The new software update for Broadcast Pix's Flint, Granite, Mica and Roadie production switchers will be on display at the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam.

The v5.0 software adds new tools for creating high-quality virtual environments, the company said, supporting multiangle sets and zoom capabilities. It also gives users more control over light, which makes the virtual sets look more realistic. 

"Virtual-set technology has been a part of the Fluent Control toolset for years, but our new Virtual Set Studios lets you go beyond the basics," said Broadcast Pix CEO Steve Ellis in a prepared statement. "It's very easy to use and integrates seamlessly with our advanced ClearKey chromakey to deliver even more realistic results."

Also new in this go-round is Router Control, which allows Broadcast Pix systems to incorporate external sources in live production. It uses AJA KUMO SDI routers as an I/O extension over TCP/IP.

The software can now control Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliances, allowing Broadcast Pix systems to stream and record video. Additionally, Sony's IP-base PTZ cameras are supported.

The new software upgrade is slated to arrive later this year. It will be free for customers under warranty, and will be a $995 upgrade for others.