Broadcast Pix Brings Innovation to InfoComm 09


New Offerings Include 3G Upgrade for Slate, Fluent Workflow Software, Small Control Panel and Portable System

Last Updated: June 2, 2009 5:01 pm GMT
(Billerica, Massachusetts--June 2, 2009) Broadcast Pix™ will showcase several products during InfoComm 09, which runs June 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 4673). New to the show are the 3G Switcher Frame, which is an upgrade for its Slate™ G Series of live video production systems, plus Fluent™ workflow software, a traditional control panel for Slate 100 users, and a portable production unit that harnesses the power of Broadcast Pix.

The new 3G Switcher Frame creates the industry’s first 3G integrated production system and helps future-proof Broadcast Pix systems with the emerging 1080p standard already found in TV sets, routers, monitors, computers, projectors, and many emerging cameras. It is native 3Gbps 1080p/60 and provides simultaneous multi-definition SDI I/O for 1080p, 1080i, 720p and standard definition, as well as DVI. Plus, it handles format and aspect ratio conversion, DVE picture-in-picture, and graphics internally with an unprecedented constant delay of 33ms (patent pending), making the 3G Switcher Frame upgrade ideal for the most demanding live events, as well as television, Internet and Blu-ray productions.

“The AV industry is rapidly adopting 1080p, and Broadcast Pix is making 1080p production affordable,” said Broadcast Pix President Ken Swanton. “Our new 3G Switcher Frame will enable Broadcast Pix customers to gracefully and economically upgrade when they are ready, and enjoy superior multi-definition productions using all of today’s HD and SD standards. Investing in a Broadcast Pix system means investing in the future.”

Fluent exploits the system’s unique video and file integration to improve functionality and performance. Unlike conventional switchers that take only video inputs, Slate systems can take file inputs as well from its built-in clip and graphic stores. With the new Watch-Folders feature, content can be sent over a TCP/IP network from edit stations and graphic systems to these stores for immediate access, even during the middle of a production. New Fluent Macros can also recall specific clip, animation and graphic files, as well as camera positions, which enables the creation and instant play-out of complex combinations for highly compelling productions. New Fluent options include a 2 M/E Soft Panel, Shared Router software, and the ability to connect Microsoft Access databases to on-air graphics with CG Connect.

The new Slate 100 Control Panel provides entry-level Slate 100 users with a traditional switcher interface. It features a classic preview/program switcher layout including a next transition section for managing the system’s three keyers. There are also controls for the Slate 100's built-in CG, clip store, graphics, and camera control systems, including a bank of buttons that corresponds to thumbnails on the multi-view for easy selection of digital assets and device controls.

Finally, Magic Wave Productions, Inc., a systems integrator and event video production company based in Pleasanton, Calif., has created the Magic Wave Magma, a portable unit powered by the Broadcast Pix Slate integrated production system. Magma is being demonstrated at the Broadcast Pix booth during InfoComm 09, and will be sold through Broadcast Pix dealers. Magma incorporates a Broadcast Pix Slate and its Fluent workflow software into a portable, ruggedized 45-pound package that can be quickly set up on a table or other work surface.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Slate systems create compelling live video far more cost effectively than conventional control rooms. Slate includes a switcher, multi-view, CG, clip and graphic stores, Fluent workflow software, as well as aspect and format conversion. Slate is a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room, even a solo operator can create engaging video, and it is upgradeable to 3G 1080p, the emerging HD standard. Broadcast Pix is based in Massachusetts, with offices throughout North America and in Europe. Customers include over 1,000 leading broadcast, webcast, podcast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in over 70 countries. For more information, go to


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