(Munich, Germany--August 6, 2013) German software developer Ventuz Technology has officially launched their new software generation Ventuz 4 at NAB 2013 in Las Vegas. Next to many improvements to the workflow, the new generation of the renowned interactive real-time 3D graphics software introduces a new licensing model as well as a new product, the Ventuz Director.
Ventuz is a real-time graphics content creation, authoring and playout control software. Best known for its use in high-end presentations and multitouch applications, it has also established itself as a professional broadcast graphics tool. Some of the new features in Ventuz 4 include:
- New HD video parallel rendering pipeline for higher performance,
- New character generation and 3D model import for UltraHD rendering,
- Ventuz Director, a new playout and control application,
- New Licensing model appropriate to video wall installations, SDI and Dual-SDI-Out, as well as iVGA for IP-driven video content, regardless of market,
- Video wall setup wizard.
“The main development focus for the new version of Ventuz was on performance”, said what Erik Beaumont, COO of Ventuz. Thus, Ventuz 4 employs a completely new video render pipeline that is easily capable of handling numerous HD streams in parallel. Also text rendering and 3D model import have been modified to meet the needs of high resolution displays and in-studio video wall installations.
With Ventuz 4 the company also introduces the eagerly awaited Ventuz Director, a new product that serves as a playout and control application for Ventuz graphics. It offers familiar workflows, such as a templates/pages paradigm, and is therefore easy to learn for operators of both the broadcast and event markets. The Director can be connected to all common broadcast databases and can thus serve as an addition to existing graphics systems. Director’s customizable user interface allows operators to quickly run through a playlist, preview graphics, make last minute changes to the content and take the graphics to air.
Additionally, the licensing model of the software has been changed to fit what Beaumont experiences to be a trend in the market: “Before Ventuz 4, we had special products geared at either the broadcast or the event industries. During the last few years, we have observed that the technological requirements of these markets overlap more and more. That is why we have decided to drop all market distinctions, and rather offer one software suite with specific output options for individual solutions.” Among these options are outputs for video wall installations, SDI and Dual-SDI-Out, as well as iVGA for IP-driven video content.
Following this philosophy, Ventuz 4 also brings with it a multitude of possibilities to integrate interactive video wall installations into broadcast studios. One of these tools is the so-called video wall setup wizard, an add-on that allows for a drag-and-drop configuration of multi display video walls. The wizard also controls machine clusters for video walls of sizes that cannot be handled by a single computer. With a machine cluster, even extremely large video walls can be supplied with high-resolution content.
A trial version of Ventuz 4 can be downloaded on the company’s website: http://www.ventuz.com
Ventuz Technology AG, located in Munich, Germany, is developer of 3D real-time technologies for presentations, events and broadcast graphics. Their main goal is the creation of solutions that combine state-of-the-art technologies with high class design and thus surpass the visual expectations of any audience. A central focus lies on interactive applications.
Among the brands that have used Ventuz for their events and presentations are Microsoft, Porsche, Bosch, Adidas and many more. Furthermore, several TV-stations and production companies worldwide are utilizing the broadcast-version of Ventuz, such as Fox Sports. Some of the best known productions which have been produced with Ventuz are ”Who wants to be a millionaire?”, ”Million Pound Drop”
and “Big Brother”