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www.inbroadcast.com | CABSAT InShow Guide | 10-12 March 2015

Broadcast Pix Fluent Control
Provides Customised, Complete
Control of Live Production Workflow
By Sarah Madio,
Marketing Manager

T

here are several integrated
production switchers on the
market, but most low- and midrange systems fail to provide a truly
integrated
experience.
However,
at the core of every Broadcast Pix
system is Fluent Control, an integrated
production workflow with a toolset
designed to streamline production
for single operators or small crews.
More than a process or a random
collection of features, Fluent Control
gives users complete command of
their live production workflow, along
with additional features that allow
customised and automated control.
"Broadcast Pix sets itself apart from
other integrated production switchers
because of our [sic] incredible
workflow." explained Steve Ellis, CEO
of Broadcast Pix. "Fluent Control is all
about the user. We simplify content
management and automate a lot of the
process to make it easier to produce
great shows."
Fluent Control also accommodates
today's changing live video production
environment. Some manufacturers
have recently touted new hardware
to include Skype interviews in live
programs, but Broadcast Pix systems
have been integrating Skype, Twitter,
RSS feeds, and other cloud based
resources - without additional
hardware requirements - into
productions since 2013. Broadcast Pix
systems ingest and scale all sources,
while maintaining lip sync.

KAZT-TV, an independent station
serving Arizona's Phoenix/Prescott
market (DMA #11), broadcasts a unique
live morning show, that produces
the first 30 minutes from its Phoenix
studio, and the last 30 minutes from
its Prescott location. The station
upgraded both of its facilities to HD
production last autumn, installing
Granite X integrated production
switchers in both control rooms.
Phil Hammon, Chief Engineer, said
Broadcast Pix "just seemed to be a lot
more 'live TV' friendly" than competing
systems.
The built-in Watch Folders content
management system allows KAZT to
transfer media from edit suites, and
other sources, directly to the Granite
before, or during a production. "It's
really easy the way it just shows up
and you just pull it into your show."
explained Brian Cisek, Production
Manager. "It's just seamless."
Fluent-View,
Broadcast
Pix's
customizable
multi-view,
is
a
cornerstone of the Fluent Control
philosophy. A comprehensive heads-up
display, it shows all I/O, plus each key
layer, file libraries, and incoming files
through Watch Folders - users can also
add clocks, counters, safe areas, and
more.
For KAZT, Fluent-View was a major
selling point. The station produces its
morning show and a weekly political
program in Phoenix, and each series
has a unique multi-view setup that

Fluent-View was a major selling point for KAZT

Fluent Control is at the core of every Broadcast Pix system

can be tailored for individual technical
directors. "That was the 'wow' factor,"
Cisek said, "the flexibility of that was
just awesome."
Other Fluent Control components
have also simplified KAZT production.
The built-in clip server has streamlined
roll ins, and Broadcast Pix's file based
macro system, Fluent Macros, has
simplified satellite interviews. TDs
can set the screen for two-box and
three-box displays with preselected
backgrounds, with just one button
push.
For customers around the world,
additional Fluent Control functionality
eliminates the need for additional
control room components. ClearKey,
Broadcast Pix's next generation
chroma key, offers precise, highly
adjustable keying that handles
challenging visuals, and creates more
realistic shadow and lighting effects.
Chroma key colour is selected with a
simple eye dropper tool, and intuitive
controls make it easy to adjust lighting,
shadow, and spill correction effects.
Each system also includes virtual sets,
and users can create new sets using
their own images and the included
virtual set editor. Broadcast Pix
systems also include built-in control
for robotic cameras, external servers,
audio mixers, and other devices.
Beyond built-in tools, Broadcast
Pix extends Fluent Control through
optional hardware and software.
Rapid CG, for example, simplifies live
sports or election coverage by creating
customised graphics with significantly
less manual effort. It works with
graphics templates built with Inscriber
CG and uses a simple drag and drop

operation to integrate databases,
RSS feeds, and custom actions like
scorekeeping. It only operates with
specific fields, so only the data
changes, not the templates.
Available in two versions, the dual
channel Rapid CG 3 and the "light"
Rapid CG LT, the optional software
lets the audience become part of the
production, by connecting to Twitter
and other cloud based data sources.
Tweets can even be pre-screened with
a built-in management system. Rapid
CG 3 adds dual channel connectivity
and support for OES Scoreboard
data and Web-based XML databases,
and allows sports scores in league
databases to automatically flow into
on-air graphics.
Another example of Fluent Control
integration is VOX, the popular visual
radio solution. Housed in a 1 RU
chassis with eight microphone inputs
(multiple boxes can be cascaded to
support up to 104 microphones),
VOX connects to any Broadcast Pix
Granite, Mica, or Flint integrated
production switcher. It automatically
detects which microphone is being
used and produces video-follow-audio
productions without an operator.
VOX integrates with Fluent Macros
to select camera presets, roll clips
and animations, add or remove titles,
and even execute picture-in-picture
compositions for interviews.
Multiple macros can be assigned
to each microphone - and selection
criteria can be established - so
automated productions can offer
variety in shot selection and graphics,
as if a technical director was at the
controls.


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