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dscn1780.JPGBroadcast Pix is here with the prototpye of their new 1080p 3G switcher frame. It’s planned to be a $13,900 upgrade to the flagship Slate G product (late this year). Broadcast Pix has matured into a company that’s increasingly relevent in a world where everyone is a content creator. The Slate G product–which combines switcher, clip store and graphics in one portable, inexpensive system has seen success in the range of live content venues large and small.

The new 3G switcher frame (it’s the IO-looking box in the picture) takes over the video processing chores from the PC-based Slate G workstation (the box under it) which also houses the clip stores, graphics, multiview and CG. The two are connected via simple PCI Express lifeline. It combines with the basic Slate G system (about $11K-23K depending on resolution and panel configuration). The easiest way to understand the model for this prodouct is to read it in Broadcast Pix own words.

dscn1781.JPGThe new system also works with the 2 M/E switcher panel that Broadcast Pix introduced at NAB 2008; at this year’s NAB, the new macros feature was unveiled (shipping in beta in July). Because the clip store and CG are integrated in the Broadcast PIx system, the macros can save media-specific macros that know the media by file name.

Also on the booth is a very inexpensive panel $995, a nod to the breadth of Broadcast Pix live production users. In another post, I’ll tell you about the cool portable Broadcast Pix configuration designed by Magic Wave Productions.

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