GovTV incorporates Broadcast Pix BPswitch MX integrated production switcher

Broadcast Pix has announced that San Diego-based GovTV has trusted in their technology to offer live remote video production of the official meetings for the city of Lancaster (California). Specifically, GovTV has integrated BPswitch MX integrated production switcher. It works on a new IP-based workflow operated at GovTV’s offices, located 170 miles away from the city.

The system, developed in 2018, was officially launched in December 2018. “We were always looking for something that would be more of an IP system. Now, we can instantly cut to the person speaking, so there’s no need to go to a wide shot when we’re following a conversation. It’s made a huge difference for us and exceeded our expectations” said Bob Anderson, president and CEO of GovTV.

Operators use a Broadcast Pix control surface to switch the live meetings and a Broadcast Pix Commander to control and monitor client productions. A dedicated VPN connects GovTV to its client, allowing technicians to access the system and robotic camera control. In addition, BP Net service provides a virtual backup to the VPN.

Scheme of the workflow of GovTV and the City of LancasterLancaster operates LTV, a PEG channel on Spectrum Cable and AT&T that is also streamed by Granicus. LTV programming is played out on a Leightronix Nexus, a tool which permits GovTV to cut into the channel remotely. Furthermore, the BPswitch mainframe has inputs for five cameras via SDI, an electronic voting system, scan converter to display PC-based PowerPoint presentation and a video calling system for Skype. It works in 1080i HD with SD downgrade for cable feeds.  The system is completed with BPswitch’s integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics and BPfusion software for template-based CG creation.

Anderson comments on the potential of BPswitch: “We take government entities out of the broadcast business and allow them to fully focus on the business of government. We have confidence this system is viable and we won’t have latency issues like we did in the past”.