Innovative Slate Switcher Line from Broadcast Pix Wins “Mario Award” from TV Technology Magazine

Broadcast
Pix, who redefined the switcher to include an entire control room inside, was
honored with the prestigious Mario Award given by TV Technology magazine during
the NAB2007 convention last week. Broadcast Pix won the Mario Award for its
Slate switcher line.

Organized
in 1993, the Mario Awards were established to recognize manufacturers whose
products represent significant technical breakthroughs many of these products
have gone on to significantly impact the future of video technology. The awards
are named after Mario Orazio, a pseudonym for a nameless engineer and a
renowned technology columnist for TV Technology who pens the industry’s most
widely read column “The Masked Engineer.” The awards are given out annually at
the NAB convention to companies that demonstrate forward thinking and technical
excellence in their products.

“Mario
scours the NAB show floor for the 10 most innovative products that represent
the pinnacle of technical achievement. We are proud to present these awards on
behalf of the ‘Masked Engineer,” said TV Technology Editor Tom Butts.

Broadcast
Pix announced Version 6.0 software for its line of Slate switchers at NAB this
year. While Version 5 provided a switcher, character generator, clip
stores and multi-view monitoring, Version 6 adds support of QuickTime, DV and
MPEG clips and a customizable multi-view for any size monitor, including huge
wall-mounted displays. Up to 20 moving monitors can be sized and arranged, and
clocks, countdowns and content libraries can be added for unprecedented
feedback. Version 6 also adds optional audio mixer control with
MIDI, virtual set capabilities, secondary outputs with
keys, and connection of the on air CG to a database.

At NAB,
Broadcast Pix also unveiled Auto Aspect ratio management and HD inputs and
outputs to the Slate line. AutoAspect software uniquely enables 16:9 and 4:3
inputs, clips and graphics to be used interchangeably and mixed together in the
same live production, while maintaining the native aspect ratio of each element
rather than stretching them. The new HD-SD I/O board will enable all new
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