As a TV Channel-in-a-Box, ClipFire from ENCO offers a wide range of capabilities essential for live video production, multi-channel playout, and streaming, all integrated within this compact, Windows-driven appliance. ClipFire enables users to produce live or pre-recorded videos enhanced by graphics, animations, rolls, crawls, lower third supers and more while streaming to multiple destinations simultaneously.
Media assets, such as video programs, B roll clips, still images and graphics can be ingested into ClipFire’s library module as a manual or automated process. For greater flexibility and storage capacity, users can also connect ClipFire to cloud-based storage options to facilitate the ingest of media assets from external storage.
ClipFire’s media production workflow shares a unified user interface with assets residing in the library module. From within the library, users can drag and drop a particular asset onto an on-screen button to link them, preview clips, and instantly play out from there if desired. There are also light duty editing tools for tasks like marking in/out points on video clips and/or trimming clip lengths.
The user configurable ClipFire operator screen can showcase over 1,000 video cuts as thumbnail icons, arranged six rows across by eight columns down, on up to 10 pages. Click a button to bring up a particular page and then click a thumbnail button to play out the desired selection to various destinations, such as web portals, social media platforms, and/or digital signage systems. Media can be played out manually or scheduled to play out automatically at a later time.
Whether you’re in the library module or on one of the ClipFire user screens, you can place program and preview player windows where you want them, such as on a left side panel or across the top above the on-screen buttons. The program windows let you monitor the output of one or more playout channels while you continue to perform other tasks. User-configured screen settings can be stored and recalled for different users or setups.
In subsequent blog posts, we will delve further into ClipFire’s deep toolbox to discuss how to efficiently manage media assets when building shows as well as how to create ClipFire playlists.