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Broadcast Pix Flint

End-to-End Integrated Production Switchers 

Professional Recording and streaming

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Professional Live Production and Streaming

Broadcast Pix Flint is a breakthrough live video production system with end-to-end integration. It integrates the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. Flint delivers built-in HD streaming and live video outputs, and allows operators to include cloud-based content, in addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video. Flint is anchored by Broadcast Pix’s established production control toolset for creating sophisticated live video. Flint comes standard with 3 keyers each with the new ClearKey chromakeyer and virtual sets.

THE NEW FLINT LINE

The Flint integrated production switcher line has just been expanded! In addition to the new Version 3 software, there are now three new Flint models all under different input configurations to satisfy any production requirement or budget. The entry-level Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-video) inputs and is now available at $7,495. The brand new Flint LX model features four SDI or HDMI inputs for $9,995 and Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs for $12,995. All with two additional network inputs, Flint continues to spark video production creativity with more options and power than ever before!


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Flint System Features

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End to End Integration

Flint ingests a wide variety of cameras, files and cloud based content, has the full suite of Broadcast Pix production control tools including switcher, clip server and CG, to create highly professional video, and then delivers the production as a stream, as up to seven to plus up to six simultaneous video outputs, and also records internally.

Integrated Ingest

  • Ingest Many Cameras: Flint has up to 6 video inputs for cameras and other sources, including HDMI, Analog and optional HD SDI and SD SDI. Formats can be mixed so that 1080i, 720p and SD can be accepted in the same show.
  • Ingest Skype, PowerPoint and anything on a PC or Mac: Input moving video in full motion like Skype or PowerPoint animations, or anything on a laptop with Flint’s HDMI inputs and built-n cropping and scaling abilities.
  • Ingest Files pushed in from anywhere in your studio: Flint’s Fluent Watch-folders enable clip, animation and graphics files to be pushed into Flint from anywhere on your network. For example, from a Final Cut pro editing station, push clips into Flint, even during and on-air production.
  • Ingest Cloud-Based Content: Today’s changing live video production environment needs to accommodate cloud-based content, Flint can connect with cloud data storage services including Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive. Now when you are home and remember you forgot to add a critical graphic to your show, you can do it from your smartphone. And your colleagues can add files to your production from across town or across the globe.
  • Ingest Twitter, RRS Feeds, Data,…   With enhanced Fluent Rapid CG or Fluent LT, 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 simultaneously. And graphics can be automatically updated from Daktronics and now OES scoreboards.

Integrated Production Control Toolset Flint Workflow Diagram

  • Control Surfaces:  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 compact 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 control bank.

  • Switcher:  At the heart of Flint is a powerful switcher that accepts up to 6 video inputs plus 8 channels of built in clips and graphics. Mix 1080i, 720p and SD video sources. There are 3 key layers each with a customizable DVE for Picture and Picture and flying keys. Enjoy stunning animated transitions at the push of a button.

  • Clip Server:  Flint’s dual channel clip server can play out up to 30 hours of clips and animations, with audio. Clips can be individually set to auto-start when taken to air, auto-transition, rewind, loop, etc.

  • CG Graphics:   Flint has 6 channels of graphics stores which you can fill with any graphics, or create your own broadcast quality titles with the built-in Harris Inscriber CG (Character generator)

  • Patented Device Control Bank:  Every control surface has a device control bank that enables control of any internal or external device. Select the device and then use the 12 button PixPad to select any file, macro, robotic camera preset, etc. Device controls also include joystick, knobs and display. Enables fast action control of all content.

  • Fluent Macros:  Add dazzle. Easily executes any combination of video, files, and device moves for complex effects with the push of a button. Save up to 1000 macros. Great for double boxes, triple boxes and intros, and any complex shot. Enables a novice to look like a pro.

  • ClearKey:  Use the next generation chromakeyer that features one touch control and delivers outstanding results.

  • Virtual Sets:  Shoot talent in front of a green or blue screen and then place in any location with virtual sets. Use the included sets, or easily create your own out of any picture with the included virtual set editor. Combine with Macros for PiP or slow zooms.

  • Customizable Fluent-View:  Extremely comprehensive heads-up display shows all I/O in very high resolution. Shows each key layer, file libraries, clocks, counters, safe areas, incoming files through watch-folders and more. Completely customizable as every window is resizable and movable so create your optimum look. Supports one or two monitors, and can replicate windows on both if desired.

  • Internal Audio Mixer: Control 8-channel audio inputs from any camera or clip store on an intuitive audio interface. This new internal audio mixer gives the ability to mix embedded and external audio. Flint now has the ability to break out audio levels for both streaming and broadcast markets segments.

  • Control Robotic Cameras and other Devices: Control robotic cameras from Panasonic, Sony, Hitachi or Telemetrics. See the thumbnails on the Fluent-View and select presets, or manually control. Also control video servers and recorders from AJA, Grass Valley, Omneon, Harris and 360 Systems. Control streamers from ViewCast, and audio mixers from Yamaha and others.

  • Add Operators: Flint can be controlled by one operator or shared for more complex productions. Add a graphics operator on the keyboard, or add an operator on an iPad or a Soft Panel on laptop, tablet or Android. Or download a free iPhone app.

Integrated Delivery

  • Stream: .FLV with Adobe Media Live Encoder at up to 720p resolution or .WMV with Windows Expression Encoder at SD resolution. Maintain lip-sync no matter how hard you push Flint, thanks to our patented process.

  • Video Outputs: Simultaneously output up to 6 video formats: HD SDI, SD SDI, HDMI, analog component, Y/C and component.

  • Record: Flint can record your program output as the show is being created with internal program output recording,1920x1080i Motion JPEG .AVI file with audio.

  • Stream and Record at the same time: Full 1920 x 1080 HD 4:2:2 recording in a choice of formats and the ability to record directly to your internal clipstore for instant playback. Drag your finished file directly to your favorite non linear editor with no transcoding.
Flint is a member of the Broadcast Pix family of integrated production systems.
For larger systems with more I/O, more key layers and media capacity check out Mica and Granite

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