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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Broadcast Pix Commander touchscreen control platform

“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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Broadcast Pix Commander Now Offers Full-Motion, Browser-Based Switching for BPswitch Systems

“Video production workflows are changing. The traditional control panel is still in use, but many organizations prefer a touchscreen approach,” explained Tony Mastantuono, product manager. “Commander has already revolutionized how people switch live shows. Now, your touchscreen isn’t limited to your control room – full-motion, cloud-based remote control video production has arrived.”

The Commander platform allows BPswitch customers to switch live productions from any location using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Ideal for corporate, government, religious, and educational facilities, Commander allows live productions to be switched from a seat in the audience, an office across town, or even 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.

With its streamlined user interface, Commander makes it easy to execute sophisticated productions. An integrated PTZ camera control overlay, for example, is well suited for touch interfaces. Plus, file-based macros allow users to create scripted commands that produce complex combinations of on-screen elements, including motion graphics and DVE compositions with multiple sources.

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The BPcommand Toolkit option allows users to create and modify custom interfaces for browser-based production, so users can create an elaborate interface for experienced TDs or a simple interface a novice can master in minutes. Broadcast Pix also offers a customization service.

In a closed network environment using a LAN, Commander is accessed through a browser securely using passwords. When connected to the internet outside of a LAN for remote access, no special router or firewall configuration is needed. Instead, a BPNet account routes control network traffic and live video through a secure “tunnel” to the remote browser.

Broadcast Pix also announced enhancements to its SoftPanel for BPswitch for local or remote use. With the same secure, browser-based access as Commander, the SoftPanel looks like a virtual 1000, 2000, or 5000 control panel.

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. Other features include built-in NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics, dual-channel clip server, audio mixer, streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, recording, file-based macros, customizable multi-view, chromakey with virtual sets, and optional remote camera control. The updated Commander option will be available by the end of the year and priced at $800.

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New Portable Switcher, ioGates Desktop App Among Broadcast Pix Highlights at IBC2018

“IBC is always an exciting show for Broadcast Pix. This year, we’re making it easier to create high-end productions on location with BPswitch RX,” said Tony Mastantuono, product manager. “We’re also introducing the ability to use our Commander control software through a web browser, adding more functionality to our BPswitch and legacy systems through software upgrades, and showcasing our new ioGates Desktop App.”

Ideal for sports, concerts, and corporate events, BPswitch RX is ready for the road. Built on a Windows 10 64-bit OS and housed in a durable aluminum alloy chassis, the self-contained system includes four multi-definition video inputs, plus two IP inputs that support RTSP and NDI protocol. Built-in production tools include an audio mixer, three keyers with DVEs, program recording and live streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, clip and graphic stores, and NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG.

BPswitch RX users can customize the BPview™ multi-view on the 17-inch integrated touchscreen display, or use the optional Broadcast Pix Commander™ customizable touchscreen interface for simplified control. The system also offers secure, browser-based control, including full-motion video and access to all sources and workflow tools, through Broadcast Pix’s BPNet™ IP ecosystem, which is powered through the ioGates cloud-based media management platform.

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Broadcast Pix Introduces BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher

A self-contained unit complete with touchscreen display and integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, BPswitch RX provides multi-camera production and high-end motion graphics for live production on location.

Ideal for sports, concerts, and event coverage, BPswitch RX features four multi-definition video inputs, plus two IP inputs that support RTSP and NDI protocol. It also includes eight channels of clips and graphics, built-in audio mixer, three keyers with DVEs, and seven outputs. The integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG includes hundreds of title styles and templates, so it is easy to create and update lower-thirds, bugs, animations, rolls, crawls, and looping effects like a glint or shine.

BPswitch RX offers the full complement of Broadcast Pix workflow tools, including built-in program recording, clip and graphic stores, file-based macros, ClearKey™ chromakey and Virtual Studios virtual sets, and customizable multi-view. The system is housed in a durable aluminum alloy chassis with built-in handle for easy transport.

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“These days, ‘good enough’ isn’t good enough when you’re on location. Viewers expect high-end productions, whether you’re in a studio or a stadium,” said Tony Mastantuono, product manager. “BPswitch RX provides an all-in-one video production solution in a rugged, compact package designed for mobile productions.”

