Pixel Power Provides Broadcasters with new Graphics System to Support File-Based Production and Playout

Burbank, California and Cambridge, UK, April 3rd, 2013 - Pixel Power, the innovative supplier of broadcast playout solutions with integrated graphics, today announced Pixel Factory™, a new turnkey, server-based implementation of Pixel Power's renowned core graphics engine. The new system supports file-based operations in broadcast workflows where output quality and process automation are highly valued, but the enhanced hardware demands of live production and playout are not required.

Pixel Factory recently began shipping with its first installation taking place at the facilities of a leading independent UK channel. Pixel Factory will make its formal public debut at the NAB 2013 Exhibition on April 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth N2034.

"In today's multi-channel and multi-screen marketplace, a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to graphics creation doesn't respect the full needs of broadcasters,” said Pixel Power President James Gilbert. “Pixel Factory enables a facility that is using Pixel Power graphics playout systems to add file based graphics capability where they need it, at a price and with the flexibility that encourages the development of less traditional operations within the same facility."

Among the abundant applications for Pixel Factory are:

Producing graphics overlays for QC, web delivery or post production
Creating graphics for program material and graphics overlays for thematic/static channels for playout by video or streaming file server
"Burned-in" branding, promotion and graphics watermarking for multiscreen or video on demand content.
Pixel Factory employs the same core graphics software engine common to all Pixel Power hardware systems. Output from Pixel Factory is pixel-for-pixel identical to the output from Pixel Power Clarity™, LogoVision™, BrandMaster™ and ChannelMaster™ systems. While Pixel Factory is designed for offline production, it is capable of better than real-time performance depending on the server hardware deployed. Pixel Factory is also available in Clips and 3D configurations to support the most sophisticated graphics production requirements.

Pixel Factory uses the same templates as Pixel Power real-time production systems, ensuring a consistent look across distribution channels and allowing a similar degree of automation for populating graphics templates from data sources.

Pixel Factory includes Pixel Power Gallium Workflow Management. This comprehensive integrated scheduling, asset management and workflow automation system makes it possible to automatically manage multiple rendering devices to optimize processing resources in a facility.

Pixel Factory will debut at NAB 2013 and is available immediately. It is delivered in a turnkey package of optimized hardware and software that is ready for integration.

Latest news

  • IBC 365: Cloud Playout: Covid-19 Fuelling Increased Migration as Broadcasters Seek Greater Flexibility

    Implementing some degree of cloud-based playout has been a marked trend for a while now, but this year’s momentous events are certain to accelerate developments. In this article, Executive Vice President Ciaran Doran, alongside other industry personalities talks to David Davies about the profound changes in broadcast workflows.

    Read more

  • TVBEurope: Can the Future of Playout be Software-Only?

    TVBEurope recently featured an interview with senior staff at a major playout centre, talking about the “uberisation” of playout, and noting that they now had the capabilities to playout a broadcast channel using only software applications. As a follow-up, Executive Vice President Ciaran Doran alongside other vendors who have been leaders in advocating virtualised software platforms, capable of running in the machine room or in the Cloud spoke to TVBEurope to share Pixel Power's  views.

    Read more

  • Sarah Deas joins Pixel Power to strengthen sales team

    Cambridge, UK, 18 June 2020: Pixel Power, the global leader in graphics production and playout automation, has appointed Sarah Deas to its head office team. Deas will provide internal sales support to the sales teams in the Cambridge base and regional offices in North America, South-East Asia and the Middle East.

    Read more