Ross Video brings even more choice and flexibility to Carbonite

2013 Press Releases, Carboniteon April 6th, 2014

Sunday April 6, 2014 [Las Vegas, Nevada, USA] – Today, Ross Video announced that the award-winning Carbonite Production Switcher will now support 2.5 ME operation. This new operating mode is in addition to the recently announced MiniME and MultiScreen modes. Now, users of Carbonite 2 ME can run MiniME’s or a traditional .5 ME with a full program/preview bus that has two downstream keyers and a third key for animated media transitions. Also announced today are two new 3 ME panels—the 3S and 3X—which brings to nine the number of control surfaces to choose from. This ensures there’s a Carbonite panel to suit every application, from small flight packs to large control room installations.

Carbonite 3X“Carbonite’s huge internal processing capabilities make it possible for us to continue to add some astonishing features. From today, users looking to upgrade from 2.5 ME SD systems to full HD have a remarkably cost-effective choice with Carbonite. The new 3 ME panels make MiniME and 2.5 ME operation a pure joy. Carbonite offers a level of production power and system connectivity no other product can offer,” says Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager at Ross Video. “Couple any Carbonite with the stunning XPression graphics system and our BlackStorm playout servers and you have an efficient and cost effective production system capable of producing the highest quality content for any application – quickly and effectively No other production switcher family at this price point can offer that kind of choice and flexibility.”

Carbonite 2.5 will be a free software update for all current two ME systems. Intuitive panel row-swap functions ensure both modes can run on any of the nine Carbonite panels as well as from the DashBoard software control system on any PC or MAC.

The 3S panel
The 3S is a 24-button panel that adds a third ME row for instant control of MiniMEs, MultiScreen and a half ME. This ergonomically designed panel has a raised menu control area for easy reach and viewing.

The 3X panel
The 3X has all the features of the 3S with the addition of 32 source select buttons. The 3X also has dedicated ME row selection buttons for instant control of any ME or MiniME on any row. With eight Custom Control bank select buttons, the 3X has 256 custom control macros for direct selection at any time.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Acuity, Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems; DashBoard Facility Control and Monitoring; Inception Media Management Systems; XPression Real-Time Motion Graphic Systems; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross Mobile Productions is a premium full service mobile sports production company, aligned to meet the need to produce economical Internet and Broadcast content. Ross Video the only company in the broadcast industry to offer a single-vendor turnkey augmented reality (AR) and virtual set (VS) studio solution—a state-of-the-art “Studio of the Future.” Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, and are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Ross Video announces that Carbonite now supports 3G and Advanced UHD (4K) production

2011 Press Releases, Carboniteon April 6th, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014 [Las Vegas, Nevada, USA] – Today, Ross Video announced free software upgrades that not only enable Carbonite to be switched to 3G (1080P 50 or 60 (59.94)), but also open the door to the very latest production format: UHDTV (4K).

Carbonite 2.5MD / 3G / 4K“These updates make Carbonite the perfect tool for users who want to adopt the very latest full HD progressive standard and make sure their production system investment is protected for years to come,” says Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager for Ross Video. “To upgrade to 3G, users simply download the free software. Once in 3G mode, Carbonite’s MiniMEs can be used for UHD (4K) production by turning on MultiScreen mode. That’s truly remarkable processing power—at zero cost—and yet another innovative first from Ross. No other switcher of this size and price point can offer 3G, let alone 4K at 50 and 60Hz.”

No new hardware is required to switch to 3G. Current Carbonite owners simply have to download the free software. In 3G mode, the number of DVEs is reduced to four from eight, and the maximum number of MultiViewer windows is reduced to 10 from 16, for a total of 20 independent sources across two output heads. 3G signals contain twice the data of standard HD and, as a result, some resource reduction occurs. All other resources remain the same, and MiniMEs, MultiScreen and 2.5ME modes all are accessible.

