News: City of Lakeville, Minnesota Streamlines Workflow with Broadcast Pix Slate 1000
(Billerica, Massachusetts--June 23, 2010) Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the City of Lakeville, Minn., is using the Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 integrated production system to produce live video telecasts of its City Council and Planning Commission meetings, as well as in-house presentations, town forums, and community-related interview shows.
The meetings are broadcast live and frequently repeated on the city’s government access cable channel through Charter Communications. Meetings and other programs are also available on demand on the city’s Web site, http://www.lakeville.mn.gov.
The installation in February 2010 followed two years of intensive planning, budgeting, and competitive bid reviews. Purchased through Alpha Video in Edina, Minn., the Slate 1000 resides in a control room adjacent to Council Chambers at City Hall in Lakeville. “When I first saw the Slate 1000 switcher two years ago at NAB, I knew it was perfect for our setup and budget,” said Tim Klausler, video production specialist for the city.
Both Klausler and fellow Lakeville video production specialist Jim Schiffman operate the Slate 1000. Because the system includes Fluent™ workflow software, which includes clip store, graphics, macros, and an Inscriber CG, either one can each produce programming by themselves.
“The Slate’s ability to allow a single operator to handle an entire production from start to end was extremely attractive to us,” added Klausler. “The Slate 1000 replaced an older Ross analog switcher, a Compix character generator, several analog CRT monitors, and a rack full of small LCD monitors. As a result, the Slate switcher greatly streamlined our production workflow very cost effectively, while saving us valuable control room space.”
Leveraging the built-in Fluent Multi-View, Klausler and Schiffman display their program, preview, and input sources on a single 30-inch Dell LCD monitor screen. “Since Jim and I share operation of the Slate, we appreciate how easy it is to setup the Slate system for the needs of different productions,” Klausler explained. “When we switch between memorized user and production settings, the system instantly recalls our individual preferences and instantly configures itself according to the way we want to work, such as the monitor layout and graphics templates.”
During City Council and Planning Commission meetings, the Slate 1000 accepts HD-SDI signals from four Panasonic AW-HE100 robotic HD cameras integrated with pan/tilt/zoom operation that are mounted on the ceiling, as well as signals from computers, projectors, and a WolfVision document camera at the podium. Using the Slate’s Fluent workflow tools, native files cut on either of two Apple Final Cut Pro editing systems can be fed directly into the Slate work environment for use during the production.
While meetings are produced in HD, they are currently broadcast on cable in SD. “When the time comes that we can air the meeting videos in high-def, we’ll be ready to take advantage of that opportunity,” Klausler said. “Since we depend on city revenues to fund our major video equipment purchases, we are very pleased with the ‘bang for the buck’ the Slate 1000 gives us, including HD.”
About Broadcast Pix
Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Granite native HD and Slate hybrid HD/SD/analog systems create compelling live video. They run unique Fluent file-based workflow software that streamlines production and improves functionality. With its integrated switcher, multi-view, CG, clip and graphic stores, and aspect and format conversion, Granite and Slate are a fraction of the cost of a legacy control room to buy, staff and operate. They are future-proof, as they can upgrade to 3Gbps 1080p. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, podcast, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in more than 70 countries. Learn more at http://www.broadcastpix.com.