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Massachusetts PEG Channel Deploys ‘Mica 500’ in New Portable Studio

Belmont Media Center’s use of volunteer production crews swayed decision

Belmont Media Center, a public, education and government station with three channels serving the town of Belmont, Mass., has deployed a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 integrated production system in the station’s new portable HD studio that is used for sports and event coverage.
BMC has experience with Broadcast Pix products — the PEG station has been using a Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 system in its control room since 2009 — and it used that experience when it began the selection process for the remote studio, according to Jeff Hansell, BMC’s executive director.
And, when BMC made the decision to create a portable studio, the PEG station decided to include the Mica 500 in the studio. The decision was based, in part, on that BMC uses volunteer-based production crews, therefore it was important to create a remote system that would be easy, not intimidating, to operate, Hansell said.
“We were looking for the latest technology and a company that had good support,” Hansell said. “We felt that Broadcast Pix was the best match for us. It provides the ability for inexperienced people to learn the system really quickly, and it delivers a very-high-quality presentation,” he said.
Acquired primarily for sports coverage, the Mica is also used for school-event coverage and some government meetings, according to Hansell. “The rationale [for acquiring the Mica] was that we wanted broadcast-quality sports on the scene in real time,” he said.
In addition to the Mica, the remote studio features a Shure mixer, a Clear-Com intercom system, and three Sony cameras, Hansell said. The programs are recorded to DVD or ingested into a video server, he added.
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