Mongolia National Broadcaster Upgrades Facility
and Programming with Ross

2013 Press Releases, Carbonite, Inception, NK, openGear, XPressionon April 21st, 2014

Monday, April 21st, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] - Mongolia National Broadcaster (MNB), a state-funded television channel in Mongolia upgraded from analog to digital broadcasting using Ross Video Production Technology.

MNBMNB wanted to provide their viewers with a better experience, while changing the look and feel of their programming. MNB accepted Global Telecom’s tender and began their introduction to Ross Video’s Carbonite Production Switcher, XPression Character Generator and Graphics System, Inception News Newsroom Control System, MC1 Master Control System, openGear Terminal Equipment and NK Series Router.

“Our first experience with Ross Video began 15 years ago with a purchase of an RVS 216A Analog Production Switcher – which still works perfectly to this day,” said Mr. Temuujin. S, Head of Engineering, MNB. “In order for MNB to successfully go digital, we needed to invest in a lot of new equipment. After requesting tenders from local vendors, Global Telecom won with the recommendation of Ross technology – and a decision that has proven to be an easy transition.”

While still awaiting installation of a few products – XPression, NK Series and Inception News – MC1 has proven to be the straightforward master control switcher MNB required. Carbonite is also fulfilling all of their production requirements.

“Carbonite allows us to produce our programs more effectively, as well as plan for more programming moving forward,” continued Mr. Temuujin. “While the initial investment was high, the built-in features such as the Chroma Keyer and MultiViewer saved us money – and space. Our operators are truly enjoying everything Carbonite has to offer and can’t wait for the rest of our Ross equipment to be up and running.

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 is 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 – 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

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

Rhode Island Legislature Chooses Ross Video

2013 Press Releases, BlackStrom, Carbonite, DashBoard, NK, openGear, Robotics, XPressionon September 11th, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Rhode Island’s Capitol Television, the production department of the Rhode Island General Assembly, has selected Ross Video to provide a comprehensive high definition video production solution.

The solution provided by Ross includes:  CamBot Robotic Camera Systems, NK Series Routing Systems, openGear Terminal Equipment, Carbonite Production Switchers, BlackStorm Video Servers, XPression Motion Graphics Systems and Ross’ new Legislative Control System (LCS).

The Ross LCS provides a touch screen user interface laid out for the unique needs of producing video from a legislative assembly.  It can be tailored to the specific configuration of any legislature.  Despite the rich array of complex technologies, production control is unified into a simple touch screen interface that allows a clean, attractive, network quality production to be created by a single operator. By integrating with the microphone or delegate system the best camera angle and relevant graphical overlay are automatically selected and placed on the Preset.  The operator can then trim the camera, if desired, and Take the new angle and graphics.

“As soon as I saw the user interface I immediately appreciated its power and simplicity.  It was one of the decisive factors in choosing a total Ross solution,” said Derek Hayes, General Manager, Capitol Television. “Ross technology is known to be top notch and of course, Ross has a great reputation for service and support.”

“DashBoard 6.0, with the rapid customization capabilities of its PanelBuilder feature, together with the fact that all Ross equipment used here “speaks DashBoard” is what enabled us to create this compelling, robust solution.  Expect to see more like this from Ross,” said John Naylor, DashBoard Marketing Product Manger, Ross Video.

About Capitol Television
Capitol Television is the television production department of the Rhode Island General Assembly. All sessions of the House of Representatives and the Senate are televised using the Rhode Island Cable Television Statewide Interconnect System. Also televised are House Committee on Finance and other various House and Senate Committees, as well as various press conferences and other special events held in the State House.

Capitol Television programming can be seen on Channel 15 on both Cox Cable of Rhode Island, Full Channel Cable, Verizon Fios Channel 34 and can also be seen live on the web at www.rilin.state.ri.us.

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 Acquires Montalto

2013 Press Releases, Corporate, NKon August 12th, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Ross Video announces the acquisition of Montalto, a research and development company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.

The Montalto team brings experience, innovation, a broad skill set, and deep knowledge of broadcast routing systems to Ross Video. As former Harris/Leitch staff, the team was successful in developing many breakthrough products over the years.

