Broadcast Pix To Launch ‘Roadie’ Mobile Production System at NABShow2015
“Roadie is the portable production solution that video professionals have been waiting for,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “It’s more than just a bare bones switcher offered by our competitors. Roadie is packed with all the tools you expect from a Broadcast Pix switcher – and it’s all integrated to simplify production workflows. It’s a great standalone solution and a perfect companion to operations that already use Broadcast Pix in their control rooms.”
Ruggedized for location work, Roadie weighs about 20 pounds and features a durable aluminum alloy chassis. A built-in handle allows for easy transport. Roadie’s integrated 17.3-inch HD display is a resistive touchscreen with a scratch resistant top coat, and is protected during transport by a removable cover. The system also includes a keyboard and mouse, but can also be controlled through the built-in virtual panel (just add a second touchscreen), optional Broadcast Pix 500 or 1000 control panel, or an iPad using the iPixPanel app.
Roadie’s multi-format 1 M/E production switcherfeatures 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 can input embedded audio and mix it with clip audio.
Cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter, and other resources can be included in live productions. All sources are automatically ingested and scaled while maintaining lip sync. Roadie also includes built-in Wi-Fi as well as two network inputs to accommodate a hotspot for connecting to cloud-based services or connecting an iPad for system control. Plus, with the new Show Transfer utility, operators can back up and move all elements of a program between Roadie and a Broadcast Pix Flint™, Granite™, or Mica™ system installed in a separate control room.
Fortified with Fluent Control, a patented combination of automation technology and performance tools, Roadie is designed to meet the growing demands of live production. Internal features include an eight-channel audio mixer, file-based macros, dual clip players, CG, multiple DVEs and keyers, ClearKey chromakey, customizable virtual sets, Fluent-View customizable multi-view, and camera and device controls.
Roadie will be available in April, with pricing starting at $12,495. Optional accessories include a soft carrying case with shoulder strap and custom hard rolling case.