Broadcast Pix™ will showcase Version 1.1 of its new Flint™ integrated production system at the Texas Association of Broadcasters 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show, which runs Aug. 7-8, 2013, in Austin. With built-in HD streaming, Flint integrates the entire HD production workflow, from ingest to distribution, and is anchored by the company’s established production toolset for creating sophisticated live video. Plus, Flint allows operators to include cloud-based content, in addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, during live productions.
Launched earlier this year at the 2013 NAB Show and already in use by customers worldwide, Flint is designed for today’s broadcast production environment, which needs to accommodate multiple camera formats, file-based studio content, and cloud-based content from resources including Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining lip sync, and provides up to seven simultaneous outputs to deliver streaming with Adobe Flash at HD resolution, as well as video content for broadcast and recording in various formats.
“I think TAB attendees will agree that Flint is an outstanding solution for broadcasters on a budget,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “It includes a complete suite of production tools, which minimizes control room personnel requirements, plus it offers built-in streaming for easy distribution on the Web.”
Flint’s multi-format production switcher supports up to six HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog cameras, plus eight channels of clips and graphics. It includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Harris Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD, and QuickTime animations.
Files from a local network or from cloud-based sources can be easily added to a program, even during a live production, with Fluent Watch-Folders. With enhanced Fluent Rapid CG, Flint can flow Twitter and RSS feeds directly to air or pre-screen them. Graphics can also be updated from local and cloud-based databases to automate multiple graphics in two channels. And graphics can be automatically updated from Daktronics and OES scoreboards.
Flint also includes the entire Broadcast Pix production control environment, so a single operator or small staff can create compelling live video. Features include patented device control for rapid access to any file; Fluent-View, a comprehensive and fully customizable multi-view; Fluent Macros, which easily executes any combination of video, files, and device moves for complex effects with the push of a button; customizable virtual sets; and control of robotic cameras, video servers, audio mixers, recorders, and other external studio devices.
Priced from $8,995, Flint offers a variety of control choices, including the optional 1000 panel with patented PixButtons that dynamically change to show the device icon and file name on the button, and the 2000 panel, a large broadcast-grade panel with expanded device control bank and dedicated Fluent Macros controls. Each system supports two monitors and can also be controlled via touch screen, iPad, tablet, or keyboard and mouse.