Billerica, Massachusetts – May 22, 2013 – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Version 2.0 of its popular iPixPanel app for Apple iPad, which can control any Broadcast Pix integrated production system to provide an intuitive wireless control surface for the operator. V2 adds a three-axis virtual joystick, rotary knobs, additional mnemonics, and enhanced connectivity. Priced at $9.99, it is a free upgrade for V1 customers and is available now from the Apple Store.
“Our first generation iPad control surface was ahead of its time,” said Broadcast Pix CEO Steve Ellis. “By combining the iPad app with a touch screen, you have what I would describe as next generation workflow. Version 2 takes the art of live studio production one step further. The iPad is a dramatic and cost effective way to enhance your end-to-end production needs.”
iPixPanel controls all aspects of a Broadcast Pix system to create professional live video. It switches cameras and adds key layers, while its patented device control bank can control the system’s clip server, CG, and more. It also features patented PixButtons that dynamically change to show the device and file name on the button for selecting with confidence during live productions. PixButton mnemonics have been enhanced in V2 to show the exact names of Fluent Macros effects on the buttons, not just numbers, which aids recall of powerful effects.
Robotic camera control has been enhanced as well, with a virtual joystick that can position and zoom a camera, plus knobs to adjust focus, iris, white balance, and other settings. The joystick and knobs can also customize PiP boxes to position, size, crop, or add borders. Plus, the knobs can quickly scrub through a clip in the system’s clip players, or change fade rates for switching video or adding key layers.
V2 also enhances connectivity. It ensures that the iPad maintains its wireless connection to control the Broadcast Pix system, even in the most crowded Wi-Fi environments, and it rapidly and automatically reconnects if a connection is lost. When the app connects, it automatically detects the Broadcast Pix system and configures itself accordingly, as models vary in number of key layers, internal clip channels, video outputs, and other resources.
iPixPanel can be the sole control surface for a system, or it can be a handy portable panel. For example, an operator can sit in an auditorium and use it during a tech rehearsal to preview exactly what the audience will see on screen during a presentation. It also excels in multi-operator productions, providing graphics or clip support during especially fast paced productions. For multi-screen productions (or when producing separate productions for television and streaming audiences), iPixPanel can be used to control one screen, while a conventional panel or second iPixPanel can be used for the other.
Any Broadcast Pix Granite™, Mica™, Slate™, or Flint™ live production system can be controlled through iPixPanel, which is compatible with all generations of iPads. Broadcast Pix also offers iPixPad, a free iPhone app, as well as control surface solutions for Androids and Windows tablets.
About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its systems combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.