12.04.2009 07:30 AM
Boca Raton Uses Broadcast Pix for City Council Coverage
The City of Boca Raton, Fla., is using a Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 integrated production system to produce coverage of city council meetings as well as events in the community.
“We wanted a system that one person could run and have a polished looking product,” said Mark Witzen, video producer and multimedia specialist. “We also had a very small budget, so we had to find the best bang for our buck.”
Between the City Council and various committees, BocaTV usually provides coverage of at least nine meetings per month. Housed in a portable cart built by Bigfoot Mobile Carts in Vacaville, Calif., the Broadcast Pix system can also be transported from its usual space in City Hall to locations around the city for live events. For example, Witzen said the Slate 1000 will be used for coverage of the 38th annual Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade this month.
The Slate is being used in conjunction with four Panasonic AW-HE100 HD/SD PTZ cameras during meetings. John Wallace, video producer and multimedia specialist, said the new setup has improved the quality of their broadcasts, and he is particularly pleased with the Slate’s built-in Inscriber CG.
Currently, the city produces and broadcasts its meetings in SD, but Witzen said the Slate’s easy HD upgrade path could be a big help in the future. Witzen appreciates the built-in multiview as well, and plans to use even more of the Slate’s built-in functionality, including its clip store, in future broadcasts.