25.01.13

Broadcast Pix upgrades Video Control Center software

Broadcast Pix is shipping version 3.2 of its Video Control Center software to improve its Granite and Mica integrated live video production systems.

Camera control enhancements include thumbnail displays of each preset position, as well as auto-follow of camera switching and enhanced macro integration.

The built-in clip server now supports native Avid DNxHD clips and multi-definition ProRes and H.264 clips, while the six-channel graphic store adds frame capture.

Custom monitor layouts and macros can now be tied to each show, and a new option turns any Granite 2000 system into a 2 M/E switcher.

The new camera control software displays a thumbnail of each camera preset position, rather than just the number of each preset, on the system’s Fluent-View multi-view display.

With camera follow, each camera’s preset choices appear automatically when that camera is previewed on the switcher.

Thumbnails can be created for 100 preset positions on each of up to 12 Panasonic robotic cameras, as well as 16 preset positions on each of up to 12 Sony robotic cameras.

Camera control is now integrated with Fluent Macros, a macro system that allows switching, file recalls, effects, and camera moves to be recalled with one button push.

Additional camera control enhancements include finer manual control of pan, tilt, and zoom to allow very slow zooms for long-range camera shots, plus support for Panasonic cameras installed using IP cabling instead of serial, which greatly simplifies wiring.

DNxHD, the native Avid 1080i or 720p file format, is the third clip format supported by Fluent Clip Server in every Granite and Mica system.

Using Fluent Watch-Folders, 1080i DNxHD clips can flow into Broadcast Pix systems over a TCP/IP network directly from Avid editing stations, even in the middle of a live production.

V3.2 also delivers expanded options for ProRes and H.264 formats, adding 720p and SD to existing support for 1080i files.

Originally offered as a 1 M/E panel, the Granite 2000 can now be upgraded for use as a 2 M/E panel. This option activates four buttons on the control panel that enable its entire M/E bank to shift to M/E 2, and adds buttons for transitions between M/Es. V3.2 also allows operators to use two control panels simultaneously (1 M/E per panel).

The new Show Link feature allows each show to save and recall its own Fluent-View monitor layout and Fluent Macros.