News | August 1, 2017

TAB 2017: Broadcast Pix Makes Remote Unmanned Studios Affordable With New BPswitch Control-Over-IP Functionality

Broadcast Pix will demonstrate its new BPswitch family of integrated production switchers in Austin Aug. 9-10 at TAB 2017 (Booth 112), the annual convention and trade show of the Texas Association of Broadcasters. With a browser-based interface that can be accessed by tablet, phones, and laptops, the new switchers provide full control-over-IP functionality for live productions as well as affordable remote unmanned studios.

For broadcasters, remote unmanned studios are a growing market because of staffing and location flexibility. Other solutions are cost prohibitive because they require leasing expensive network lines for each remote camera. In contrast, BPswitch enables the switcher to be located on site but controlled remotely using a typical internet connection. BPswitch can also control IP-based PTZ cameras, including models from Sony and Panasonic, through the same connection.

Using the company’s BPnet IP ecosystem, BPswitch delivers full-motion video and complete access to all sources and workflow tools with ultra-low latency. Broadcasters can control a live production using a traditional control panel from a control room, or use the Broadcast Pix Commander™ user interface within a browser to switch from across the country or even from home. Extended encryption and two-factor authentication provide secure performance.

The 4K upgradeable BPswitch FX, MX, and GX models provide up to 22 SDI inputs and 12 outputs, as well as integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs. The built-in NewBlueNTX high-end CG, powered by NewBlueFX, produces 3D text and graphics, and includes hundreds of title styles and templates for easy creation of lower-thirds, bugs, animations, and complex effects. Like previous Broadcast Pix switchers, BPswitch includes up to eight internal channels for clips and graphics, file-based macros, ClearKey chromakey, Virtual Studios, and customizable BPview multi-view, which can also be used in a browser for easy control of local or remote BPswitch systems over IP.

“When we introduced BPswitch at NAB earlier this year, broadcasters immediately saw its potential for remote unmanned studios beyond more traditional control room-based productions,” said Steve Ellis, COO. “For TAB members, BPswitch offers incredible flexibility and value, and the integrated NewBlueNTX CG lets you easily create graphics that are as dynamic as anything you see on the national networks.”

BPswitch pricing starts at $10,995 and models will ship in September. With Broadcast Pix’s current “BPswitch Quick Start” promotion, buyers of new Granite and Mica switchers (with a panel) pay the BPswitch price increase and receive a free Commander interface and customization toolkit, free quad monitor multi-view option on select models, and a no-charge upgrade to BPswitch. Current Broadcast Pix switchers can also upgrade to BPswitch.

SOURCE: Broadcast Pix