MPTS, 10-11 May 2023, Olympia, London, Stand M72 – nxtedition, the pioneering microservices-based production environment, will be showcasing its cutting-edge solutions at MPTS 2023 (Olympia London, 10-11 May). The event will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to see how nxtedition’s innovative platform offers a microservices environment for efficient and accurate storytelling across operations of all sizes, with access to an entire toolset, including third-party functionality and artificial intelligence (AI) features, all in one user interface.
In today’s highly competitive landscape, where brands, sports teams, and news organisations are all vying for audience engagement through captivating content, production teams must be agile in responding to emerging events and quickly deliver analysis across online, on-air, and social platforms. Essential to achieving this is the use of tools that prioritise strong storytelling while streamlining repetitive, time-consuming tasks. nxtedition takes a “microservices for physical kit” approach, consolidating hardware into software to address the challenges encountered in traditional production workflows.
One example of nxtedition’s unique approach is its virtual assets feature, which simplifies technical API calls that can be fragile and difficult to maintain. Instead, users can directly access the APIs of stock libraries, newswires, social media and emails, but all simply and seamlessly from within the familiar nxtedition user interface. When a nxtedition user selects an external domain in search, virtual assets automatically switches to the third-party API, fetching all the data, content and metadata, which is then displayed for the user. If a user switches to the newswire services domain, then nxtedition’s search facility can review the entire news services API and ingest the required content directly without leaving the nxtedition UI.
At MPTS, attendees will also see how nxtedition has further leveraged the potential of artificial intelligence aids by deploying the OpenAI Whisper speech-to-text service directly into its microservice environment. With Whisper running on the nxt|engine servers, clients no longer need to subscribe to expensive third-party speech-to-text SaaS services. As there are no extra costs incurred, entire archives can be indexed in the background late at night and during weekends without incurring huge cloud services invoices. Users will also have the option to use the Whisper functionality to automatically transcribe all the speech at the point of ingest, so everything coming into nxtedition is transcribed into indexed and searchable metadata.
“Our mission at nxtedition has always been to simplify technology and put storytelling first,” said Adam Leah, creative director at nxtedition. “By incorporating OpenAI and virtual assets into our platform, we are reducing complexity and enabling faster workflows. This collaboration eliminates unexpected transcription costs and unlocks new resources for journalists, editors, and corporate content creators, allowing them to focus on creating exceptional content.”
nxtedition’s solutions can be implemented on-premise, in the public cloud, or a hybrid, with virtual assets and OpenAI integration included in the current release of core software. The company can deliver new systems virtually instantly, with little to no impact from global supply chain issues.
Find out more at nxtedition.com.
Founded in 2012, nxtedition has revolutionised video production as one of the world’s most creative software products in the broadcasting industry. nxtedition was one of the first to approach the simplification of the broadcast process by virtualising microservices to replace legacy systems. The existing paradigm of appliance-based products from multiple manufacturers creates layers of complexity which are expensive to purchase, difficult to maintain, hard to integrate and need specialist staff to operate.
The frustrations of these inefficient workflows brought nxtedition into being, taking a rather unconventional route which uses the latest in web technologies and re-purposes them within a broadcast environment. nxtedition virtualises appliance products (prompters, newsroom control systems, automation, media asset management, transcoding, video servers, graphics systems) and creates microservices to provide virtual instances of their functionality.
The core ethos of nxtedition is to plan, write, edit, play out and archive productions within a single consolidated system where the focus is purely on storytelling and not the underlying technology.
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