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NAB: Broadcast Pix Gets Fluent With Data

The Fluent Watch-Folder system integrates the switcher with databases, making things easier for anyone who wants to attach data to on-air CGs.

Slate switchers from Broadcast Pix are different than a lot of switchers. The device is an integrated production system, with clipstore, multiviewer, Inscriber CG and aspect and format conversion built right in. It also can input files and data, not just video.

Broadcast Pix Slate 100G

The company’s new Fluent Workflow software makes use of that file-based architecture to enable cost-effective, high-impact features.

The Fluent Watch-Folder system integrates the switcher with databases, making things easier for anyone—a government body covering a meeting, for example—who wants to attach data to on-air CGs. And it can be programmed to automatically add content to shows at certain times.

Shipping in May are Fluent Macros. These allow a series of moves (by the switcher or integrated devices—including camera positions, CGs graphics files, backgrounds and so on) to be saved and recalled with a single button.

Broadcast Pix also unveiled a major upgrade in its Slate G series of live video production systems. The new 3G Switcher Frame is native 3 Gbps 1080p/60 fps and can handle simultaneous multidefinition input/output of SDI I/O for 1080p, 1080i and 720p (as well as SD and DVI).

Read more about the new 3G switcher frame here.

For smaller operations that still want a broadcast-quality switcher, the Broadcast Pix Slate G100 can get the program going for just $11,000 in standard-definition and $14,400 in HD. That means a whole system, including cameras, can come in at less than $20,000.

Like the rest of the Slate series, it’s an integrated production switcher with clipstore, multiviewer, CG and the Fluent system. It’s upgradeable to 3Gbps 1080p HD video.

One government user described the power of the Slate 2100 system in upgrading its production. Douglas County Television, DCTV23 in Georgia, is using the switcher is being used to air the Board of Commissioners meetings twice a month as well as planning meetings once a month, and last fall ran runoff elections live, something it couldn’t have done before.

“I created titles for the two runoff races and combined it with a live feed. We ran it through the switcher with our regular programming, shrinking it into a lower right-hand screen with a wraparound title,” said T.J. Jaglinski, DCTV23’s technical director. “We also wrote a script so that it would alternate from title to title and I could update the results. In one night, our coverage went from government access channel style reporting results to something we’d see on a major news channel.”

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