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Welcome to XPression U, a place for online self-directed learning of XPression software and workflow. This library of videos will be updated on a regular basis as new features and functionality are released for XPression. Be sure to check back for updates and enjoy your discovery of XPression!

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Video Tutorials

The video tutorials demonstrate the basics of XPression.

Quick Tips 101
Installation of XPression Studio Software
This video shows users how to install the XPression Studio software…
Quick Tips 102
Setting UP XPression Preferences on First Launch
After installing XPression, the first time the application is launched…
Quick Tips 103
Checking the XPression Version and Licensed Features on Your System
Operators who move from production to production often wonder what version…
Quick Tips 104
Configuring XPression Hardware Renderer Settings
The XPression software is optimized for and NVIDIA Graphics Processer Unit…
Quick Tips 105
Setting Up XPression Studio I/O hardware
For the users who are tasked with setting up hardware, this video shows how…
Quick Tips 106
Creating Docking Layouts in XPression
The XPression user interface allows the user to create multiple docking layouts…
Quick Tips 107
Setting up AES Audio on XPression Studio
Not everyone uses AES audio, however, it is available on…
Quick Tips 108
Configuring the Default Length of XPression Animation Controllers
Animation Controllers are the heart of animation using Scene Directors…
Quick Tips 109
Saving and Recalling a Sequence in XPression
XPression Studio projects save the contents of the Sequence with the project…
Quick Tips 110
Launching XPression Into the Sequencer
For users who focus on playback of the same show every day, there is a setting…
Quick Tips 111
Exporting XPression Scenes as Videos
While XPression is an excellent system for real-time graphics in “live” or…
Quick Tips 112
Bulk Import of Images as XPression Materials
There is a misunderstanding that the only way to add materials to XPression…
Quick Tips 113
Changing the duration of Scenes Playing on XPression
Some simple XPression scenes have a default duration, but it is possible…
Quick Tips 115
The XPression Video Coder
XPression uses a native video codec for optimum performance at playout…
Quick Tips 117
Using the XPression Video Coder to Convert Image Sequences
While image sequences (.tga sequences, .tiff sequences, .png sequences)…
Quick Tips 119
Merging Video and Alpha Videos into One XPression Video Codec Clip
Every once in a while, producers will provide video elements as a separate…
Quick Tips 120
Exporting an XPression Project Using the XPression Package
Ever wonder how users build an XPression Project and then share it…
Quick Tips 121
Creating a Bar Graph in XPression Using Visual Logic
Graphics help to tell a story in television. Often times, the graphics…
Quick Tips 122
Adjusting the Pivot Point of an XPression Object
It seems like everyone knows that animating in XPression is easy-peasy…
Quick Tips 123
Creating a Pie Chart in XPression Using Visual Logic
Who doesn’t love pie? Well, next time a producer asks if you can…
Quick Tips 125
Building XPression Scenes with Non-Looping Replaceable Video
XPression allows users to place either still images or videos as materials…
Quick Tips 127
Zooming in on the XPression Viewport
Need to work on a small detail in an XPression scene, and want to zoom in…
Quick Tips 129
Using the XPression Clock and Timers Widget
Time is something that escapes all of us, but adding time to a scene…
Basics 101
Set up a new Graphics Project
How to properly set up a project. Make sure your files and assets get stored in the correct location…

Basics 102
Object Manipulation
Object Manipulation in XPression, creating objects, moving objects around in 3D and understanding perspective inside of an XPression scene…

Basics 103
Text Creation
Creating text objects, formatting text and creating fonts in XPression is a breeze and you can create unlimited fonts…

Basics 104
Material Basics
An introduction to using materials and how to include Images or Videos with reflective effects that moves based on the 3D environment…

Basics 105
Template Links and Object Publishing
Template links or Object Publishing. Anything published trough the Template Links option tab will be exposed to…

Basics 106
Continuous Animation Basics
Make objects spin and create nice looking looping effects without relying on video clips…

Basics 107
Sequence Basics
In this tutorial we will learn how to create and edit take items, controlling the sequencer and controlling layers and channels from the sequencer…

Basics 108
Creating Animations
Creating keyframed animations in XPression….

