Devlin Electronics supplied a dedicated control panel to this leading broadcast software developer to greatly improve Live radio production.
Leading broadcast software developer, VidiGo Broadcast, identified the need to offer users a dedicated control panel to complete their ‘live’ product offering.
The existing touchscreen control surface did not satisfy all users and installations. A number of vital control tasks, such as fading, multiple key actions and timing, were simply not possible to replicate effectively with a touch screen. Lack of control resolution and tactile feedback were other key user issues to be addressed. Users also faced ergonomic issues with positioning of the touch screen to achieve comfortable effective use of the controls. Third-party off-the-shelf hardware panels provided a partial, but inevitably imperfect match with the “VidiGo Live” software controls; a dedicated, tailor-made solution was required.
We carried out a detailed consultation with VidiGo Broadcast to explore and capture their challenge. By applying over 30 years of industry-related development experience Devlin Electronics was able to show VidiGo Broadcast a clear path to the hardware solution.
Complete collaboration including component evaluation, functionality, materials and costing throughout this process ensured VidiGo Broadcast retained control of the project goals and timescale throughout. Economic batch sizes were accommodated with delivery split to meet VidiGo Broadcast’s requirements around two key annual industry events. When VidiGo Broadcast requested a late change from plastic to metal for the T-bar handle (in response to their client feedback) Devlin Electronics was able to design and implement a solution with realistic cost and timescale implications.
The Devlin-VidiGo partnership resulted in a commercial success, delivering a product that met their business needs. The flexible hardware design and ongoing relationship means the panel can be quickly and cost-effectively updated to keep pace with future VidiGo Live application development. This approach ensures that VidiGo and its customers will continue to benefit from their hardware investment for many years.
“As a true software developer I found in Devlin the perfect partner to achieve our goal of adding a physical control panel to our LIVE product. A key element was to keep as close as possible to the UI layout found in the software, as this is a key part of the user experience.
Devlin provided us not only with good advice about the panel, they also managed to translate our vision into a workable and still affordable solution. The reactions from our customers were overwhelming, the panel really adds to our vision of simplified production tools for broadcast.”
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