The Ross Virginia team will take responsibility for advancing the Ross routing systems line, as well as contributing technology and products to Ross’ openGear product portfolio.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to join such a engaged leadership team who have developed a culture of innovation and ‘can-do’ attitudes where customer focus and market leadership are core to the company’s values.” said Mark Sizemore, Managing Director, Montalto and now Director of Routing Soutions, Ross Video.  “It’s been a dream of the Montalto team to get back to our core passion, and we’re able to do that again with Ross. Stay tuned for new product additions and enhancements to the Ross routing and openGear product lines.”

“Ross Video is thrilled to add the Montalto team to our Infrastructure group – they are a great group of guys and fit right in with our culture,” commented David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. “The team’s extensive knowledge and passion for routing systems, coupled with their track record of project execution, will help propel our routing business going forward.”

As a result of this acquisition, Ross has opened a development lab in Virginia Beach as a base of operation for routing systems development. This new location creates a third R&D component in the USA adding to existing development labs in Boston and California.  Ross Video also has R&D facilities in Ottawa, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; Hilversum, The Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia.

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

CJNT Montreal Goes All Ross for New Production Facilities

2013 Press Releases, BlackStrom, NK, OverDrive, Vision, XPressionon July 25th, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – CJNT, a Rogers Media owned television station, has chosen Ross Video for their new production facilities in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

City_ChromeCJNT is building a tightly integrated and efficient production studio designed around the powerful combination of Ross’ XPression Character Generator, Vision Production Switcher, OverDrive Automated Production Control System, NK Router and BlackStorm Video Server.

“The Ross family of products have really developed into reliable and industry leading technologies,” said Keith Beaulieu, Director Special Events/Technical Design, Rogers Media. “We are very satisfied from an engineering perspective with Ross technology and with Ross as a company.”

CJNT’s new facility will produce a Daily Breakfast Television “BT” Morning Show and a weekly Sportsnet update show that covers significant events for the Montreal market.  CJNT plans to be on the air in late August 2013.

“We have Ross products in other broadcast facilities that Rogers Broadcasting owns and our operators approve of the functionality they provide on a daily basis,” said Frank Bruno, Vice President TV Engineering, Rogers Broadcasting Limited. “We are particularly proud that Ross is a Canadian company, creating Hi-Tech jobs for Canadians and their communities.”

About Rogers Media
Rogers is one of Canada’s largest media organizations. Alongside 55 radio stations across Canada and numerous magazine properties, Rogers owns seven City stations (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatchewan), five OMNI multicultural television stations (Ontario, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Quebec), Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet World and Sportsnet 360), and The Shopping Channel. It also owns Rogers Centre Stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and 50% of Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment.

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 New@IBC 2013

2013 Press Releases, BlackStrom, Carbonite, CrossOver, Inception, NK, openGear, OverDrive, Robotics, Vision, XPressionon July 19th, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Ross Video has grown dramatically over the past year with an expanded EMEA team. At IBC, Ross will be showing a complete range of new products and solutions this year that make the Ross stand a must see.  Here’s a preview of some of the things to expect from Ross at the show.

DashBoard Control & Monitoring
Version 6.0 sees DashBoard mature into an open control platform enabling users to quickly build unique, tailored CustomPanels designed to make complex operations simple. DashBoard now provides control and monitoring to hundreds of products from over 50 partners within the openGear, openGear Connect ecosystem, and of course, most Ross Video products. DashBoard’s ability to craft application specific solutions across this breadth of products is what makes version 6.0 so special.  Download it for free at www.rossvideo.com!

Vision Tritium Series Production Switchers
Introducing Vision Tritium – 3 MLE Production Switchers with Vision Octane production power. Tritium combines the stunning Vision Octane feature set within an incredibly budget sensitive new package.

A full 3 MLE modular production switcher with 48 x 32 Multi-Definition inputs and outputs, 6 real 3D DVEs, 16 channels of internal MediaStores, 16 keyers, UltraChrome chroma keys, built-in dual head MultiViewers, massive external device control and much more all wrapped up inside a very affordable package.

