Emerson College Adopts Broadcast Pix BPswitch Integrated Production Switcher for Sports Production

Installed in late 2018 during winter break, the new BPswitch was used throughout last season when the men’s basketball team won its first NEWMAC championship title.

The BPswitch anchors the control room in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, which hosts all home games for men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s and women’s volleyball. The control room is located a floor above the basketball court, and is designed with a traditional three-row setup. Tim MacArthur, associate director for media technologies and production, said the college is exploring the idea of using the BPswitch-based control room for remote productions of other campus sports as well.

“The big draw for us was getting into BPfusion for graphics and the integration with the Daktronics scoreboard,” explained MacArthur. “The all-in-one device was also very appealing to us. There is a real ease of workflow with Broadcast Pix.”

BPfusion is a software option that works with BPswitch’s integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG to streamline the creation of data-intensive graphics for sports, elections, and more. It uses templates to create customized graphics that update automatically using data from scoreboards, RSS feeds, and other IP-based sources without re-keying the data.

“The ease of use of the NewBlueNTX was another big draw,” MacArthur added. “The graphics are a step up from what we’ve done in the past, with easily modified templates that look great.”

All four of the switcher’s outputs are used to populate monitors in the control room, including two large panels in the front of the room and individual monitors for the TD and audio stations. MacArthur said the BPview™ integrated multi-view was customized for sports production, but there is a separate layout for an awards gala that is hosted in the gym every April.

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Emerson College used its new BPswitch GX integrated production switcher last season to produce live coverage when the men’s basketball team won its first NEWMAC championship title.

While the students do not use the BPswitch’s file-based macros during productions, MacArthur said there is one macro that preps the switcher for production, so there is a consistent look no matter which student is serving as technical director. Coverage is produced in 720p and streamed live to the Emerson Lions YouTube channel.

With very limited funding for the gym’s video production system, students rely on mostly hand-me-down equipment. The new BPswitch, for example, replaced an existing Broadcast Pix Granite™ system that had been donated to the school. MacArthur said it was a seamless upgrade, and the school was able to keep its existing Broadcast Pix control panel.

There are dozens of sports productions throughout the school year, all produced with volunteer student crews. There is also no formal instruction for the BPswitch (or any other video equipment) in the gym’s control room. Instead, student volunteers teach themselves and each other how to use the equipment.

According to MacArthur, typical games have a three-camera setup with play-by-play and color commentators along with instant replay. Some games have as many as six cameras as well as a sideline commentator, but even single camera productions are run through the BPswitch to take advantage of the BPfusion graphics.

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City of Riverview Upgrades Meeting Coverage with Broadcast Pix

The system is used to produce coverage of one school board and two city council meetings each month.

According to Kim Harper, IT manager for the city, the Broadcast Pix Commander™ touchscreen control platform was an important selling point for the new system. Commander’s streamlined user interface makes it easy to execute sophisticated productions, even for non-technical personnel. Its intuitive controls simplify switching, PTZ camera control, and the use of graphics, clips, and effects.

Lawrence Cross, cable producer, said four PTZOptics PTZ cameras follow the meeting activities, with three cameras covering the dais and one camera positioned to capture guest and visitor comments. The Riverview control room includes both a touchscreen and traditional control panel. Cross said the cameras can be positioned using a traditional control panel or with preset macros through the Commander interface that automatically focus on members of the council.

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Riverview is Cross’ first job in professional video, and he said he was able to quickly learn the workflow for meeting coverage using BPswitch. “It works great,” he explained. “You can put a show together in 10 minutes. It’s really easy.”

A document camera, used in chambers to display supporting information during meetings, is also fed into the video switcher. Plus, meeting coverage includes limited graphics produced with BPswitch’s integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG during productions. BPview™, the system’s customizable multi-view, populates two screens in the control room.

Meetings run live on local Comcast and WOW! cable channels, and are streamed live and available on-demand on the city’s website. Meetings are shot in HD but downconverted to SD for cable distribution. Harper said the system was installed in January 2018 to replace an aging Ross production switcher. Sound Planning Communications in Redford Township, Mich., handled the sale and system integration.

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Broadcast Pix Emphasizes IP with New Production Switcher, PTZ Camera Control

“IP has quickly become a cornerstone of the professional AV marketplace, and Broadcast Pix has introduced the best solutions for IP-based multi-camera productions,” explained Tony Mastantuono, product manager for Broadcast Pix. “BPswitch IX offers the flexibility to control and switch IP, wireless, and legacy SDI sources spread around large venues, while our latest software upgrade lets Broadcast Pix users switch live productions from across the room or across the country on a mobile device. Plus, our new RCC controller provides the flexibility of a separate camera control unit with a very intuitive user interface.”

