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Broadcast Pix Introduces 'Roadie'
Mobile Production System
Roadie is the new multi-format 1 M/E production switcher that
is tough, compact, and ready for the road...

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t is time to take your show on the
road. Broadcast Pix is introducing
Roadie, a mobile integrated production
switcher at the 2015 NAB Show in April
in Las Vegas, NV. With built-in HD
streaming and recording, as well as
Broadcast Pix's patented Fluent Control
toolset, Roadie delivers a complete
end-to-end
production
workflow
that simplifies and streamlines live
production on location for a single
operator, or small staff.
Broadcast Pix systems have been
used in the field for years. Many
are installed in mobile production
units and flypacks, anchoring live
coverage of sports and other events
for
broadcasters,
government
access channels, and schools.
Roadie continues the tradition of live
production on location, but it is the
first system built by Broadcast Pix that
is specifically tailored for mobility.

a resistive touchscreen with a scratch
resistant top coat, and is protected
during transport by a removable cover.
The system includes a keyboard and
mouse, but can also be controlled
through an optional Broadcast Pix 500
or 1000 control panel, built-in virtual
panel (just add a second touchscreen),
or an iPad, using the iPixPanel app.
Roadie's multi-format 1 M/E
production switcher features three
SDI/HDMI inputs and one SDI/HDMI/
analog input, eight internal channels
(two clip and six graphics), one SDI/
HDMI/analog out, and four balanced
(1/4 inch TRS), and two AES (BNC)
audio I/O. Roadie supports embedded
audio and can mix it with clip audio.
Designed to meet the growing
demands of live production, Roadie
can include cloud-based content from
Skype, Twitter, and other resources.
The system automatically ingests and
scales all sources,
while
maintaining
lip
sync.
Roadie
also includes builtin Wi-Fi as well as
two network inputs,
to
accommodate
a
hotspot
for
connecting to cloudbased services, or
connecting an iPad for
system control.
Despite its compact
footprint, Roadie is
equipped with Fluent
Broadcast Pix Roadie is the new, multi-camera
1 M/E switcher that includes integrated touchscreen,
Control,
Broadcast
and built-in HD streaming
Pix's
patented
"Roadie is the portable production combination of automation technology
solution that video professionals have and performance tools. Internal
been waiting for," said Steve Ellis, CEO features include an eight-channel
of Broadcast Pix. "It's more than just audio mixer, Fluent Macros file-based
a bare bones switcher offered by our macros, dual clip players, CG, multiple
competitors. Roadie is packed with all DVEs and keyers, ClearKey chromakey,
the tools you expect from a Broadcast customisable virtual sets, Fluent-View
Pix switcher - and it's all integrated customisable multi-view, and camera
to simplify production workflows. It's and device controls. Plus, with the new
a great standalone solution, and a Show Copy utility, operators can back
perfect companion to operations that up and move all elements of a program
already use Broadcast Pix in their between Roadie and a Broadcast Pix
control rooms."
Flint, Granite, or Mica system installed
Ruggedised for location work with in a separate control room.
a durable aluminum chassis, Roadie
"When you're talking about mobile
weighs about 20 pounds, and features production, portability is a major
a built-in handle for easy transport. consideration. Not every production
Its integrated 17.3 inch HD display is department has the luxury of an

expando truck or even a dedicated
production van," added Ellis. "When
we developed Roadie, our primary
goal was to create a system that was
easy to transport and could take the
abuse of location work. But it also had
to provide the Broadcast Pix patented
Fluent Control workflow without
compromise. Roadie delivers - it's
tough, compact, and has all the tools
to create great multi-camera live
productions."
Broadcast Pix offers optional
accessories for Roadie, including a
soft carrying case with shoulder strap
and custom hard rolling case. There
are also a number of software options
available, including remote control
for up to nine robotic cameras, and
the new PixPlay slow motion control
system.
Camera control is a very popular
feature. Ideal for any live production
environment with limited crew, it
allows operators to seamlessly control
camera positions, angles, zoom, and
lenses, directly through the Fluent
Control workflow. Cameras can be
adjusted with variable acceleration
to create the perfect live shot, and
Fluent Macros can further simplify and
automate camera moves. Plus, using
Roadie's Fluent-View, thumbnails of
each camera preset position allow
quick and error free camera selections.
PixPlay is an ideal option for a
Roadie system that will be used for
live sports production, because it
allows any Broadcast Pix integrated

Steve Ellis, CEO, Broadcast Pix

production switcher to provide slow
motion control to a Blackmagic Design
HyperDeck or AJA Video Systems Ki
Pro disk recorder. Originally developed
as a cost effective solution so game
officials could review footage for high
school and college sports, PixPlay can
also be used during production for
almost any sports application.
An operator can replay footage
manually using controls on the front
panel of the HyperDeck Studio or
Ki Pro. With PixPlay, however, VTR
control is ported to the production
switcher along with six preset replay
speeds. Users can also "scrub" or
single step through a scene for better
control and functionality. PixPlay also
includes an unlimited number of "in"
points as part of a playback EDL, which
instantly cues the proper scenes. All
scoring plays during a football match,
for example, can be selected and cued
for instant playback at one of PixPlay's
preset replay speeds.
Roadie will be available from April
this year. For further information, visit
www.broadcastpix.com

Roadie is the new,
mobile integrated production switcher
from Broadcast Pix, see it at NAB Show 2015


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