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Broadcast Pix Granite Integrated Production System Anchors Creative Video of Washington HD Mobile Productions

Billerica, Massachusetts – From the Kennedy Center to the National Mall, Creative Video of Washington, Inc., a full-service video production company based in McLean, Va., produces a variety of live events across the Washington, DC region. Although the company maintains a very healthy SD production Creative Video Granite 1000 JPEGbusiness – a lot of association meetings are driven by PowerPoint presentations that still use the 4:3 aspect ratio – the company made the move to native HD production with its latest mobile package, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

According to Kirby Whyte, CVW president, the Granite system has been in “almost constant use” since its launch in October 2012. “Frankly, it has become the heart of our HD switcher package,” he added. In addition to meetings, Creative Video regularly provides live video production for trade shows, awards ceremonies, and indoor and outdoor concerts. The company also offers pre-production and post-production services.

Creative Video had been using a Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production system since 2006. “The Slate became a real SD workhorse for us,” said Whyte. “When we decided to upgrade the production switcher to Granite, we built a complete mobile production package and then realized how powerful the Granite was. It was the best decision we ever made.”

The Granite is housed in a six-foot rack, along with two 17-inch monitors, intercom equipment, and CCUs for the package’s Sony HXC-100 cameras. “The advantage to the Granite Server is that you can build it into your engineering rack and do all the wiring permanently,” said Matthew Eidemiller, CVW vice president of production. The patch panel on the back of the Granite makes it easy to connect cameras and other inputs during setup.

On location, an engineer is stationed in front of the equipment rack to handle camera shading. The Granite’s control panel is positioned nearby on a work table, along with two 42-inch monitors and a laptop loaded with Granite’s optional Chyron Lyric PRO 8 graphic creation software. The company opted to install the software on a separate computer so the remote package would not need to be accessed to create graphics during pre-production.

For most live event projects, Creative Video relies on a TD, engineer, and perhaps a content manager (formerly known as a tape operator) who handles clips and CG. The Granite provides the flexibility to adjust to each client’s specific crew requirements. “In our business, it’s all budget driven,” Eidemiller explained. “No two jobs are the same. Having a system that you can customize for each individual job makes our lives a lot easier.”

Creative Video relies several of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view. Eidemiller changes the screen layout based on the type of live program being produced, and will often customize each 42-inch monitor separately to suit the unique viewing needs of the TD and content manager. “Those that have used it on their shows are blown away with how we can set up the screens for both the director and the TD,” Whyte added.
“I’ve always been a big Broadcast Pix proponent,” Eidemiller said. “We beat the system up more than most people. Things get bounced around from moving the system in and out of the truck. I love their customer support. They’re great at talking us through a solution or getting us what we need.”

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.

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Broadcast Pix and EditShare Announce Integrated Sports Production Package

Las Vegas – Broadcast Pix™ and EditShare recently announced a new partnership and a new integrated system for sports production. Combining any Broadcast Pix live video production system with EditShare’s Geevs Sports broadcast server and slow-motion controller, the bundle delivers an affordable sports production solution. Both companies demonstrated the new bundle at the 2013 NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Every Broadcast Pix integrated production system includes a multi-format production switcher, plus dedicated channels for Broadcast Pix EditShare Steve Ellis-Andy Leibmanclips, graphics, and keying. Other features include a built-in clip server, customizable multi-viewer, and Harris Inscriber CG. Geevs Sports, a family of products specifically designed for sports coverage, includes Sports Replay, a four-channel server, and Sports Assistant, a Web client for logging action during the event. The compact Geevs Sports Controller provides precise access to playlist functions with minimal keystrokes for slow-motion replays and more, as well as fast playlist creation and instant replay of any clip from multiple angles. The bundle also includes new Broadcast Pix software that provides integrated control of the Sports Replay.

“Our new partnership with EditShare creates exceptional value in an integrated system for sports production,” said Steve Ellis, CEO, Broadcast Pix. “We think this bundle will help small-market stations, schools, and others deliver sports coverage that rivals what you see from larger broadcasters.”

“Broadcast Pix systems complement our Geevs Sports system – and the combination of the two is an affordable, high-quality live sports solution,” said Andy Liebman, EditShare founder and CEO. “We are very excited about this partnership.”

The bundled system will be available in Q3 2013. Current Broadcast Pix customers will also be able to add the Geevs Sports bundle to existing systems.

