Forbidden Technologies (LON:FBT), the company behind the market leading Cloud-based video platform FORscene, has licensed its technology to the world’s largest web video company, YouTube (owned by Google). For Forbidden’s chief executive Stephen Streater, the deal is a major breakthrough in one of the company’s core target markets and is likely to transform its profile in the international broadcast and web video community.

As is usual in bigger projects, FORscene will provide the Cloud editing element in a larger integrated system. It will be used by YouTube to support remote video editing and publishing for web and broadcast delivery. In September, Streater told Stockopedia that the growing popularity of FORscene in the broadcast post-production market was a sign that the industry was beginning to embrace a new generation of technology. Since then, the company has signed deals with a series of UK production companies including Princess Productions, Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty as well as confidential contracts for high profile TV productions.

Commenting on the latest announcement, Streater said that while momentum was building in the UK broadcast market, the company was keen to raise awareness of the FORscene platform internationally – and the YouTube deal would play a vital role in doing that. “The people who use our software really like it and we are already punching above our weight,” he said. “Internationally, we want people to know that our solution exists and is available to them, so that when big companies are deciding what editing tools to provide, they know to talk to us”.

“Despite YouTube having its own editing system, it has still signed up for FORscene. And with more than 3 billion views per day, YouTube is known to everyone. This deal gives us a lot of credibility, particularly in America, the world’s biggest video market. This will make us much more visible to the new audiences that we want to sell to.”

International exposure

Streater has made no secret of his desire to capitalise on a “switch market” in broadcasting, where operators are beginning to turn their attention from traditional desktop systems to the opportunities of Cloud-based editing. Now he wants to do the same in the web market, with the consumer market to follow later on. “With our recent broadcast deals, unless you are in the industry you may…

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