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Broadcast Pix Intros HD Family Of Slate Switchers

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First Cost-Effective, HD Live Video Production Systems Billerica, Massachusetts (January 15, 2008) Broadcast Pix™ (NAB Booth #SU10605), the company that redefined the production switcher as a control room, today announced HD versions of an expanded Slate™ switcher family. The new Slate HD switchers provide the easiest and most cost effective way to create compelling live HD video. Their file-based architecture streamlines live production workflow by completely integrating their included switcher, CG, clip stores, still stores and monitoring, and seamlessly networking them with content from edit bays. The first Slate HD switcher is being used at the Sundance Film Festival. Each of the three new Slate HD models includes: a switcher with up to six keyers and DVEs, multi-view monitoring, a Harris® Inscriber® CG, and a clip store. The switchers’ hybrid I/O supports: 1080i, 720p, SD, DVI and VGA, plus analog output in composite, Y/C and component. It can add: HD and SD analog inputs and 1080p output. Both 16:9 and 4:3 content can be mixed while preserving the native aspect ratio of each element. • Slate 100 HD provides a very cost-effective, integrated, live HD video production studio, priced at $14,400, including a new custom keyboard. • Slate 1000 HD adds a professional switcher control panel. • Slate 3000 HD adds a router manufactured for Broadcast Pix by Harris Corporation, providing up to 18 live inputs and more redundancy. Slate 3000 SD was also announced. • Two switchers can share a large central router, by adding a Slate 1000 to a Slate 3000 to lower cost, improve sharing and simplify wiring. • New software announced today: alpha wipes with audio, support for four LCD multi-view monitors, play out of MPEG2 clips, and control of Harris® NEXIO® video servers. “Budgetary issues don’t excuse the need for compelling live HD programming. These switchers create stunning HD productions,� explained Ken Swanton, Broadcast Pix President. “Slate HD makes it possible for HD live production to be carried out for a fraction of the cost of buying and staffing an HD control room - without sacrificing quality or polish.� Unlike conventional HD live control rooms in which many boxes are wired together and a team of operators is needed, the new Slate HD systems enable a single operator to create live HD television productions at a fraction of the cost. They streamline workflow by inputting and outputting all popular formats and aspect ratios, and adding files of graphics, animations and clips that are created within the switcher or imported. For example, QuickTime clips from edit bays can be sent over a gigabit network into the switcher’s up to one Terabyte of hard-drives, just minutes before air-time, and then self-cue when taken to air. For the ultimate “one-man band,� the system can control audio mixers, robotic cameras, and video servers. Slate switchers gracefully expand for team use when required. Slate 1000 HD switcher shipments have begun. The first was sold by Snader and Associates to Hewlett-Packard for use at the Sundance Film Festival, where it will produce interviews and commentary in 1080i for broadcast on television and the Internet, as well local uses at the festival. Slate 100 and Slate 3000 models commence shipment this month. All existing Slate SD installations can be upgraded to Slate HD for under $5,000. Expanded Cooperation with Harris Today’s announcement ushers in an expanded level of cooperation between Broadcast Pix and Harris Corporation. Every Broadcast Pix switcher sold includes a Harris® Inscriber® CG. Now, every Slate 3000 model will include a Harris® Panacea™ router, with a Broadcast Pix brand and extensive integration software developed by Broadcast Pix. The software enables seamless expansion of the switcher’s inputs and outputs, display of inputs on the built-in multi-view monitor, and fail-safe switching. While the Slate workstation is very reliable because the switching is done on the Slate boards inside, if the computer should ever stop all cameras can still be switched using a redundant control system between the panel and router, until the workstation comes back on line. 16x16 and 32x32 HD/SD and SD-only routers are offered, as well as remote control panels and tally boxes. According to Kerry Wheeles, Director of Product Marketing for Harris Distribution Products, “We’re excited that Broadcast Pix has chosen our Panacea routers for its new Slate HD family of live video production switchers. This selection by Broadcast Pix further solidifies the Panacea™ leadership position in routing solutions. With Panacea™, just like Broadcast Pix switchers, customers do not have to sacrifice quality for affordability. We’re optimistic about the market for the new Slate HD line and look forward to a bright future between Harris and Broadcast Pix.� About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live television production systems that are more powerful, easier to use, and far more cost effective than a traditional control room of individual components. Broadcast Pix Slate switchers streamline workflow with edit bays, and enable a single operator or small team to create compelling live video. Broadcast Pix is based in Billerica, Massachusetts, with offices throughout North America and in Europe. Customers include over 600 leading broadcast, web-cast, pod-cast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious and government studios in 50 countries. See

www.broadcastpix.com

. Broadcast Pix and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patents pending.

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