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Broadcast Pix Part of New Video Call Center Solution for New Genre of Production Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts –  Broadcast Pix™ announced today that its integrated production switchers are being used with the new Video Call Center (VCC) automated production solution to bring the caller-based talk radio show format to television. By utilizing Broadcast Pix’s application programming interface (API) and file-based macros, the VCC system essentially creates a video-driven version of talk radio using Web-based video sources.

Inventor Tom Wolzien company received a patent for VCC on July 1. A 45-year television veteran, Wolzien serves as a consultant for large media organizations through his company, Wolzien LCC, and is the lead independent director for VCC Broadcast Pix Switcher UseTiVo, Inc. Since last year, Wolzien and his team have been testing the VCC system by producing TalkCenterAmerica®, a series of call-in shows covering a variety of topics.

“VCC is right at the intersection of social and mass media, TV and the Web,” said Wolzien. “What’s unique is that the system doesn’t just handle a single IP video call, but it’s designed to handle multiple video calls simultaneously, each with the power of its own computer – essential for any live caller-based TV program.”

With VCC, the on-camera host produces the call-in show without a traditional control room. Broadcast Pix API and Fluent™ Macros allow the VCC software to provide the host with a great deal of production flexibility, such as triggering sequences of individual key/shot combinations that can be modified based on available callers. As a result, with no content costs for callers and minimal staffing requirements, VCC is a cost effective approach to producing live programming.

Using Skype and similar technologies on various devices, multiple Web video callers can connect to the show. Viewers can see the callers and whatever the callers want to show. Proprietary CAT™ Caller Acquisition Software assists screeners with incoming calls, audio metering, video cropping and conversion, and return video. Plus, a patented Text Overlay superimposes caller names and locations over the caller’s picture at the screener’s position and remains on-screen when the caller is added to the live production.

“The innovative technical team at Broadcast Pix has been supportive every step of the way as we implemented the Video Call Center,” said Wolzien. “As an inventor, I have appreciated their readiness to help us solve the challenges of integrating the complex aspects of television automation in a way that appears simple to the host who solely controls the air. And on the technical side, I have appreciated their rapid and creative support when we have run into problems.”

“Video Call Center utilizes today’s Web-based video technologies to adapt the caller-based talk radio format for TV,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “It’s truly an innovative way to produce high quality programming with minimal staff, and Broadcast Pix is proud to be part of the process.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.


ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure for KHSL

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and installed a new HD-SDI infrastructure with embedded audio for KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132). The native HD upgrade included new master control and production control rooms, plus new studio and ENG cameras, NLE systems, and the adoption of a tapeless workflow.

Owned by GOCOM Media of Northern California, KHSL shares operations with KNVN, the local NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media, as part of a joint facilityOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA arrangement. Aaron “Mike” Roberts, director of engineering, said the ABS project provided a technological fresh start for the facility, which had previously transitioned from analog to digital SD, then to an HD/SD hybrid infrastructure. The facility had layers of cables that could not be organized or removed until after the new infrastructure was operational.

ABS completed the project in November 2013, and the facility began using its native HD system in January. The new HD-SDI infrastructure includes embedded audio, which significantly reduced cable runs. In fact, more than four racks of system routing equipment were replaced by a 4 RU 128×128 Utah Scientific router. Other master control upgrades include Harmonic Omneon video servers controlled through NVerizon automation.

Built around a Ross Carbonite production switcher, the new production control room features a Miranda Kaleido multi-viewer, Panasonic LCD monitors, Ross XPression CG, BlackStorm playout server, Yamaha LS9 audio board, Clear-Com intercom system and custom furniture from Martin & Ziegler. All newsroom edit systems were also upgraded to Adobe Premiere CS6 and are connected to an 18 TB SAN system.

For field production, ABS replaced an aging group of tape-based camcorders with eight JVC GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorders with built-in 23x Fujinon lenses. Part of KHSL’s new tapeless workflow, the cameras record HD footage to SDHC or SXHC media cards. Roberts said the new cameras were particularly effective shooting low-light footage, which was beneficial at the site of a local April 10 accident between a FedEx truck and school bus that gained national attention.

Rather than traditional studio cameras, ABS installed five Panasonic AW-HE120 robotic PTZ HD cameras, each with a custom 13-inch LCD prompter system mounted on top that maintains the eye line of the news anchors. According to Roberts, the system works very well and was “an innovative, inexpensive way” to update the studio.

During the project, ABS personnel utilized a vacant space on the second floor of the facility to relocate the analog news production. The space formally used by news production was then used to assemble new racks and equipment. Once the HD infrastructure was in place, ABS created the new master control for KHSL and KNVN, and its three multicast channels.

