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Broadcast Pix Mica

Powerful Integrated Production Switchers 

delivers exceptional control and value


Mica is our mid-size system. It packs the power of an entire HD/SD video production system into a single 4RU box, and delivers exceptional control and value. Mica has 8 multi-definition SDI inputs for cameras, another SDI input for a key source and 7 channels of file-based inputs for clips, graphics and animations. Its built-in clip server holds up to 30 hours of clips and its CG is from Harris Broadcast. End-to-end integration includes ingesting files from the studio and the cloud, the innovative Broadcast Pix production control toolset, and delivery of up to 3 different productions for broadcast, live events or streaming.

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Mica Features

End to End Integration

Mica provides exceptional value for productions needing up to 8 cameras. Like all Broadcast Pix systems it has exceptional end-to-end integration from ingest to production control to delivery.

Integrated Ingest

  • Ingest up to 8 Cameras: 8 HD/SD SDI inputs for cameras and other external inputs, plus 1 SDI input for an external key cut source. Mix and match I/O formats, as each input auto-detects 1080i, 720p or SD, adds frame sync if necessary, and can aspect correct.
  • Ingest Files pushed in from anywhere in your studio: Fluent Watch-folders enable clip, animation and graphics files to be pushed into Mica from anywhere on your network. For example, from a Final Cut pro editing station, push clips into Mica, even during and on-air production.
  • Ingest Cloud-Based Content: Today’s changing live video production environment needs to accommodate cloud-based content. In V3.5 software, Mica will 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, Databases, Scoreboards… With Fluent Rapid CG, Mica 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 OES scoreboards,

Integrated Production Control

Mica Workflow Diagram

    • Control Surfaces:  Mica has a wide variety of control choices. Each Mica system supports two monitors and ships with a keyboard and mouse, and can also be controlled via mouse, touch screen, iPad, or tablet. Optional control panels include a 500 compact panel, 1000 panel with patented PixButtons, and a wide 2000 panel. More on Control Surfaces
    • Switcher:  At the heart of Mica is a powerful switcher that accepts up to 8 video and 1 key input plus 7 channels of built in clips and graphics. Mix 1080i, 720p and SD video sources. There are 3 key layers, or 6 optional (6 are included with the 2000 panel). Each key has a customizable DVEs for Picture and Picture and flying keys, and chromakeys. Enjoy stunning animated transitions at the push of a button.
    • Dual Channel Clip Server:  Mica’s dual channel clip server holds up to 30 hours of clips and animations, with audio. Play formats from Apple, Adobe and Avid including ProRes, H.264 and DNxHD. Plus, there are 1 or 2 channels of animations for transitions, backgrounds and moving titles. Clips can be individually set to auto-start when taken to air, auto-transition, rewind, loop, etc.
    • CG Graphics: Mica has 4 channels of graphics stores which you can fill with any graphics, or create your own broadcast quality titles with the built-in Inscriber CG (Character generator) from Harris Broadcast, to create professional titles, animations and rolls and crawls.
    • 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. The 2000 panel has dedicated Fluent-Macros control banks for instant access.
    • 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:  Comprehensive heads-up display shows I/O, key layers, file libraries, clocks, counters, safe areas, incoming files and more. Completely customizable as every window is resizable and movable. Supports 2 monitors and replicate windows across monitors.
    • 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, EditShare, Grass Valley, Omneon, Harris and 360 Systems. Control streamers from ViewCast, and audio mixers from Yamaha and others.
    • Add Operators: Mica 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

      • 6 SDI Outputs: There are 6 SDI multi-definition outputs
      • 2 DVI Outputs: 2 DVI outputs are great for monitoring or feeding a projector.
      • Up to 3 Screens at Once: Drive up to 3 screens at once with program and dual PowerAux™ outputs, and add key layers to all. Great for 3 IMAG screens, 3 internet streams, 3 television channels, or any combination.
      • Ultra Low Latency: Maintain lip-sync no matter how hard you push Mica, thanks to our patented process. And enjoy exceptional end-to-end low latency of just 1 frame (that’s 33 ms at 60Hz, 40 ms at 50Hz) with gen-locked sources, which is ideal for the most demanding live events. Other systems add latency when you use PiP, convert formats, or action actions, causing lip-sync to be lost.
      • Great Support: With Broadcast Pix you enjoy knowledgeable, helpful technical support. These experts can even log into your system remotely to diagnose any issue and help you create with confidence.
  Mica is the middle member of the Broadcast Pix family of integrated production systems.
For smaller systems check out Flint and for larger systems Granite

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belmont-media-center-logo.jpg“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. We are really happy with the performance of the Broadcast Pix.”

- Jeff Hansell
Executive Director
Belmont Media Center
Belmont, MA