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Broadcast Pix Unveils Granite Native HD, 1080p-Ready Live Video Production System (25/3/2010)
'No Compromise' Solution Combines Fluent Workflow Software and Cost-Effectiveness with New HD 1080p-ready Hardware
Broadcast PixT will introduce GraniteT, a native HD, 1080p-ready live video production system, at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth N4506). The new flagship product line for Broadcast Pix, Granite combines the company's innovative FluentT workflow software with a new HD switcher and HD server, enabling users to create compelling live HD video at a price point unmatched in the industry today.
The Granite Switcher provides simultaneous multi-definition SDI I/O for 1080i, 720p, and SD sources - and is upgradable to 1080p, a higher quality emerging HD standard already found in monitors, routers, computers, and video cameras. The companion Granite Server completes the video production system by running Fluent workflow software, which provides up to 120 hours of clip store, a graphics system with a new Harris CG, a multi-view that displays video and file sources, watch-folders that streamline file import from editing systems, and macros for file-based effects.
"Our new Granite product line represents a true milestone in live video production," said Ken Swanton, President, Broadcast Pix. "For the fraction of the cost of purchasing and staffing a legacy control room, Granite provides all the elements of a control room in a much less cumbersome native HD system, with the best file-based live workflow tools in the industry. You no longer have to compromise your budget to create highly engaging live HD video."
Available in three models -- the 1 M/E Granite 100 and 1000 and the 2 M/E Granite 5000 - the new product line provides an easy upgrade path between models. Customers can also upgrade to Granite from current Broadcast Pix SlateT hybrid HD/SD/analog systems, which use the same control panels and Fluent workflow software.
Housed in a 3 RU frame, the Granite Switcher offers 11 HD/SD-SDI video inputs (expandable to 22), plus the equivalent of 14 more inputs from the server via its PCI Express connection, including a clip channel (with key), two animation channels (with key), and four graphic channels (with key). Each SDI input automatically detects and sets its format to 1080i, 720p or SD (plus 1080p in the future). Inputs can handle 16:9 and 4:3 content without stretching images, as well as synchronous and asynchronous sources.
The switcher also offers eight outputs, six HD/SD-SDI (expandable to 12) and two DVI. It has up to six keyers with DVE picture-in-picture, and it excels in live event production, as it has very low overall constant system delay of just 33ms, including format and aspect conversion, PiP and graphics.
The separate 2 RU Granite Server features an Intel Quad processor and can have up to 2 TB of storage in a high reliable RAID 10 array. In addition to all the Fluent workflow software, it includes a new Harris Inscriber GS CG, which features intuitive creation of broadcast quality graphics and support for a wide variety of international languages including Asian characters. Plus, a new Fluent Rapid CG option streamlines CG creation and can link to a database.
The server also offers optional software to control other studio devices, including audio mixers, robotic camera control systems from Panasonic, Sony, Telemetrics, and Hitachi, streaming appliances from ViewCast, and video servers from Harris, 360 Systems, and Omneon. The new CG and Omneon support will also be available on Slate systems.
The Granite 1000 and Granite 100 share the same feature set, but the Granite 1000 includes a physical control panel with push buttons that dynamically change to display the file name of the content. The entry-level Granite 100 is controlled from a Web browser-based SoftPanel, its multi-view, or the new Broadcast Pix iPixPanelT application for Apple iPad. The Granite 5000 has a larger 2 M/E control panel, and brings the power of 2 M/E productions, such as dual screen shows, to new applications with its unprecedented price point and streamlined workflow. New optional remote panels are also available.
All three Granite models will be shown at NAB, and deliveries are expected to begin within a month of the show, except for the built-in clip store, which will be a free software upgrade in the summer. Granite system prices start at $20,900, which is a fraction of the cost of a legacy control room with separate switcher, multi-view, video server, and graphics system.
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