Basics 109
XPression Transition Logic
New in XPression 6.0, Transition Logic is Ross Video’s feature in XPression that allows the XPression Designer…

Basics 110
XPression plug-in for Grass Valley Edius
Stations with an XPression gateway for their MOS workflow can now provide the same templates to their…

Basics 111
XPression As Run Logs
Some XPression customers are using their XPression engines for station branding which includes sponsorship artwork or other materials…

Basics 112
Slab – The Newest Geometric Primitive Object
To meet the needs of XPression designers, a new Primitive Object has been introduced…

Basics 113
XPression MOS ActiveX Plug-in Changes
Driven by customer requests, there have been considerable changes to the XPression MOS Plug-in…

Basics 114
User Input Controls
XPression now has an additional Data Source for text objects, User Input Controls…

Basics 115
User Input Controls Advanced Use Cases
Building on the basics of User Input Controls, Importing lists can be done using text fields with Comma…

Basics 116
XPression Clips in the MOS Plug-in
XPression Clips is now available in the XPression MOS ActiveX plug-in…

Basics 117
Extracting the NRCS user name when opening the XPression MOS plug-in
The XPression MOS plug-in now gathers the user name of the NRCS client…

Basics 118
XPression MOS User Favorites
Using the same process as the Project Server listed above, the XPression MOS plug-in gets the NRCS user name from…

Basics 119
Adobe XMP Metadata
Adobe has formalized the use of embedded metadata into a protocol they call eXtensible Metadata Platform, or XMP…

Basics 120
Video Loop Points on the Materials
It is now possible to set loop points for videos used in XPression scenes at the material level…

Basics 121
Auto Replace Cached Textures Based on Date Stamps
XPression now has an option to check in memory cache against the local file system for a newer version of the same file…

Basics 122
Introduction to XPression Video Coder
XPression utilizes a highly efficient compression codec for video files used in XPression…

Basics 123
Converting Image Sequences Using The XPression Video Coder
Some designers and rendering programs provide image (.tga, .jpg, .png, etc.) sequences as output files, rather than…

Basics 124
Merging Two Videos to Create an XPression Video with an Alpha Channel
Learn how to merge the two files together to make a single file with RGB and alpha….

Basics 125
XPression Studio Hardware Frame Buffer Settings
XPression Studio can work in various broadcast video standards…

Basics 126
XPression Studio Hardware AES Audio Output Settings and Channel Mappings
XPression can handle audio as embedded or as AES inputs and outputs…

Basics 127
Saving and Recalling Sequences in XPression
XPression Sequencer is a powerful tool for playout of scenes in order as well as random order…

Basics 128
Importing XPression Scenes from One Project to Another Project
Sometimes, a specific XPression scene from one project…

Basics 129
Adjusting Keyframes in XPression Animations
XPression animations are keyframe-based, meaning that animations are interpolated between two (or more) points on a timeline…

Basics 130
Exporting XPression Scenes at a Defined Duration with a Transition Out
It is now possible to export an XPression scene as a video file, at a defined duration…

Basics 131
XPression Desktop Server Settings for the Blue Flash
Often times, back-to-back graphics have common elements, such as the story topic or…

Basics 132
Keyframing Effects in XPression
XPression utilizes keyframes to create animations, moving an object…

Basics 134
Stagger Animations in XPression
XPression has a powerful tool called Stagger Animations…

Basics 136
Creating Masks and Animating Them in XPression
XPression has several ways to create masks, and apply them to objects…

Basics 138
Importing Take Items into the Sequence from an XML File
Working in the XPression Sequencer, Take IDs are very important…

Basics 140
Keyframing Published Properties of Objects
XPression Animation Controllers are based on the ability to keyframe…

Basics 142
Update Take Item Data After Changes in an XPression Scene
When someone asks to change a scene, and there are already douzens…

Basics 144
Counting Down to a Date or Time Using Function Blocks in XPression Visual Logic
Have a big day coming up in your future? Maybe the first day…

Basics 146
Material Tags to Change a Font Without Having to Actually Have Another One
How many times have you been asked if you can change one word…

Basics 148
Forcing a Material to Scale to the Height or Width of an XPression Quad
While building a scene in XPression, designers envision…

Basics 150
The New Countdown column in XPression Sequencer
How many times as the director asked you how much longer…

Basics 152
Thumbnails in XPression Sequencer
Visual confirmation is key to being confident. Want to really know…

Intermediate 201
Keyboard Mapping
In this tutorial we’re going to look at how you can change existing keyboard shortcuts in XPression, how to create your own shortcuts…

Intermediate 202
Visual Logic
Find out what visual logic is and how you can build smart templates that can control conditional animations…

Intermediate 203
Importing OBJ Sequences into XPression
XPression can import 3D models in the OBJ and 3DS formats, as well as an OBJ Sequence…

Intermediate 204
Using PBUS to Play XPression Scenes
XPression Studio systems with the XPression Clips option also have the PBUS option as part of the clips software…