BPswitch IX is designed for auditoriums, stadiums, conference rooms, and other facilities equipped with remote cameras that are switched from a central control room. It features six network inputs that support NDI and RTSP cameras and other sources, plus two SDI/HDMI inputs (including one analog input for legacy sources). The native 1080p/60 system seamlessly integrates MPEG-2, H.264, and other streaming formats in the same production, and provides SDI, HDMI, analog, and streaming outputs.

Like other BPswitch models, BPswitch IX includes the NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG, which includes hundreds of templates to simplify lower-thirds, bugs, animations, rolls, crawls, and effects. Other built-in workflow tools include eight channels of clips and graphics, three keyers with DVEs, program recording, file-based macros, ClearKey™ chromakey and Virtual Studios virtual sets, and customizable BPview™ multi-view.

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With the new Version 7.5 software and optional Broadcast Pix Commander™ touchscreen control platform, all BPswitch models can provide browser-based switching on mobile devices. The upgrade allows remote control of servers and robotic cameras, access to all workflow tools, and full-motion viewing of production elements through a standard internet connection. Broadcast Pix’s BPNet™ IP ecosystem delivers the system’s control-over-IP capabilities securely and with low latency.

Version 7.5 also offers enhanced control for routers, cameras, and streaming CDNs – as well as exciting improvements for its BPfusion CG automation software. The software is included with any new BPswitch system, available as a free upgrade for any system under warranty, or available for $995 for systems no longer under warranty.

Ideal for remote productions, RCC can be used as a dedicated camera controller with any BPswitch integrated production switcher, Broadcast Pix Commander touchscreen control platform, or production switcher from another manufacturer. With its software-defined open architecture, RCC can control a variety of PTZ and broadcast cameras, as well as robotic heads, and mix IP protocols within the same production.

RCC’s seven-inch touchscreen provides intuitive menu navigation and allows customized camera presets, shot name, and more. Plus, its three-axis joystick with adjustable zoom speed and one-touch auto focus allows smooth, precise shot control. RCC includes native IP support for Panasonic and Sony PTZ cameras, with optional support for other cameras and robotic heads.

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Broadcast Pix Welcomes Rhett Mappin as Central/South Regional Sales Manager

He will oversee sales for the Southeast and Central United States, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central Canada.

As a technology sales professional, Mappin has more than 30 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. He started his career as a broadcast engineer for local TV, moving into sales in 1989 for Abekas Video Systems. Since then, he has served as a regional sales manager for Telestream, Vizrt, Discreet, and Pinnacle Systems, and most recently was vice president of sales for ONE CONNXT. Mappin has been an active member of SMPTE since 1986.

“Rhett provides years of experience and strong relationships with key customers and resellers in the South and Central regions,” said Steve Ellis, director of sales, Broadcast Pix. “We are happy to have him as part of the Broadcast Pix team, and look forward to continued sales growth in the area.”

Mappin is based out of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Contact him at 404-861-9796 or via email at rmappin@broadcastpix.com.

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Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch IX Integrated Production Switcher with Expanded IP at NAB 2019

Designed for productions that rely on IP-based workflows and remote cameras, BPswitch IX features six network inputs that support NDI and RTSP sources.

To promote the new system, Broadcast Pix will give away a free BPswitch IX with camera control at the 2019 NAB Show. NAB attendees are encouraged to pre-register online for a demo at the Broadcast Pix booth. Once their demo is complete, attendees can enter the contest. One winner will be chosen from eligible entries on April 10 at 4:30 p.m. The winner must be present or have a proxy at the Broadcast Pix booth to win.

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BPswitch IX is designed for auditoriums, stadiums, conference rooms, and other facilities equipped with remote cameras that are switched from a central control room. Along with two SDI/HDMI inputs (including one analog input for legacy sources), it can receive up to six IP camera feeds. The native 1080p/60 system seamlessly integrates MPEG-2, H.264, and other streaming formats in the same production, and provides SDI, HDMI, analog, and streaming outputs.

“IP-based PTZ cameras continue to gain popularity in the professional video workspace. They aren’t just for government meetings anymore,” said Tony Mastantuono, product manager for Broadcast Pix. “BPswitch IX is the best switching solution for IP-based multi-camera productions. It gives broadcasters and other video professionals the flexibility to control and switch IP, wireless, and SDI sources across stadiums and other large venues.”

When used with the optional Broadcast Pix Commander™ touchscreen control interface, BPswitch IX allows browser-based control with full-motion video and complete access to all sources and workflow tools using a mobile device and a standard internet connection. Commander’s simplified controls help non-technical personnel easily switch live productions, add titles, insert clips, and control robotic cameras. Broadcast Pix’s BPNet™ IP ecosystem delivers the system’s control-over-IP capabilities securely and with low latency.

