Autoscript, the world's leading teleprompting company and a Vitec Group brand, today launched CountPlus and CuePlus, two new prompting accessories that will make studio life easier for on-screen talent. CuePlus caters for those with colour vision impairments, while CountPlus provides a very flexible timecode and countdown generator. The products were designed and produced entirely in-house by Autoscript as a direct result of customer feedback.
CuePlus is a tally accessorythat provides both a selectablecolour range and multiple colourstates. Theability to select from a range ofcolours addresses the needs oftalent with colour visionimpairments such as colour blindness, which often makes it difficult to distinguish reds and greens.These features also provide asolution for studios where thereis a need to display not only the‘on-air’ and ‘off-air’ state of anycamera, but to also pre-tally thecamera being cued next. The CuePlus can be mountedon and powered directly fromAutoscript’sLED line ofprompters.
The new CountPlus is a timecode generator, timecodeinserter and up/down countgenerator designed for use inconjunction with Autoscript’sClockPlus timecode display. The user canpreset and store ten differentcombinations of start and stoptimes, addressing the requirement of many live studio presenters to have separate countdowns for programme sections. TheCountPlus unit embedsSMPTE/EBU Vertical IntervalTimecode (VITC) into the NTSC orPAL prompt video and providestwo video outputs which can bedistributed to all the promptmonitors and ClockPlus units in astudio. There is also a GPI input onthe back which allows theSTART/STOP function to betriggered remotely.
“Our constant striving for innovation and improvement often lead to the simplest ideas that make a huge difference. CuePlus solves one of the most obvious problems for people that can’t distinguish certain shades of red and green – yet these colours have been used in studios forever. Now those people can choose colours that make more sense for their visual needs,” said Brian Larter, Worldwide Managing Director, Autoscript. “Similarly, CountPlus was devised as a result of a client who simply wanted a visual countdown to the end of a show. We took this as a starting point and added other functionality to make a really useful piece of equipment. And since everything is designed and built in-house, it does exactly what we want it to do and works seamlessly with other Autoscript solutions.”
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