FREMONT, CALIF.—Open Media Foundation states that its goal is to put the power of media into the hands of the people with all of its projects. With two of its most recent projects that power was supplied in part with a number of products from Blackmagic Design.
Denver Open Media, a public access television and radio station, was one of these projects. OMF powered Denver Open Media’s control room with Blackmagic’s SmartScope Duo 4K monitor, Audio Monitor, Smart VideoHub 20x20 router and OpenGear converters. In its two studios is a HyperDeck Pro broadcast deck for master recordings; Studio A also uses three SmartView Duo monitors and a VideoHub Master Control.
“The master control workflow uses some of the OpenGear converters to process the video signals coming in from various sources to be routed into the VideoHub,” said Ann Theis, Open Media Foundation’s station director. “The router is synced with our broadcast server and is scheduled to switch automatically as the programming schedule dictates for each of our three channels… Then we use the Audio Monitor, SmartView Duos and SmartScope Duo 4K for quality control of the content before it goes out to an OpenGear converter for signal distribution to various outputs, such as our live streaming devices and the Comcast and CenturyLink modulators for transmission to the cable company headends.”
The second project Open Media Foundation has relied on Blackmagic is with Open.Media, a SaaS solution for government transparency and accessibility. The service is bundled with the Blackmagic Web Presenter, which can make any SDI and HDMI video source appear as a USB webcam for web streaming, using software such as Skype or streaming platforms like YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch.tv and Periscope. One city that has put this technology to use is the City of Cortez, Colo., to stream its city council meetings.
“Open.Media makes government proceedings more transparent and accessible by streaming and archiving video of meetings with time-stamped agendas,” said Tony Shawcross, executive director of Open Media Foundation. “Users can easily navigate to the parts of a meeting that are most relevant to them. Automated transcriptions and smart search tools let users find any issue discussed, providing a whole new level of accessibility, and the service is free for small governments with populations of 5,000 and fewer.”
Open Media Foudnation is a media and technology organization based in Denver.