University of Oregon switches to new Broadcast Pix Slate switcher

The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications has replaced its analog switcher (dating back to 1980s) with a new Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 switcher at the school’s Chambers Electronic Media Center. The Slate 1000, which can mix up to eight digital and analog live video inputs with five graphic sources and two clip channels, enables productions to be run by a team of students.

Systems integrator Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) worked with Broadcast Pix and the university to set up the Slate 1000 in the television studio. Students enrolled in the electronic media program attend production classes and produce a daily five-minute newscast as well as a weekly live half-hour news program called, “Oregon News.” The live newscast airs locally on area cable systems.

Kevin May, audiovisual technician at the school, said the Slate 1000 switcher provides them with an easy software upgrade path to HD.

The Slate 1000 is a live video production system that features a multifunction control panel. The system uses a switcher on a card (patent pending), and plugs into an included workstation, which adds multiview monitoring, clip store, still store and Inscriber CG. The computer display provides full motion monitoring of program, preview and all cameras.

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