LAS VEGAS–With the NAB Show directly ahead, Broadcast Pix has introduced a software option for its BPswitch family of production switchers called BPfusion.
This option streamlines creation of data-intensive CG graphics using the NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG. The company will demo the dual-channel BPfusion CG at the convention in Las Vegas.
BPfusion is intended for enhanced sports, election and news coverage. It updates graphics using data from scoreboards, Twitter, RSS feeds, spreadsheets, clocks and other sources over IP, integrating information into templates for customized graphics like scoreboards and multi-layer motion graphics of election maps. The manufacturer highlights the drag-and-drop operation rather than a user having to re-key data.
Product Manager Tony Mastantuono said users thus can improve live sports or election coverage by combining automatic score updates with motion graphics.
Each of BPfusion’s two channels supports six virtual layers, so users can have 12 separate graphics on the air at once. These layers allow for more dynamic graphics, including 3D and motion elements, which can be triggered by the switcher’s file-based macros or BPfusion’s user interface. Users have a choice of playback modes, the company said, so graphics and animation compositions can be previewed or taken to air on the fly.
Among other features, BPfusion allows users to import Adobe After Effects projects into NewBlueNTX, and provides an additional NewBlue license so it can run on a remote PC over IP.
BPswitch is a family of integrated production systems that includes a switcher and integrated 3D motion graphics CG. BPswitch models start at around $11,000. The new software option costs $2,900 and will be available in May.
Broadcast Pix is in Booth SL8320.