City of Golden is the 200th Government Customer to Buy a Broadcast Pixâ„¢ Production System
Billerica, Massachusetts (December 1, 2008) Broadcast Pixâ„¢ Inc. today announced that the City of Golden, CO has chosen the Broadcast Pix Slateâ„¢ 1000 live production system to provide broadcasts of its City Council meetings on Comcastâ€™s local government access Channel 8. The City of Golden is the 200th government customer to purchase a Broadcast Pix system.
This announcement coincides with GV Expo 2008, the annual government video conference and exhibition being held from December 2-4, 2008 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
The City of Golden rebroadcasts its meetings throughout the week following the meeting on Channel 8; provides live coverage as streaming video at
and releases the meeting coverage on DVDs, which are available at various venues including the Golden Public Library.
The City of Golden began televising its City Council meetings in June 2006. By the end of 2007, the Communications Office decided to purchase its own gear and hire an operator dedicated to the task. Chris Luna, television production technician for Channel 8, Communications Office, City of Golden, CO, joined the department in January 2008 to handle the production. Luna recommended that they purchase a Broadcast Pix switcher based on his previous experience. By August 2008, the City had installed the switcher, and Luna now uses it for City Council meetings.
â€œSince we began using the Broadcast Pix, our live productions have been technically flawless, and many of our viewers have commented on just how much better our telecasts look,â€? said Luna. â€œSince our channel sits between ABC 7 and NBC 9, two highly rated network affiliates, we felt it was crucial for this local channel to have a high-quality, major market look. And the Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 has definitely delivered on all our requirements.â€?
Besides strict budgetary constraints, another pressing challenge was limited space. The room where the switcher residesâ€”directly across the hall from Council Chambersâ€”is only eight by 10 feet and shared with another city office.
â€œOne of the benefits of the Broadcast Pix Slate switcher is that it integrates all the functionality of a television production control room into a single systemâ€”including switching, digital video effects, character generator, still and motion clips store, keyers, audio, camera controls, and monitoring,â€? Luna said. â€œThis makes it possible to put the entire system on a desktop and have a single operator run every aspect of the show. While the switcher can be networked for multiple operators, its integration is vital for us because we donâ€™t have enough space for more than one operator.â€?
Council meetingsâ€”which can run from two to five hoursâ€”are presented live in their entirety. From the control panel, Luna controls three Hitachi HV-D30 SD three-chip robotic box cameras strategically placed within Council Chambers. Other direct feeds to the switcher include the output from laptops, such as PowerPoint or video presentations, and a document camera, which display onto two 12-foot screens in the meeting room. Audio from gooseneck and Revo microphones placed around the meeting room are mixed by Luna using a Mackie audio board and that output is fed directly into the switcher.
â€œOne feature I really like to use on this switcher is the Picture-in-Picture (PIP),â€? explained Luna. â€œFor example, if someone in the meeting room asks a councilman a question, I can stay on the camera shot of the council member, and then put the other camera shot of the questioner into a PIP box so that viewers can see both views simultaneously. For the PIP effect, I often put a moving color background behind the questioner, a border around the frame, and it looks phenomenal.â€?
With six keyers available, Luna is free to create very complex, multilayered graphics. One use of the keyers is to bring in full motion video clips and place them overtop a video or graphic background with a text display and music bed. These pre-produced B-roll clips, shot by Luna using a DV camcorder, fill time during meeting recesses by featuring man-on-the-street interviews of local residents; recreational activities, such as citizens kayaking or walking in the park; and beauty shots from around Golden.
About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in 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 enable a single operator or small team to create engaging live video. Broadcast Pix is based in Billerica, Massachusetts, with offices throughout North America and Europe. Customers include over 1000 leading broadcast, web-cast, pod-cast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious and government studios in 50 countries. For more information, go to