Ross Video Powers Coventry University’s New Flagship TV Studio

2016 Press Releases, Carbonite, Virtual and Augmented Reality, XPressionon February 9th, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 [Iver Heath, UK] – Coventry University recently cut the ribbon on its new flagship television studio, designed to give students practical, hands-on experience with industry-leading products. Ross Video partners Altered Images and Academia closed out a successful tender win for the studio design, equipment supply and installation.

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As part of the deal, Altered Images supplied a Ross Video central core in the gallery, featuring the Carbonite vision mixer, XPression graphics and Clips and a Ross 72×72 router with openGear frames for the peripheral hardware. The gallery features a custom designed Custom Consoles operator desk with a second desk for students and lecturers to oversee the operation. Gallery wall monitoring was achieved utilising Custom Consoles Dual Monitor posts. The Gallery features full talkback and selectable exterior feeds to monitoring screens within the building. A Quicklink server over Skype ensures the gallery can receive external sources as well as uploading to assorted web platforms.

The three-camera “green screen infinity studio” was equipped with cameras from JVC and a prompting system from Cue Script. A fully automated lighting grid was installed to allow green screen lighting as well as required drama, interview and presentation lighting, with the additional options of 360 degree Green, Black and White backdrops.

One of the key issues for the new studio was acoustics, with glass walls running along two sides of the studio. In discussions with architects, the Altered Images Studio Design team agreed to secondary double-glazing and a uniquely designed deployment of acoustic curtains and drapes.

Craig Goddard, Senior Media Technician at Coventry said “This is a state of the art new studio and working closely with Altered Images we achieved a fantastic result and a superb installation that is, just as importantly, on time and on budget”.

Tim Cunningham Senior Regional Development Manager at Altered Images said, “This was an exciting project to be involved with and it was a joy to be able to work closely with the great team at Coventry. I believe this is one of the finest University studios that, with the range of top-end broadcast equipment supplied, will help the students at Coventry to achieve a very detailed understanding of equipment and production techniques, learning on the very equipment that they will encounter in the Broadcast industry”.

Sending his best wishes to students and staff at the opening event by video, David Ross, CEO of Ross Video, highlighted the importance of Universities funding the best possible equipment for their students. “We hear lots of talk about skills gaps in the broadcast industry and it’s vitally important that students leave higher education and enter the workplace armed with the practical knowledge they need to perform. Coventry University has taken a big step forward with this new studio and I’m sure the students and wider industry will benefit as a result”.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer best-in-class system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Recognizing the time-critical nature of the broadcast industry, all Ross employees are empowered to provide “whatever it takes” customer service, even down to renting helicopters when necessary to deliver needed parts and service.

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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

Announcing Carbonite Black – The Next Generation Production Powerhouse

2015 Press Releases, Carboniteon September 11th, 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] – Introduced in 2011, Carbonite quickly established itself as the world’s most popular mid-size production switcher with 1000’s in daily use today. Carbonite changed the production industry by setting a new price / performance standard that other manufacturers are still trying to emulate.

Now in 2015 Ross is very proud to introduce the next generation of Carbonite. Carbonite Black is designed of course from the original Carbonite, but with more I/O choices and production power. The 3ME Carbonite Black was unveiled at NAB 2015 to an incredible reception (and orders), and at IBC2015 the entire Carbonite family is being re-launched with new panels and features while retaining its incredibly affordable price point.

“Carbonite Black is a logical progression,” states Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager at Ross Video. “Users simply love their Carbonite’s and the continuous feature updates we provide. Carbonite Black is the next generation of Carbonite designed upon this incredibly solid platform.” Spratling continues, “the new Carbonite Black family includes those processing engines that users are already familiar with, but adds choices for additional I/O and production power. In addition we have completely redesigned the entire control panel range to combine the ease of use and operational familiarity with a sexy and stylish new look that users will be proud of.”

There are 6 new Carbonite Black panels in 1, 2 and 3 ME row layouts with 16, 24 and 32 source buttons. The new Carbonite Black 2RU frame provides an impressive 36 x 22 I/O as standard and can be equipped with 2 or 3 MEs.

