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Broadcast Pix Brings Versatility to LeSEA Productions Denver


Slate 1000 System Improves Studio, Remote Productions for KWHD and KWHS

(Billerica, Massachusetts)- Whether it’s a shoot on location or in the studio, a small truck serves as the control room for LeSEA Productions Denver, a production facility that provides video services for KWHD in Denver and KWHS in Colorado Springs. The compact control room is built around a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 1000 integrated production system.

LeSEA Productions Denver produces several programs including Heavenly Sent, which profiles gospel music artists. The program is broadcast internationally on The Word Network, which is available to 60 million homes in the United States and more than 200 countries. Last month, the production team brought its production truck to Olathe, Colo., to provide video support for the large video screens on site during the NightVision Music Festival. And in early August, the truck provided video support for one of the region’s largest LED screens at HeavenFest in North Denver.

Blaine Howerton, production manager, LeSEA Productions Denver, did extensive research before choosing the Broadcast Pix Slate 1000. “I wanted something that would get us a great switcher infrastructure right away,? he said, “but give us the ability to use new cameras in the future.? When budgets will allow, Howerton would like to upgrade the facility to a tapeless, file-based HD workflow. For now, however, programs are recorded on Beta SP using Sony BVP-550 cameras.

LeSEA Productions Denver used to be limited to three cameras for a shoot. A fourth camera could be added for special events, but it was a tedious procedure requiring an external frame synchronizer. With the Slate 1000, the facility can support up to eight live sources without external frame sync, which Howerton said provides the versatility they need for festivals and other live event coverage.

One of six production facilities owned by LeSEA Broadcastinga multi-media network founded and based in South Bend, Ind., LeSEA Productions Denver produces several weekly shows for KWHD and KWHS, as well as projects for other clients. While they are Christian-owned properties, the independent, commercial stations primarily produce non-religious local programming. “We’re all about creating shows that are good for the community,? Howerton said.

For example, Keeping it Real: Walking the Halls of Colorado High Schools is a positive newsmagazine show profiling local teens who are making a difference. Get the Dirt! offers gardening tips for the Rocky Mountain region of the country. And Colorado Sports Trivia with Irv Brown is a studio-based show featuring a local radio talk show host.

The Slate 1000 is not only used for switching; Howerton said the built-in Inscriber CG, clip and still stores, and multi-viewer were major selling points. The system was purchased from 5280 Digital, based in Centennial, Colo. Since its installation in 2008, the Broadcast Pix system has also helped reduce operating costs. With all its functionality, the Slate 1000 has allowed Howerton to utilize his personnel more efficiently, which has made productions more affordable for clients.

About Broadcast Pix: Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Slate systems create compelling live video far more cost effectively than conventional control rooms. Slate includes a switcher, multi-view, CG, clip and graphic stores, and aspect and format conversion. It streamlines production workflow, saves 70% on equipment, and uses staff much more efficiently. And Slate is future-proof, as it is upgradeable to 3G 1080p. Broadcast Pix is based in Massachusetts, with distributors worldwide. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, podcast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in over 70 countries. For more information, go to www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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