Zoom’s latest acquisition connects professional broadcast tools for large-scale events


Zoom has acquired the Zoom-based delivery tools created by startup Liminal, as well as two of the company’s co-founders, the video conferencing platform announced in an article on his blog. The complementary modules of Liminal, ZoomOSC and ZoomISO, are designed to create professional virtual events, which Zoom will likely integrate natively into its software as part of the acquisition.

As stated on the Liminal website, ZoomOSC is designed to enhance business meetings and events using the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol, allowing you to integrate Zoom with third-party software, hardware controllers, and media servers. Meanwhile, ZoomISO allows you to export each participant’s video stream as a separate output to professional production equipment, five of which you can choose to output in HD.

By acquiring these assets from Liminal, Zoom says it will help the platform “bridge” the gap between “emerging” and “traditional” forms of event control tools, which should be useful for studios. broadcasters, theaters and other organizations that wish to create professional flows. The platform dove into large-scale virtual events when it first announced its Events feature in May and officially rolled out in July. With Events, organizers can create event hubs, sell tickets, and create multiple live streaming sessions throughout the day.

It’s unclear when or how Zoom plans to integrate Liminal’s functionality, and it’s also unclear whether Liminal’s Zoom add-ons will still be available separately from Zoom when the integration takes place. The edge contacted Zoom with a request for comment but did not receive an immediate response.


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