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 systems 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 streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology leader in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the TV and film industry. Our groundbreaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and the world’s first 3-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

Broadcast Pix is a trademark of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Introducing Broadcast Pix Flint Live Production and Streaming System

Affordable Solution Delivers End-to-End Integration, Access to Cloud-Based Content

Billerica, Massachusetts  – March 20, 2013 –  Broadcast Pix™ today announced the Broadcast Pix Flint system, a breakthrough live video production system with end-to-end integration.  Flint delivers built-in HD streaming and allows operators to include cloud-based content, in addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, during live productions. Available in April and priced from $8,995, Flint integrates the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution, and is anchored by the company’s established production toolset for creating sophisticated live video.

Today’s changing live video production environment needs to accommodate multiple camera formats, file-based studio content, and cloud-based content from resources including Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining lip sync, and provides up to seven simultaneous outputs, which allows operators to deliver streaming with Adobe Flash at HD resolution, plus video content for broadcast in various formats, as well as record internally.

The Flint multi-format production switcher supports up to six HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog cameras, plus eight channels of clips and graphics. It includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Harris Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD and QuickTime animations.

“Broadcast Pix Flint is the professional solution that streaming video producers have been waiting for,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Flint brings with it a complete set of professional production tools, now extended for cloud ingest so you have everything you need to create dynamic video, whether you are producing for webcast or broadcast.”

Files from a local network or from cloud-based sources can be easily added to a program, even during a live production, with Fluent Watch-Folders. With enhanced Fluent Rapid CG, Flint can flow Twitter and RSS feeds directly to air or pre-screen them. Graphics can also be updated from local and cloud-based databases to automate multiple graphics in two channels. And graphics can be automatically updated from Daktronics and OES scoreboards.

Flint also includes the entire Broadcast Pix production control environment, so a single operator or small staff can create compelling live video. Features include patented device control for rapid access to any file; Fluent-View, a comprehensive and fully customizable multi-view; Fluent Macros, which easily executes any combination of video, files, and device moves for complex effects with the push of a button; customizable virtual sets; and control of robotic cameras, video servers, audio mixers, recorders, and other external studio devices.

Broadcast Pix Flint has a variety of control choices. Each Flint system supports two monitors and ships with a keyboard and mouse, though it can also be controlled via touch screen, iPad, or tablet. Optional control panels include a custom Fluent Keyboard, 500 panel, 1000 panel with patented PixButtons that dynamically change to show the device icon and file name on the button, and 2000 panel, a large broadcast-grade panel with expanded device control bank and dedicated Fluent Macros controls. Flint can be controlled by one operator or shared for more complex productions.

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 systems 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 streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, Flint, Fluent, and PixButton are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Broadcast Pix Ships Version 3.2 Software

Upgrade Enhances Camera Control, Clip Server, Switcher and More

Billerica, Massachusetts  – Broadcast Pix™ today began shipping its Video Control Center™ 3.2 software, a free upgrade that improves its Granite™ and Mica™ integrated live video production systems. Camera control enhancements include thumbnail displays of each preset position, as well as auto-follow of camera switching and enhanced macro Version 3 2 Thumbnails JPEGintegration. The built-in clip server now supports native Avid DNxHD clips and multi-definition ProRes and H.264 clips, while the six-channel graphic store adds frame capture. Plus, custom monitor layouts and macros can now be tied to each show, and a new option turns any Granite 2000 system into a 2 M/E switcher.

“Today’s announcement enhances our leading end-to-end integration,” said Ken Swanton, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Reaching out and controlling cameras with the kind of integration in Version 3.2 really sets Broadcast Pix apart. Plus our enhanced clip, graphic, and switching systems provides a level of integration that enables a small crew to create amazing video.”

The new camera control software displays a thumbnail of each camera preset position, rather than just the number of each preset, on the system’s Fluent-View enhanced multi-view display. The visual reference helps an operator quickly select the desired camera position. Plus, with new camera follow, each camera’s preset choices appear automatically when that camera is previewed on the switcher. Thumbnails can be created for 100 preset positions on each of up to 12 Panasonic robotic cameras, as well as 16 preset positions on each of up to 12 Sony robotic cameras.

Camera control is now tightly integrated with Fluent™ Macros, a unique macro system that allows switching, file recalls, effects, and camera moves to be recalled with one button push. Additional camera control enhancements include finer manual control of pan, tilt, and zoom to allow very slow zooms for long-range camera shots, plus support for Panasonic cameras installed using IP cabling instead of serial, which greatly simplifies wiring.

