Studiodaily by Bryant Frazer
Inexpensive Switcher Incorporates Cloud Content, Integrates Advanced Control Features for Streaming and Broadcast
Broadcast Pix is going after the low end of the live production market with Flint, a live video production system that incorporates HD streaming, file-based input, and access to cloud-based content. The Flint supports up to six cameras (HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog) and eight channels of clips and graphics.
What sets the Flint switcher apart from its competition — and if you guessed the Flint was aimed at TriCaster users, you'd be correct — is its ability to integrate camera sources with files and cloud-based content sources like Twitter, Skype, and Dropbox on ingest, as well as to offer lip-sync'd output as a stream or video format, or to make a real-time recording.
"We wanted to have a production system that could take all these different types of content, create a live production of high quality, and then shove it out to all these different delivery vehicles — streaming, television, or whatever you want," Broadcast Pix VP of Marketing Ken Swanton told StudioDaily.
The mantra for the Flint system is "End-to-End Integration," referring to the system's flexibility on both ingest and delivery. It can bring in video from up to six cameras, mixing HD- and SD-SDI, HDMI and analog video in 1080i, 720p, and SD resolutions. Video can also be brought in from a PC or Mac using HDMI. Data from such sources as Twitter and RSS feeds can be used to automatically update on-screen graphics, with a pre-screening option keeping unwanted content from going out live. Local files, such as animations and graphics, can be pushed into the system during a live broadcast using watch folders. And files dropped into cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive can be pushed into shows the same way. read more...