Intermediate 205
XPression MOS Templates with Non-looping Replaceable Videos
MOS workflows allow the newsroom user to create their own graphics using…

Intermediate 206
XPression Visual Logic Sort Selector Function Block
XPression and Datalinq™ are already a very powerful combination of workflow tools…

Advanced 301
XPression API
How to use Visual Studio to write a C Sharp or Visual Basic Application that will connect to the dot net interface of XPression to be able to control your graphics…

Clips 102
XPression INcoder Overview
The Clip Store option for XPression is a powerful tool for video clip management and playout in the production control room…

Clips 103
Setting Up Virtual Channels and PBUS
Accessing the components of the user interface for XPression Clips and the basic requirements of output configuration…

Clips 104
Setting Up the FILL2 Option, Included with Clip Store
XPression Clips automatically enables the FILL2 option for XPression Studio…

Clips 105
Importing Videos with Looping Set
Program producers often has a requirement for simple looping videos…

Clips 107
Importing Still Images
XPression Clips also supports the import of still images within the watch folder process…

Clips 109
Using the XPression Record Client for Baseband Video Recording
Record baseband video within the XPression user interface…

Clips 201
Installing XPression Studio Software
This video shows how to install the XPression Studio software…

Clips 202
Confirming the Version of XPression and Licensed Options
Some features and options of XPression have minimum version requirements and may require…

Clips 203
Installing XPression Clips Components
This video covers the installation of the software components of the XPression Clips option…

Clips 205
Setting Up XPression Clip Store
This video will provides instruction on how to set up the XPression Clip Store software…

Clips 207
Setting Up XPression INcoder
The INcoder software provides watch folder workflows for XPression video files…

Clips 209
XPression Clips Bulk Change of Recall IDs
XPression Clips users can now select a group of items in the Clip Browser and modify…

Clips 210
XPression Clips Quick Find Settings
XPression Clips users who access clips content randomly, using the Quick Find field can now…

Clips 211
XPression Clips Show Slate Function
In a busy control room, it can be difficult to keep track of what clips are queued…

Clips 212
Using the XPression Record Client to Grab Stills
The XPression Record Client now can grab a still and upload it to the XPression Clips Clip Store Database…

Clips 213
XPression Clips inside the XPression MOS Workflow
XPression Clips can integrate them into their MOS newsroom clients…

Clips 215
Using XPression INcoder to Transcode .MXF files for XPression Clips
XPression INcoder can now transcode .MXF files with AVC…

Clips 217
Maintaining Source Time-code When Transcoding QT Videos in Clips
The XPression INcoder workflow will now retain the source time-code…

Clips 219
Using XPression INcoder to Auto Assign Recall IDs When Ingesting Content
The XPression INcoder workflow now allows for an auto-assignment…

Clips 221
Using the Same Recall ID in Two Different XPression Clips Projects
Facilities with multiple shows or productions each day…

Clips 223
XPression Clips inside the XPression MOS Workflow
XPression Clips assets can have a Recall ID for use in a random…

Clips 225
Using the XPression Clips Filters for Random Access with Fast Recall
XPression Clips users looking for random access recalls…

Clips 227
Monitoring Stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 Audio While Editing XPression Clips Content
Did you know you can edit XPression Clips content…

Clips 229
Setting Up 3-Point or 4-Point Loops in XPression Clips Updated User Interface
XPression Clips has had 3-point and 4-point looping for a while…

Clips 231
Creating a Still Image from a Clips Video Asset to Clips Store or Exporting
Did you know you can cue to a specific frame of a video in XPression Clips…

Clips 233
XPression Clips Preview Function in the User Interface
The XPression Clips Server Channel panel now as a Preview…

Clips 235
Configuring the Pause Mode on XPression Clips
XPression Clips content can be set to pause on the last frame…

Clips 237
Batch Import XPression Clips Content using the XPression Record Client
XPression Clips was designed to use a separate server…

Trackless Studio 100
Ross Video Trackless Studio Show Reel
Ross Video would like to introduce you to Trackless Studio, our cost-effective solution for virtual set technology…

Trackless Studio 102
Trackless Studio Installation and Setup Overview
This video is a comprehensive tutorial walking the user through the process of…

Trackless Studio 104
Trackless Studio and XPression Launching in the Proper Order
Launching Trackless Studio and XPression in the proper order is important…

Trackless Studio 106
Trackless Studio Main Menu Overview
Understanding the Menu option of a software application can make the difference between…

Trackless Studio 108
Trackless Studio Production Control Overview
The Trackless Studio playout process is handled through the Production Control screen…

