Broadcast Pix Releases Version 7.1 Software for Slate Systems

Pix has made Version 7.1 software available for all of its Slate systems.
V7.1 activates an optional DVI/VGA Input/Output (I/O) card on all Slate HD
models to provide up to two DVI/VGA Inputs and Outputs, and it enhances Slate’s
keying capabilities. V7.1 also enables control of Panasonic robotic cameras and
enhancements to Slate’s built-in multi-view monitor.
Broadcast Pix will be
demonstrating its new Version 7.1 software for the first time at the WFX
convention in Booth #1728, starting November 6th in the
Convention Center in
The new
DVI and VGA outputs enable Slate systems to directly feed a projector for
presentation applications, such as image magnification at a corporate event,
within a house of worship or live event staging. Many next-generation
projectors and plasma monitors accept HDMI inputs, and the new DVI output
enables a DVI to HDMI cable to be connected to provide HDMI output for 720p,
1080i or even 1080p.
The new
DVI and VGA inputs bring the content of a laptop or other computer into a Slate
system. This is very useful in corporate, government or education applications
for bringing a PowerPoint presentation or other computer desktop into Slate, or
in a house of worship to bring song lyrics into Slate.
7.1 makes Slate an even better one-man band,” said Broadcast Pix President Ken
Swanton. “Slate already combined a production switcher, CG, clip stores,
multi-view monitor, aspect converter and video format converter. 7.1 adds
DVI and VGA format converters, so you can input and output just about
anything. Now it’s even easier and more economical for a single operator
or small crew to create very compelling live video.”
V7.1 also
provides luma key support in all Slate systems, which enables an input to be
keyed on top of cameras, clips and animations by the Slate system. V7.1 also
adds support for external video with key inputs from external graphics systems,
in addition to keying all of the rich graphics, animations and clips included
inside every Slate.
multi-view enhancements in V7.1 provide up to four copies of each output and
three of each input for display on a Slate system with multiple monitors
attached. All Slate systems can support two monitors with the option to
support up to four monitors. Monitors for all of Slate’s six keyers can
also be viewed on the integrated multi-view, whereas conventional multi-view
systems cannot monitor any keyers.
DVI/VGA option for Slate HD systems is priced at $1,000. Resolutions it
supports include: 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1600×1200 and 1920×1200. Version 7.1 has begun shipping to new customers and is available as a download
for existing customers.
Systems are priced from $10,995 as SD-only versions and $14,400 in HD.
Larger models include a one or two M/E control panel. Every Slate system
includes and integrates together a production switcher, multi-view monitor,
Inscriber character generator, clip stores for QuickTime clips and many
animations, and aspect and format converters.

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