DSF in Germany taps Broadcast Pix switcher

Deutsches SportFernsehen, a sports broadcast network in Germany, is using
Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 switcher for live, high-quality production of its new
sports news program, DSF Aktuell. The Slate 2100, installed by German
systems integrators CAM computer aided magic
GmbH and Videocation Fernseh-Systeme-GmbH, is the centerpiece of a new
production studio built specifically to produce DSF Aktuell and future
programs. The Slate 2100 replaces the network’s aging legacy production
control technology at half the price of a conventional new system.

According to Manfred Eisele, Head of Production of DSF, the 15-minute nightly
program requires two operators due to the rich graphical content and fast
moving nature of the live show. One operator continually adds content via
the Broadcast Pix touch panel and integrated clip server, while the main
operator handles the live program switching. A typical program uses
nearly 20 clips, all with introductory graphics that are seamlessly processed
using the Slate 2100.

“The Broadcast Pix Slate 2100 provides our staff with the highly integrated
automation in a single, compact platform we required to effectively produce our
new sports program,” said Eisele. “At half the cost of a traditional
production system, the Slate 2100 provides all the tools we need and seamlessly
integrates with our Avid Liquid editing pool and DDR playout. The
breakout box included with the system provides the additional inputs we need
for our cameras and source equipment, creating a clear and uncluttered
end-to-end production workflow.”
According to Thomas Lehmann, Managing Director of CAM GmbH, the staffing
efficiencies afforded by the new system were also attractive to DSF. “The
ability to run the entire program with two staff members is highly attractive,
given the tightly integrated design of the new control room,” said
Lehmann. “The Audio Follow Video capability of the Slate 2100 further
benefits our operation by automating workflow and keeping everything smooth and
efficient through controlled audio. An operator just needs to keep an eye
on the host microphone levels from time to time while serving up content from
the integrated DDR and graphics engine.
“The fast
learning curve was an added bonus for the staff,” he continued. “They’re very
happy with the system.”

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