The Tritium processing engine is matched up to a stunning Vision series modular 3 MLE panel with your choice of 24 or 32 direct access crosspoint buttons, featuring our cool Ross PanelGlow RGB buttons and DualDisplay touch screen menu system. Tritium is also fully upgradeable and will accept standard Vision Octane components.

With Tritium there is no basic package – no options necessary, a Tritium system is fully loaded.

Vision Series Production Switchers
New 1080p (3G) processing technology has been added to our flagship Vision Octane series of Production Switchers. Built on the standard Octane production engine but with new state-of-the-art FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) devices that allow 1080p production without compromise.

Vision Octane 3G not only accommodates 1080p /50 or 60 production but also adds dual 2D DVE resizers with combiner to every MLE key as well as two more DVE channels for transitions. This makes it possible to create 8 box shots on every MLE in the system and transition them dynamically. In addition, Vision Octane 3G has significantly expanded MLE MediaStores, each MLE now has 8Gb of storage for still and animated graphic playout.

Vision Octane 3G is shipping as of IBC 2013.

Carbonite Series Production Switchers
Introducing the Carbonite C2S, a new 24 button 2 ME panel for Carbonite incorporating individual ME Effects Memory keypads. The C2S has all of the features of the very popular C2M panel and adds ME effects memory controls in addition to the standard global controls. This new panel brings the number of Carbonite panel choices to 7, continuing the expansion of this rapidly evolving product line.

Carbonite eXtreme
Carbonite eXtreme is a truly revolutionary production tool with all of the horsepower of Carbonite wrapped inside a highly configurable signal routing and management system. It can be configured with any Carbonite control panel and NK router panels and when combined with our XPression graphics systems, BlackStorm playout servers and our DashBoard control systems, you have a complete ‘state of the art’ production system with full signal management. Nothing like this has ever been seen before, it is a real game changer.

Carbonite eXtreme merges production switching with signal routing and distribution in the same chassis, this combination simplifies installation and operation immensely while also offering huge cost savings. The eXtreme chassis can be configured with an I/O of up to 144 x 144 in increments of 8 and internally houses the award winning Carbonite production switcher. With eXtreme, it is now simple to manage complex productions across multiple output destinations.

NK Series Routing Systems
The affordable NK Series video, audio and machine control routing solutions will be shown at IBC.  The 64×64 chassis and 72×72 chassis are now 3G, making the entire video matrix line up from 16×4 to 144×144 all 3G.

Master Control System
The MC1 – simple, robust and affordable Master Control System has taken the industry by storm in its first year. Integrated DVE for squeeze back, increased multi-channel operation with enhanced graphics capability and extended EAS interfaces are just a few of the new extras for the MC1 this year.

openGear
openGear, the open frame standard backed by multiple vendors and deployed by many customers, continues to lead the market with Ross showcasing the third generation OG3 frame with three times the power capacity coupled with dedicated GigE buses to every slot plus many more features. openGear is a must see at IBC.

New openGear products range from a new family of distribution amplifiers fully compliant to 3G offering single, dual and quad configurations with the option of high density HD BNC or standard BNC I/O to a new family of Fiber conversions for Ethernet over Fiber in single, dual, and triple configurations.

GearLite
The GearLite line has grown substantially with the addition of SDI to Fiber conversions with both LC and ST connectivity, 3G distribution and audio MUX/DMX.

OverDrive Automated Production Control System
OverDrive, the world’s leading APC system, now works with third party vision mixers.  Ross has long been the industry leader in third party device control and has now added vision mixers to the evergrowing list of controllable devices.  In addition, v14.0 offers a re-engineered newsroom plug-in that streamlines the preparation process, allowing productions to get to air faster, with less effort and fewer mistakes. Version 14.0 also adds customer driven features like trailing audio support, color coding to easily identify incoming MOS elements, automated multi-platform publishing, and a remote database option for multi-site production.

Inception Social Media Management
Inception Social Media Management allows clients to take control of social media, providing a single tool to create, publish and incorporate content from Twitter, Facebook or the web into productions. Inception adds new social features and workflow enhancements for IBC. Inception social publishing now includes Flickr as a destination.  For incoming social content, Inception now supports feeds from both Flickr and Mass Relevance while supporting image upload in Inception Playlists. New workflow tools include additional shortcut keys and a powerful blacklisted words filter.

