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Boinx, the developers of Boinx TV (BTV) have a very interesting and unique program By Kevin McAuliffe

I have to admit that the first time I heard the name "Boinx TV", I had to chuckle a little. A very interesting name for a product I knew very little about. I had heard that it was a "one-man production studio", to which I thought "yeah, right!" Well, needless to say Boinx, the developers of Boinx TV (BTV), have a very interesting and unique program.

What you get
I'm going to shuffle the order of my review around a little, as I think it's important to understand exactly what you are getting with BTV. In the simplest of terms, BTV is a live to disk/Internet/stage production facility. It turns your Mac into a Switcher that can take live inputs (FireWire cameras/VTR's, microphones, etc.), pre-built/edited video and audio clips, graphical elements (lower thirds). And like I had mentioned before, you can work with it in three different "scenarios."

Live to disk
Or as we in the television world call it, "Live to Tape," but obviously in this case, we are recording directly to our computer's hard drive. Take all your elements (live and pre-done) and mix them on the fly so that you have your show finished when you click the stop button. No editing required. Since you can work in an NTSC frame size, or even an HD frame size (using a custom layout, and assuming you have a fast computer), you can be ready to put your show to air the minute you're done, as BTV immediately creates a QuickTime movie for you the instant you press stop.

Live to Internet
Same scenario as above, except you can get your video to the Internet via a software route, like by using GrabberRaster and uStream or Stickam, or even the Apple QuickTime Broadcaster, or have BTV send your full-screen video via your computer's secondary monitor output, with audio following on the built-in audio output on your Mac, to an external encoder of your choice!

Live to Internet
Again, everything is the same as the above except you can take the DVI output, along with the built-in audio output from your computer to a video projector and audio mixing board, and you are ready to show off your video to a room of a thousand people or more!

Boinx TV is a very quick installation. The program itself is only 37MB, but its system requirements are pretty steep. It will run on an Intel or G5 PPC Mac with either an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card, but NOT with an integrated Intel GMA graphics card. To have a multi-camera setup, you will need a multi-core machine with a super fast graphics card, as well as additional FireWire cards, as you don't want to overload the FireWire bus. BTV requires Leopard version 10.5.5 and QuickTime 7.5.5, as well as the Apple Intermediate Codec.

The installation of BTV is very simple. You will drag and drop the application into the "Applications" folder in your Macintosh HD.

Once you double click on "BoinxTV," you will be brought to the licensing screen, where you can either put in your demo license, or your full license, depending on which one you have.


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