We’re taking the same technology that drives the most demanding live productions on the planet and putting it in the cloud. By retaining the same interfaces and familiar control surfaces, we enable you to apply your existing skills to the more flexible and efficient technology options offered by the cloud, unlocking broadcast-caliber services for corporate events, keynotes and conferences.
FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION, FROM ANYWHERE. WITHOUT SACRIFICE.
Ross Production Cloud is an end-to-end, cloud-based, live production solution that allows you to produce content with the same powerful newsroom and asset management you rely on in your existing productions. Built using innovative ground-to-cloud technology, our production cloud lets your teams collaborate seamlessly from anywhere. The solution includes a powerful virtual production switcher, graphics engine and audio mixer, all managed using the world’s leading automated production control system — delivering broadcast-quality video with the rock-solid reliability Ross has long been known for. Supporting high-quality and low-latency ground-to-cloud video sources, real-time video, graphics, playout capabilities, and broadcast-quality audio mixing, broadcast is built into our DNA.
EXPERIMENT WITH NEW FORMATS AND OUTPUTS
Our flexible licensing and subscription-based options offer you the freedom to experiment with very little investment up front, making it easy to provision and deploy an entire studio and control room workflow or simply to add new capabilities. You can try out new shows, experiment with new formats, and expand your production capabilities for large events.
HYBRID PRODUCTION AND WORKFLOWS
Flexibility is at the core of Ross Production Cloud. You can choose to move your entire workload to the cloud or distribute it across on-premises virtualized servers and purpose-built hyperconverged hardware — or you can build your base capabilities on-premises and expand into the cloud as needed.
BRINGING TEAMS TOGETHER
Ross Production Cloud allows you to create and produce content from anywhere with an internet connection. Your studio, control room, and newsroom can be accessed from anyplace on earth, ingesting remote sources and running the show on-location or from home. The result is a cloud offering that can make big organizations more agile and smaller ones more powerful.
SECURITY IN THE CLOUD
We offer encrypted connections, user authentication and role-based access control to protect your content and your production. We even wrap legacy broadcast protocols in new authentication and encryption to address even the most heightened security needs.
Shawn Snider, VP Production Workflow & Cloud, takes you through how Ross is transforming how teams collaborate and produce content in the cloud with our new end-to-end Ross Production Cloud solution.
Dynamic & Persistent Groups
Ross Production Cloud is typically deployed in two major groups:
To support rapid change over between shows, any Ross Production Cloud service can be stopped and started with full recovery to its last known state. As part of the setup process, you can decide which components you want available 24/7 and designate others that you’d prefer as part of a control room or studio group with more flexible operation.
Securely Bring On-Premises Device Control and Local Storage to the Cloud
Ross has developed two innovative technologies that work together to fully integrate on-premises devices with the cloud, providing full control while maintaining an extremely high-security environment.
The Ross Cloud Gateway enables secure connectivity of legacy devices from on-premises to the cloud via the media object server (MOS) protocol., . The gateway enables local filesystem access for media asset management so that content can be managed remotely and quickly shared into the cloud. Our world-leading OverDrive Automated Production Control system has been optimized for cloud and manages real-time device control of on-premises devices like robotic cameras, routers, and tactile surfaces and provides a bridge to hybrid deployments of cloud and on-premises equipment like production switchers, playout servers, and graphics.
Hybrid Workflows & Deployment Options
Ross Production Cloud currently supports and is optimized for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Some services offer detailed integration with AWS services and capabilities such as Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Relational Database Service (RDS), and Amazon OpenSearch. In addition, AWS security groups and Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles for service-based authentication are natively supported by select services.
The solution can also be deployed in a virtualized environment on-premises, in a hybrid mix of on-premises and cloud, or even in purpose-built on-premises hyperconverged hardware.
Deployed In Your Environment
Ross Production Cloud is entirely deployed in your own cloud account or data center. This allows you to retain full control over the environment, align with your corporate IT policies, cloud, and security requirements, and better manage cloud expenses. It also enables you to take advantage of services like VPN and AWS Direct Connect more effectively.