Virtual Sets & Augmented Reality
Ross once again raises the bar in trade show floor productions with Ross World Sport, a 10-minute sport-themed live show that showcases virtual sets and augmented reality.  Using a whole catalog of Ross products, including  XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics, Furio Robotic Camera Systems, OverDrive Automated Production Control, Vision Production Switchers, Inception Social Media Management, openGear Delay Cards, BlackStorm Video Servers, and Unreel UX Touchscreen Control, customers will be able to see the new “reality” of virtual production.

New this year is the incorporation of a hard-set element from partner, Erector Sets, Inc.  This practical set allows for better visualization of augmented reality, which is defined as adding virtual elements to an existing physical set.  In addition, there is seamless integration between the hard set and a green-screen virtual set wing, also designed by Erector Sets.  This illustrates how a small set in a small studio can be expanded, virtually, to a much larger on-air environment.

XPression Real-time Motion Graphics
XPression continues its evolution as the new standard in real-time motion graphics at IBC 2013.  Version 5.0 brings a whole host of new products and software releases that give enhanced functionality and more graphics horsepower to XPression users at all levels.

The most significant enhancement to XPression at IBC this year is the new FX Engine.  This new effects framework allows users to enhance real-time 3D animation with powerful post effects, such as – motion blur, light rays, warps, wipes, custom drop shadows, and more.  The FX Engine also adds depth-of-field and lens distortion to make virtual sets and augmented reality even more believable.

XPression Connect is a new social media player application that provides the missing link between moderated message feeds and on-air graphics playout.  User can “connect” to multiple data streams and instantly turn them into on-air playlists, or drag and drop selected messages into custom playlists.  There are options to crawl or tick the items and also whether or not to use avatar images.  Connect includes support for the most popular social media providers, including Mass Relevance and Ross Inception.

XPression Prime GO! Is a new edition of XPression that supports Thunderbolt-enabled laptops and external video I/O devices for the ultimate in portable real-time graphics solutions.  Prime GO! outputs video, key, and audio directly to video switchers without lossy compression.  It’s also frame accurate for incorporation into complex switcher effects with RossTalk, P-bus, or GPI protocols.

IBC 2013 also sees the release of a new 64-bit XPression NLE plug-in.  The updated software allows editors to have full access to XPression templates, edit text, and replace graphics, all from the latest 64-bit editing applications.

For the sport world, the XPression DataLinq Server now supports enhanced Excel, XML, and database connectivity, which provides the ability to lookup players by record number or user-definable data keys, without creating hundreds of pages with hard links.  Data Pages also allow users to “pop” data into on-air templates on-the-fly.

There are several enhancements to MOS news workflow this year, too.  Version 5.2 of the Ross Video Signature Series by MediaBeacon asset/order management system offers a number of new features, including the ability to play XPression video clip proxies directly in the browser and checkerboard pattern alpha channel visualization.  The new XPression Desktop Preview Server also enables operators to see previews of any number of XPression systems on the network in one user-configurable screen.

Furio and CamBot Robotic Camera Systems
Both Furio and CamBot will be showing at this year’s IBC including the new VR-600 Robotic Head and FRO-600 Furio System which provides a higher payload, quieter, rail-based system with tracking output for Augmented Reality and Virtual Sets.

Also showing is the new Ross Legislative Control System (LCS) which will be shown controlling the CamBot 500 Series. In a legislative environment, the LCS steers cameras, switches video and audio and brings up graphics all automatically via a simple touch screen user interface.  The interface is very visual and is customizable to the exact layout required.

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 Adds SqueezeBack to the World’s most Compact Master Control Switcher

2013 Press Releases, NK, openGearon April 8th, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013 [Iroquois, ON, Canada] – Launched in 2012, the MC1 gets new features at NAB 2013 including on-air 2D squeeze back, voice over audio mixing and new EAS interfaces along with other enhancements. All of these new features are available at no charge to existing MC1 customers through a simple software upgrade.

MC1 Master ControlThe MC1 is a complete master control switcher on a single openGear card. It is fully featured and includes video mixing and keying, onboard animated logo storage and playout, relay program bypass protection, 16 channels of audio mixing, EAS and Amber Alert crawl generation and more.

