City of Brea Selects Broadcast Pix Slate Switcher for Live Broadcasts

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Last Updated: July 29, 2008 6:02 pm GMT
(Billerica, Massachusetts--July 29, 2008) Broadcast Pix™, the company that redefined the production switcher as a live integrated production system, announces the sale of its Slate™ 2100 switcher to the City of Brea, California.

The switcher is being used to air the bi-weekly City Council proceedings live from a control room above the council chamber in Brea, CA.

The City of Brea Media department consulted with and purchased their Slate 2100 through Broadcast Pix dealer, VMI Video – located in Los Alamitos, CA. VMI Video then assisted the media department in conjunction with Broadcast Pix during the integration of the switcher. The Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 system integrates a production switcher, production control panel, Inscriber CG, clip store, and multi-view monitoring, among other functions, in a single workstation-based system.

The City of Brea Media Department previously used a Play Trinity switcher for its broadcasts. According to Senior Media Specialist, Scott Pettinger, the media department saw the need for an upgrade and began researching a variety of equipment. Having all control room functions built in to the Slate 2100 was a deciding factor according to Pettinger.

“When we were faced with this purchase decision, I thoroughly examined my options, visiting trade show booths and putting equipment through its paces, as well as talking to people already using the various systems we were considering,” explained Pettinger. “The Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 provided absolutely everything we needed, making it a hands-down winner.”

In his role as Senior Media Specialist, Pettinger calls upon an extensive broadcast engineering background as well as years of technical experience. Pettinger said that the professional broadcast quality offered by Broadcast Pix’s Slate 2100 stood up to that close scrutiny: “It became clear to me that the Slate 2100 was designed for professional productions. It provides us with broadcast-quality graphics, an easy to use soft panel, and touch screen all within a fail-safe configuration. The switcher is very simple to use, offers multiple ways to switch and it literally makes novices look like pros.”

The all-in-one design and single operator configuration of the Slate 2100 provided a significant cost savings to the City of Brea when compared with the financial outlay involved in installing a legacy system. Separate components, according Pettinger, would have taken more time to integrate as well as require additional staff to operate.

About Slate Switchers
Every Slate switcher is a complete integrated live video production system, including production switcher, multi-view monitoring, Inscriber® CG, clips stores, and aspect and format conversion, with optional control of robotic cameras, audio mixers and other studio devices. Slate HD models are priced from just $14,400, and support HD-SDI 1080i and 720p formats as well as SD-SDI and analog. Optional I/O includes DVI and VGA for computers and projectors, HD analog component inputs such as from a Blu-Ray, and 1080p output via HDMI. Unlike conventional production switchers that only accept video inputs, Slate systems also accept clips and graphic inputs as files, including QuickTime (DV, DVCPRO, and H.264-Mpeg4) and MPEG2 as well as animations from all popular animation packages. This file-based architecture streamlines live production workflow by seamlessly integrating the live production system with edit bays.

About Broadcast Pix
Broadcast Pix is the leader in combining technologies from the computer and live television equipment industries to create an innovative family of live video production systems. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of conventional live video production solutions; yet retain a switcher’s fast action control and non-stop, on-air robustness. They can be run by a single operator instead of requiring a team. Customers include over 800 leading broadcasters (including CBS, NBC and ESPN), webcasters, cable stations, stadiums, corporate, education, religious and government studios in over 50 countries. Broadcast Pix is based at 3 Federal Street, Billerica, Massachusetts, with offices throughout North America and in Europe. See www.broadcastpix.com.

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