LAS VEGAS (April 26, 2007) Broadcast Pix, who redefined the switcher to include an entire control room inside, was honored with the prestigious Mario Award given by TV Technology magazine during the NAB2007 convention last week. Broadcast Pix won the Mario Award for its Slate? switcher line.
Organized in 1993, the Mario Awards were established to recognize manufacturers whose products represent significant technical breakthroughs¾ many of these products have gone on to significantly impact the future of video technology. The awards are named after Mario Orazio, a pseudonym for a nameless engineer and a renowned technology columnist for TV Technology who pens the industry´s most widely read column "The Masked Engineer." The awards are given out annually at the NAB convention to companies that demonstrate forward thinking and technical excellence in their products.
"Mario scours the NAB show floor for the 10 most innovative products that represent the pinnacle of technical achievement. We are proud to present these awards on behalf of the ?Masked Engineer," said TV Technology Editor Tom Butts.
Broadcast Pix announced Version 6.0 software for its line of Slate switchers at NAB this year. While Version 5 provided a switcher, character generator, clip stores and multi-view monitoring, Version 6 adds support of QuickTime, DV and MPEG clips and a customizable multi-view for any size monitor, including huge wall-mounted displays. Up to 20 moving monitors can be sized and arranged, and clocks, countdowns and content libraries can be added for unprecedented feedback. Version 6 also adds optional audio mixer control with MIDI, virtual set capabilities, secondary outputs with keys, and connection of the on air CG to a database.
At NAB, Broadcast Pix also unveiled Auto Aspect ratio management and HD inputs and outputs to the Slate line. AutoAspect software uniquely enables 16:9 and 4:3 inputs, clips and graphics to be used interchangeably and mixed together in the same live production, while maintaining the native aspect ratio of each element rather than stretching them. The new HD-SD I/O board will enable all new and existing Slate switchers to add HD cameras and produce an HD show. Each input and output can be HD-SDI 780p or 1080i, or SD-SDI.
About Slate switchers The Slate 100 touch screen-based switcher (priced from $9,995) includes a switcher, integrated Inscriber character generator, still stores, full motion, multi-view monitoring and aspect ratio treatment. Input formats include SDI digital and analog composite, S and component, and optional HD. The Slate 1000 (from $19,000) adds a control panel, DVEs and clip store. The Slate 2100 switcher, adds more inputs, keyers, clip channels and redundancy to address the needs of the most demanding live television applications. Robotic control of cameras is optional.
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 the technology leader in the fusion of production switcher and computer technology, and is based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with offices in California, North Carolina and Amsterdam. Customers include over 300 leading broadcast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious and government studios in 30 countries. For more information, go to www.broadcastpix.com. Broadcast Pix, Slate, and AutoAspect,are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patents pending.
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