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NAB 2018: New Broadcast Pix BPfusion Offers Automated Graphics for BPswitch Integrated Production Switchers


Broadcast Pix today announced BPfusion, a new software option for its BPswitch™ family of integrated production switchers that streamlines the creation of data-intensive CG graphics and more using the built-in NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG. Broadcast Pix will demonstrate the dual-channel BPfusion CG during the 2018 NAB Show (Booth SL8320), which runs April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Designed for enhanced sports, election, and news coverage, BPfusion automatically updates graphics using data from scoreboards, Twitter, RSS feeds, spreadsheets, clocks, and other sources over IP. With simple drag-and-drop operation, BPfusion automatically integrates information into templates for customized graphics – from simple scoreboards to multi-layer motion graphics of election maps – without re-keying the data.

“BPfusion brings the power of our popular Rapid CG software to the NewBlueNTX 3D motion graphics CG, with the added flexibility of IP-based control and seamless integration with BPswitch,” explained Tony Mastantuono, product manager. “With BPfusion, you can bring your live sports or election coverage to the next level by combining automatic score updates with motion graphics. It’s an easy and cost effective way to take control of your graphics – and you don’t have to worry about manually keeping score.”

https://us.vocuspr.com/Publish/3310842/vcsPRAsset_3310842_67144_b1510dda-0ce0-43f9-ab10-e197dc4728c3_0.jpg Each of BPfusion’s two channels supports up to six virtual layers, so users can have up to 12 separate graphics on the air at the same time. These additional layers allow for more dynamic graphics, including 3D and motion elements, which can be triggered by the switcher’s file-based macros or BPfusion’s intuitive user interface. Users have a choice of playback modes, so graphics and animation compositions can be previewed or taken directly to air on the fly. BPfusion also allows users to import Adobe After Effects projects into NewBlueNTX, and provides an additional NewBlue license so it can run on a remote PC over IP for workflow flexibility.

BPswitch is the only family of integrated production systems that includes a switcher and integrated 3D motion graphics CG. NewBlueNTX makes it easy to quickly create custom graphics. It includes hundreds of title styles and templates for lower-thirds, scoreboards, main titles, crawls, rolls, and bugs. Plus, built-in motion graphic animation presets make it easy to create and update complex effects. NewBlueNTX graphics can be selected and edited directly through BPswitch.

BPfusion further expands the IP capabilities of BPswitch systems, which accept hybrid I/O and can control cameras over IP. BPswitch offers control-over-IP functionality from inside a studio or remotely using a panel, touchscreen, or mobile device. Using BPNet™, the company’s secure cloud-based ecosystem, asset management and control services over IP are also available.

The BPfusion software option for BPswitch is priced at $2,900 and will be available in May. BPswitch models start at under $11,000.