Carbonite Black is a key part of the new Ross production solutions and fully integrates with the new XPression Trackless Studio virtual set system. Carbonite now becomes the control surface for trackless virtual sets powered by XPression, and of course fully controls the XPression Clips production server for instant video playback. The new Ultrix compact routing platform provides seamless integration of HD and 4K quad link or 12G single links with the Carbonite I/O. Add to this to new media encoders for streaming or contribution, plus camera robotics, automated production, and newsroom systems, and you have a fully functioning – very high quality production system that is scalable and affordable – all completely integrated with the customizable DashBoard Control System.

See Carbonite Black and a variety of full production solutions at Ross Video’s Stand C.10 in Hall 9.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

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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: What’s New at IBC 2015

2015 Press Releases, Acuity, BlackStrom, Carbonite, DashBoard, Inception, MC1, NK, openGear, OverDrive, Products, Robotics, Streamline, XPressionon July 14th, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – The Ross Video theme in hall 9, stand C.10 this year at IBC is solutions and workflows – showing how the best of Ross technology can be used to provide complete solutions for different types of production environments. The various solutions being shown are highlighted here, followed by specific product details.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Production Studio
A complete virtual and augmented reality production studio shows how VS/AR can be used to produce big productions in a compact space, enhance the look of a production and reduce cost at the same time.

News Editorial and Automated Production
Automated news production runs through a full OverDrive Automated Production Control System. Inception News, the Ross News Room Computer System offering is showing “Idea Centric News Production” as a single hub for news, web, and social providing the advanced tools required for the modern news environment.

Sports Stadium
Sports stadium production is demonstrated as a complete solution with a jaw dropping, giant 20 foot screen and ribbon board. This features the flagship Acuity Series Production Switcher and XPression Motion Graphics System. 4K is very much part of what is being shown in this area.

Graphics Solutions and Workflow
A range of Ross graphics solutions are available from centralized graphics production workflow through to branding and ticker solutions.

Legislative Assembly Production
A tailor made solution centered around the latest version of the LCS intuitive touch screen interface that legislative organizations around the globe are taking advantage of to automate their production environments and produce a high quality and consistent output for constituents.

Infrastructure Products
Infrastructure is a necessary foundation for all the solutions being demonstrated. To provide high quality, low latency video connections between locations connected via IP transport, new openGear™ modules are being shown that offer SFP Based SMPTE 2022 IP and VSF TR1 JPEG-2000 conversion solutions.

  • H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC Contribution Encoders provide simultaneous support of DVB-ASI, broadcast video over IP, RTMP, and HTTP Live streaming.
  • 3G / HD / SD Distribution Amplifiers are offered in Single, Dual and Quad re-clocking and equalizing models, with support for SMPTE 424M, SMPTE ST 292-1 and SMPTE 259 serial digital video signals at 3G, HD, and SD rates.
  • Frame Synchronizers synchronize, time, and process both audio and video in 3G, high definition, and standard definition applications.
  • MC1 Master Control adds 3G 1080p support, channel ganging capability to switch multiple MC1’s in tandem, either manually or under automation, and audio features with the ability to remap audio channels and make adjustments to level presets to any audio source.

Production Switcher Products
The Acuity switcher offers enhanced processing power features. These include: full UHD (4K) production with 8 keys/16 channels of DVE per ME, MultiFeedTM configurable program outputs with 2 preview and 6 program outputs for every ME, 36 channels of system wide Media Stores, and expanded dual head, 20 source window multi-viewers.

The Carbonite Black production engine and new beautiful 3ME control panels bring expanded I/O and ME count to the Carbonite series with 2 or 3 full MEs, 36 Inputs and 22 outputs.

Graphics Products
XPression Studio 4K and BlueBox 4K bring UHD video and key graphics into production components such as switchers. Clips and real-time graphics come together in XPression Clips, an advanced IT technology production clip server with instant recall times and back-to-back transitions from an intuitive user interface or via automation triggers from other devices. Users can simultaneously ingest multiple channels of baseband video and output multiple channels of clips to air. A useful companion product is XPression INcoder for file-based ingest and transcoding of material delivered for playout using multi-target publishing capability. The latest XPression features include: Transition Logic, Avid Command Version 3+ Plug-in, MOS Plug-in enhancements, native Ncam and Stype Grip integration for augmented reality and virtual sets, GV EDIUS NLE integration, and QuickTime export.

