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Roanoke Valley TV Uses Compix LCGn CG to Add Professional Polish to Live Government Meetings

IRVINE, Calif. — Oct. 11, 2010 — Compix, a leading developer of professional character generators (CGs), today announced that Roanoke Valley Television (RVTV), a government education and access station in Roanoke, Va., is using the Compix LCGn single-channel desktop CG to add broadcast graphics to its live cablecasts and webcasts of government meetings. The LCGn gives the small RVTV staff a simple, fast, and reliable self-contained solution for adding professional-quality graphics and information to live video signals.
“We have worked with Compix CG systems for years, and when it came time to upgrade, we found once again that the company’s solutions truly suit our needs,” said Elaine Bays, cable access director at Roanoke Valley TV. “We use the Compix CG to build keys ahead of time and then, during live meetings, punch the appropriate number to take graphics in and out. The LCGn system provides excellent quality and is so remarkably easy to use that we’ve been able to put our interns on it with no trouble at all.”

RVTV cablecasts local public meetings live, in their entirety, to keep citizens informed of the decisions made at these meetings. The station employs the Compix LCGn system to cover four or five live city and county government meetings each month. Staff members use the CG to identify and provide information about speakers, such as elected board members, county administrators, and the county attorney, and to indicate for viewers when closed captioning is available. To brand live video and give it a more professional look, RVTV has also started using the CG to incorporate the logos and seals of the locality into on-screen graphics.

At RVTV, five staff members write, shoot, and edit original programming that reaches 58,000 households in the Roanoke Valley. The station relies on a nonlinear workflow using the latest digital formats to create productions for cablecast and for streaming to the Web. For Roanoke County meetings, RVTV operates the Compix unit on-location along with a digital switcher and three robotic cameras. A staff of two can run the show, with one person directing and operating the switcher and the other managing the LCGn and cameras. The resulting live video feed is delivered back to the station for broadcast and webcast.

The Compix LCGn features a composite SD single-channel input and output video and key, with internal video overlay. The unit’s built-in GenCG software is a powerful template-based design, layout, and playback software package that allows RVTV to set up graphics offline and, during live production, take those graphics immediately to air. GenCG uses Windows(R) MLE multiple language settings and TrueType(R) fonts, allowing multilingual support and unlimited font styles.

“Despite its small size and staff, RVTV has always been a leader in adopting advanced broadcast technologies that simplify operations while improving the end product,” said Veronica Kim, Compix president. “The station was among the first to work with robotic cameras and one of the few to cablecast with closed captioning. Its use of the LCGn further demonstrates RVTV’s commitment to leveraging smart, cost-effective solutions in providing high-quality services to the Roanoke Valley.”

More information about Compix and its product line is available at www.compix.tv.

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About Roanoke Valley TV
Roanoke Valley Television, RVTV Channel 3, is a government and educational access station serving the City of Roanoke, the County of Roanoke, the Town of Vinton, and their respective school systems. The local governments administer RVTV’s budget with funds collected through a franchise agreement with Cox Communications. No federal, state, or local tax dollars are used to operate RVTV. Roanoke Valley Television offers a wide variety of programming choices including monthly television shows, live government meetings, and stand-alone informational videos. More information is available at www.rvtv.org.

About Compix Media Inc.
Compix Media Inc., the “character-driven” character generator (CG) company based in Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of the world’s most affordable broadcast graphics systems. Compix systems have been on the air 24/7 since 1986, delivering broadcast graphic solutions in more than 17,000 locations, across 80 countries. Elegant, intuitive, award-winning solutions that offer both convenience and practicality, Compix CGs are available in single and multichannel analog, SD-SDI, and HD configurations. Every Compix broadcast graphics system boasts an engaging interface, a cutting-edge feature set, and 100 percent broadcast quality, backed by the remarkable Compix Freedom Support Plan. Compix clients include all major television broadcast and cable networks, post, sports, educational, military, worship, government, and corporate facilities. More information is available at www.compix.tv.

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