“Last year at NAB we shocked the broadcast industry with the most affordable master control solution on the market,” said Brad Plant, Marketing Product Manager for Infrastructure and Video Servers, Ross Video. “As a dedicated hardware based solution, the MC1 offers robustness and reliability not found in PC based solutions – yet it’s more compact and cost effective than the traditional large dedicated master control systems.”

The MC1 has been designed to be integrated with virtually any plant routing system, in turn gaining direct access to router sources, and offering easy integration with the customers choice of automation system. An intuitive touch screen control panel allows for manual operator intervention when required.

EAS insertion, Standalone Squeeze, Standalone VoiceOver
Also new to MC1 is the systems ability to be used with or without a routing matrix. This makes MC1 ideal for cost effective stand-alone add-ons to existing systems, performing squeeze back effects, EAS insertion, audio and voice over, or stand-alone branding and keying in situations where a full blown master control switcher is not required.

About openGear
openGear is the industry’s only open-architecture, modular frame system. The openGear platform and it’s companion DashBoard control system, is designed by Ross Video and supported by a diverse range of terminal equipment manufacturers who develop their own openGear card processing solutions. The openGear platform offers clients the freedom to choose technology from a wide range of products and companies to meet the needs of a broadcast, production, or distribution facility while maintaining a compatible openGear frame infrastructure and DashBoard control environment. Learn more…

About NK Series
Ross Video’s NK Series Routing Systems are a comprehensive family of routing solutions with a wide variety of matrix sizes and types, flexible control panels and a powerful control system tying it all together. Whether it’s a small utility router or a larger mission critical facility system, the NK Series offers solutions for a variety of needs and budgets. Learn more…

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

Ross Video New at NAB 2013

2013 Press Releases, BlackStrom, Carbonite, Inception, Nielsen, NK, openGear, OverDrive, Robotics, Vision, XPressionon February 12th, 2013

Iroquois, ON, Canada – February 12, 2013
NAB Booth #N3808

Ross Studio Systems
Ross will demonstrate full studio systems tuned for specific applications. Demonstration stations for Sports, News, Events and Worship productions will allow clients to book a demo that relates to the production type of their choosing. A combination of Vision, Carbonite and CrossOver production switchers combined with XPression graphics systems, BlackStorm playout servers and Ross Robotics systems comprise Ross Studio Systems.

Virtual Set and Augmented Reality
Ross will be showing a live demonstration of a fully integrated virtual studio production and augmented reality system. VS & AR partner Unreel provides tracking integration and control via Unreel UX – tying together Ross’ graphics, switchers, robotics and automation technology. This display is sure to trigger ideas for broadcasters to practically and cost-effectively take advantage of these new technologies in their productions to make better television.

Vision QMD & Octane Multi Format Production Switchers
The Vision Series production switchers will show the latest enhancements to our flagship large production switchers with version 16 software continuing to add even more production and effects capabilities to an already industry leading feature set.

Carbonite Mid-Size Production Switchers
Celebrating over 1,000 units shipped, the rapidly expanding Carbonite family will be shown at NAB including our latest control panels the C2 (compact) and C2X (extended) as well as the new MultiMedia and Plus video processing engines.

Carbonite ViewControl – available free – is a must see. This amazing new patent pending touch screen control technology integrates Carbonite, XPression Graphics Systems and BlackStorm Playout Servers into a simple and intuitive live user interface.

OverDrive Automated Production Control System
OverDrive, the world’s leading APC system gets even better with a re-engineered newsroom plug-in that streamlines the preparation process, allowing productions to get to air faster, with less effort and fewer mistakes. V14 adds customer driven features like trailing audio support, color coding to easily identify incoming MOS elements, automated multi-platform publishing, and a remote database option for multi-site production. This latest version of software provides significant enhancements to meet the needs of top-end productions.

Inception Social Media Management
Inception Social Media Management allows clients to take control of social media, providing a single tool to create, publish and incorporate content from Twitter, Facebook or the web into productions. V5 rounds out the product with the addition of a one-time search engine and polling support. The search engine allows users to quickly identify relevant social content, and polling provides graph-based outputs of Twitter polls that can be brought to air using XPression graphics systems.

XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics
XPression v5 solidifies its position as the new standard in real-time graphics with a new FX engine and enhanced DataLinq data integration.

The FX engine plug-in architecture allows users to enhance real-time 3D animation with fully key-frameable special effects, like motion blur and light rays. New lens effects make virtual sets and augmented reality even more believable.

XPression DataLinq adds search by record and lookup key creation to dynamically populate templates with data without having to manually create hundreds of pages.

Furio and CamBot Robotic Camera Systems
Ross comes into NAB 2013 with a full year of Ross Robotics. Two acquisitions just over a year ago vaulted Ross into a leading position in robotic camera systems. Both the Furio track-based system and the CamBot roaming robotic pedestal system will have live demos showing all the latest enhancements.

NK Series Routing Systems
The affordable NK Series video, audio and machine control routing solutions will be shown at NAB. The 64×64 chassis and 72×72 chassis are now 3G, making the entire video matrix line up from 16×4 to 144×144 all 3G compliant.

Master Control
The MC1 – simple, robust and affordable Master Control System, has taken the industry by storm in its first year. Extended EAS interfaces, increased multi-channel operation with enhanced graphics capability, are just a few of the new extras for the MC1 this year.

openGear
openGear, the open frame standard backed by multiple vendors and deployed by many customers, continues to lead the market with Ross showcasing a range of new solutions including the new DashBoard Version 6 free openGear configuration and control software.

DashBoard v6 enhances the already powerful control over openGear, NK Routers, and MC1 Master Control with new features like Virtual Panels and PanelBuilder. DB6 beta is available on the Ross Video website prior to the official release for experimentation and feedback.

Nielsen Ratings Encoders
Ross will launch the compressed domain transport stream Nielsen NWE-TS watermarks encoder, offering clients that use compressed domain Nielsen watermarks an upgrade path to next generation technology.

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

Thunderbolt HD Goes Live with Ross in Record Time

2012 Press Releases, NK, Vision, XPressionon May 17th, 2012

May 17, 2012 [Iroquois, ON Canada]Ross Video provides a bolt of power to Camp Digital’s production vehicle – Thunderbolt HD.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Camp Digital’s latest production vehicle, aptly named Thunderbolt HD, has been built around core production technologies from Ross Video. Designed for large event productions, Thunderbolt HD has been equipped with a Ross Vision 3 production switcher, NK series signal routing and an XPression Graphics system.

“Thunderbolt HD was assembled in record time. We took delivery of the chassis on Christmas Eve 2011, and we produced our first show on January 25, 2012,” said Tom Gregory, Vice President of Business Development, Camp Digital. “We’ve been back-to-back ever since. The truck has been well received and performing flawlessly since day one.”

Camp Digital has teamed up with Ross Video, making Thunderbolt HD available for product demonstrations previewing the various integrated Ross products on board.

“Thunderbolt HD is unique, integrating powerful production technologies in a very cost effective mobile platform. When it’s not booked on a production, Ross will have access to this very cool vehicle to provide demonstrations and hands-on training to prospective clients. It is an excellent showcase for Ross in the mobile production market,” said Nigel Spratling, Marketing Product Manager – Communications, Switchers. “We get to show off our products in an ideal environment and Camp Digital get to meet new potential users, making this a beneficial partnership for us both.”

About Camp Digital
Camp Digital captures and produces music and entertainment events all across North America for a variety of television network and music industry clients.  Camp Digital is a full-service production company that also owns/operates Thunderbolt HD, a state of the art 12 camera video production truck with 64 tracks of Pro Tools audio recording all in a turnkey production package. For more information on Camp Digital visit www.campdigital.net  or contact them directly at 615-826-0122.

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, CrossOver and Carbonite Video Production Switchers; openGear®, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; BlackStorm and SoftMetal Video Servers; OverDrive Production Control Systems; XPression Character Generators; 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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For further information, please contact:
Sara Bell
Media Relations Co-ordinator
t. (613) 652-3020
f. (613) 652-4425
e. sbell@rossvideo.com