Bamboo Shoot’s mobile production truck is currently outfitted with a suite of Ross Video products including a Carbonite switcher, XPression graphics system, DashBoard control system, and an NK router. They had been using XPression fairly successfully to provide graphics while covering live sporting events, such as hockey and curling, and also had been using Datalinq with Excel for the rosters, and widgets for the score and the clock. However, they found that with the more advanced aspects of their production, such as penalty timers or team rosters, it was harder to manage with just XPression alone. Chris and his team decided to look for ways to create a more engaging production with the tools they already at their disposal.
In the summer of 2014, Ross Video provided an XPression tutorial to the Bamboo Shoots production team, where they learned that XPression could be controlled through Ross’ DashBoard control system. At the time, they had only been using DashBoard for routing and monitoring, and they were interested to see how DashBoard could help improve their production.
They would be able to use some of Ross Video’s resources such as XPressionU and their online forums, and from there create a custom DashBoard panel that would be uniquely suited to the needs of their productions. For example, they were able to create a reliable penalty timer system, as well as a drop down menu to enter and select from team rosters.
“The high quality graphics has elevated the production value of our events, and the difference can be seen. What we have been able to do with our Ross Video products has really brought our production to another level.” ~ Chris Kaptein, Special Efffects & Animation Editor