New V7.1 adds DVI & VGA Inputs and Outputs, DVI to HDMI Outputs and More Keying
Billerica, Massachusetts (November 4, 2008) Broadcast Pix™ Inc., the company that redefined the switcher as a live integrated production system, today announced the availability of Version 7.1 (V7.1) software for all of its Slate™ systems. V7.1 activates an optional DVI/VGA Input/Output (I/O) card on all Slate HD models to provide up to two DVI/VGA Inputs and Outputs, and it enhances Slate’s keying capabilities. V7.1 also enables control of Panasonic robotic cameras and enhancements to Slate’s built-in multi-view monitor.
Broadcast Pix will be demonstrating its new Version 7.1 software for the first time at the WFX convention (Booth #1728), starting November 6th in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
The new DVI and VGA outputs enable Slate systems to directly feed a projector for presentation applications, such as image magnification at a corporate event, within a house of worship or live event staging. Many next-generation projectors and plasma monitors accept HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) inputs, and the new DVI output enables a DVI to HDMI cable to be connected to provide HDMI output for 720p, 1080i or even 1080p.
The new DVI and VGA inputs bring the content of a laptop or other computer into a Slate system. This is very useful in corporate, government or education applications for bringing a PowerPoint presentation or other computer desktop into Slate, or in a house of worship to bring song lyrics into Slate.
“Version 7.1 makes Slate an even better one-man band,” said Broadcast Pix President Ken Swanton. “Slate already combined a production switcher, CG, clip stores, multi-view monitor, aspect converter and video format converter. 7.1 adds DVI and VGA format converters, so you can input and output just about anything. Now it’s even easier and more economical for a single operator or small crew to create very compelling live video.”
V7.1 also provides luma key support in all Slate systems, which enables an input to be keyed on top of cameras, clips and animations by the Slate system. V7.1 also adds support for external video with key inputs from external graphics systems, in addition to keying all of the rich graphics, animations and clips included inside every Slate.
The multi-view enhancements in V7.1 provide up to four copies of each output and three of each input for display on a Slate system with multiple monitors attached. All Slate systems can support two monitors with the option to support up to four monitors. Monitors for all of Slate’s six keyers can also be viewed on the integrated multi-view, whereas conventional multi-view systems cannot monitor any keyers.
The DVI/VGA option for Slate HD systems is priced at $1,000. Resolutions it supports include: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 and 1920x1200. Version 7.1 has begun shipping to new customers and is available as a download for existing customers.
Slate Systems are priced from $10,995 as SD-only versions and $14,400 in HD. Larger models include a one or two M/E control panel. Every Slate system includes and integrates together a production switcher, multi-view monitor, Inscriber character generator, clip stores for QuickTime clips and many animations, and aspect and format converters.
About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live television production systems that are more powerful, easier to use, and far more cost effective than a traditional control room of individual components. Broadcast Pix Slate switchers enable a single operator or small team to create engaging live video. Broadcast Pix is based in Billerica, Massachusetts, with offices throughout North America and Europe. Customers include over 1000 leading broadcast, web-cast, pod-cast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious and government studios in 50 countries. For more information, go to www.broadcastpix.com. Broadcast Pix and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.
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