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Broadcast Pix's Slate 5000 live production switcher

Broadcast Pix has expanded its Slate line with a new 2 M/E version. With the Slate 5000, a single operator can run all aspects of a sophisticated 2 M/E live HDTV production, including complex graphics, animation, clips and effects. It also allows the operator to control robotic cameras, audio mixers and video switchers.

The switcher, which can accommodate up to 32 video inputs, has six keyers, six DVEs, animated transitions with audio, a multiview monitor, dual channel clip store for as many as 60 hours of QuickTime and MPEG-2 clips, Harris Inscriber CG, and five channels of graphics. The panel has two banks of device controls, each of which can be assigned to a switcher function, clip or graphics store, or to control other devices in the studio.

The Slate 5000 can be ordered in various configurations, such as HD/SD, SD-only, analog, or mixed format. The HD versions can simultaneously process 1080i, 720p, SD-SDI, HD analog component, analog composite, Y/C, component, DVI and VGA inputs, with both synchronous and asynchronous signals, in both NTSC and PAL, and in both 16:9 and 4:3 formats. The Slate HD models can output both 16:9 and 4:3 formats simultaneously.

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Update: Broadcast Pix won a Pick Hit award!