Carbonite’s MultiScreen mode locks all four MiniME controls together, enabling mixes, cuts and keys to be applied to UHD 3G quad link inputs. While MiniMEs have no preview output, all of the basic switching functions and keying to provide perfectly produced UHD output can be easily and quickly delivered. As many as six UHD quad link sources can be input for UHD program output and, if the quad link format is pixel/line interleave, sources can easily be monitored via standard 1080 displays and Carbonite’s MultiViewers. This quad link format also enables simultaneous UHD and 1080P outputs.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Acuity, Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems; DashBoard Facility Control and Monitoring; Inception Media Management Systems; XPression Real-Time Motion Graphic Systems; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross Mobile Productions is a premium full service mobile sports production company, aligned to meet the need to produce economical Internet and Broadcast content. Ross Video the only company in the broadcast industry to offer a single-vendor turnkey augmented reality (AR) and virtual set (VS) studio solution—a state-of-the-art “Studio of the Future.” Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, and are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Ross Video’s New @ NAB 2014

2013 Press Releases, Carbonite, Corporate, DashBoard, Inception, Nielsen, NK, openGear, OverDrive, Robotics, Vision, XPressionon February 20th, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] Ross Video is celebrating their 40th anniversary at NAB this year with a new corporate logo, a new tag line “Production Technology Experts” and a significantly expanded NAB presence.  The growing range of Ross production technology solutions can be seen at the Ross Booth #N3806 in the North Hall.

As always at Ross, the emphasis is on power and affordability – creating leading edge products at great prices, backed by exceptional support and customer service.  Here’s a preview of some of the things to expect from Ross at NAB this year.  In addition to what follows, Ross is anticipating a few last minute surprises out of their development labs that will be announced closer to show time.

Production Switchers
Vision Tritium, the sweet spot in large production switcher value and performance, makes its North American debut.   Vision Tritium is a full 3MLE modular production switcher packed full of features including: 48 x 32 Multi-Definition inputs and outputs, 6 real 3D DVE’s, 16 channels of internal media stores, 16 keyers, UltraChrome chroma keys, built in Dual Head MultiViewers and a massive list of supported external device controls.

The Tritium processing engine pairs with a stunning Vision series modular 3MLE panel – with a choice of 24 or 32 direct access crosspoint buttons, and featuring Ross’ PanelGlow RGB buttons and DualDisplay touch screen menu system. Tritium is fully upgradable and accepts standard Vision Octane components.

Carbonite – Ross’ breakthrough mid-size production switcher series will show off its latest features, including the award winning MiniME and MultiScreen processing technologies.  Available as a free software upgrade to all Carbonite customers (downloadable from the Ross website), these new features demonstrate the exceptional long-term value in buying Ross.

MiniME’s can be used anywhere in the signal flow – either as pre-keyers or as independent transition engines.  MiniME’s produce a layered composition such as a virtual set background with a chroma key and an OTS DVE.  They can be selected as direct inputs, or as independent keying and transition engines on up to 4 Auxiliary outputs for on-set displays.

MiniME’s live in a resource ‘pool’ and are only assigned when required. Once the transition or effect is completed they are instantly available for use elsewhere. MiniME’s are not like ‘Split ME’s’ or ‘multi program mode ME’s’ where ME resources are divided up and reassigned into smaller sections. MiniME’s are entirely independent devices leaving all standard ME resources available.

MultiScreenTM production is now available directly within a standard Carbonite thanks to Ross’ new MiniME’s. Up to four outputs can be controlled independently off Carbonite’s main ME’s, allowing a single source to be scaled over up to 4 outputs in multiple screen layouts. Keys and DVE’s can also be included to facilitate compelling multiscreen productions. Expensive additional screen processors are no longer required when you’ve got a Carbonite switcher, as bezel compensation and edge blending for multi-projector setups are part of the package – a major system cost saving.

The Carbonite C2S is Ross’ new 24 button, 2ME panel incorporating individual ME Effects Memory keypads.  The C2S is ideal for sport and other productions in which the TD prefers to switch the show directly from the memory keypad. The C2S has all the features of the popular C2M panel, adding a dedicated ME Effects Memory control area in each ME – in addition to the standard global controls. The C2M panel brings the number of Carbonite panel choices to 7, covering a broad range of client needs, space and budgets.

