ATN News in Bangladesh Leads the Way with Ross

2014 Press Releases, openGear, Vision, XPressionon September 3rd, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Today, Ross Video announces that Bangladesh’s leading 24×7 news and current affairs satellite channel, ATN News, has completely upgraded their facility to HD using Ross Video’s live production technology.

ATN Bangledesh“I have been a fan of Ross Video since 2000 when I first used a Ross switcher,” said Pinaki Roy, Head of Engineering and Operations, ATN News Limited. “At that time, I was working on a Synergy 2 production switcher running on software version 2.0. Ross’ switchers were as user-friendly then – as they are now – with a very rugged control panel.”

ATN News upgraded their facility with a Ross Video Vision Production Switcher, MC1 Master Control Switcher, openGear Terminal Equipment, XPression Prime (a single-channel solution), and XPression Studio (an all-in-one creation and playout tool).

“Having used Ross for over a decade now, their company history speaks for itself,” continued Pinaki Roy. “We needed to successfully upgrade our facility to HD. With the quality of their equipment, ease-of-use, and excellent support from Ross Asia and the local distributor, this made an easy choice for us to go with Ross.”

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

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

Mongolia National Broadcaster Upgrades Facility
and Programming with Ross

2014 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

2014 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

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Chooses Ross Video Technology for HD Mobile Production Unit

2014 Press Releases, BlackStrom, openGear, Vision, XPressionon January 21st, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 [Iroquois, Ontario, Canada] – Ross Video today announced that Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Fort Worth, Texas has deployed a full suite of Ross Video solutions as part of its 53-foot HD production truck that it uses to broadcast the organization’s “Believers of Victory” (BVOV) program worldwide.  The company’s Vision Switcher, XPression Realtime Motion Graphics System, BlackStorm  playout server, and openGear® terminal equipment are an integral part of the truck’s HD workflow.

“Vision and XPression enable us to seamlessly and professionally produce our daily and weekly in-studio shows on campus, at church events a mile up the road or in more remote locations throughout the country – all from one mobile control room,” said Kelley Hemphill, senior technical purchasing agent for Kenneth Copeland Ministries. “This dual-purpose fixed and mobile production unit delivers the message of our Mission from wherever our ministers are speaking.  The openGear terminal equipment was a key component in making the best use of the truck’s space with new and existing technologies and affords us the opportunity to expand if and when we need to.”

The Ross Vision Switcher offers the advanced feature set required to produce intensive graphics and stunning HD transition effects. The switcher’s combination of production power and compact rack frame make it ideal for the Ministry’s mobile applications. The XPression Realtime Motion Graphics System provides power, simplicity, and affordability to create high-end graphics and animations clips.

“At Ross Video, we have built our equipment to be cost-effective and powerful so that organizations like Kenneth Copeland Ministries can carry their message to their worldwide supporters,” said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. “We’ve designed our Vision switcher, XPression and BlackStorm systems to handle any environment a customer demands — from a stationery control room to a mobile production unit – while ensuring the best quality and reliability.”

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ross Expands openGear Portfolio and Announces Breakthrough Pricing

2013 Press Releases, openGearon September 16th, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013 [Amsterdam, The Netherlands] – Ross Video continues the expansion of the their openGear product portfolio at IBC with a new line of 3G Distribution Amplifiers (DAs), Gigabit Ethernet over Fiber Transceivers as well as new openGear 3G Audio Multiplexing and Demultiplexing (Mux/Demux) solutions starting at only $995.00.

Ross’ new line of 3G DAs include single, dual, and quad channel distribution amplifiers that offer the flexibility of high density HD-BNC or standard BNC rear modules, non-inverting output support for DVB-ASI signals and fail over protection utilizing secondary inputs.

The new Fiber Ethernet transceiver offers a great way to extend a data network’s range over Fiber.  There are single, dual and triple Ethernet / Fiber channels available on a single card with guaranteed GigE bandwidth. The ports can be configured as a generic switch (any port to any port), or can be set up for 1:1 trunking with options for auto fail-over.

Ross’ 3G Audio Mux/Demux solutions have been reduced to only $995 on the digital versions. Also, an 8 channel AES balanced 110Ω variant has been added to the lineup.

“The scope of Ross’ openGear product range continues to expand with new products added every month or two,” explains Eric Goodmurphy, Director of Infrastructure Business, Ross Video. “The breadth of solutions available from both Ross and our openGear partners is staggering, propelling the growth of the world’s only open terminal equipment platform.”

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

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

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

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

Mills James Productions Creates Results with Ross Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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