Robotics Products
SmartShell 4 is a single, unified control system for both CamBot and Furio pedestals, lifts, and heads. It comes with a new USB-based joystick panel to trigger robotic movements. Most importantly, SmartShell 4 now permits both CamBots and Furios to be controlled from a common interface, so studios can combine dollies on tracks, manual and free-roaming pedestals, and standalone PT heads to create the most comprehensive studio robotics solutions possible.

Automated Production Control Products
OverDrive Caprica is released, shipping, and on the air! Adding the OverDrive system to any control room is now possible, regardless of which existing production switcher is being used. OverDrive now controls the Ross Video Carbonite mid-sized production switcher as well as the Grass Valley Kayenne production switcher.

Control and Monitoring Products
DashBoard offers improved design capabilities for increased control and functionality. Integration of new capabilities and protocols produces better access to information, better code reuse, easier interaction with functions, reduction of code complexity and errors, and faster writing of software.

Media Workflow Products
Inception News / Social have added instant messaging, alerts, linking, and notifications features for improved workflow communication. There is also the ability to completely customize the running order, assignment, and story grids. The new version 9.1 release, has a native multi-language spell checker, and introduces several time saving workflow features such as story templates and support for MOS redirection.

Inception Live offers game day production for stadiums and sports teams through a browser-based environment. It is accessible universally, and offers a tablet-based interface that reflects changes made to scripts on the fly, as well as flexible printing options. Inception Live also offers seamless integration with XPression for graphics planning, and Streamline for asset management. Users can communicate on the fly with the built-in instant messaging platform, which lets everyone know of schedule changes or unplanned events.

The Streamline Media Asset Management System now includes a MOS engine and HTML5-based plug-in to discover and source media, browse, and link to broadcast scripts in Inception News. Streamline adds video proxies and stills, single-sign-on, with importing and conversion tools from existing asset systems. Streamline provides new asset lifecycle management capabilities, with the ability to dynamically move assets from its database onto playout servers, switchers, graphics, or master control.

Legislative Control System Products
LCS provides an intuitive touch screen interface to get speakers on air quickly and simply. The new version of includes the ability to store meeting files so that a single room can be configured for multiple meetings, which reduces the amount of configuration time required before each meeting. A simplified configuration interface makes arranging a room or adding in new positions easier than before. Representatives can be assigned to a position using a drop down menu to accommodate for unassigned seating or quick adjustments if a replacement representative is present. The graphics system dynamically receives information from LCS providing user defined representative information, to ensure that all the relevant details are correctly displayed.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The Production Technology Experts.

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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 Introduces Carbonite Black

2015 Press Releases, Carboniteon April 12th, 2015

A New Carbonite Production Powerhouse

Sunday, April 12, 2015 [Las Vegas, Nevada, USA] – Today, Ross Video announces that NAB 2015 will see the introduction of Carbonite Black, the latest addition to Ross Video’s best selling production switcher family.

Carbonite Black brings expanded I/O and ME count to the Carbonite series, with a beautiful new control panel, 3 full MEs, 36 Inputs and 22 outputs – plus all of the superior features found in other Carbonite models such as MiniMEs, MultiScreen, 3G and UHD (4K) format support.

Carbonite Black

“When we introduced Carbonite, it became an instant hit as it completely changed the price and performance model for 1 and 2 ME production switchers. Carbonite Black is designed to do the same thing, but for productions that require larger I/O or 3 MEs,” stated Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager. “Carbonite Black not only looks fantastic, but has more production features and performance than any other product available at this price point. We know that customers will really like this product – and it’s what many of them have been asking us for.”

The 2RU Carbonite Black frame will be available with 2 or 3 MEs, and will accept all current signal formats as standard – including 3G/1080P 50/59.94 and UHD quad link with no reduction of resources whatsoever when processing these higher data rates.

“With 3 MEs and 4 MiniMEs, this switcher effectively has 7 fully available MEs and a total of 23 keyers,” continued Nigel. “Until now, there has been nothing available that can offer this much production power at a mid-size price point, and Carbonite Black is yet another game changer from Ross.”