“The new features will definitely benefit our use of robotic cameras,” said Dennis Bergeron, station manager for Holliston Cable Access, Inc., in Holliston, Mass. “Broadcast Pix has significantly improved our production of in-studio shows. Fluent Macros and built-in graphics, clip stores, and animations have allowed us to improve the professional look of our productions. The number of enhancements that come out with every software release is impressive, and I look forward to every release to see what has been added or improved.”

DNxHD, the native Avid 1080i or 720p file format, is the third clip format supported by Fluent Clip Server in every Granite and Mica system. Using Fluent Watch-Folders, 1080i DNxHD clips can flow into Broadcast Pix systems over a TCP/IP network directly from Avid editing stations, even in the middle of a live production. V3.2 also delivers expanded options for ProRes and H.264 formats, adding 720p and SD to existing support for 1080i files.

Originally offered as a 1 M/E panel, the Granite 2000 can now be upgraded to be used as a 2 M/E panel, providing a low-cost system with a small footprint and full 2 M/E functionality. The $1,900 option activates four buttons on the control panel that enable its entire M/E bank to shift to M/E 2, and adds buttons for transitions between M/Es. V3.2 also allows operators to use two control panels simultaneously (1 M/E per panel). For example, one operator can control a live television broadcast while a second operator switches an Internet-based stream, or two panels can control two screens at a live event.

The new Show Link feature allows each show to save and recall its own Fluent-View monitor layout and Fluent Macros. This allows different programs or operators to customize their productions to match their resources, removing unnecessary elements from the Fluent-View layout, resizing and repositioning elements on the screen, and having a list of show-specific Fluent Macros at the ready.

The V3.2 software upgrade is the third software upgrade since 2012; earlier enhancements have added optimized touch-screen controls, integrated virtual set software, multi-screen support for 1 M/E systems, scoreboard integration, multi-lingual user interface, and optional voice-automated video production.

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, Granite, Mica, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Village of Niles To Begin Live Coverage of Council Meetings with Broadcast Pix System

Billerica, Massachusetts –  When the Village of Niles, Ill., built its Village Hall in the mid 1990’s, officials had no interest in recording or broadcasting its meetings. In the last few years, however, changes to the local political landscape prompted a new attitude – and the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department was tasked with retrofitting the council chambers and building a video production system from scratch. Now, the village is preparing to broadcast its first meeting with a system built around a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ 2000 Video Production Center™.

The project had a number of challenges, including a limited budget and no dedicated staff in place to operate the system. The final solution needed to be powerful enough to create compelling coverage, yet simple enough to be operated by one person with minimal training.

“This had to be easy to operate and it had to be as consolidated as possible. The Mica is what made it all possible,” explained Bill Shaw, MIS director for the Village of Niles, which is north of Chicago and has a population near 30,000.

“It’s only because of the integration in the Mica,” added Steve Cusick, systems engineer. “It allows us to make a consistent on-air product, regardless of who is behind theswitcher and how much experience they have.”

Shaw and Cusick engineered and installed the system. In an effort to manage costs, every line item – from cables to cameras – was sent out to bid to more than three dozen vendors. In the end, 14 vendors provided various equipment for the project. While Shaw admitted it was a “very complicated” process, it was also the only way the village could afford a system that would meet their objectives.

While the village has been training on the system since late September, it will be used to broadcast its first meeting in December. Meetings will be available in HD for live streaming and video-on-demand on the village’s Web site, and will be broadcast live and rebroadcast in SD on the village’s PEG cable channel.

The large closet containing the audio rack for the Council Chambers in Village Hall was converted to serve as the control room. The council chambers are equipped with four Panasonic HD robotic cameras that are controlled through the Mica; a projector in chambers is another source that can be accessed through the switcher. Mica’s built-in Fluent-View provides customized multi-view monitoring over two LCD touch-screens in the control room, while the integrated Inscriber CG is used for titles and credits.

With Fluent™ Macros, production complexities have been programmed into user-friendly macros to automate meeting coverage as much as possible. As a result, Shaw said, village staff with minimal training can produce a quality broadcast. Cusick and Shaw have created macros to move and switch cameras, add graphics, trigger breaks, and even turn off the cameras after a meeting.

“We realized the only product out there that met our goals was Broadcast Pix. We designed the entire solution around the Mica,” said Cusick. “It’s easy to use, with built-in automation with macros and integrated camera control. It was really the right solution for us.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, 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 device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

World’s Broadcasters Cover Elections with Vizrt Live Video and Graphics Tools

On November 6th when results from the United States Presidential election race come pouring in, nearly 90 percent of the world will be watching live video and graphic tabulations produced with Vizrt equipment as Vizrt continues to be the company the world is truly watching. Thousands of Viz Engines will be working overtime for this event, performing real-time video and graphic composites and rendering 2D and 3D animations in SD and HD.

