Kiowa Warrior

CyberLink has received a contract to provide a customised military version of its Director Suite to the US Army to help address the latter’s surveillance video editing requirements.

Under the contract, the company will supply its Director Suite featuring PowerDirector, AudioDirector, PhotoDirector and ColorDirector software, to help the army edit and process surveillance data from OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

The company seeks to integrate Director Suite applications into OH-58D Armed Scout Helicopter Video Editor Product Suite (VEPS), which processes mission video footage generated by the helicopters during reconnaissance operations into clear and manageable pieces for reporting, analysis and training.

CyberLink North America senior vice-president and general manager Hyder Rabbani said: "This opportunity demonstrates the technical strengths of our products.

"Not only were we able to satisfy the army’s stringent requirements for speed and functionality, but our development team also expanded the capabilities of our software to accommodate the army’s unique military needs."

The new Microsoft Windows-based PC’s running the army’s aviation mission planning system software seek a military-grade video editing solution that could handle video data in specialised formats.

"This opportunity demonstrates the technical strengths of our products."

CyberLink’s Director Suite is comprehensive editing solution for photographic and video media production, and features PowerDirector, which is claimed to be the world’s fastest 64-bit video editor.

Additional features include a comprehensive photography workflow software with sophisticated editing tools to create picture-perfect photos, called PhotoDirector, ColorDirecto, an advanced creative colour grading to enhance and correct the colours in videos, as well as audioDirector for audio recording, editing and restoration.

CyberLink did not disclose the number of units ordered and their delivery schedule.

Manufactured by Bell Helicopter, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is primarily designed for the scout attack role, and can optionally be equipped to perform transport and utility missions using equipment kits installed externally on existing hard points.

Image: A US Army OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter takes off from Forward Operation Base MacKenzie, Iraq. Photo: courtesy of SSgt Shane A. Cuomo, US Army.