Carbonite Black will be demonstrated on the Ross Booth #N3906, and is scheduled to begin shipping in July 2015.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The Production Technology Experts.

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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 brings even more choice and flexibility to Carbonite for IBC 2014

2014 Press Releases, Carboniteon September 12th, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] – Today, Ross Video announces its award winning Carbonite Production Switcher will demonstrate version 10.0 software at IBC 2014. Version 10.0 supports 2.5 ME operation, MiniME and MultiScreen modes, 3G and UHD (4K) signal processing, as well as some very unique new features.

Carbonite v10.0 new features include the ability to ‘fly’ any key source by utilizing Carbonite’s powerful DVE’s (including Chroma Keys). Advanced ME Layer mode enables complex key layers to be built on any ME, with the composited result then available to another ME, MiniME’s or to direct outputs for use in a downstream keyer. Carbonite v10.0 also includes full Integration with the Ross Video’s OverDrive Automated Production Control system.

“Carbonite’s huge internal processing capabilities makes it possible for us to continue to add some astonishing new features, which can be viewed at IBC along with our European launch of our two new 3 ME panels – making MiniME and 2.5 ME operation a pure joy,” says Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager at Ross Video. “Carbonite offers a level of production power and system connectivity that no other product can offer, and if you couple that with our stunning XPression Graphics System and BlackStorm Playout Server, you have an efficient and cost effective production system capable of producing the highest quality content for any application – quickly and effectively. Now with the added ability to connect Carbonite to our Overdrive APC, a truly cost effective automated news production is within reach of many customers.”

Ross Video’s new Carbonite panels being launched at IBC include the 3S, 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 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.

Carbonite Version 10.0 will be a free software update for all current systems, and visitors to IBC will be able to see the full new feature set of this production powerhouse on Ross’ Stand 9.C10.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The Production Technology Experts.

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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 Breaks the Automated Production Price Barrier with the Integration of OverDrive and Carbonite at IBC

2014 Press Releases, Carbonite, OverDriveon September 12th, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] – Today, Ross Video announces the integration of two market leading products, their OverDrive Automated Production Control System and Carbonite Production Switcher Series. This integration makes automated production available to many more price sensitive customers given the dramatically lower cost of a Carbonite system versus larger production switchers.

OverDrive Carbonite Integration“We’ve had customer requests for some time to integrate OverDrive with Carbonite so that the benefits of automated production can be enjoyed without requiring a large, expensive production switcher,” says Scott Bowditch, Marketing Product Manager, OverDrive. “The combination of OverDrive with Carbonite creates a high-end production automation solution for a mid-market price that is unmatched in the market today.”

With many thousands in the field, Carbonite is the world’s best-selling mid-sized production switcher, while OverDrive is number one in automated production control (APC).  Recent developments in both products make their hotly desired integration possible.  Carbonite’s new, feature-packed version 10 software release expands the system from 2 MEs to 2.5 MEs – the ideal size for automated production. While OverDrive Caprica a new version of OverDrive that extends control to Carbonite as well as production switchers from other companies.

“Carbonite has long offered the “sweet spot” in manually operated live production,” notes Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager, Production Switchers. “Now it extends that claim to automated production. To all those customers that have asked us about integration of these products over the past couple of years – the answer is now yes!”

Ross will be showing OverDrive Caprica with Carbonite at IBC 2014 in hall 9, stand C.10.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The Production Technology Experts.

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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: What’s New at IBC 2014

2014 Press Releases, Acuity, BlackStrom, Carbonite, DashBoard, Inception, Nielsen, NK, openGear, OverDrive, Robotics, XPressionon July 15th, 2014

Tuesday July 15, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Since last IBC, Ross has expanded dramatically with 4 corporate acquisitions in the areas of routing, news and prompting software, augmented reality and mobile production and a wide array of new production focused products and services as well as the addition of almost 100 new employees.  This IBC, Ross is celebrating its 40th anniversary, sporting a new look with a modernized corporate logo and the updated tagline: “Production Technology Experts”.  Following is a brief outline of just some of the things to expect from Ross on the stand at IBC in September – and as always, there will be a few last minute surprises announced closer to show time.

openTruck™ – Next Generation Mobile Production
openTruck™ brings innovation to mobile production by providing a standardized yet customizable way to design a new generation of cost-effective remote-production vehicles that deliver the highest quality video and audio content from sports and other live events. A mobile production vehicle, built to the openTruck specifications will be front and center on the Ross stand at IBC.

