At a glance.

Carbonite Black Mid-Size Production Switcher

Ever dreamed of big switcher production power in an affordable, mid-size package? With Carbonite Black, that dream is a reality.

Backed by Thousands of Customers

Carbonite is by far the most popular mid-size switcher series on the market. Carbonite’s extensive feature set provides operators with the horsepower they need to tackle even the most demanding productions. 

Intuitive Panel Ergonomics

Fine-tuned for production efficiency, the TouchDriveTM control surfaces put advanced panel navigation at your fingertips.

Wide-Ranging Connectivity

DashBoard, Ross Video’s network-based command and control application, provides a single interface for integrating a comprehensive set of system components, third-party solutions, and accompanying services into a unified solution that will save time and money.

Big Switcher Features

Carbonite Black’s 2RU electronics frame provides a professional-grade feature set usually found only in much larger and more expensive systems.

Complex Tasks, Simple Solution

Carbonite Black is more than just a production switcher. From a single intuitive interface, Carbonite Black offers a comprehensive control system for managing switcher operations, multiviewers, digital media assets, external devices, and more!


Since its launch, the Carbonite series has been the benchmark for advanced, innovative production switcher platforms at an affordable price. Today, Carbonite Black remains an excellent long-term investment for facilities of all sizes.

v15.5 Now Available for Download
With new features for MultiViewers

The latest software release includes the additions of the MultiViewer Shift


Angled view of the TouchDrive control surface

Powerful MEs

The Carbonite family packs major effects and keying power into 1, 2 or 3 MEs. Learn more…

4 Built-in MiniMEs

MiniMEs are additional independent Mix/Effects busses that don’t share any resources with the main MEs and are not in a fixed position in the signal flow. Learn more…

4 MediaStore Channels

Carbonite Black features four independent media player channels for playback of stills and animated graphics. Learn more…

Frame Syncs / Format Converters

Carbonite is built with internal signal processing resources to easily manage different input and output formats. Learn more…


Carbonite MultiViewers have been engineered to provide the best possible monitoring solutions for your production. Learn more…

Advanced Memory and Macro Systems

Manage complex productions with fewer errors thanks to Carbonite Black’s “single-button” Memory and Macro systems. Learn more…

Living Live Community!

The platform offers a place for live production professionals to come together to share their experiences, solve problems, find answers to questions and discuss best practices.


UHD Switcher

Carbonite Black offers native UHD processing and delivers on the promise of a true UHD production switcher – at no extra cost.

Single-link 12G Connectivity

The Carbonite Black Plus 12G takes the most powerful Carbonite Black frame ever and adds single link 12G connectivity! The ability to accept 12G HD-SDI single-link UHD signals provides total signal flexibility for signal format mixing and matching.


Creating a Carbonite Black that fits your production is easy. The 2RU chassis offers several different ME, input, output and video processing configurations. In addition, Carbonite Black supports the beautiful new TouchDriveTM control panels.
Carbonite Black Frame
Carbonite Black Plus Frame
Carbonite Black Plus 12G Frame

The compact, powerful Carbonite Black 2RU chassis can accept the full range of SD, HD, 3G, and UHD (4K) (Quad Link) signals.

  • 36 inputs
  • 22 outputs
  • 2 or 3MEs
  • 4 MiniMEs
  • 6 Internal Format Converters / Frame Synchronizers
  • 4 or 8 Floating DVEs

Carbonite Black Plus is a 2RU signal processing champion. In addition to the Carbonite Black feature set, every input has dedicated frame synchronizers, format converters, color correction and proc amps. Carbonite Black Plus also adds three more MultiViewers with dedicated monitoring outputs.

  • 36 inputs
  • 25 outputs
  • 2 o r3MEs
  • 4 MiniMEs
  • Internal Format Converters / Frame Synchronizers on every input
  • Proc Amps & Color Correctors on every input
  • 12 Output Color Correctors / Proc Amps / Format Conversion
  • 5 MultiViewer with 16 windows each, along with 3 additional MultiViewer-dedicated outputs

Carbonite Black Plus 12G adds single link 12G connectivity to the most powerful Carbonite Black frame ever.

  • 36 inputs (9 12G SDI Single Link Inputs)
  • 25 outputs (3 12G SDI Single Link Outputs)
  • 2 or 3 Full MEs (1 Full 12G ME)
  • 4 MiniMEs (2 12G MiniMEs)
  • Internal Format Converters / Frame Synchronizers on every input
  • Proc Amps & Color Correctors on every input
  • 12 Output Color Correction / Proc Amp / Format Conversion (3 Outputs Color Correction / Proc Amp / Format Conversion)
  • 2 System & 3 I/O MultiViewers (1 System & 3 I/O MultiViewers)
Control Panels

From fully manual to advanced automation workflows, there’s a perfect control surface for the task.

