03.03.2010 02:00 PM
App Gives iPad Control of Broadcast Pix Switchers
BILLERICA, MASS.: It was just a matter of time before tech
directors could peck away at their Apple devices to control the video switcher.
Broadcast Pix, maker of the industry’s “control room in a box,” has introduced
the iPix Panel, an app for the Apple iPad that controls the company’s flagship
Slate system. The iPixelPanel will be available for download from Apple’s App
Store for $195 in April. The iPads are on deck to ship later this month.
Until then, Broadcast Pix suggests downloading a free demo from the App store
and playing with it on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Broadcast Pix provided the following testimonial for the app from Bob Bolling,
a video producer in Stanton, Calif.: “At a recent fan event for a 3D movie that
was broadcast live to millions worldwide on the Internet, I gave my iPod touch
to one of the production directors and they used the iPixPad to pull up the
next lower-third graphics for the show. This was a big help since I had my
hands full switching two shows on the Slate system. She was on the other side
of the truck, so the iPod was the only way to make it work effectively. This
weekend, I’m doing a very large red carpet event, and I’m using three iPods
with my Slate system.”
Broadcast Pix says the app will be able to control “every aspect of a video
production, including switching cameras, controlling robotics, addition of
graphics, clips and special effects. It works on the entry-level Slate 100,
priced at just under $11,000.