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Boca Raton Turns to Broadcast Pix for Improved City Council Coverage

(Billerica, Massachusetts) December 2, 2009. Broadcast Pix™ announced today the City of Boca Raton, Fla., is using a Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 integrated production system to produce coverage of city council meetings as well as events in the community. The system was integrated into the City Council Chamber in City Hall along with new cameras this summer, and has been used for live broadcasts on BocaTV, the city’s cable channel, since August.

BocaTV has only one part-time and two full-time employees. Plus, the new Slate system shares a small space with a Mackie Onyx 1640 audio board and other equipment directly in front of the dais where city council members sit during meetings. As a result, personnel resources and equipment space are at a premium.

“We wanted a system that one person could run and have a polished looking product,? said Mark Witzen, video producer and multimedia specialist. “We also had a very small budget, so we had to find the best bang for our buck.?

Between the city council and various committees, BocaTV usually provides coverage of at least nine meetings per month. Housed in a portable cart built by Bigfoot Mobile Carts in Vacaville, Calif., the Broadcast Pix system can also be transported from its usual space in City Hall to locations around the city for live events. For example, Witzen said the Slate 1000 will be used for coverage of the 38th annual Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade in December.

The Slate is being used in conjunction with four Panasonic AW-HE100 HD/SD PTZ cameras during meetings. John Wallace, video producer and multimedia specialist, said the new setup has improved the quality of their broadcasts, and he is particularly pleased with the Slate’s built-in Inscriber CG. “It’s so much better,? he added.

Currently, the city produces and broadcasts its meetings in SD, but Witzen said the Slate’s easy HD upgrade path could be a big help in the future. Witzen appreciates the built-in multi-view as well, and plans to use even more of the Slate’s built-in functionality, including its clip store, in future broadcasts. “We can do so many different things with it,? he said.

About Broadcast Pix
Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Slate systems create compelling content by combining a switcher with its unique Fluent file-based and network-based workflow tools. Fluent tools include a clip store, graphics system with CG, watch-folders, multi-view, macros and remote control. Slate is a fraction of the purchase and operating cost of traditional solutions, and is future-proof as it’s upgradeable to 3G 1080p. Broadcast Pix is based in Massachusetts, with offices and dealers worldwide. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, podcast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in over 70 countries. Broadcast Pix, Slate and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA. www.broadcastpix.com.

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