DashBoard Facility Control
DashBoard is Ross’ free facility control software that controls everything from Ross and our openGear and DashBoard Connect partners as well as a variety of other UDP, TCP and HTTP devices.  Version 6.1 will launch at NAB and provides PanelBuilder – the ability for anyone to build purpose built CustomPanels and Automated Workflows.  PanelBuilder makes customized control quick and easy via an intuitive drag and drop mode for building CustomPanels.

OverDrive Automated Production Control
At NAB, OverDrive takes the biggest leap forward since its initial release with the North American debut of OverDrive Caprica – adding the ability to control third party production switchers.   Non-Ross production switcher customers can now enjoy the efficiency and consistency benefits of automating with OverDrive. OverDrive will be paired with Inception News at NAB 2014, showing a complete end-to-end news production workflow.

Inception News & Social
Inception News is Ross’ unique newsroom computer system that blends the needs of traditional linear channel production with the modern requirements of web and social media content publication.    Launched at IBC, this is the first showing of Inception News in North America.  Providing both outbound publication as well as inbound searching and harvesting of social media, Inception is a great tool for your television producers and journalists as well as your social media team.

XPression 3D HD CG & Motion Graphics System
XPression motion graphics now offers solutions for virtually every type of onscreen live graphics requirement – everything from live character generation, to branding, to virtual sets and augmented reality.  In addition to a host of new production features here are some of the new things from XPression this year:

XPression Tick-it and Brand-it are fully-automated, turnkey solutions for local TV and enterprise channel branding.

XPression Prime GO!  a portable solution running on a laptop with full HDSDI I/O.

XPression Template Builder – an application for the creation of graphics outside of NRCS and NLE environments for later incorporation into programs.

XPression Touchscreen and Telestration applications that provide freehand control and drawing capabilities over XPression Scenes. Visual Scripting allows non-programmers to create complex scene interactivity.

XPression Virtual Set & Augmented Reality enhancements including support for Trackmen protocol, CCD chip size selection, 2nd and 4th order spherical lens correction, and global cameras.

Ross and Unreel Virtual Set & Augmented Reality
Ross and our virtual tracking partner Unreel will again be showing a fully turnkey virtual set and augmented reality solution, making it easy for anyone to quickly deploy a virtual set or to add augmented graphics to an existing set.  This year, you’ll have an opportunity to get right on the set and experience what it’s like to be talent in a virtual environment for yourself.

Ross Robotics
Furio RC is Ross’ rail based remote control camera system used on top end stage productions and variety shows.  Furio RC adds a new control option for NAB – Furio Panbar.  The Panbar controller makes controlling Furio RC similar to running a manual camera.  The operator controls a fluid head for pan/tilt/zoom/focus and foot pedals for dolly and lift.  Many operators find this control method more precise, faster and more intuitive – making it easier to get those dramatic production shots that Furio RC is famous for.

The Furio Robo rail based studio system adds a Collision Avoidance option that allows two Furio Robo dolly systems to more easily share a single track during a production while maximizing flexibility in attaining the best camera shots.

Infrastructure – Routing, Terminal Equipment & Nielsen Watermarks
New in the NK Series Routing systems is the NK-144 which can now be upgraded to include the full functionality of up to 2 Carbonite production switchers internally –  becoming a full Carbonite eXtreme.  This revolutionary product combines facility routing with production switching and multi-viewing all in a single rackframe, dramatically simplifying system cabling and distribution.

Another addition to NK is customer definable DashBoard-based soft panels, making router control available from any computer.  These CustomPanels can combine control of a variety of other Ross and 3rd party equipment at the same time – streamlining user operation.

The MC1 simple, robust and affordable Master Control System has added extended EAS interface, multi-channel scalable operations and enhanced graphics capabilities. The MC1 System is now also available as a standalone openGear module for channel branding and EAS insertion.

At last year’s NAB, Ross launched openGear 3.0, the third generation of our openGear frame standard, increasing power and cooling and adding advanced networked control.  The openGear ecosystem now includes 60+ partners and deployed by thousands of clients.   The latest version of DashBoard (free!), mentioned above provides extensive new control features to all openGear products.

