Since Broadcast Pix is a leader in file-based workflows, we have teamed up with Telestream to give our users a fantastic opportunity. We are proud to offer ALL Broadcast Pix users a 20% discount on Telestream Episode and Episode Pro, the professional choice for video encoding software. This multi-format video encoding software for post-production and new media workflows is used and appreciated by many.
"Episode 6 has been the easiest, fastest, and cleanest workflow for the Web that I have ever used."
This offer is available until May 30 to anyone with a Broadcast Pix system, or who is considering buying one. Interested???
Have you heard about our patented device control banks? This great feature can be found on any of Broadcast Pix's professional live production system panels. And like the Granite 5000 panel seen here, all our 2 M/E panels come with two!
Now let's learn more about dual device controls. Either device control bank can control the built-in clip store, animation store, CG title store, graphics store, a keyer, aux bus, countdown timer, as well as external robotic cameras, servers, streamers and recorders. Each device control bank has a PixPad of 12 PixButtons that shows the device and file-name right on the panel’s button. Also included are 4 knobs, motion controls and a display. Lastly a 3-axis joystick is shared between the two banks.
With all this access to all your files and videos, Broadcast Pix’s patented device controls will help you create dynamic live video with ease!
Let us show you how! Broadcast Pix is proud to offer 3 professional live production systems, all with end-to-end integration.
Broadcast Pix offers this leadership integration in three lines of live video production systems: Meet Flint, Granite and Mica.Flint - Broadcast Pix Flint provides tremendous value in a highly affordable system. It features built-in streaming and recording, accepts up to 6 camera inputs in SDI, HDMI and analog formats plus 8 internal channels of clips and graphics, has cloud ingest and the Broadcast Pix production tool set with 3 key layers. Choose a control surface from a mouse, touch-screen, keyboard, iPad, or one of 3 control panels – the 500, 1000 or 2000 panels. More on Flint.Mica - Broadcast Pix Mica™ adds more I/O and up to 6 key layers. It accepts 8 SDI inputs plus 1 more for an external key. It has 6 SDI and 2 DVI outputs which can drive three different compositions with program, and two PowerAuxes each of which can add key layers. Mica also has exceptionally low latency which is ideal for live events. The control surface choices are the same as on Flint. More on Mica.Granite - Broadcast Pix Granite™ is our most powerful system is perfect for the most sophisticated productions. It includes a Granite Switcher and a Granite Server. The switcher accepts up to 22 SDI inputs and provides 12 SDI outputs, with 1 or 2 M/E’s. The server holds up to 180 hours of clips. Mission-critical high redundancy includes redundant power, switching, panels and storage. The Granite X model has maximum I/O, and enlarged quad monitoring. Control surface choices include those on Flint and Mica plus the larger 2 M/E 5000 and 6000 panels. More on Granite. Which model is right for you? Let's Compare all 3 Models Still have any questions... Contact one of our production experts today!
- Integrated Ingest: Ingest many formats of cameras, plus flow in files and data from your studio and from the cloud.
- Integrated Production Control: At the heart of each system is a powerful video switcher, integrated with a clip sever and CG graphics systems. The rich production toolset includes powerful control surfaces, exceptional monitoring, dazzling macros and virtual sets, patented device controls and PixButtons, control of cameras and other studio devices, and gracefully expanding to team control when needed.
- Integrated Delivery: Deliver in multi-formats, deliver with patented lip-sync protection, some systems stream or provide up to 3 screens.
The Best of NAB 2013 Recognized
TV Technology announced the recipients for the coveted STAR Awards presented at the 2013 NAB Show.
Now celebrating its 13th anniversary, the STAR Awards (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. A judging panel of broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.
“The NAB show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,
” said Tom Butts, TV Technology
editor-in-chief. “Our panel of editors walked the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we selected for the STAR Award made the cut—they demonstrated their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.
Broadcast Pix is extremely proud to be amongst this year's winners, for our new Flint Live Production and Streaming Systems. Learn more about Flint here
Congratulations to all the winners!!!
Broadcast Pix is proud to have a great reputation for our technical support team. Our professional staff has earned a well-deserved reputation as knowledgeable, helpful and accessible. They are committed to working through any technical problems to make sure your productions are smooth and successful. They can even remotely view your system with you. Our goal is to partner in your success!
Help us to help you. To be achieve a quick resolution to your problem, we advise you contact our helpful support staff with the following information:
- Serial number of your Granite, Mica, or Slate system
- Your name
- Contact number
- A description of your problem
- Version of software that you are currently using
*Hint: The Granite serial numbers start with GSC or GSW, Mica serial numbers start with BPM and the Slate serial numbers start with BPWG. Serial numbers can be found on the status tab on the Fluent View display, or on a sticker on the outside of the hardware.
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By phone: 1-978-600-1098
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Curious to know what features Broadcast Pix favors? Today we asked our own Tony Mastantuono. See what he had to say about VOX - Voice-automated productions...
What’s your favorite Broadcast Pix option? VOX
"A great add-on to any Broadcast Pix Slate, Mica, or Granite system, VOX is truly operator optional! It allows many productions – including radio on the web, government meetings, or school lectures – to be produced without traditional staffing needs. VOX can completely automate your production, from switching inputs to moving robotic cameras to recalling specific graphics and clips. The power of Fluent Macros allows all this to happen behind the scenes. What makes VOX unique is the ability to have custom time settings geared to your type of production, making the automation transparent to the viewing audience. It allows any production to be completely automated or semi-automated, so specific tasks like moving camera presets are done automatically so the director can focus on more creative elements of the production."
