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Broadcast Pix systems are used by leading corporations for high impact business presentations, training, and events. Customers include Microsoft, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, ConocoPhillips and Safeway. One corporation has 12 systems distributed throughout their organization which produce over 14,000 hours of live training television each year. Broadcast Pix combines a great switcher with Fluent workflow tools, including Fluent clips, graphics, watch-folders, multi-view and macros. Only Fluent delivers the file-based and network-based workflow tools to turn a switcher into a live integrated production system.

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Broadcast Pix User Reports



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

mills_james_logo.pngHeadquartered 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. Mills James Control Room

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.”



SAS Installs Broadcast Pix Granite Systems for New Conference Center


sas_logo.jpgSAS, a leading independent vendor in business analytics software and services, is expanding its use of Granite™ video production systems on its 140-acre main campus in Cary, N.C. With one Granite already in service, four additional systems were installed in a new conference center that opened in April.

sas_granite_1000_web.jpgThe company’s first Granite system was installed early last year, along with Sony BRC-Z700 robotic HD cameras, to improve production values in a 450-seat auditorium. According to Woody Weaver, SAS senior manager of engineering and operations for New Media and Video Communications (NMVC), the auditorium is used regularly for webcasts, such as developer meetings, for employees and customers around the world. SAS has also hosted external events in its auditorium, including a recent educational conference that was webcast to schools across the state and a gubernatorial debate in 2008.

In the auditorium, SAS relies on Fluent-View™ , one of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, so the technical director can keep track of all available video sources. Fluent Clip Store also gets heavy use, as customer testimonials and other video clips are often integrated into presentations.

Most auditorium presentations have CG information inserted in post production prior to distribution (post facilities are conveniently located in the same building). However, Weaver expects presentations in the new conference center – which is more than a mile away – will rely on Granite’s built-in Harris Inscriber CG for more polished productions. The center includes two theaters, which will be equipped with Granite 5000s, and nine large meeting rooms, two of which will feature Granite 1000s.

Weaver said the Granite 5000 was originally selected for its auditorium because of its 2 M/E capability, which allows SAS to display slides and other materials on the auditorium’s 30-foot screen for the live audience while simultaneously switching a show that is webcast to employees in other locations. “It’s a good product, it fits our needs extremely well,” said Weaver. “And the support from Broadcast Pix has been terrific.”




Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago Upgrades In-House TV Station with Broadcast Pix

childrens-memorial-hospital-slate.jpgThe Family Life Center on the fifth floor of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago provides a place for patients and their families to relax, play, and socialize. It also doubles as a television studio for Skylight TV, the hospital’s in-house television channel, which recently upgraded its production capabilities with a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 1000 live video production system.

Producer Rene Roy said the center has served as studio space for Skylight TV for more than 10 years. In about 20 minutes, the Skylight TV team can transform the area into a makeshift studio for a two-camera shoot, complete with scenery, wireless mics, and, perhaps most importantly for the young patients, a prize cart.

The hospital maintains a regular schedule of four live shows each week, including bingo-type games that teach about body parts and injury prevention on Mondays and Tuesdays – and often attract more than 200 players throughout the hospital. Wednesdays feature a storytelling program, while Thursday mornings begin with an hour-long music and variety show with patients serving as a studio audience. Skylight TV also creates additional content for its patients as well.

Skylight TV’s control room is located in the basement of the hospital. Roy said the new Broadcast Pix system replaced an aging Play Trinity system. The Slate 1000 was sold to Children’s Memorial Hospital by Roscor Corporation, which is based in Mount Prospect, Ill. Roscor installed the system in August and it went live in September.

Roy said the channel takes advantage of the built-in Fluent™ workflow tools, including the multi-view, clip and still stores, and Inscriber CG. “Broadcast Pix is very much a transition technology from the old into the new,” he said. “I think it’s relatively intuitive. It absolutely makes our productions better.”

The hospital is building a new 23-story facility in the heart of Chicago that will open in 2012 called Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Skylight TV will have a dedicated studio (complete with retractable green screen) and control room in the middle of the new building. “We’re not going to have to learn a new system,” Roy added. “We’re taking the Broadcast Pix with us.”

At Lurie Children’s, Roy plans to involve some of the older patients with what he calls “video therapy” and allow them to help produce the shows. “We have always aspired to having high quality programs and involving the kids as much as we can,” he said. “That’s why we got the Broadcast Pix. It’s really reliable, and it’s easy to run a show.”



Third Largest Energy Company Selects Slate 5016 System for New Digital Control Room

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The Broadcast Pix Slate 5016 live video production system is helping ConocoPhillips create more compelling video, and do it more cost-effectively. ConocoPhillips is the third largest energy company in the United States. With headquarters in Houston and approximately 33,600 employees in 40 countries across the globe, effective and efficient communication is crucial to this major supplier of oil, natural gas, chemicals, and plastics.