Ross has expanded its portfolio in Nielsen Watermarks offerings with the addition of a new transport stream Nielsen Watermarks encoder.  The NWE-TS accepts ATSC ASI transport streams and will watermark up to 10 channels simultaneously.

Ross Mobile Productions
Ross’ production arm, Ross Mobile Productions will launch their new Mobile Production OT1 compact production vehicle. Ross is building a fleet of these vehicles to offer full production packaging and rental services.  OT1 is a platform that Ross will be soon making available detailed designs for so that other truck companies can get on board with this new open standard for truck designs and workflows.

OT1 is designed around a tightly integrated Carbonite Production Switcher and XPression Graphics core. The 10 operator position OT1 platform offers both Fiber and Triax camera capabilities, an advanced communication system, and a dual user 8 channel replay system – incredible power -  all in a Mercedes Sprinter size vehicle.

The OT1 vehicle platform is the first public showing of a truck based on the openTruck™ initiative from Ross and offers a standardized path to designing cost-effective remote production vehicles that enable delivery of high-quality digital content from sports venues and other live events. Taking advantage of interoperable broadcast systems from Ross Video and other leading technology vendors, openTruck offers production vehicle partners access to open protocols, specifications, and schematics for efficient workflows, uncompromising video quality, and rapid event-to-event reconfiguration.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control; DashBoard Facility Control and Monitoring; Inception Media Management Systems; XPression Real-Time Motion Graphic Systems; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross Mobile Productions is a premium full service mobile sports production company, aligned to meet the needs to produce economical Internet and Broadcast content. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, and are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Powers beIN Sports Network in the Middle East

2013 Press Releases, Carbonite, Roboticson February 13th, 2014

Iroquois, Ontario, Canada – 12 February 2014 - In 2003 Al Jazeera, the Middle East-based media group, set up a dedicated sports network to televise international sporting events to viewers throughout the Arabian Peninsula. In January 2014, the network was rebranded as beIN Sports and its reach was extended so that it now broadcasts to viewers in France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the USA and all across the Middle East in Arabic, English, French, Indonesian, Spanish and Cantonese. With its headquarters in Doha, Qatar, the beIN Sports complex is made up of nine separate studios that feature the very latest products from Ross Video, most notably Ross Robotics solutions. Studio 9, the largest studio on the site, features a full Ross Furio robotic camera system with 13 cameras that was supplied and installed by regional systems integration specialist Tek Signals. According to Mr. Muhammad Saeed, Head of the Engineering Section at beIN Sports, the products are in almost constant use:

Furio Robotic Camera Systems - beIN Sports Network

“We have never been busier! There has always been a huge appetite for sport in the Middle East and we are now broadcasting everything from English Premier League football to World Superbikes, international Rugby, European Handball and all the major global sporting tournaments. As a result, our studios have virtually no down time and we have carefully chosen to partner with manufacturers who we know offer a great blend of performance and reliability”.

One of the most popular programmes broadcast from Studio 9 is beIN’s coverage of English Premier League football on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Running throughout the day, the live shows feature multiple anchors and guests situated on various sets around the studio, making for a complex rundown. However, Ross’ Furio robotics system delivers impressive versatility and has allowed directors and operators to create a variety of dynamic panning shots that help keep the show engaging and vibrant. “Working with Ross Video has been an extremely positive experience and we are very pleased with the results”, notes Muhammad Saeed. “The Carbonite switchers have proven incredibly robust, feature-rich and very easy to use and the Furio robotics systems have opened up many new creative possibilities for our team of directors”.

Commenting on the relationship David Dowling, Ross Director of Sales for EMEA, is quick to recognise the investment made by the Al Jazeera group. “The Middle East is a very dynamic market and the growth of beIN Sports over the last couple of years has mirrored the energy and ambition of the region. We’re very proud to be working with such a prominent network in the Middle East and this relationship should send a clear message to other broadcasters in the surrounding area that Ross is now a first-choice brand for the world’s leading media groups. We have the right products, the right people and the right support in place to create valuable partnerships with our customers.”