Trackless Studio 110
Trackless Studio Settings Tab Overview
There are some essential but simple settings that need to be set up and occasionally reviewed…

Trackless Studio 112
Trackless Studio Basic Operation Overview
Setting up a Trackless Studio show will be easy after reviewing this tutorial…

Trackless Studio 114
Inserting Media to a Virtual Monitor on the Trackless Studio Virtual Set
Virtual sets can contain virtual monitors, and it is easy to change the content…

Trackless Studio 116
Adding Insert Graphics as Part of An Event
Trackless Studio can be more than just the virtual set in your production…

Trackless Studio 118
Creating Events Using Datalinq™ and XPression Scenes for Trackless Studio
Adding XPression graphics in or over the Trackless Virtual Studio is easy to do, using Events…

Trackless Studio 120
Trackless Studio Optional XKeys Dedicated Controller
In a live production control room, a great user interface still requires a dedicated control surface…

Tick-it T00
On-line Video Learning Series
XPression Tick-it is a simple but powerful set of tools from Ross Video to develop, display and automate ticker content…

Tick-it T01
Introduction to Tick-it
Introducing XPression Tick-it, from Ross Video. XPression Tick-it is a highly flexible tool…

Tick-it T02
Tick-it Overview
Tick-it puts control in your hands…

Tick-it T03
Tick-it Components
XPression Tick-it has specific modules for specific workflow requirements…

Tick-it T04
Tick-it Workflow
Ever wonder how to set up a ticker project and who does what?

Tick-it T05
Content Module Overview
The XPression Tick-it Content Modules provide focused on data sets for News, Sports, Weather, Financial Data…

Tick-it T06
Designing XPression for Tick-it
XPression Designer Alain Savoie discusses the design process he uses to create content…

Tick-it T07
ACE Integration
XPression is linked to Tick-it data, using the XPression Tick-it Ace module, running on the XPression engine…

Tick-it T08
Stories Module
The Story Module of XPression Tick-it allows the user to set-up or modify content before approving the item for air…

Tick-it T09
Sports Scores Module
The XPression Tick-it Sports Module les you link data feeds to XPression Tick-it or create custom leagues…

Tick-it T10
Weather Module
The XPression Tick-it Weather Module lets users link data from service providers into XPression templates…

Tick-it T11
Financial Module
The XPression Tick-it Financial Module provides a simple user interface to link data sources of financial data to…

Tick-it T12
Elections Module
The Elections Module for XPression Tick-it allows for registration of Candidate information, elections, and…

Tick-it T13
Promos and Ads
Scheduling Promos, generating “As Run” reports and even adding artwork make the Promos and Ads Module…

Tick-it T14
XPression Concepts
Understanding the potential of XPression Tick-it is critical to designing the XPression Scenes…

Tick-it T15
XPression Workflow
XPression Tick-it Projects move from conception to deployment inside a facility…

Tick-it T16
Creating a Show
The XPression Tick-it concept of “Shows” help to schedule content for air…

Tick-it T17
Tick-it Player
The XPression Tick-it Player app is used on the XPression system to manually recall content and display…

Tick-it T18
System Setup and Configuration
XPression Tick-it can scale from a single system to an entire network of stations…

Tick-it T19
Staffing and Support
The XPression Tick-it workflow can be set-up using one person or an entire team…

Tick-it T20
Reporting
XPression Tick-it provides reporting capabilities on many activities…

Tick-it T21
Tick-it for Non-Broadcast
Tickers are being used outside of traditional broadcast workflows, such as venues, large organizations, and corporate facilities…

Tick-it T22
Flavors of Tick-it
XPression Tick-it systems can scale from a single system to an entire enterprise-level solution around the world…

Tick-it T23
Inception Social
Combining XPression Tick-it with Ross Video Inception Social to moderate, schedule, manage and display social media content…

Datalinq DL01
Setting up Microsoft Excel® to Work With XPression Datalinq™
XPression Datalinq™ is a powerful tool for integration of data-driven graphics in real-time…

Datalinq DL02
Setting Up XPression Datalinq™
Learn how to set up the Datalinq™ Server in XPression…

Datalinq DL03
Setting Up Datalinq™ Keys and %Relid%
It is possible to set up a single scene in XPression and use key values in one field to select values in other fields…

Datalinq DL04
Using SQL Queries to Automatically Order External Data Dynamically
Statistical data is often entered in on the fly, and in no specific order…

Datalinq DL05
Using Datalinq™ and Data Pages for “Row Pop” add-on Graphics
As powerful as Datalinq™ is, there is still a need for “row pop” graphics…

