AT&T Internal Communications Advance With Slate 3000 Switcher

video communications at AT&T have advanced significantly, thanks to two new
mobile production systems featuring the Broadcast Pix Slate 3000 live
integrated production system. Delivered in October by TV Pro Gear, a
systems integrator based in Los
Angeles, the new HD Flypak mobile production systems
are used to produce and stream HD programming live to tens of thousands of

In the
past, AT&T relied on analog production systems in multiple cases, but its
Internal Communication Media Division needed mobile-production solutions that
could be run by one person.

“The Slate
switchers are the only production switchers on the market with a built-in CG,
clip store, and multiview monitor. This is precisely why AT&T chose
the Broadcast Pix Slate 3000 switcher,” says Chandos Mahon Jr., TV Pro Gear
SVP. “The Slate 3000 adds an integrated router for more I/O
and redundancy. This cuts down integration time and saves the client

While the
Slate 3000 can handle up to 18 inputs and features PixButtons to identify each
source, AT&T maintains a four-camera setup. In one configuration, a single
operator controls three Panasonic AK-HC1500G “box” cameras with Fujinon
HAS18x7.6BMD-DSE lenses. A second configuration uses the Panasonic cameras
as studio cameras. In addition, a Panasonic AJ-HDX900 camcorder is available
for studio or ENG use.

During its
live Webcasts, AT&T records its productions. Using the line out from
the Slate 3000, the director can record to a DVCPRO HD VTR and can record a
QuickTime file to an external RAID for native editing using Final Cut Pro.

Broadcast Pix switcher has become the premier choice for an all-in-one
professional HD switcher,” Mahon
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