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems; DashBoard Facility Control and Monitoring; Inception Media Management Systems; XPression Real-Time Motion Graphic Systems; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross MCP is a premium full service mobile sports production company, aligned to meet the needs to produce economical Internet and Broadcast content. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, and are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross’ Carbonite Passes the Test at Falls Music and Arts Festival In Tasmania, Australia

2013 Press Releases, Carbonite, DashBoardon February 4th, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Tasmanian company, Media Imaging put Ross’ Carbonite Production Switcher to the test in December at the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania. Running flawlessly during the three day festival, Carbonite fed two video screens, recording devices, using almost all outputs.

Falls Music and Arts FestivalMedia Imaging also used and relied on the DashBoard Control System during the festival – much like a second ME. By assigning Aux, outputs and content, DashBoard made managing content very easy as well as system monitoring, leaving panel to control main operations.

“I have always admired Ross products and always wanted high quality multi-view abilities as well as a true HD system which was not PC based,” said Derek Philipson, Director, Media Imaging. “I researched intensively for the features I wanted, needed and could afford, more so how easy it is to upgrade parts and features In the future. In Australia we have a great dealer and Ross support team, so I was able to bounce question after question off them until I came to my final decision. There are many manufacturers out there, but few that can fall into line with Ross. Carbonite is indeed a breath of fresh air from other switchers I have used in the past in many ways!”

Media Imaging’s new Ross Carbonite 1ME, 16 input Switcher is used in a mobile environment and moves between Aurora Stadium where it is used regularly for Cricket and Australian rules football, as well as events outside of the stadium. The Carbonite system and openGear Frame is a very compact system to carry around.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems; DashBoard Facility Control and Monitoring; Inception Media Management Systems; XPression Real-Time Motion Graphic Systems; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross MCP is a premium full service mobile sports production company, aligned to meet the needs to produce economical Internet and Broadcast content. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, and are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Michigan State Athletic Communications Department Deploys Full Suite of Ross Video Production Equipment for Control Room Upgrade

2013 Press Releases, BlackStrom, Carbonite, NK, openGear, XPressionon November 13th, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Ross Video today announced that Michigan State Athletic Communications has selected a full suite of Ross Video products for use within their extensive control room upgrade. The department is deploying the company’s Carbonite range of video production switchers in tandem with the CrossOver video production switcher; openGear® terminal equipment; NK Series routing system; BlackStorm playout server and Ross XPression Realtime Motion Graphics System.

Michigan StateThe control-room upgrade complements new video boards recently installed in the university’s Spartan Stadium for which the Athletic Communications department offers broadcast-quality video and graphcs. Ross Video switching and routing technology allows for the video to be delivered simultaneously to multiple events at the stadium, as well as to Breslin Arena and Munn Ice Arena.

The Ross Carbonite switcher, with its ergonomic design and super-compact frame, offers powerful performance that is critical for broadcast-quality production. The CrossOver video switcher functions as an auxiliary switcher when the department needs to broadcast simultaneous sporting events, often across the three different venues. The video content produced by the department is also repurposed for weekly broadcasts of football and basketball coverage.

The BlackStorm playout server, installed in the control room, offers a powerful video server engine, driving a comprehensive production workflow from a compact chassis. Designed from the ground up by using next-generation parallel processing technology, the BlackStorm server provides the department with the power of a much larger system. Additionally, the XPression system provides high-end graphics and animations, and rounds out the department’s workflow. The control room also uses Ross openGear® video and audio rack mount terminal equipment that ties the control room together.

“The Ross switchers and the XPression graphics system sync so well with the BlackStorm Playout Server, that we’ve been able to add far more views of game action and fan reaction, than we had with our previous generation of equipment,” said Bob Armstrong, video producer at Michigan State Athletic Communications. “The openGear platform provided us with a much cleaner and more compact control room by eliminating the need to accommodate multiple card frame brands. Since almost all leading brands work seamlessly in the Ross workflow, we were free to choose from other complementary products available on the market to ensure a high-quality, efficient, and smooth workflow.”

