Mediasite 5.0 Debuts; New Classroom Recorders Coming in July

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Sonic Foundry debuted a new version of its lecture capture platform Thursday at the InfoComm and EduComm conferences in Las Vegas. Mediasite 5.0 adds about 100 new or enhanced features for recording, playing back, and managing classroom recordings. The company also announced new hardware recorders for automated lecture capture, which are scheduled to ship next month.

According to Sonic Foundry, Mediasite 5.0 cranks out about 100 enhancements, including improvements to playback of course materials and management of recorded content. A sampling of other new features includes:

  • New players;
  • vCal support for meeting invitations;
  • The ability to create more flexible "content organization hierarchies" through an updated Mediasite Catalog;
  • Additional statistics and reports with graphics;
  • RSS feeds that allow (authorized) users to subscribe to content; and
  • Support for forwarding clips to other users while watching a presentation.

Also announced this week are updates to two of Sonic Foundry's automated classroom recorders: the Mediasite RL and Mediasite ML. Both now offer DVI connectivity, pause, center-cut editing, and widescreen capture.

Mediasite 5.0 is expected to be available at the end of summer. The Mediasite RL and ML Recorders are expected to be available in mid-July. Further information can be found here.

In other Sonic Foundry news, the company announced Wednesday that Penn State Dickinson School of Law has adopted Mediasite for lecture capture, becoming the company's 1,000th customer. According to the company, Mediasite is in use in more than 600 schools in 35 countries.

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