The facility’s original location for master control was designed to support a single station, so master control had been moved several years ago during an upgrade to accommodate multiple channels. However, technological innovations allowed ABS to return master control back in its original location. The new HD news production equipment was then installed in the space previously occupied by master control.

“KHSL was the biggest ‘little’ project we’ve ever done,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Coordination was critical. We needed to build and install an HD-SDI with embedded audio infrastructure without interfering with existing operations. It was definitely a challenge, but the end result is a much cleaner and more consolidated operation with a lot less cable.”

“It was a logistical nightmare,” added Roberts. “They handled it like pros, but it was a very complicated move. We had three layers of build-out, and it all had to be worked around. We had to keep it running, yet build this new layer of digital, which ABS did beautifully. Overall, the project went great.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.


Advanced Systems Group Designs Digital Arts Facility for San Lorenzo Unified School District

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, today announced work is complete on a $6 million production space designed by ASG that serves as the new home of the Bay Area Digital Arts (BADA) Academy for California’s San Lorenzo Unified School District. Located at San Lorenzo High School, the facility includes a 3,100-BADA Studio JPEGsquare-foot NC25 sound stage, production control room, audio control room, voiceover/ADR recording studio, editing classroom, production offices, and private edit suites.

Lance McVay, director of the BADA Academy, said ASG was involved in the project from the beginning. “They assisted with the original grant application to the state and have been involved ever since,” he explained. “Their work and assistance have been vital to the success of the project.”

The BADA program provides media production training, access to professional work sites, and potential internships for its students. It moved to San Lorenzo High School in 2003, where McVay had been teaching television production classes in a converted auto shop since the mid-1990s. The new facility was funded through a state Career Technical Education Facilities grant, for which ASG provided the technical, acoustical and equipment specifications, and matching funds from a 2008 bond measure. After BADA was awarded the grant, ASG was awarded the contract to design the facility with San Francisco-based RLS as part of its team. Thresher Communication & Productivity of Sunnyvale, Calif., handled equipment installation and integration.

The new studio includes three Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 studio cameras connected over SMPTE fiber with Autoscript prompters, an 18-foot lighting grid, cyc wall, BADA Control Room JPEGcurtain track with green screen, video production control, audio production control, machine room, ADR/VO booth and talent green room. A loading bay with wide doors allows space to bring vehicles into the studio for commercial shoots.

McVay said the school never had an actual control room before – all “live-to-tape” productions were actually constructed in an edit suite. The new facility’s control room is built around a Snell Kahuna Flare 2 M/E production switcher, Miranda routing and Compix two-channel CG, with audio control based around a Yamaha DM2000 digital audio console with Genelec 5.1 monitoring.

There are four individual edit suites, plus an editing lab with 36 NLE stations with Adobe CS6 and Final Cut Pro connected to Harmonic Media Grid shared storage. The facility also includes a conference room, teacher office, prop and wardrobe storage, equipment room, and production offices for students to emulate a working studio environment. “My vision was to do it right,” McVay said. “It’s not a studio built for a high school, it’s a studio built for professional production that students run.”

Construction began on the facility in late 2012, and the building had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. McVay said the program will transition into the new facility before the end of the school year, and the studio will be available for rental by regional businesses.

With the center complete, ASG is now working in the local production community to connect Bay Area artists and businesses. “Our goal is to help Lance attract BADA Edit Lab JPEGguest speakers and internship opportunities for BADA students,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, ASG. “In the 35 years I have been helping build facilities at K-12 schools, this is the most sophisticated and realistic environment we have ever been able to provide for students. The goal for BADA is for the space to be used to produce professional media projects, which will provide invaluable experience to students looking to pursue a career in the digital arts or entertainment fields.”

“From the beginning, I knew ASG was totally looking out for the integrity of the project. They made my concerns paramount at every step of the process,” McVay added. “They worked hard to be sure the facility met the needs of my students and curriculum, while paying close attention to maintaining a high industry standard so the students could learn in a professional environment.”

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.


Columbus Consolidated Government TV Builds New Control Room around Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Georgia’s Columbus Consolidated Government opened its new City Service Center in June, it helped address parking issues for citizens and more than doubled the capacity of the council chambers. For Columbus Consolidated Government TV, its local government channel, relocation to the new building meant a chance to upgrade equipment that had not changed in more than a decade. The new control room is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 2000 integrated production system.

Located on the second floor, the control room is positioned between the council chambers and CCG-TV studio, with large observation windows in both Columbus Granite 2000 JPGconnecting walls. With three wired drops in different areas of the City Service Center, as well as one at a new aquatic center across the street, the station can connect a camera, have it feed into the Granite, and go live with a press conference very quickly.

