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04.06.2009
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Broadcast Pix releases Fluent workflow software for Slate

Broadcast Pix has released Fluent workflow software for its Slate integrated live video production systems. The new workflow software is designed to exploit the system’s video and file integration to improve functionality and performance. New standard Slate features are Fluent Watch-Folders that streamline import of clip and graphic files, as well as Fluent Macros that play out combinations of switcher effects and files. New Fluent options include a 2 M/E Soft Panel, Shared Router software and connecting Microsoft Access databases to on-air graphics with CG Connect.

Fluent Watch-Folders software enables digital assets to gracefully flow into Slate; Slate systems can take file inputs as well from its built-in clip and graphic stores. Now, with Watch-Folders, content can be sent over a TCP/IP network from edit stations and graphic systems to these stores for immediate access, even during the middle of a production. Watch-Folders can direct content to specific stores in specific shows. Data flows in without taking time to do file conversion, as Slate handles many HD and SD native formats. With more than 1TB of storage capacity, Slate accepts large clip files.

Fluent Macros can recall specific clip, animation and graphic files, as well as camera positions, which enables the creation and instant playout of complex combinations for compelling productions. Macros can be recorded in sequence by pressing the desired buttons and then edited using the new on-screen Macro editor to adjust timing and file selection.



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