Former ECHOLab Founder Launches New Company

Former ECHOLab founder Ted Whittaker has founded Broadcast Pix, a Burlington, Mass-based startup that is launching its first product--Broadcast Pix Studio--at NAB.

Broadcast Pix Studio features a unique tactile control system that, for the first time, enables one person to control an entire fast-paced studio, complete with on-the-fly switching, titles, logos, special effects and picture-in-picture. It has a control panel, 10-bit DV non-stop operation, and scales to a network of operators in the studio and even remotely. The company claims that the system saves up to 80 percent of the purchase cost a of a comparable control room. All popular formats are supported to work with existing studio equipment.

Whittaker founded ECHOlab, a Tewksbury, Mass.-based video switcher company in 1971. Several ECHOLab veterans have joined Whittaker in his new venture, including Sales VP Russell Whittaker, Software Engineering VP Jack Swanton and Chairman of the Board Ken Swanton, former ECHOlab president. The company has a dealer network in over 25 countries.

Broadcast Pix Studio, which will be demonstrated in Booth SU6023 at NAB, will be ready to ship by this summer.