Customer support: cs@getodd.com

Welcome to the iENG iPhone/iPad product page.

Television and print journalists can now use the iPhone or iPad camera at its full potential reporting the news.

iENG is meant for professional use and allows the user to bypass much of the 'dumbed down' normally provided for typical consumer use of the iPhone/iPad camera. This is particularly useful when it comes to sending media back to the newsroom or other off-device services.

The user can select what level of quality to use for exporting their media.

iENG makes available the ability to quickly FTP your media back to the newsroom servers without delay. Email and social-media posting is also available, though the user will have to be cognizant of the limitations of those modes and not overwhelm them with large media files.

REQUIRES a camera on the device and IOS5.0 or newer.

iENG can also provide a handy 'preview monitor' output if you have the appropriate Apple cables. This is handy for solo 'stand ups' in the field. Wired microphones are also supported for audio input.

External preview works with the Apple Composite AV Cable (outputs standard analog NTSC video and audio via RCA phono plugs), Apple Digital AV adapter(digital HDMI connection), Apple VGA Adapter (computer monitors or projectors with 15pin D connectors).

All media captured is written to the devices Camera Roll in the highest resolution the device supports. Videos are then transcoded to your desired capture-export setting (stills are exported at full resolution).

Exported videos use h.264 video and AAC audio compression using the Apple Quicktime .mov file extension. Still images are provided in .jpg format.

FTP? Every TV station has an FTP server somewhere-- Ask the commercial production and traffic departments for an account-- spots aren't delivered on tape via FedEx any more!-- FTP is how they arrive, so should [at least some of] your breaking news!

NOTE: A software bug has been found to cause iENG to fail with certain devices running IOS 6.1.3.
An update to fix this will be available shortly (6/22/13)

 

The in-app help files are here:

Image Capture Help
Media Distribution Help
Camera Roll Finder Help
Setup Page Help
Config Page Help

News vs FTP? - email seems so easy...(coming soon)
FTP server suggestion and commentary .. (coming soon)
FAQ .. (coming soon)

iPhone users click here.

The iPad display showing a typical image capture screen.

If the camera was held inverted (home button on left) there would be a warning indicator shown to alert the user that videos captured MAY appear inverted on some systems. (All still images captured are 'fixed' internally by iENG to appear upright).

You can lock various settings of the camera to eliminate various problems due to automatic sensors acting aggressively.

Indicators are provided to show availability of WiFi and Cellular data networks, and connectivity to your company FTP server.I

Unless automatic upload is selected, once your media is captured you are displayed this page which allows you to determine where to distribue your media.

Buttons that are inappropriate for the type of media (videos vs stills) are greyed out.

The file size of the media is also shown as are the indicators of your current internet connection.

Media from your camera roll can be exported by iENG.

Video export size and quality is selectable as desired.

Still images sent via FTP use the original quality, while those sent via email or the social media allow for user quality selection.

Videos from the camera roll can be trimmed at the front and back as desired.

The FTP queue shows a listing of media files waiting to be uploaded. The files remain in the queue until the server at the other end acknowledges a successful transfer.

Media in the queue can be deleted from the queue as desired.

FTP transfers can continue after iENG is closed down (for up to 10 minutes).

The Setup page is where you enter the particulars for FTP transfers. You also can enable and disable the social media modes on this page.

For still image capture, the volume (up or down) buttons can be used as a shutter release. That mode is enabled on this page. (Volume button shutter is disabled whenever an external monitor is connected)

 

 

The Settings page is where you enter your default email and social-media message information.

The entries on this screen can be overridden at the time a message or post is made, but these entries are for time saving convenience.

 

iENG makes extensive use of the devices camera roll. In order for iENG to function, you need to approve the app for access to your 'location information' when IOS asks for such approval (once, soon after app installation).

While iENG does not do anything with your location information, it is often encoded in meta tag information (exif, iptc) carried with media in your camera roll. Because of this, any app that accesses the camera roll is required to have this permission granted.

 

Failure to grant iENG access to 'your current location' will cause iENG to seriously malfunction.

iENG needs access to your cameraroll in order to operate, there's no way around that.

Using the FTP export mode requires that you provide iENG with the information needed to access your server and account. This information is entered on the Setup page.

All files uploade by iENG appear in the directory that the FTP server assigns to your username. There is currently no means provided for iENG to direct the FTP uploads to other directories on the server.

When you are on the media distribution screen and select the FTP mode your media file is placed in the FTP queue.

Items placed in the queue are not automatically sent as they are placed in the queue. You will need to go to the FTP Queue page and hit the UPLOAD button to start the process when desired.

When in automatic FTP upload mode, items are added to the FTP queue as they are captured and then an upload is automatically initiated.

Whenever an upload from the FTP queue is initiated (either manually, or via the auto-ftp method) all the items in the FTP queue are sent, with the currently selected media item sent first. FTP uploads can be cancelled at any time, as desired.

 

You must also be aware that other apps on the device, or other network traffic on your WIFI network may interfere with the smooth flow of video and audio from the device. It may be necessary in some cases to disable or close out other apps running on the device, or take steps to assure less traffic from other devices on your WIFI network.

iENG is available in the App Store

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QUESTIONS / COMMENTS / SUPPPORT

If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, or problems with iENG please email us at cs@getodd.com .