Acuity – Breakthrough High End Production Switching
Introduced at NAB 2014 and now fully released and shipping, the Acuity production switcher is the latest large production switcher platform. It delivers fast, efficient and error-free production for all formats including UHD (4K) and is ergonomically perfect and stunningly beautiful. The culmination of 40-years’ production switcher design experience, Acuity combines seemingly limitless production power with aesthetic beauty and unprecedented connectivity. No matter what your vision is for the future of your production facility, Acuity will help you lead the way.

Carbonite – The World’s Most Popular Mid-Sized Production Switcher
The award-winning Carbonite production switcher now has more choice and flexibility than ever before with 3G and Advanced UHD (4K) production shipping on new systems and also available to all Carbonite customers through free software upgrades.  These features enable Carbonite to be switched to 3G (1080P 50 or 60 (59.94)) and open the door to the very latest production format: UHDTV (4K) – a capability used by Globosat, Brazil in the recent FIFA World Cup.

Another unexpected free software upgrade to Carbonite is 2.5 ME operation, with two new 3 ME panels available to provide direct access to this additional horsepower—the 3S and 3X— bringing the total number of Carbonite control panel choices to nine.

Inception – The Modern Newsroom Computer System
Inception is “the new kid in town” in newsroom editorial systems and has made a big impression since its introduction last IBC, winning major industry awards for the innovative approach it takes to creating multi-platform content.  Inception enables your operation to truly embrace social media and the web – making them equal partners alongside your linear channel in your content creation efforts.  Designed to handle the modern needs of News, Sports and Entertainment production, Inception is a must see at IBC this year.

Inception Social – Social Media Management Made Easy
Inception Social is a social media management system that can either work standalone or can be “plugged in” to an existing newsroom computer system.  In addition to news environments, Inception Social has found a place in live event social media management for entertainment productions and sports where it provides a tight link between audience feedback (tweets, polls and pictures) and live on-air production graphics.

XPression – The New Standard in Real-Time Motion Graphics
XPression keeps getting more powerful and flexible with solutions that meet virtually every type of onscreen live graphics need—from character generation to virtual sets and augmented reality.  XPression has added Visual Scripting, making the creation of dynamic, data-driven graphics much faster and easier.   Visual Scripting complements XPressions powerful scripting capability with an intuitive drag and drop operator user interface eliminating the need to write programming scripts in most cases.

A few more new solutions planned for the XPression family at IBC this year include:

  • XPression Tick-it and Tick-it Solo: Next-generation ticker systems with collaborative browser-based data entry and scheduling.
  • XPression Brand-it: Multi-channel automated branding workflow server for program lineups, snipes and more.
  • XPression Studio and BlueBox GO!: Powerful XPression solutions for Thunderbolt™ laptops.

Ross Virtual Solutions – Great Looking Virtual and Augmented Reality
Ross Virtual Solutions will be demonstrating The Studio of the Future – Available Today, a turnkey solution that makes it easy to quickly deploy a virtual set or add augmented reality elements to an existing set. Ross Video is the only company in the broadcast industry that’s able to offer a single-vendor turnkey AR/VS studio solution, including the equipment you need as well as design services for virtual sets, virtual set extensions, and augmented reality 3D design elements. Stop by and see a demo of what the state-of-the-art studio of the future looks like.

Furio RC and Furio Robo – Advanced Track Based Robotic Camera Systems
Ross Video’s rail-based remote-control camera system, Furio RC, has a new control option that makes controlling the Furio similar to controlling a manual camera. The Furio Panbar controller has a fluid head for pan, tilt, zoom and focus, and foot pedals for dolly and lift, making it easier to get those dramatic production shots the Furio RC is famous for. A new collision avoidance option enables two Furio Robo Systems to safely share a single track, maximizing flexibility and the ability to attain the best camera shots.