MOS Plug-in MOS00
XPression News MOS Workflow Overview
This quick video provides an overview of the Ross Video XPression Workflow…

MOS Plug-in MOS01
XPression News MOS Plug-in to Create News Graphics
This video shows how to use the XPression MOS ActiveX Plug-in…

MOS Plug-in MOS02
Repositioning Assets Using XPression News MOS ActiveX Plug-in and Streamline MAM
The XPression MOS ActiveX plug-in provides advanced tools which allow…

MOS Plug-in MOS03
Using XPression Maps and the XPression MOS ActiveX Plugin
Maps are great tools for telling the whole story in a newscast…

MOS Plug-in MOS04
XPression NLE Plug-in for Avid Media Composer
Stations with an XPression gateway for their MOS workflow can now provide the same templates to their Avid NLE…

MOS Plug-in MOS05
XPression News MOS ActiveX Client in ENPS
Ross Video XPression MOS workflow is possible in a variety of Newsroom Computer Systems…

MOS Plug-in MOS06
Using Smart Templates To Reduce the Number of Them in the ActiveX Plug-in
Using simple tricks, XPression designers can create templates with options to reduce…

MOS Plug-in MOS07
XPression MOS Client Configuration of Modified Server List
For enterprise customers or facilities that service two or more stations on the same network…

MOS Plug-in MOS08
Automatic Updates of the XPression MOS Plug-in
The XPression MOS client updates can now be installed automatically…

MOS Plug-in MOS09
XPression MOS Plug-in changes in the Edit Mode within Avid iNews
Users of Ross Video’s XPression MOS Client, version 6.5 or higher, working in Avid’s iNews NRCS…

MOS Plug-in MOS10
XPression openMAM Button
For facilities with one openMAM source, the openMAM button now opens that source…

MOS Plug-in MOS11
XPression MOS Client Rundown Thumbnail Updates
XPression MOS workflow users who also have an openMAM system with order management and fulfillment…

MOS Plug-in MOS12
XPression Clips inside the XPression MOS Workflow
XPression Clips can integrate them into their MOS newsroom clients…

MOS Plug-in MOS13
Using Preview Images in MOS Templates
Transitioning over to a MOS workflow is hard on everyone in the station…

MOS Plug-in MOS14
Resetting a Single Field in the XPression MOS Editor
Have you ever been working in the XPression MOS Editor and wanted…

MOS Plug-in MOS16
Displaying the XPression Channel Name in the MOS Abstract
While glancing at the MOS rundown, did you ever wish you could see…

MOS Plug-in MOS18
XPression MOS Editor Replaceable Asset Field Indicator
Sometimes, filling in a form can be an intimidating experience…

MOS Plug-in MOS22
New Icons for the XPression MOS Editor Local Asset Browser Buttons
Sometimes, embedded knowledge can lead to career advancement, but…

MOS Plug-in MOS24
Protecting the XPression MOS Editor Channel and Layer Assignments
Hopefully, the graphics team and the Director have spent some…

MOS Plug-in MOS26
Displaying “None” or Leaving the Field Blank in the XPression MOS workflow
When a newsroom user doesn’t change the content of a replaceable asset field…

MOS Plug-in MOS28
Self-Service Workflows with Third-Party Asset Libraries and the Streamline MAM
In a busy news day, the perfect photo for a news graphic might not be part…

MOS Plug-in MOS30
Self-Service Graphics Workflows Using Streamline and Assets from MGN Online
The Streamline Media Asset Management server now allows users of MGN Online….

MOS Plug-in MOS32
Self-Service Graphics Workflows Using Streamline and Assets from AP
The Streamline Media Asset Management server now allows users of The Associated…

Maps MAP01
XPression Maps Overview
XPression Maps is a powerful tool for creating detailed maps for your video productions…

Maps MAP02
Creating Animations in XPression Maps
Creating an animated map in XPression Maps is as easy as selecting a starting and ending location…

Maps MAP03
Creating an XPression Map Template for MOS Workflows
Creating a Map template for use in the self-service XPression MOS Plug-in workflow is really easy…

Maps MAP04
XPression Maps Line Tool
XPression Maps Designers can create a “parade route” on a map to show a traveling path…

Maps MAP05
XPression Maps New Text Styles
One of the most important part of keeping viewers tuned in is a consistent use of typography to create branding…

Telestrate TELE01
XPression Telestrate Overview
Adding telestration to your video productions is easier than you think…

Telestrate TELE02
XPression Telestrate Touch Screen Basics
Using a simple on-screen menu or standard PC keyboards, select the drawing tool that best highlights the on-screen action…

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