In the United States alone, six national networks and more than 150 local channels will cover this election with Vizrt tools. Approximately 1,000 Viz Engine renderers will drive election results for U.S. broadcasters.

“With our installed base clearly the majority around the world, Vizrt customers will again produce graphics that  most of the world will watch on November 6th,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO of Vizrt. “We’re proud of what our customers are creating with our technology and of the added excitement our tools enable on such mission-critical, high-profile, live events.”

The way in which the equipment will be used for election coverage has expanded along with the number of installations. More U.S. broadcasters will use Viz Engine within the studio than ever before. Interactive screens, video walls, virtual studios and immersive graphics will be powered through both Viz Engines and Viz Media Engine server-based media asset management systems. Viz Anchor, an iPad control application, will be used with greater frequency by news anchors to manipulate video clips and graphics running on Viz Virtual Studio and Viz Video Wall.  With Viz Virtual Studio, existing sets can be enhanced with immersive graphics, with which the anchor can interact.

The all important results map that breaks down voting results by US county and state is created with Viz World. Used by over 1500 broadcasters worldwide, Viz World has become the defacto standard in broadcast mapping. With live data feeds, the maps are updated in real-time on air, in touchscreens, virtual sets, and fullscreen.

Playlists are created and managed in Viz Content Pilot, a template-based graphics and video file management system which gives complete control of all graphic and video content from within the newsroom control system. Graphics can be edited via a plug-in for the Viz Trio CG software that enables all major non-linear editing systems to access Trio templates to change text, images, 3D objects and clips. And live election data will be continuously displayed with Viz Ticker3D. In the Control room, Viz Trio will display live graphics and video with content constantly being updated live from various data sources. Many broadcasters will be using Viz Trio operators in the control room but in the U.S. many of the local stations will be driving Vizrt graphics through control room automation systems.

The number of broadcasters throughout the world using multi-platform delivery has also increased as Viz Media Engine plays a larger role in controlling video and its distribution to different devices. With a single step Vizrt takes videos from a MAM to the web and mobile platforms faster than real-time. Combine this with device adapted graphics and a viewer can watch the coverage on television, online or through a mobile device with the highest possible quality.

Vizrt’s hands-on support of its customers is apparent this election season, with over 20 Vizrt staffers providing on-site and creative services, data integration instruction, final set up of election show related devices, and equipment rental management to its U.S. broadcast clientele.

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, 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 to www.vizrt.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / OBrown@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +47 9184 5602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

 

Mills James Produces High-End Live Corporate Events with Broadcast Pix Granite

Billerica, Massachusetts – January 19, 2012 – Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and with additional offices in Cincinnati, Mills James is one of the largest independent video production companies in the region. It also maintains an active live event production and staging business, and uses a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 live video production system for its most high-end corporate events.

Bryan Campbell, video director and engineer, said the company began using Granite in January, part of an overall upgrade to 1080i HD for live events that also included new cameras and projectors. Typically, the Broadcast Pix system is used for large, multi-camera HD setups with up to five projection screens. The system, purchased through Illinois-based Roscor Corporation, has already been used for several events.

Previously, Mills James used a compact Sony SD switcher coupled with a Folsom ScreenPro PLUS system for its more complicated projects. In an effort to save on equipment and personnel costs, Mills James wanted to avoid purchasing two separate systems for its HD upgrade. “Broadcast Pix allows one person to do all the switching. That’s a big advantage,” Campbell explained. “I also wanted to be able to integrate more of a camera-based production switcher into our live events.”

Campbell called Granite his “everything” switcher on location. Beyond typical switching duties, its multiple outputs are used to drive different screens. Not only does Granite deliver customized displays for backstage and front-of-house personnel with its built-in Fluent-View™, but Campbell uses the 2 M/E functionality to simultaneously feed the video screens for the audience. “I use Granite to route all my downstage monitor feeds simultaneously,” he said. “It basically gives me all these different outputs from one switcher, which I can’t do with anything else at this price.”

In addition, Campbell keys external sources through Granite, and uses the built-in Fluent™ Macros to easily create presets. “I like the keyers,” he said. “It’s one of the main reasons we bought it. You don’t get that kind of flexibility on any other system.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.