OverDrive Caprica – Automated Production
OverDrive, the worlds most popular system for automating news production is now shipping with a new version called OverDrive Caprica which adds support for 3rd party (non-Ross) production switchers.  This allows customers with installed legacy production switchers to make the move to automation without having to replace their production switcher.

MC1 – The Affordable Master Control Solution
The MC1 simple, robust and affordable Master Control System has added an optional physical control panel that is fully customizable and supports scalable multi-channel operations. The MC1 System is now also available as a standalone openGear module for channel branding and emergency alert system insertion.

openGear 3.0 – The World’s Only Open Terminal Equipment Platform
Ross will be demonstrating the openGear 3.0 frame, this third generation open frame standard offers increased density, power, cooling and advanced network control while maintaining backward compatibility with previous generation openGear cards.  Earlier this year, the openGear ecosystem passed 60 partner companies continuing to broaden the range of available openGear compliant solutions.

Ross openGear portfolio has added a 3G advanced VANC data processor with support for SCTE 104 Digital Program Insertion (DPI); a 3G A/V Frame Synchronizer with audio embedding/de-embedding capabilities; and a fiber optic 3G A/V Frame Synchronizer with audio embedding/ de-embedding support making it ideal for mixed format Electrical / Optical Installations.

SRG-4400 Master Sync and Reference Generator
New since last IBC is the SRG-4400 Master Sync and Reference, a state of the art master reference and 3G/HD/SD SDI test signal generator designed for performance and reliability. With front swappable redundant power supplies and an optional auto changeover unit, the SRG-4400 provides the features and reliability needed in a modern facility timing system.

NK Series Routing Systems
New in NK Series Routing includes customer definable DashBoard-based soft panels – making router control available from any computer.  These CustomPanels can combine control of a variety of Ross and 3rd party equipment at the same time – streamlining user operation.

Nielsen Watermarks – Audience Measurement Systems
Ross is Nielsen’s partner in providing and supporting the equipment needed by broadcasters to insert Nielsen Watermarks for audience measurement. Ross now offers the NWE-TS which can watermark signals in the compressed domain. The NWE-TS accepts ATSC ASI transport streams and will watermark up to 10 channels simultaneously.

Black Storm – Video Clip Player
At IBC this year, BlackStorm adds support for Avid’s DNxHD codec offering smoother workflow for Avid-centric environments.

DashBoard – Facility Control and Monitoring
DashBoard is Ross’ Facility Control and Monitoring System and is available for free download from the Ross Video website.  DashBoard 6.2, now in beta, will launch at IBC and includes some big upgrades to the system including a more sophisticated version of the popular PanelBuilder feature.  PanelBuilder allows the easy creation of customized touch screen control panels that can take a complex operation and make it simple for the operator.   PanelBuilder can include individual buttons, sliders and indicators from any openGear, DashBoard Connect and Ross Video product as well as a number of 3rd party devices – combining these with scripting intelligence in powerful and unique ways.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The Production Technology Experts.

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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

New 24/7 News Channel in India Chooses Ross Video

2014 Press Releases, Carbonite, DashBoard, openGearon July 14th, 2014

Monday July 14, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Today, Ross Video announced that India’s newly launched 24×7 news channel, 99% TV, had chosen to invest in Carbonite production switchers with built-in MultiViewers and other Ross infrastructure for its new news studios.

MC1“We carefully examined all our options, but the Ross Video products blew the competition away with their superior performance, cost effectiveness and reliability,” said Mr. Kapil, 99% TV’s Chief Executive Officer. “The support system Ross has in place here in India is also very strong and I was impressed by their technical support, which is second to none.”

As well as using Carbonite production switchers, 99% TV is also using Ross Video’s MC1 master control system, DashBoard and openGear.

“We decided to go with a complete infrastructure from Ross in part because of the flexibility of DashBoard, which lets us create an unlimited number of custom panels to meet our specific needs. We can also do L-band and squeezeback,” added Mr. Kapil. “The MC1 is incredibly user-friendly and can also be used without a hardware panel which enables us to integrate it with our existing router. It also delivers exceptional value for money as well as an extended five-year warranty.”

