updated 01:25 pm EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
Boinx has released BoinxTV 1.2, featuring a screen source capture for Skype or iChat video and a new widescreen template. BoinxTV is live production software that allows a Mac to be a TV studio, streaming live video to disk, the Internet or to a projector. It can record studio shows, podcasts, sports events, concerts and interviews via the Mac, and supports multiple cameras. Version 1.2 also adds chroma keying improvements and several new and enhanced layers.
The new "screen source" feature will capture arbitrary screen regions and use them as sources in a layer, enabling the user to capture Skype or iChat video conversations, screencasts, presentations and documents.
The new layer capabilities in version 1.2 include a new Twitter layer for capturing Twitter feeds, a new computer circuits layer that provides a rotating circuit board in 3D, a world time layer that displays a world map with day and night graphically represented and a waving flag layer that waves the flags of G8 countries. Static text and news crawl have been upgraded with more configuration options and the sidebar layer can now display its contents inside a shape defined by a mask and an overlay.
BoinxTV 1.2 has added numerous interface improvements, including a jog wheel feature and improved hotkeys. Version 1.2 also adds compatibility with Elgato's new Turbo.264 HD USB stick, for faster encodes. BoinxTV requires an Intel-based Mac with discrete graphics from ATI or NVIDIA or the latest PowerMac G5 with a ATI graphics and a minimum of 2GB of RAM. Mac OS X 10.5.5 or higher and QuickTime 7.5.5 or later are required on the software side. The software is available in a full version for $500 or a sponsored version, requiring credit to BoinxTV in every video, for $200.