The intuitive operation of the Ross gear is particularly helpful to the Athletic Communications department staff, whose game-day workforce is comprised primarily of MSU students. The equipment’s ease of use allows the department to quickly and easily train students, who are in the process of learning how to operate broadcast technology in a live environment.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems and Inception Social Media Management System; XPression Character and 3D Graphics Generator; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video’s Carbonite 2S Wins Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award at IBC 2013

2013 Press Releases, Carboniteon September 16th, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] – Ross Video is very proud to have received a Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award at IBC in Amsterdam for the Carbonite 2S Production Switcher with MiniMEs and MultiScreen.

IBC 2013 Carbonite Pick HitThe Carbonite 2S is based on the highly successful Carbonite 2X and provides a new 2 ME control panel, but with 24 source select buttons instead of 32. Ross has also added several significant features to the Carbonite Series, most notably MiniMEs and MultiScreen; creating a system where live production switching complements display image processing.

“The success of our Carbonite range has grown exponentially, as our world-class development team continues to implement new, innovative features in collaboration with our large user base”, notes David Ross, CEO, Ross Video.

Like the Carbonite 2X, the Carbonite 2S has individual ME Effects Memory keypads that many operators prefer because of the familiar workflow for high paced sports production. The new 2S panel can also be configured with any Carbonite processing engine, including the new Carbonite eXtreme. Furthermore, the 2S includes the Ross ViewControl touchscreen production controller and LiveAssist Graphical User Interfaces. Customers looking for a complete and powerful production solution can partner the new 2S with Ross’ BlackStorm Playout Server and XPression Motion Graphics System.

In common with all Ross products, the new Carbonite 2S is fully compatible with the free DashBoard PanelBuilder application, allowing operators to easily build their own custom control interfaces for an entire production system.

The prestigious Pick Hit Awards are selected by a panel of independent judges who tour the convention floor in search of the most innovative products and technologies. The winners are then chosen on the basis of the technical and financial improvements they can bring to a facility’s operation. Broadcast Engineering’s editors and publishers do not participate in the selection process; the award-winners are chosen by an impartial group of broadcast industry professionals.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems and Inception Social Media Management System; XPression Character and 3D Graphics Generator; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Ross Video to Showcase new Carbonite MiniME and MultiScreen Production Technology at IBC 2013

2013 Press Releases, Carboniteon September 13th, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] – This year at IBC, Ross Video will be demonstrating a new version of their award winning Carbonite Production Switcher. The new switcher will incorporate a set of groundbreaking features that will be available for free to all existing Carbonite customers.

“The most modern production switchers are still based on a very traditional workflow with Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Switching, Layering and Effects,” stated Nigel Spratling, Switcher Business Development Manager, Ross Video. “Signal flow that was essential in analog designs is no longer necessary in digital systems. Carbonite’s unique new MiniMEs include a mixer and 2 keyers – one traditional keyer that accepts linear and chroma keys and one reserved for DVE use.”

MiniMEs can be used anywhere in the signal flow – as pre-keyers to build a layered composition with keyed graphics, or as a virtual set background with a chroma key and add an OTS DVE selected as a direct input. If an independent key and transition is needed on several aux outputs for on-set displays, an operator can chain MiniMEs together expanding Carbonite’s 1 or 2 MEs to 5 or 6 – each with its own effects memories, or for use as independent DSKs for multi-program production.

“MiniMEs live in a resource ‘pool’ and are only assigned when required. Once the transition or effect is completed they are instantly available for use elsewhere,” continued Spratling. “MiniMEs are not like ‘split MEs’ or ‘multi program mode MEs’ where ME resources are divided up and reassigned into smaller sections. MiniMEs are entirely independent devices leaving all standard ME resources available.”

MultiScreenTM production is now possible directly within a standard Carbonite with Ross’ new MiniMEs. Up to four outputs can be controlled independently of the Carbonite’s main MEs and allows for a single source to be scaled over all four outputs in multiple screen layouts. Keys and DVEs can also be included to facilitate compelling multiscreen productions. With Carbonite MultiScreen, additional screen processors are no longer required as bezel compensation and edge blending for multi-projector setups are part of the package – a major system cost saving.