  • Acuity Control Panels are compatible with the entire line of Acuity and Ultrix Acuity products
  • The stunning TouchDrive control surfaces can be paired with Ultrix Acuity, Ultrix Carbonite, Carbonite Black/Plus/12G, Carbonite Ultra or the Graphite all-in-one platform.


Multi-Definition Inputs 24 (3G) or 18 (12G) 36 36 (3G) or 9 (12G)
Multi-Definition Outputs 14 (3G) or 12 (12G)* 22 / 25** 25** (3G) or 3 (12G)
Number of MEs 1-3 2 or 3 2 or 3
Number of MiniMES 4 4 4

*Four MultiViewer-only outputs in 3G mode. Two MultiViewer-only outputs in 12G mode.
**Three additional outputs are MultiViewer-only

Control Devices

TouchDriveTM Panels
From small flight packs to large control room installations, it’s easy to find a TouchDriveTM panel to suit your production. Every TouchDriveTM panel features bright, easy-to-read multifunction displays and a built-in DashBoard computer to make even complex panel tasks simple and intuitive.

DashBoard Control
The DashBoard software application provides full control of Carbonite Black and many other Ross and third-party devices. Multiple instances of DashBoard running on network-connected computers allow production operations to be distributed among many operators – even those working remotely. Task-specific DashBoard CustomPanels can streamline operation of the complete system, allowing a single operator to efficiently control the entire production.

For HD applications, the intuitive ViewControl touchscreen interface consolidates control of Carbonite Black and external controlled devices. User-configured custom control macros can be mapped to a specially-designed DashBoard interface, providing instant touch selection of sources, transitions, memory recalls and more.

Close-up view of the Memory, Keyer and Transition sections on the large TouchDrive control surface

Carbonite Black v15.0

TouchDriveTM Control Panel Support
The high-res LCD touch-displays and built-in DashBoard computer incorporated into the new TouchDriveTM panels provide unprecedented information and control to the operator.

New MediaManager
The MediaManager interface has been completely integrated into DashBoard and now adds media upload capability directly from the built-in DashBoard computer.

New DashBoard Menus
With updated Configuration and Live Assist tabs, as well as access to more menu settings, DashBoard is now a more integrated switcher management tool.

New SoftPanel Functionality
The DashBoard SoftPanel interface is now a truly independent satellite panel.

MultiPanel in DashBoard
Configuring multiple control panels, including SoftPanel, can now be accomplished using the DashBoard interface.

Personality Menu
Frame and panel Personality settings are now available with DashBoard so Bus Maps, User Button assignments, Color Schemes and more can all be applied independently to master or satellite panels.

Import/Export Switcher Sets
Transferring Sets from one switcher to another is even easier with the import/export tools now built into Dashboard.

Improved Memory Interface
Switcher Memories can be named in DashBoard and displayed on the TouchDriveTM panel. Additionally, switcher levels and enabled memory attributes are also displayed.

Download the no-cost software upgrade for Carbonite Black.


This product can be used as part of the following
Smart Production Solutions:

Sports & Live Venue




Virtual Studio

House of Worship



Carbonite Black U

A place for online self-directed learning of the Carbonite Black Production Switcher.


Carbonite Product Matrix

Carbonite Product Matrix
Carbonite Product Matrix Download


Carbonite Black UHD Cutsheet Download

Configuration Guide

Configuration Guide
Carbonite Black Configuration Guide Download


Carbonite Manual Download
Carbonite Quick Start Guide (Hardware) Download
Carbonite Black Manual Download
Carbonite Black Quick Start Guide (Hardware) Download
Carbonite eXtreme Manual Download
Carbonite eXtreme Quick Start Guide (Hardware) Download
Carbonite eXtreme Upgrade Download

Installation Guides

Installation Guides
1ME-2ME Upgrade Download
CarboNET Download
Carbonite eXtreme 2nd Switcher Upgrade Download
DashBoard Display Setup Download
Desk Mount Download
Fan Replacement (eXtreme) Download
Fan Replacement Download
RAM Replacement Download
SideBox Installation Download

Application Notes

Application Notes
Embedded Triggers Download
LiveEDL Setup Download


Carbonite Dimensions (PDF) Download
CAD Drawings (AutoCAD) Download
Carbonite Button Inserts Download


Carbonite Aux Panel / Ethernet Router Panel Labels (NK Panels - LBL) Download
Carbonite Black Aux Panel / Ethernet Router Panel Labels (NK Panels - LBL) Download
Carbonite Button Inserts Download

Device Setup

Device Setup
Carbonite Black Device Setup View

Software Upgrades

Software Upgrades
Carbonite Software Updates Download

Release Notes

Release Notes
Carbonite Black Release Notes Download

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