CCG-TV had been using an aging NewTek system, but Michael King, CCG-TV station manager, was ready for a change. “When I had the opportunity to upgrade, I immediately knew I was going to get a Broadcast Pix switcher,” he said. “We were behind the times, so we decided to update what we had. Broadcast Pix is the main catalyst behind everything that’s going on.”

The new studio includes two talk show sets, which are used for a variety of programs. CCG-TV produces about 14 shows a month, in addition to coverage of four weekly council meetings, committee meetings, press conferences, educational videos, and community event coverage. King has one part-time and one full-time employee, but sometimes borrows staff members from other departments to help produce programming. The station has multiple field cameras, two dedicated studio cameras, and two edit suites, plus an additional edit station in the control room.

To avoid bandwidth issues, CCG-TV has its own wireless network, and can use iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control panel, to switch a show from anywhere in the building. “That is another good feature that we have with the Broadcast Pix,” King added.

During meetings, four new Panasonic HD PTZ cameras provide coverage of 10 council members, as well as other city officials and the public. King said the Granite is used to control all the cameras during a meeting, and camera presets are used frequently to simplify production.

CCG-TV uses many of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Inscriber CG and Fluent-View, its customizable multi-view. With Fluent Watch-Folders, each show has its own folder for clips, graphics, and other interstitials. “You don’t have to shuffle through a lot of stuff you don’t need,” King explained. “We do nine different programs. It keeps everything simple.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.


ABS Updates Washington County Control Room for Improved TVCTV Meeting Coverage

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) announced it overhauled one of several control rooms use for coverage of city council meetings by Tualatin Valley Community TV (TVCTV), a division of the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission. ABS was tasked with reducing the equipment footprint, TVCTV Controls JPEG 9 10 13modernizing the technology, and installing equipment that could handle the county’s SD production needs of today and potential HD production needs of the future.

From its two-studio facility in Beaverton, Ore., TVCTV produces PEG (public, educational, and government) programming for cable subscribers in 15 cities and Washington County. Annually, TVCTV produces more than 400 local programs for its five cable channels, in addition to live coverage of city council meetings for eight cities.

With aging equipment in all of its local city council control rooms, TVCTV is moving forward with plans to update each location over the next few years. The first project was the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the largest jurisdiction in its coverage area, which would serve as a template for the other seven facilities.

Located in the County Administrative Office Building in Hillsboro, the control room was the oldest of the bunch and came with its own unique challenges. According to Thaddeus Girard, TVCTV production services manager, it had been crammed into a “very challenging small space” along with IT equipment behind the dais in the auditorium. Equipment had been packed into one 12-foot rack as well as an Anthro equipment cart, which housed an Echolab switcher, camera control units, and black-and-white monitors.

Not a total rebuild, the Washington County project focused on replacing outdated video equipment; the new system would have to work with the auditorium’s legacy audio gear, which would not be replaced. Plus, there was only a short window between board meetings, so the installation would have to be completed in about four days. “ABS has a good reputation,” Girard said, “and they came out with a very good plan.”

The 12-foot rack is still being used, but it is no longer filled to capacity. A Broadcast Pix Granite 1000 integrated production system serves as production switcher and CG. All jurisdictions already use Inscriber-based graphics, so the Granite’s built-in Inscriber CG provided a seamless transition for operators. Various CRT monitors were replaced with two 42-inch LCD monitors, which receive multi-view feeds from the Granite as well. The Washington County operation was also upgraded to a file-based workflow, with meetings recorded to AJA Ki Pro recorders.

“I knew it’d be different, but I didn’t know it would be that different,” Girard boasted. “We have a lot more space. It is more professional by far – it looks better and functions better. It didn’t take long for our technicians to get up to speed.”

ABS also replaced four older Panasonic SD cameras with AW-HE120 HD/SD PTZ cameras in the auditorium, but mounting the cameras posed another challenge. Freight and commuter trains run very near the building, so ABS had to take special precautions to ensure the new, lighter cameras would not shake from the vibrations of the trains. Instead of multiple CCUs, all camera control is now handled through one unit in the control room, which saved additional space and expense.

This was TVCTV’s first experience with ABS, which has managed a number of similar PEG station projects. “We knew we were in good hands, and they didn’t disappoint,” Girard said. “I’m not an engineer, but I knew what was going on at all times. That comfort was huge, and there has been no shortage of customer service. I can’t recommend them enough.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

BIRTV 2013: Vizrt to highlight advances in newsroom workflows, live sports, 4k rendering and virtual graphics

At BIRTV, Vizrt will show sports broadcast advances, integration with third party newsroom systems, 4k rendering in the control room and live IP streaming among other news at its booth #3023. BIRTV 2013 will be held August 21st-24th at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing China.