Although BPswitch RX can be operated with the included keyboard and mouse, users can connect a traditional Broadcast Pix control panel or use the optional Broadcast Pix Commander™ customizable touchscreen interface. With its simplified controls, Commander helps non-technical personnel easily switch live productions, add titles, insert clips, and control robotic cameras. The recently updated iPixPanel and iPixPad provide other control options, allowing a second operator to complete specific production tasks through an iPad or iPhone.

Like other models, BPswitch RX provides full-motion video and complete access to all sources and workflow tools through a browser-based interface that can be accessed by tablet, phones, and laptops. The company’s BPNet™ IP ecosystem, powered through the ioGates cloud-based media management platform, delivers BPswitch’s control-over-IP capabilities with low latency, as well as extended encryption and two-factor authentication for secure performance.

BPswitch RX supports optional robotic camera control as well as BPfusion, Broadcast Pix’s optional software for streamlined data-intensive CG graphics for sports, election, and news coverage. Broadcast Pix also offers soft and hard carrying cases for additional protection for air travel or other transport. Priced at $14,995, BPswitch RX will be available at the end of September.

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ioGates Adds Support for EditShare QScan Automated Quality Control

Announced in March, QScan offers file-based video and audio AQC that simplifies compliance and delivery requirements.

With its single-pass analysis technology, which shows errors almost instantly without the need for retesting when users change test parameters, QScan ROI can be measured in days not weeks.

“EditShare QScan is already supporting deliverable formats to broadcasters including PBS and the UK DPP,” explained Luis Rodriguez, director of QScan business development for EditShare. “We are extremely grateful that ioGates has integrated QScan, because it makes it easier than ever for their clients to deliver high-quality content.”

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Support for the new EditShare QScan AQC product line has been integrated into the ioGates cloud-based media management service.

AQC software allows TV stations and post-production facilities to review incoming and outgoing files for loudness, macroblocking, dropouts, freeze frames, and other potential errors.

“Our integration with QScan makes it easy to verify media files and produce detailed reports within the streamlined ioGates workflow,” explained Jesper Andersen, COO of ioGates.

Trusted by post-production facilities, movie studios, and broadcasters, the ioGates cloud-based media management service provides a secure platform for uploading, sharing, collaborating, distributing, and archiving media content.

Its browser-based workflow system eliminates complex formatting and FTP issues that impede content sharing and productivity. ioGates also powers the BPNet™ production ecosystem that provides the control-over-IP capabilities of BPswitch™ integrated production switchers. All Broadcast Pix switchers include an ioGates account.

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Broadcast Pix introduces ioGates desktop App to simplify large content distribution

ioGates, a Broadcast Pix™ company, today announced the new ioGates Desktop App, a free option that makes it easy for clients across the globe to view and distribute large content files through its secure cloud-based video management service.

Broadcast Pix (Booth SL8320) will demonstrate the ioGates Desktop App at the 2018 NAB Show, which runs April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems, the ioGates Desktop App is installed on each destination that will receive content, such as a server, laptop, or NLE system.

With the ioGates Desktop App, clients can view and browse files, as well as upload files, within specific folders of an ioGates cloud account. The app can also be set to automatically download all content, including the folder structure, or only selected codecs or file formats.

For example, a digital intermedia engineer needs to transfer the dailies/rushes to NLE stations, plus the same files need to be shared with the film crew. While ioGates has been used to share the dailies/rushes with film crews for years, the ioGates Desktop App allows the files to be delivered directly to the NLE stations.

 

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The new ioGates Desktop App makes it easy to customize content delivery to specific devices for clients across the globe through its secure cloud-based video management service.

The DI engineer can upload the original files to an ioGates cloud account, start a predefined workflow where the files are transcoded to the NLE format, and apply the LUT, too. Files in the NLE format are then downloaded by the ioGates Desktop App on the NLE stations, added to the NLE source folders, and are ready for editing.

“The ioGates Desktop App makes our workflow even more user friendly,” explained Jesper Andersen, COO of ioGates. “Our service already handles all content conversion automatically in the cloud. With our innovative and flexible share links, you can automatically distribute content and easily customize how each client receives that content on their workstations, so they never struggle with footage they can’t view.”

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