Broadcast Pix V3.2 Software
Enhancing 5 Devices
The pace of innovation at Broadcast Pix is accelerating. V3.2
software for Granite™ and Mica™ systems is the third software upgrade
this year. This upgrade will enhance five of the core components of our
system, making it even easier to create great live video with
Camera Control Thumbnails
The enhanced camera control software displays a thumbnail of the
preset position of each robotic camera on the Fluent-View display,
rather than just the number of each preset. These new thumbnails help
an operator quickly select the camera position desired. Thumbnails can
be created for up to 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
New automatic camera follow enables the preset choices for a camera to appear as soon as the camera is selected by the switcher on preview. With enhancements to Fluent Macros, highly polished effects combining robotic cameras and other devices can now be easily created. The macro editor even shows the preset thumbnails, as shown below.
V3.2 also improves manual control. Broadcast Pix camera control
software enables manual control of pan, tilt, and zoom with a
proportional 3D joystick that accelerates depending on how fast it is
moved. V3.2 software enables even finer control for very long-range
And V3.2 also supports control of Panasonic cameras over IP, which simplifies and streamlines wiring.
More Clip Formats
DNxHD, a native Avid 1080i or 720p QuickTime .mov file, is the
third clip format supported by the clip server in every Broadcast Pix
Granite and Mica system, joining ProRes and H.264. DNxHD clips can flow
into the Broadcast Pix systems over a TCP/IP network directly from Avid
editing stations using Fluent Watch-Folders, even in the middle of a
live production. Up to 180 hours of clips can be stored and set to
auto-start when the system’s integrated switcher takes them to air.
Clips can also be set to automatically advance to the next clip or back
to the source in preview.
V3.2 also expands the format choices for today’s ProRes and H.264
clips. 1080i is already supported and V3.2 will add support for 720p or Standard Definition
(486i or 576i) for both ProRes and H.264. This streamlines workflow.
And of course, all Broadcast Pix clip features are supported with these
new formats including auto-start, auto-next, loop, mark points, scrub,
and importing via Fluent Watch-folders.
New in Clip Formats:
- ProRes 1080i, 720p, SD
- H.264 1080i, 720p, SD
- Avid DNxHD 1080i, 720p
Access 2 M/E’s on a Granite 2000
V3.2 also upgrades the 2000 control panel for Granite systems.
Originally offered as a 1 M/E panel, the 2000 will now be able to be
used as a 2 M/E panel for facilities that need 2 M/E functionality but
do not have the space or budget for a larger control panel. 2 M/Es are
great for setting up your next composition and flipping to it, or for
controlling two screens.
2 M/E control is done by activating 4 buttons that are on every 2000
panel. A PixButton flips the program and preview bus rows and
transition section from M/E 1 to M/E 2, or back. And two buttons at end
of the program and preview rows enable transitions to the other M/E. A
button at the end of the delegation row enables the M/E to be assigned
to a key or to an output.
V3.2 also enables you to control 2 panels from 1 system, controlling 1 M/E per panel. This will work with a Granite 2000 and any other Broadcast Pix panel variation. Seen here, the 2000 panel is controlling 1 M/E for a television broadcast and the 1000 panel is controlling the other M/E for an internet stream.
Frame Capture into a Still Store
The still store enhancement allows an operator to capture and
use a frame in any of the system’s four processed outputs, including
program, preview, a second M/E, PowerAuxes and Clean Feed. Frames can
even be captured during an on-air show and used in that same show.
Linking Customized Fluent-Views to Shows
The Fluent-View enhancement will enable each show to have an
associated customized monitor layout. Every window on the Fluent-View
can be individually sized and positioned across up to four monitors.
Now a custom layout can be linked to each show, automatically.
Now you can link to each show a custom Fluent-View layout and to start your show, a custom Fluent Macro. The way this is done is in PixMaster show editor there is a section where you can indicate what layout for the multi-view you would like to load and what Fluent Macro to start that show with. This is a great feature that allows different operators to customize a show to match their resources. Customize it for yourself or for a colleague with a prefered view.
Enhanced AJA Ki Pro Control
AJA Ki Pro control is now standard on all Broadcast Pix Integrated Production Systems. It supports version 4 software and all rack units.
linked to a show
Link to each show a custom Fluent-View or a Fluent Macro
AJA Ki Pro Rack Unit
Free, Now Available
A free download for all Granite and Mica systems, V3.2 software is now available in beta on the Broadcast Pix Forum.
The new option of accessing 2 M/Es on your 2000 system, can be purchased for new and existing systems. Call your local dealer today!