Vizrt will display integrations with several newsroom control systems (NRCS) at4k_control_room 8 7 13 BIRTV. The integration allows journalists in the newsroom access to graphic templates in Viz Content Pilot and videos from Viz Media Engine directly within the NRCS interface giving them a powerful and efficient newsroom workflow.

Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system is set to enhance broadcasters’ ability to render for any platform with the new IP streaming capability. Graphics and video are composited in real-time and output as a stream in multiple format options and resolutions for online, mobile devices and live on-air.

At BIRTV, Vizrt will also be showing a 4K video wall rendered by a single Viz Engine. This new enhancement of the Viz Engine allows broadcasters to prepare for the future with a 4k output option built into the Viz Engine.

Viz Libero, Vizrt’s sports analysis system makes it’s BIRTV debut this year. Viz Libero creates realistic 3D replays and virtual enhancements for analyzing sports events. Give viewers a new perspective on controversial calls and key plays.

Vizrt will also be displaying the latest virtual set technology with Viz Virtual Studio. The presentation will show the many uses of a virtual set and include immersive graphic elements as well as several virtual environments.

Vizrt’s Social TV solution will be at BIRTV with several new integrations with Chinese social networks allowing broadcasters to monitor, filter, approve, and harvest user generated content. They can then build playlists or carousels of selected social content they want to display with live Vizrt graphics and push them to air. User generated content includes video from Tudou, tweets from Tencent Weibo and blogs from Sina Weibo.

Vizrt will be on multiple partner booths throughout BIRTV showcasing our many integrations including Potevio with Viz Libero and featuring the Virtual Presenter. Other partner exhibits include Shotoku, Socam, and Vinten with immersive graphics, and Times Sage with a multimedia platform and immersive graphics.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer towww.vizrt.com

Belmont Media Center Improves Local Sports Coverage with Broadcast Pix Mica

Billerica, Massachusetts  – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Belmont Media Center (BMC), a PEG station with three channels serving the town of Belmont, Mass., has improved its local sports coverage with a new remote HD studio anchored by a Broadcast Pix Mica™ 500 integrated production system. Belmont Mica JPEG

When BMC moved into upgraded facilities in 2009, its new control room was built around a Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 system. Last year, when it was time to build a remote HD studio, the nonprofit organization went back to Broadcast Pix. With volunteer-based production crews, it was important to create a remote system that would be easy, not intimidating, to operate.

“We were looking for the latest technology and a company that had good support,” said Jeff Hansell, executive director, BMC. “After extensive research, we felt that Broadcast Pix was the best match for us. It provides the ability for inexperienced people to learn the system really quickly, and it delivers a very high quality presentation.”

BMC is a PEG station that provides public, education, and government programming on three channels for Comcast and Verizon subscribers. Programming is also available online at www.belmontmedia.org. The station produces a great deal of government access programming, with regular coverage of four different commissions, as well as committee meetings and citizen forums. While HD footage is downconverted to SD for Comcast and Verizon subscribers, programs are streamed live and on demand to the Internet.

Belmont Mica 2 JPEGPurchased primarily for local sports coverage, the Mica is also used for school event coverage and some government meetings. “The rationale was that we wanted broadcast-quality sports on the scene in real time,” Hansell explained. “We’re always trying to improve the look of our programming.”

BMC worked with The Camera Company in Massachusetts to design and build the remote system. It was used for the first time to produce a Thanksgiving football game, and was used throughout the winter for sports and special events. Built around the Mica, the remote system is housed in two cases and features a Shure mixer, Clear-Com intercom system, and three Sony cameras. Programs are recorded to DVD or ingested into a video server.

On location, BMC uses the Mica’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools, including the Fluent-View customizable multi-view. Fluent Clip Store provides access to B-roll footage, PSAs, sponsorships, and interstitials, while Fluent Macros are used to simplify multi-shot screen compositions, particularly for sports coverage. Hansell said the built-in Harris Inscriber GS character generator is very important, because it allows the crew to add graphics live and reduce post-production.

After several months of remote productions, the Mica has been a solid performer for BMC. Hansell said, “We are really happy with the performance of the Broadcast Pix.”

Housed in a single 4 RU case, Mica includes a multi-definition switcher that can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics. There is support for up to six keyers and DVEs, six HD/SD-SDI outputs, and two DVI outputs. It includes the full complement of Fluent workflow tools, and can be controlled through a traditional control panel, keyboard and mouse, or touch-screen.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Mica, and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.