Broadcast Pix powers high school, college sports

Small colleges and high schools looking to get into the sports broadcasting business have a a new low-cost production switcher option courtest of Broadcast Pix. Known as SLATE 100, the new system merges a video production switcher with a computer workstation for just under $10,000. While the low price point of SLATE 100 is a story within itself, the system is truly about the democratization of live production, said Broadcast Pix President Ken Swanton. Virtually any live production entity can look as good as a broadcaster because a single operator, with a small budget, can now control an integrated switcher, graphics, clip stores and even cameras. Compared to a conventional live studio, the SLATE 100 saves an enormous amount of time on installation, learning and preproduction, while sharply reducing staffing costs. The heart of the system is the new Broadcast Pix Slate board, the first professional switcher on a computer card (patent pending). It lives inside the workstation, where it is closely coupled to the system s clip stores, still stores and Inscriber character generator.
The system retains the familiar control panel layout of a traditional switcher, with full comprehensive preview capability. Non-stop, on-air operation enables video to stay on-air even if the workstation stops working. It produces pristine, 10-bit quality video, including digital SDI and analog YUV, S and composite. It also has a redundant backup plan, pumping out one channel of video in case of failure so users continue to air a product. The entire operation is controlled from a mouse or touch-screen, and offers both a soft-panel replica of a traditional physical control panel and a PixPanel . The latter provides a VGA screen monitor wall layout, with full motion windows for program, preview and four-camera monitors, plus thumbnails for keys and content. The PixPanel offers a quick learning curve of just five minutes for those new to video production. Soft panels also allow users to control a studio from a distance by simply entering the Internet address of the studio.

Unlike other integrated studio products, if a physical hard-panel is desired, the Broadcast Pix control panel can be added as an option. This is the same panel used by broadcasters at CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS, Microsoft, Cisco, HP and many other premier studios.

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