More Components Added to The Conference

By Don Smith, Vice Chair, Conference Committee

From the first conference to our 19th edition, the JAG Conference is the best place to get the latest hardware updates the freshest gear, and collaborate with your fellow colleagues from other stations around New Jersey.  This year’s conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Edison on May 18th from 9am-11pm.

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Conference Updates

TelVue Users Group: Ultra-affordable All-in-One Playout, Integrated Streaming, Editing, and CBB, Live Caption Translation, New Viewer Analytics, and more!

Showcasing the latest and greatest from TelVue including a peek into our broadcast products roadmap…all with the purpose of streamlining your workflow, saving you time, expanding your audience, increasing accessibility, and unlocking new sources of revenue.  Demos & topics will include: New, ultra-affordable & scalable HyperCaster AIO+ All-in-One playout models; HyperCaster integrated CBB, editing, and streaming; HyperCaster automatic social media multistreaming, no expensive restreaming services required; Redesigned, mobile-friendly scheduling pages to streamline scheduling from anywhere; Enhanced user access control & roles to more easily and securely distribute workloads; Affordable, accurate live captioning with live translation to a second language; Making your government meeting videos fully searchable with Caption Transcript Search; New, built-in viewer analytics to gain more insights into your streaming, mobile & OTT audiences; CloudCast player integrated full-view agenda/documents and channel schedules.  Bring questions, feedback, feature requests. Great for existing users looking to get the most out of their TelVue systems, and prospects looking to upgrade from unsupported and cumbersome platforms, or insecure windows playout systems.

A huge thanks to TelVue for being our Diamond Sponsor. 

TriCaster & NDI User Group: NAB Highlights & Interactive Forum

Discover the latest TriCaster and NDI advancements at our JAG Conference User Group session, where we’ll kick off with an overview of the groundbreaking updates from the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Learn about innovative features such as HTML 5 Cloud Graphics and how they can revolutionize your live productions. Following this brief presentation, the session will transition into an interactive forum for both new and experienced TriCaster users. Participants can ask questions, discuss workflows, and learn from each other’s experiences, with our presenter offering demonstrations and insights into real-life workflow scenarios. This engaging session provides an opportunity to connect with industry peers, share best practices, and stay ahead of the curve in live video production.  Moderator: Yervant Keshishian, Sales Engineer, Authorized Trainer & Technical Director, Varto Technologies.  Varto Technologies is a Titanium Sponsor and will sponsor the JAG Banquet.

There will be a number of workshops throughout the day and details can be found at .  Planet Networks is a Titanium Sponsor and will be sponsoring the Keynote Lunch.

Banquet Entertainment

Returning to JAG’s conference is Simon Mandel, sponsored by Cologna Productions.  Simon Mandal started out as a kid reading books at the library, and watching beginner magic VHS tapes.  He knew by the time he was ten that he wanted to be either a magician or a comedy writer.  After high school, he studied Acting/Drama at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and at The William Esper Studio.  Those years weren’t dedicated to magic head on, but he studied comedy in depth, and it helped his show a lot.  Simon went full time in the early 2,000’s, and has been developing his own magic ever since.  Simon Mandal is one of the most in demand illusionists in the world today.  Mandal combines incredible feats of skill with hilarious interactive routines that bring the house down, and be prepared to become part of the show.  Simon will be looking for help from the audience to join him on stage. 

Separate banquet tickets are on sale.  Order now.  This event will sell out.

The conference wraps up with the JAG Banquet and the JAG Awards. Please stay and cheer on colleagues from local access stations across the state!   There are many new categories this year to win, and many stations will go home with some nice trophies. This year the cost of the Conference, including the JAG Banquet is $160 per person for JAG members.  Your admission includes the User Group Breakfast, vendor exhibits, a number of workshops, keynote lunch, admission to the cocktail party, the banquet and the JAG Awards. Details can be found at