Master Control Switchers


At a Glance

Keying, Channel Branding & Master Control

Crucial to every successful broadcast is the on-air signal chain – the final stretch where signals converge into revenue-generating playout for transmission and distribution.   MC1 plays a crucial role in this process as a keying, branding and master control system that scales to the needs of your SD, HD or UHD channel from simple logo insertion to fully automated master control.

Whether you’re involved in traditional broadcasting or venturing into streaming, the MC1 stands out as a straightforward, dependable choice.  It’s an on-prem solution built on a broadcast-grade hardware platform, promising reliability around the clock.  As an openGear solution, dependable performance and access to additional functionalities within the same frame are assured.

MC1 is part of a complete Ross suite of Master Control tools but can also be integrated into an existing channel playout and distribution chain, adapting to existing tools and workflow, including most popular automation and EAS systems.  MC1 offers high quality keying, mixing and logo insertion capabilities plus DVE and audio processing tools to realize your channel and brand’s potential.


Deliver on-air product that leverages trusted infrastructure and workflows with the graphics, playout, and automation workflow of your choice. Don’t be limited by fixed bundled solutions that may not meet your needs or integrate with the rest of your facility.

Quality of On-Air Product

Ensure the quality and accuracy of your on-air product. MC1 doesn’t limit your choices of graphic workflow, you get to choose the one that satisfies your production or workflow requirement best. Its hardware-based engine means that, even in UHD, you maintain all advanced processing features allowing you to achieve your unique look and branding needs.


Right-size the system to meet your budget and system needs. MC1 is designed from the ground up to meet the scalability needs of your application. It is part of the openGear modular platform and can support multi-channel solutions in a single frame. It seamlessly links to Ultrix or 3rd-party routing systems for flexible input and output growth.

Rock Solid

MC1 UHD is designed as a module for the openGear signal processing platform. openGear is a proven platform built for applications demanding the highest reliability with a modular design and redundancy features. UHD SDI technology is proven, easy to use and troubleshoot.

To add bypass protection to the MC1 or more elements of your air-chain, add the complementary SRA-8901-R.
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Total Control

Manage multiple Master Controls with ease from an intuitive DashBoard touchscreen or tactile hardware control panel. Run in manual or automated or semi-automated, supporting most popular automation systems.

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The Full Package

MC1 is part of a compete suite Master Control solutions from Ross, including Multiviewers, frame synchronizers, graphics, playout, and advanced audio processing.

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Simple Branding or Full Master Control

MC1 UHD can be used as a stand-alone keyer for program branding, or as the heart of a larger, full-feature master control system.

Input / Output

  • Video Inputs:
    • 6 x SD / HD / 3G / 12G-SDI
    • HD-BNC
  • Video Outputs:
    • 6 x SD / HD / 3G / 12G-SDI
    • HD-BNC
  • Video Format Support:
    • SD: 480i59.94, 576i50
    • HD: 720p50/59.94, 1080i50/59.94, 1080p50/59.94
    • UHD: 2160p50/59.94
  • AES Audio Input (GATOR-4A only):
    • 8 x AES3id (75Ω unbalanced)
    • HD-BNC
  • AES Audio Input (GATOR-4B only):
    • 8 x AES3 (110Ω balanced)
    • WECO terminal block
  • Ancillary Data
    • Selectable pass-through or deletion of HANC and VANC payloads
  • GPI / Tally
    • TSL v3.1 Tally/UMD protocol (Serial/IP)
    • 4 x TTL GPI/Tally, non-isolated, WECO terminal block
  • Ref:
    • Blackburst or Tri-Level sync
    • Direct input or shared openGear frame reference

Video Features

  • Background A/B Mix with clean switching
  • Cut / V-fade / Crossfade transition
  • 4 Keyers
  • 2 External Key/Fill Inputs
  • 2 Animated Logo Generators
    • Support for BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TGA
    • Animated logo sequences
    • FTP or XPression RossLinq interface
  • Fade to Black
  • Optional 2D Squeezeback DVEM

Audio Features

  • Audio Shuffle
  • Audio Gain / Invert
  • Audio processing presets per video source
  • Quiet audio switching and transitions

Emergency Alert (EAS)

  • Sage-protocol interface (serial or Ethernet)
  • Dedicated Crawl generation
  • Adjustable size, position, color, scroll speed
  • Audio duck and alert tone insertion

Automation and Integration

  • Rosslinq interface to XPression LiveCG
  • External Router: Ultrix or 3rd-party routers via GV SMS-7000
  • Master Control Automation via Presmaster protocol
  • RossTalk
  • GPI
  • TSL Tally/UMD v3.1


  • DashBoard configuration and on-air control GUI
  • Optional hard control surface (MC1-PANEL-16)


  • GATOR-2: 2-slot openGear card (up to 10 cards per OGX frame)
  • GATOR-4A: 4-slot openGear card (up to 5 cards per OGX or OG3 frame)
  • GATOR-4B: 4-slot openGear card (up to 5 cards per OGX or OG3 frame)
  • openGear frame requires Advanced Networking option


  • 5-year warranty

Compare MC1-UHD and MC1-MK features

openGear Modules Description
GATOR-MC1-2-R4 Gator MC1-UHD Mixer/Keyer, including 4 keyers, background mix and support for SD/HD/3G formats. Optional UHD, Master Control and DVE licenses.

GATOR-MC1-4A-R3A Gator MC1-UHD Mixer/Keyer, including 4 keyers, background mix and support for SD/HD/3G formats. Optional UHD, Master Control and DVE licenses.

GATOR-MC1-4B-R3B Gator MC1-UHD Mixer/Keyer, including 4 keyers, background mix and support for SD/HD/3G formats. Optional UHD, Master Control and DVE licenses.

Optional Software Licenses Description
MC1-12G-LICENSE Adds support for UHD video formats
MC1-MASTERCTRL-LICENSE Master Control License for MC1-GATOR Platform. Adds automation, EAS, router and TSL Tally support.
Optional Hardware Description
MC1-PANEL-16 Hardware Control Panel for MC1-UHD See Product Details
SRA-8901-R 12G Bypass Protection Switch with Output Distribution See Product Details

Related Products

TES-8943 12G VANC Inserter, Extractor and Processor LEARN MORE
MC1-PANEL-16 Master Control Panel LEARN MORE
SRA-8901-R 12G Bypass Protection Switch with Output Distribution LEARN MORE


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