CononcoPhillips Creative Services Video manager Larry Jones, who is based in Houston, and Paul MacFarlane, a producer/director based in Bartlesville, Okla., discovered Broadcast Pix at last year’s NAB Show. The company was planning to replace an aging analog system anchored by a Grass Valley 200 switcher. After watching a demo on the show floor, they decided to move forward with a Slate 5016, a 2 M/E switcher that includes a built-in Inscriber CG as well as clip store, graphic store, and multi-view monitoring. conocophillips-slate-5016-j.jpg

“It seemed liked the best fit for us,” MacFarlane said. “It’s got everything inside it. You can sit down with one operator and do an entire show without any help.”

Systems integrator Digital Resources, based in Southlake, Tex., delivered the Slate 5016 in November 2008 as part of a larger studio infrastructure build out. MacFarlane said the Broadcast Pix switcher has not only improved the quality of the productions, but it saved ConocoPhillips thousands of dollars in additional equipment purchases.

The Creative Services Video department produces about 12 programs each month. While they are primarily delivered to branch locations over a private IP network, projects are also archived, distributed on tape and DVD, and accessible on the company’s Web site. Corporate videos for ConocoPhillips include training and information pieces that are shared across outlets all over the world, which helps reduce travel time and costs.

MacFarlane appreciates the Slate 5016’s ability to access clips from the company’s Final Cut Pro edit bays for use during shows. “It really took the burden out of the production, especially the pre-production,” he noted. MacFarlane also uses the switcher’s integrated audio control to manage a Yamaha 28-channel audio board during live production.

Currently, ConocoPhillips is shooting in SD using four Sony DSR-450 cameras. However, MacFarlane said the plan is to eventually move to HD production – and the company will be ready with Broadcast Pix. Not only is the Slate 5016 HD-ready, but it features AutoAspect, which allows the use of 16:9 and 4:3 content interchangeably (and without stretching video), and it is upgradeable to 3Gbps 1080p.

The five members of the Creative Services Video team have given a “thumbs up” to the Slate 5016. “It’s so easy to use,” MacFarlane said. “We’ve put it through its paces. It’s a wonderful system.”

MacFarlane also gave high marks to the Broadcast Pix technical support staff, which he said was really efficient. “They’re very easy to work with and very knowledgeable,” he added.



AT&T Internal Communications Advance with Slate 3000 Switcher at Heart of HD Flypak

On February 25, 2009 internal video communications at AT&T have advanced significantly thanks to two new mobile production systems featuring the Broadcast Pix Slate 3000 live integrated production system. Delivered in October 2008 by TV Pro Gear, a systems integrator based in Los Angeles, the new HD Flypak™ mobile production systems are used to produce and stream HD programming live to tens of thousands of employees. att-slate-3000-wide_web.jpg
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In the past, AT&T relied on analog production systems in multiple cases, but its Internal Communication Media Division needed mobile production solutions that could be run by one person. “The Slate switchers are the only production switchers on the market with a built-in CG, clip store, and multi-view monitor. This is precisely why AT&T chose the Broadcast Pix Slate 3000 switcher,” said Chandos Mahon, Jr., TV Pro Gear senior vice president. “The Slate 3000 adds an integrated router for more I/O and redundancy. This cuts down integration time and saves the client money.”

While the Slate 3000 can handle up to 18 inputs and features PixButtons to identify each source, AT&T maintains a four-camera setup. In one configuration, a single operator controls three Panasonic AK-HC1500G “box” cameras with Fujinon HAS18x7.6BMD-DSE lenses. A second configuration uses the Panasonic cameras as studio cameras. In addition, a Panasonic AJ-HDX900 camcorder is available for studio or ENG use.

During its live webcasts, AT&T records its productions. Using the line out from the Slate 3000, the director can record to a DVCPRO HD VTR, plus record a QuickTime file to an external RAID for native editing using Final Cut Pro.

“The Broadcast Pix switcher has become the premier choice for an all-in-one professional HD switcher,” Mahon said.



Broadcast Pix Studio Excels in Microsoft's Xbox 360 Product Announcementxbox_360.jpg


  I want to let you know how absolutely happy I am with the Broadcast Pix switching system. We had planned to only use it for the webcast of the [Xbox 360] E3 Press Briefing, but while on site we promoted it to the main switching platform for the entire show, replacing the 16 input, $80K Sony SDI switcher we had upstream.

The switching package has been rock solid, and we've thrown a few curves at it and it kept on ticking. The quality through the box is spectacular and now that we are becoming very familiar with the interface we're really getting a lot out of the system.

- Senior Technical Director
The Production Network Seattle, WA



 
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- Craig Jutson
Director of Technology, CTV
Santa Cruz County, CA