“The best part of these stunning additions to our award winning Carbonite series – they are FREE! Regardless of the age or model of Carbonite, customers can simply download this new firmware and update their system to add this amazing new functionality – all part of the service from Ross,” concluded Spratling.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems and Inception Social Media Management System; XPression Character and 3D Graphics Generator; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Announces Breakthrough Pricing for CrossOver and Carbonite Production Switchers

2013 Press Releases, Carbonite, CrossOveron September 13th, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] –Ross Video offers breakthrough pricing on their CrossOver and Carbonite Production Switchers effective September 2013.

Due to the tremendous sales success of Ross Video’s small and midsize production switcher series, and better volume pricing on system components, Ross is able pass on the savings to their customers.

“At Ross, we have a code of ethics that we all adhere to. Number one is that we will always act in our customers best interest,” stated Nigel Spratling, Business Development Manager for Production Switchers, Ross Video. “To pass on any costs savings is certainly in everyone’s best interest, and it gives our customers an opportunity to save money or perhaps even purchase the next version that was just out of reach.”

Examples of breakthrough pricing in the affected product ranges; The CrossOver Solo was priced at $9,995 USD, new breakthrough pricing is $7,995 USD. The Carbonite 2M was $39,995 USD, new breakthrough pricing is just $35,995 USD.

For more information regarding Ross Video’s breakthrough pricing, please contact your local Ross partner.

About Ross Video
Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in video production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane, Vision Tritium, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control Systems and Inception Social Media Management System; XPression Character and 3D Graphics Generator; NK Series Routing Systems and Ross Robotics. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies and houses of worship.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com

Mills James Productions Creates Results with Ross Video

2013 Press Releases, Carbonite, DashBoard, openGear, XPressionon September 11th, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 [Iroquois, ON, Canada] – Independent production company, Mills James Productions chooses Ross Video for their Ohio Lottery’s Pick 3, 4 and 5 daily drawing broadcasts. One of the nation’s most comprehensive creative media companies, MJP offers a combination of unique talent and technology ending in creative results.

MJP with the help of systems integrator AVI Systems, chose Ross’ Carbonite Production Switcher, XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics System and openGear Terminal Equipment, all controlled via Ross’ DashBoard Control System.

“We chose Ross for a combination of reasons,” said Dave King, Chief Engineer, Mills James Productions. “They offered the functionality we needed, affordability and more importantly the ability to control the systems via DashBoard software.”

“This year at NAB, I brought MJP staff to the Ross Video booth looking for a solution to remotely control their upcoming Ohio Lottery show production,” said Tom Navaro, Regional Sales Director, AVI Systems. “When we were brought to the DashBoard display, it became quite apparent the possible solutions it could provide.”

“With the show in Cleveland, and production 150 miles away in Columbus, Mills James needed a reliable and responsive control solution,” said John Naylor, Marketing Product Manager and Business Development Manager – DashBoard, Ross Video. “In meeting these needs DashBoard has demonstrated its ability to drive efficiencies while ensuring production quality. We’re excited that DashBoard is realizing its potential in this way.”

About Mills James
Mills James is one of the nation’s largest creative media production firms. Headquartered in Columbus with offices and production facilities in Cincinnati and Cleveland, the employee-owned company has been providing creative media solutions to a wide range of advertising, broadcast and corporate clients—including many Fortune 500 corporations—since 1984.

About Ross Video
Ross Video creates leading edge video production technology. Ross products are used in demanding environments every day to inform and entertain audiences all over the world.  Our client base includes a who’s who of broadcast, production companies, sports stadiums, government agencies, educators, touring companies and houses of worship.  Ross’ award winning product families include Vision, Vision Octane, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm Video Servers; OverDrive Automated Production Control, Inception Social Media Management; XPression Motion Graphics; NK Series Routing and Furio and CamBot Camera Robotics Systems.

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Ross Video Media Contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – EMEA:
Stuart G. Russell
Marketing Manager, EMEA
t. +44 7827 019494
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. srussell@rossvideo.com

Ross Video Media Contact – Asia Pacific:
Vivian Yu
Marketing & Operations Manager, Asia Pacific
t. +65 9827 3531
f. +1 613-652-4425
e. vyu@rossvideo.com