Broadcast Pix introduces portable production switcher

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Broadcast Pix will introduce BPswitch RX, a portable model in its popular line of integrated production switchers, at IBC2018. 

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 customisable multi-view. The system is housed in a durable aluminium alloy chassis with built-in handle for easy transport.

“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 customisable touchscreen interface. With its simplified controls, Commander helps non-technical personnel easily switch live productions, add titles, insert clips, and control robotic cameras. The iPixPanel and iPixPad apps provide other control options, allowing a second operator to use 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. 

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