Like other BPswitch models, BPswitch IX offers eight channels of clips and graphics, as well as three keyers with DVEs. Plus, the integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG includes hundreds of templates to simplify lower-thirds, bugs, animations, rolls, crawls, and effects. Other built-in workflow tools include program recording, clip and graphic stores, file-based macros, ClearKey™ chromakey and Virtual Studios virtual sets, and customizable BPview™ multi-view.

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GovTV Anchors Remote Turnkey Video Production for City of Lancaster with Broadcast Pix

The city is GovTV’s first client to use a new IP-based workflow operated from about 170 miles away at the company’s offices.

GovTV is owned by Pacific Design and Integration, a full service systems integrator with extensive experience in broadcast, houses of worship, and government projects. When PDI acquired GovTV in 2015, it inherited a production platform based around a serial control system that, while functional, had issues with internet connectivity and latency that delayed camera control and switching.

“We made it work,” recalled Bob Anderson, president and CEO of GovTV, “but we were always looking for something that would be more of an IP system.”

After extensive research, GovTV developed a new workflow last year built around the BPswitch. The company launched its new system for Lancaster at end of December, and quickly received positive feedback from city personnel.

“Now, we can instantly cut to the person speaking, so there’s no need to go to a wide shot when we’re following a conversation,” Anderson said. “It’s made a huge difference for us and exceeded our expectations.”

GOV_TV_San_Diego_1Master control is housed in San Diego. According to Steve Sagday, CTO of GovTV, operators use a traditional Broadcast Pix control surface to switch the live meetings, and can also control and monitor client productions through the Broadcast Pix Commander™ browser-based user interface. A dedicated VPN connects GovTV to its client, allowing system and robotic camera control (as well as seamless insertion into live programming) from San Diego. BPNet™, BPswitch’s integrated cloud-based video workflow service, provides a virtual backup to the VPN.

Lancaster operates LTV, a PEG channel on Spectrum Cable and AT&T that is also streamed by Granicus. LTV programming is played out on a Leightronix Nexus, which allows GovTV to cut into the channel remotely from San Diego with live meetings. The BPswitch mainframe, located in Lancaster, has dedicated inputs for five cameras connected via SDI, plus an electronic voting system, scan converter to display PC-based PowerPoint presentations, and a dedicated video calling system for Skype. The system operates in 1080i HD with SD downconversion for the cable feeds.

The new system also utilizes BPswitch’s integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics, along with BPfusion software for template-based CG creation, to display agenda items and lower-thirds. “We’re really surprised at the flexibility we have,” added Sagday. “Broadcast Pix is making it more cost effective and efficient for our clients.”

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With the Lancaster launch deemed a success, GovTV is now looking to aggressively grow its business with its BPswitch IP-based workflow model. “We take government entities out of the broadcast business and allow them to fully focus on the business of government,” said Anderson. “We have confidence this system is viable and we won’t have latency issues like we did in the past.”

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Remote Production Control Over IP Now Available with Commander UI for BPswitch Systems

The touchscreen control platform for BPswitch™ integrated production switchers now provides IP-based remote control of servers and robotic cameras, access to all workflow tools, and full-motion viewing of production elements through a standard internet connection. The company will demonstrate the new Commander capabilities at the 2019 NAB Show (Booth SL4210), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or other web browsers, the Commander platform allows BPswitch customers to switch live productions from any location using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Its streamlined user interface makes it easy to execute sophisticated productions or control PTZ cameras, and file-based macros allow scripted commands that produce complex combinations of on-screen elements with a single touch.

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“Many organizations have embraced touchscreens as the preferred method for switching live productions,” said Tony Mastantuono, product manager. “Commander has already helped change traditional video workflows in the control room. Now, it lets you move beyond your control room for IP-based remote control video production with your mobile device.”

Ideal for government, religious, corporate, and educational facilities, Commander allows live productions to be switched from a seat in the audience or a satellite facility across the country. The control-over-IP option offers low latency and is accessed through the BPNet™ IP ecosystem, which is powered through the ioGates cloud-based media management platform.

When connected to the internet outside of a LAN for remote access, a BPNet account routes control network traffic and live video through a secure “tunnel” to the remote browser. In a closed network environment using a LAN, Commander is accessed through a browser securely using passwords. Neither option requires a special router or firewall configuration.

With four models available, the BPswitch family of integrated production switchers offers up to 22 SDI inputs and 12 outputs, with up to eight internal channels for clips and graphics. All models include built-in NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics, dual-channel clip server, audio mixer, streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, recording, customizable multi-view, chromakey with virtual sets, and optional remote camera control.

Broadcast Pix Commander is a software-based option for all BPswitch systems and is available for $995. Another option, the BPcommand Toolkit, allows users to create and modify custom browser-based interfaces, so users can create an elaborate control screen for experienced TDs or a simple interface a novice can master in minutes. Broadcast Pix also offers a customization service.

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