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The Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), a known authority in the field of hydrodynamics, has purchased four Broadcast Pix (Billerica, Mass.) Slate 100 switchers to replace analog legacy switchers in its main research facilities. The switchers will augment MARIN's research programs and create a new digital video workflow within the facility.
The MARIN facilities serve as test laboratories where seagoing vessels are monitored under a variety of ocean conditions. New cruise ship or yacht designs often are proven first against currents, winds and waves simulated at the facility. As many as eight fixed remote cameras that monitor activity both above and under water are routed into the Slate 100 switcher. The video content then is combined through the Slate 100 with logos and graphics and fed to a recording device developed by technicians at MARIN.
The Slate 100 switcher mixes up to eight live inputs with up to two clips and five channels of graphics from its included workstation. This proved helpful during a recent project in MARIN's offshore basin where all eight camera inputs were used. The ability to connect all eight cameras to one device streamlined the process, according to MARIN Project Manager, Robert Braam.
"We never could have used all eight cameras into one output device before installing the Broadcast Pix switcher," said Braam. "Our old mock-up arrangement would not have handled it. In addition, we were able to combine more than one camera image as a layer to the output channel."
MARIN technicians have no prior television or video production experience, making the flexibility, functionality and user-friendly set up of the Slate 100 important to the operation. Braam added that recognizing the unique nature of the work his technicians performed required a great deal of adaptability from the chosen switcher.