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Broadcast Pix Delivers Professional TV Production for Baptist Temple of Kansas City

Dec 7, 2006 2:43 PM

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Here, the volunteer crew is pictured in the Temple's control room producing a weekly Sunday morning program seen on KSMO-TV in Kansas City, Mo. Left to right: Angi Rigot, technical director (seated at the Broadcast Pix 2000); Tim Ferguson, director; and Alejandro Ramirez, video control operator.

Broadcast Pix has announced that Baptist Temple of Kansas City has installed a Broadcast Pix 2000 switcher to streamline its video production workflow and improve the image quality for its broadcast television projects. Broadcast Pix is the only production switcher on the market with a built-in Inscriber character generator, four-hour clip store, and monitoring. It replaces the Baptist Temple’s 15-year old production switcher and offers far more production flexibility in a single, integrated production system at a fraction of the cost.

Baptist Temple of Kansas City, with more than 30 of years of local broadcast TV experience, produces a weekly Sunday morning program on local MyNetworkTV affiliate KSMO-TV (terrestrial Channel 62), which is also seen on regional cable outlets. The facility also produces Spanish-language programming for a local cable access channel and Christian Television Network International (CTNI), which uplinks the program via satellite from Florida. The facility also expects to use Broadcast Pix for digital and HDTV productions in the future, and is currently investigating webcasting opportunities.

Tom Talbert, executive producer and director of video productions, Baptist Temple of Kansas City, says that the Broadcast Pix design far outpaced the competition in cost, learning curve, and footprint, while also offering more production elements than the facility has typically used in past productions.

"We attended NAB 2006 with the sole intention of purchasing a switcher. According to Talbert, “Frankly, the Broadcast Pix digital switcher blew the competition away by far. We saved at least $10,000-$15,000 on the switcher alone, and that is not counting the numerous traditional production elements that the system includes for free. Another major appeal was the learning curve. Our goal was to find a system that was both in our budget and easy to learn for ourselves and our volunteers. Broadcast Pix allowed us to achieve these goals while also preparing us for an HD future."

Baptist Temple of Kansas City currently uses four JVC GY-DV550 analog cameras, and will soon connect a fifth camera. Ron Parker, director of media technical services for Baptist Temple Kansas City, selected Broadcast Pix because it is ideal for an anticipated technical expansion.

"When we started researching switchers we weren't necessarily looking to incorporate graphics and still stores," Parker says. "We historically have not incorporated many graphical elements in our productions, and when we did, it was in the post-production process. After looking at Broadcast Pix, these built-in production elements made it well worth the investment."

Parker added that the setup process was quick and easy. "This system is designed so that even the least technical-savvy-minded can simply follow the directions and be up and running within a few hours, and the simple layout of the switcher allows the operator to immediately gain complete control of the production."

"The Broadcast Pix Slate platform, which merges a switcher with a computer card, is designed to make life easier for production facilities of all sizes in terms of both cost and execution," says Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix.

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