Easy to Use Map Creation
WorldMapper is a ‘story creation’ map application which transforms daily news easily into exciting maps clips captivating the viewer’s attention. WorldMapper is based on Microsoft’s powerful ‘Bing™’ and NASA’s Blue Marble mapping services, and comes with an optional News Room integration with Orad’s Maestro News Producer plugin.
The story is created out of impressive flights over high resolution maps from Microsoft’s Bing™ Maps Services or NASA’s Blue Marble map archive. The fly over is then enhanced with texts, images, routes, magnifiers and other objects inserted on top. All objects can be animated in several easy and intuitive ways enabling the user to quickly create a highly captivating story. The created sequence is rendered and exported as a still image or as a video clip for playout, or alternatively can be used like a templates in control systems. WorldMapper supports all standard video formats that are used by TV broadcasters worldwide.
By using a simple and intuitive editor, the user is able to modify the appearance of the map according to his needs; from one colour flat map to multi-coloured 3D globe maps. All the different map layouts can be saved for later use.
Powerful graphic enhancements
Tracks and routes in the form of flights or trips are visualized clearly with many types of object animations. The magnifying glass brings high reso¬lution street level maps while the “Bird's Eye View” provides impressive 45° site visuals without leaving the overview position of the map. The Mini Map locator maintains the overview even when the visualization dives deep into the map. Already used location data can be stored in a bookmark library and found easily for later use.
Highlighting geographical locations
WorldMapper comes with a library of all national and interstate borders, allowing the user to integrate political information quickly and easily. Countries and regions can be coloured for greater emphasis. The map’s colour and outlines may be adapted to the layout concept. WorldMapper enables the user to edit both the look and the content of the depicted countries' borders, for instance, to adapt the layout or visualize shifts in ownership claims. The edited border is saved as a copy so that the original can still be accessed.
A dynamic data object supports the automation of recurrent contributions. In doing so, it retrieves information from external data sources and depicts it in graphical form. The object’s current position and the associated information like country, state, or city name function as filters for data updates.
Wide range of output formats
The software’s strong video encoding engine allows the user to choose the desired video format, the codec, clip size, bitrate, aspect ratio and more. WorldMapper even enables the user to customize his codec configuration.
WorldMapper offers the creation of flights for interactive presentations on a touch screen, and navigates online through high resolution maps. In addition, the anchor can use WorldMapper to present created sequences interactively on a touch screen. With the multi-touch standard and an optimized user interface, every map can be accessed quickly and intuitively on the screen. The interactivity enables the presenter to zoom with two fingers, stop an animation at any place, assign a story to a geographical location, or visit the relevant scenes. Function editors that can be positioned anywhere on the screen help highlight countries, add objects, or return to earlier positions.
WorldMapper and NewRoom integration
Nowadays journalists are required more than just writing stories; they also need to use graphics and maps to enrich the storytelling. WorldMapper’s integration to News Room with NewProducer plugin allows journalists to create by themselves easily the maps to accompany the story.
With this integration, WorldMapper is used as a client-server, enabling fast and easy creation of final map clips directly within the graphic templates. The WorldMapper browser is embedded into the Playout Controller and its NewProducer plugin, and provides a set of tools to create map clips based on previously created templates. Up to 5 clients can be connected simultaneously to a single WorldMapper server. In the case where the workflow contains more them one WorldMapper system, e.g. first as designer station and second as a server, they can share a common database, thereby centralizing all content.