(Select services that make up Ross Production Cloud are also offered in a fully managed configuration, like Inception.cloud and Streamline.cloud)
Ground to Cloud
Our softGear Streaming Gateway technology enables broadcast-quality video transport from on-premises devices to the cloud and vice versa. It supports SDI and NDI video sources and encapsulates them into high-quality compressed SRT transport streams quickly and efficiently with extremely low latency.
The solution allows you to easily transport broadcast-quality live video into AWS from cameras, remotes, and other live sources, and pull live video feeds from the cloud back into the control room for multiviewer feeds and other applications.
It’s designed to work alongside your IT infrastructure and allows bi-directional communication originating from inside of your network, so no inbound firewall ports need to be opened to the outside world.
Graphite – Production Switcher, Audio Mixer, and Multiviewer
Graphite Cloud Production Center delivers an intuitive integrated toolset for live production by bringing together a Production Switcher, industry-leading real-time graphics, clip players, and a comprehensive Audio Mixer. It delivers a familiar set of user interfaces based on the popular Carbonite series, including virtual soft panel interfaces. You can even connect TouchDrive physical surfaces from anywhere.
XPression – Real-Time Graphics
XPression is the fastest-growing real-time motion graphics system in the industry and powers some of the world’s biggest and most demanding productions.
Media I/O – Ingest & Playout
Media I/O accelerates and scales live signal-based capture and playout workflows as an award-winning broadcast-proven solution.
softGear Streaming Gateway – Ground-to-Cloud for Video
Our powerful softGear Streaming Gateway technology quickly and reliably transports broadcast-quality video from the ground to the cloud, and vice versa, at low latency and with the highest quality while still managing high efficiency and reducing costs.
OverDrive – Automated Production Control & Device Control
OverDrive is the most advanced Automated Production Control (APC) system on the planet, enabling the most sophisticated productions to be executed cleanly and consistently while delivering substantial savings in operational costs.
Inception – Newsroom Computer System
Inception is an innovative newsroom computer system (NRCS) and social media management tool. For journalists, Inception offers increased flexibility to create content on the go with access on any device, including mobile, tablets, Windows, and macOS. For editorial teams, Inception provides a story-centric workflow that allows for content creation across a variety of platforms, including broadcast, web, and social media.
Streamline – Production & Graphics Asset Management
Streamline is designed to bridge the gap between the newsroom computer system (NRCS) and the playout server. Create placeholders, search customizable metadata, and select the clip needed to tell the story. Use rules-based workflows to move content between locations and servers. It’s also designed to work alongside your XPression motion graphics workflow to organize asset requests, search existing assets, and easily add them to on-air graphics with ease.
Interstellar – Remote Contribution
Contributors from all walks of life can use Interstellar to contribute to productions from anywhere with their own devices to appear in a broadcast.
Ross Platform Manager – Enterprise Services
Ross Platform Manager offers a consolidated approach to managing your Ross license keys, which translates into operational efficiencies and savings for customers. Ross Platform Manager aspires to provide unified approaches to software license key management, which allows you to:
Flexible Licensing. Flexible Deployment
Perpetual or subscription – choose what makes sense for your business. We offer perpetual software licensing (with recommended annual maintenance for ongoing access to upgrades) or subscription-based licensing (on monthly or annual terms) for all products in the solution.
The flexibility of deploying the solution entirely in your own cloud account makes it easy to align your production operation with your corporate and IT policies and cost management practices. You can also take a hybrid approach by deploying part of your control room on-premises and part in the cloud.
And you can choose to move your existing investment of on-premises software licenses into the cloud with no additional licensing fee.
A Partner in Your Journey to Cloud
Ross has a dedicated team of experts to support you in the journey to the cloud. Our team has deep industry experience and has supported thousands of customers to develop and create incredible live productions over nearly half a century. We are here to support you in taking that next step into the cloud – designing workflows collaboratively, supporting your cloud infrastructure build-out, and providing advice in adopting cloud-based solutions for live production.
Our team of trainers has deep industry experience and works with each customer to develop a plan to onboard their organization as it makes the most sense for them.
Our global support organization provides industry-leading 24/7 support with a comprehensive SLA program that can be tailored based on your specific support requirements.
We are here to support you in achieving your production goals, without sacrifice.
The first step is a consultation with a member of our sales team or one of our certified Ross resellers to discuss the specific needs of your organization. Next, we will look for a mutually convenient opportunity to coordinate a demo.