Based in Brooksville, Fla., Hernando County Government Broadcasting produces close to 300 shows per year, including coverage of more than 100 government meetings, with two employees and a handful of volunteers. Many productions are handled by a one-person crew.
Production values got a big boost with the recent purchase of two Broadcast Pix Mica integrated production switchers. Some shows are produced in a converted office that serves as a small studio adjacent to the chambers of the Board of County Commissioners. That’s where Rick Foti, video production manager, installed the first Mica system in late 2014.
The second Mica system is used with Hernando County’s remote unit, affectionately known as “Rolling Thunder,” which was completed in June. Transported in a converted ambulance, the unit is used for a number of programs as well as coverage of community events.
Foti relies on several of the built-in Fluent Control workflow tools to customize his work environment and simplify productions. Both Mica systems use two 32-inch monitors, which are populated by Fluent-View, Broadcast Pix’s customizable multiview. Foti designed the right screen to show preview, program and video inputs, while the left screen is dedicated to graphics and effects in case there is more than one operator in the control room or truck.
Beyond the built-in CG, which is used for lower-thirds, Foti uses the built-in clip stores, animations and file-based Fluent Macros. “This has made my life so much easier. During a board meeting, everything is at my fingertips,” he says. “Broadcast Pix is changing the way our channel looks and I’m loving it.”