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.