99% TV is using its Ross Video infrastructure for all its on-air news programs, including discussions, debate shows and personal interviews. In the future, the station is also planning to produce game shows.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The production technology experts.

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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

Globosat Kicks Off World Cup with Help from Ross Video

2014 Press Releases, Carbonite, NK, Roboticson July 10th, 2014

Wednesday July 10, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Today, Ross Video announced that Globosat is using Ross Video products to deliver exciting, high-quality coverage of the 2014 World Cup. Launched in 1991, Globosat leads the Brazilian pay TV market and has 33 channels and more than 1,800 employees. Globosat delivers entertainment, information, and leisure programming via channels including  Rede Telecine, SporTV, GNT, Multishow, Globonews, Viva, Gloob, +Globosat, Universal Channel and Canal Brazil.

World Cup - Globosat“Ross Video’s Furio Robotic Cameras are playing a leading role in production of shows from Globosat’s spectacular Glass Ball studio on Fiscal Island,” said Juan Carlos Ortolan, Ross Video’s Director of Sales for Latin America. “This studio is hosting SporTV channel’s primetime daily FIFA 2014 show, which is considered to be the most-important daily show of the World Cup.”

The Furio Robotic Cameras are being used by Globosat for camera automation and to support data tracking for the augmented reality elements. A Ross Video Carbonite production switcher with a C2 panel is being used to run the show from the Glass Ball Studio while openGear is being used for sync generation, distribution and down conversion.

“Getting everything ready in time for the start of the World Cup was a significant challenge, and we were delighted with the stellar support we received from Ross Video to help make that happen,” said Lourenço Carvano, Technology Manager for Globosat. “Since its inception, Globosat has been a pioneer in Brazilian broadcasting, Ross Video’s products make it easy for us to continue to explore new technologies and deliver exceptional live productions for what is arguably one of the most important sporting events of the year: the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

Globosat is also using Ross Video equipment at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro where an NK-3G34 router is being used for 4K quad 3G link routing, and a Carbonite switcher is being used for 4K routing, mixing and keying.

“We’re very excited that Globosat is using Ross Video’s Carbonite production switcher to produce 4k routing, mixing and keying for the 2014 World Cup,” added Jeff Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Ross Video. “For us at Ross, it’s about helping our customers not only meet their production goals, but also make their productions better and easier through improved workflows, tight integration between products, and tailored automation.”

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The production technology experts.

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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

MAA TV uses Ross Video Carbonite to deliver compelling HD programming

2014 Press Releases, Carboniteon July 7th, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Today, Ross Video announced that India’s MAA TV had selected a Carbonite production switcher to enable it to cost-effectively produce compelling HD content for viewers. MAA, which is MAA TV’s main entertainment channel, is among the top 20 TV channels in India.

Carbonite 1“We already had a Vision 1ME switcher from Ross Video,” said Mr. P. Masthaniah, AVP Technical for MAA TV. “We chose the Carbonite C1 production switcher because, when we decided to upgrade to HD, we discovered that Ross could easily deliver the products and expertise we needed. Ross Video’s competitive pricing, product reliability and excellent customer service sealed the deal. The support we’ve received from Ross throughout this entire process has been stellar. It’s been like having a partner who’s expert in live production with us every step of the way.”

MAATV is also using MC1 panels from Ross Video to master control three of their channels: MAA Music, MAA Movies and MAA Gold. The MC1s are being used in conjunction with Ross Video NK routers to do L-band and squeeze back in an automated environment.

“We chose the MC1 master control system from Ross for a number of reasons,” continued Masthaniah. “These include that that it’s loaded with features that are practical and very useful, is extremely competitively priced, was built to meet the demands of 24/7 operation, comes with a five-year warranty, and provides complete program path protection by using input bypass relays that protect our channel output.”

The Ross Video switchers and other equipment will help MAA TV to continue to stand out from competing channels because of the quality of its programming, and remain close to the hearts of its viewers.

About Ross Video
Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, robotic camera systems, social-media management, production switchers, routers, infrastructure products, video servers, newsroom systems, terminal equipment and more.

Ross products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.

Ross Video: The production technology experts.

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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