uses a new and very light, high quality audio engine.

Native Audio player VidBlaster     VidBlaster's external controller

External Controller: Hook up a midi device (Novation Launchpad is supported natively) to control the video switcher. Now you can use real buttons for your video switching pleasure!

New enhanced API: With the API in place it's possible to connect third party applications to VidBlaster to e.g. remote control the video switcher, overlays and video effects. The cool thing is that it is not only easy to use, but very powerful and it makes the TCP server link almost transparent. It also hooks directly into the new pin structure of VidBlaster allowing you to talk directly to basic functions in each module. Lots of new commands have been added to the new API. It even allows you to create your own control program and use VidBlaster as a video switcher black box.

Higher quality overlay text: Ad your text in an overlay now in higher quality then previous versions.

Extra features for overlay text: Use timer commands to auto generate clocks or countdown timers. Use output parameters from a player module to automatically display artist/song information as an overlay text.

Video Out: Send video from any module to a graphics or Blackmagic DeckLink card, e.g. to hookup a video projector.

Video Out VidBlaster    Replay II module   Collapsible modules in VidBlaster

Video Replay II
: Same as the old replay module but with unlimited storage to disk.

Collapsible modules: Modules like Video Overlay and Player are now collapsible, remaining fully functional but taking up almost no space on your desktop.

Frame rates 29.97 & 59.94: Frame rates 29.97 & 59.94 are now supported in addition to the more common ones like 1, 10, 12, 15, 20 , 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60.

High quality video deinterlacer: As VidBlaster only supports progressive video, all interlaced video signals must be deinterlaced first. With this version a high quality video deinterlacer is introduced.

Still Store: One click grabbing & saving of video stills.

Still store   mpeg 2 support in VidBlaster

MPEG-2 Player: New video player with native MPEG-2 support.

Powerpoint: Easily incorporate powerpoint slides in your broadcast.

PiP cropping: The Picture-in-Picture video effect has been improved making it easier to scale the insert and crop it on any side. This allows for insertion of any part of a video source at any position in the main video stream. By cascading video effects even combinations of video sources can be used as insert.

pip  pip  pip

Smooth video resampling: The Camera II module is more advanced than type I: it uses less resources, has a faster startup time and adds features like an advanced video deinterlacer, smooth video frame resampling and changing the display size.

Advanced chroma keyer settings: When using the chroma keyer an Advanced Settings dialog is now available allowing you to precisely tweak all parameters, thus creating perfect chroma key even under less perfect conditions.

Improved DeckLink cards support: The title says it all... Improved DeckLink cards support. For a better interoperability between Blackmagic DeckLink cards and VidBlaster.

Third party apps: Natively the Launchpad is supported, but using the midi interface or API every device can be made to work as video switcher. Also several 3rd party programs are available to e.g. use Android phones etc.

.....and many many more features, improvements and bug fixes. A more detailed overview of all changes can be found in the download forum. The VidBlaster comparison table is a great source to quickly see the differences between the various VidBlaster editions.