- Tony Mastantuono
Product and Technical Support Manager
Fluent Macros is a powerful memory system that takes SnapShot Memories to a whole another level. It enables a sequence of panel button pushes to be recorded and then played at the touch of a button. The best part is that Fluent Macros comes standard on all Broadcast Pix Video Control Centers.
Fluent Macros can make any novice look like a pro. Like this one with 3 PiPs in key layers, over an animated background file, plus a title file and animated logo file.
At the heart of Fluent Marcos is a file-based architecture that not only remembers button pushes and commands, but more importantly files from the Clip and Graphic store. Fluent Macros involve 2 basic processes; the Advanced Editor, to record, edit or modify an effect and a Player used to trigger pre-made effects. See Broadcast Pix’s Sales Tools for more information but first some….
General Operating Tips
- Recording a macro can start from either the Macro Editor or directly from the control panel.
- Record a macro slowly, to ensure that every step is recorded. Later they can be easily adjusted in the Macro Editor.
- You can trigger macros two ways; from the Macro Player or your control panel through the MEM device or the designed marco row (only on the 2000, 5000 & 6000 panels).
- There are 4 macro banks that when combined can hold a total of 396 possible macros.
- Only one macro may be played out at a time.
- Utilize the power of Fluent Macros to create professional transitions, or alpha wipes, or to operate the VOX system.
So learn how to create amazing effects at the push of a button with the only memory system that combines switcher moves with specific files, camera moves, and more. Fluent Marcos, only from Broadcast Pix!
Curious to know what features Broadcast Pix favors? Today we asked our own Chuck Williamson. See what he had to say about camera control...
What’s your favorite Broadcast Pix option? Camera Control
"Control of robotic cameras has never been easier – or more precise. “Thumbnail” views of camera presets makes for quick and error-free selection that cannot be achieved even with expensive dedicated camera controllers. Plus, the operator has course and fine adjustment with variable acceleration for creating the perfect shot. And with our built-in Fluent Macros, it’s never been easier to incorporate camera control into macros and automate a production."
- Chuck Williamson
Sales Engineering Manager
Located on Grand Cayman, Cayman 27 serves an audience of about 55,000. The station has used its Granite Desktop Video Control Center since 2011 to produce 15 hours of local news and talk shows each week. Before Broadcast Pix, election coverage was less than ideal for Cayman 27.
“Our workflow before required information to be relayed by phone from the command center to a graphics operator – who could never type the data in quickly enough,” said April Cummings, news director. “In addition, the reporter on scene was busy doing live shots and couldn’t preview the information before it hit air.”
To cover the country’s July 2012 referendum on single-member constituencies (one man, one vote), which ultimately failed, Cayman 27 created a special table on the backend of its Web site, where the reporter on the scene input election data. Back at the station, a small Java program downloaded the .XML file, which was linked to Fluent Rapid CG 2, an option for Granite and Mica systems that streamlines the creation of data-intensive CG graphics by automatically integrating databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into templates.
“Every minute, the program checked for new data and updated it immediately,” Cummings explained. “It minimized errors, increased our confidence, and kept viewers up to date in a way that has never occurred on our local TV before. Our new approach even linked to our Web site, so the banner at the top of the page had the latest on turnout and the results as they came in. Our information was on screen before the elections office even had it on their Web site.”
How have you used Fluent Rapid CG2 in your production?
Broadcast Pix Video Control Centers support a wide variety of file formats. To organize the many options, we have created our patented Fluent Watch-Folders, which rapidly add clips, graphics and animations to your system from popular editing & graphic systems. Granite and Mica play 1080i, 720p, or SD .mov or .mp4 clips in H.264 or ProRes in their clip store, and soon will add 720p and SD versions of those formats as well as Avid DNxHD .mov clips in 1080i or 720p. They also play short QuickTime Animations and Targa sequences in their animation stores. The Slate clip stores play HD or SD .mov clips in H.264, ProRes, DV, and DVC PRO, and also animate a folder of Targa sequences. Clips and animations support audio through the all our system’s XLR outputs.
But let’s be more specific about Granite and Mica.
Still Store: Supports two channels of HD and SD still stores that can support a wide variety of still graphic formats including .Scribe, TGA, .BMP, .GIF, .JPG, .PNG and .TIFF.
CG: Two channels of HD and SD graphics with a Harris Inscriber TitleMotion GS. Supports rolls/crawls, 2D and 3D animations, on-air graphic changes with scribe editing, many pre-loaded templates, and anti-aliased resolution of <16nS. The CG store can also hold graphics, including .Scribe, .TGA, .BMP, .JPG, .TIFF and .PNG.
Animation Store: Two channels of HD animations with audio, plays image sequences of compressed RLE .tgas of up to 800mb or up to 100 frames of uncompressed .TGA, .BMP or .PNG files.
Clip Store: Today one channel HD clip store with audio , auto start/stop/rewind/next, mark points and looping capabilities. Play up to 120 hours (depending on compression settings) of .mov or .mp4 files encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 or ProRes.
New Clip Formats Coming Soon in V3.2:
- ProRes: in addition to 1080i, V3.2 will add 720p and SD
- H.264: in addition to 1080i, V3.2 will add 720p and SD
- V3.2 will also add: Avid’s DNxHD 1080i and 720p
Broadcast Pix is making constant strides to include new file formats with our integrated production systems. Just wait until V3.2 is released!!!