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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.

Carbonite Black v15.0 Now Available
Featuring DashBoard integration updates and TouchDrive Control Panel support

The latest Carbonite Black software release provides new DashBoard features and support for the TouchDrive family of control panels.


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, as the 2RU chassis offers several different ME, input, output and video processing configurations. In addition, Carbonite Black supports the beautiful new TouchDriveTM control panels.


TouchDrive TD3S
TouchDrive TD2S
TouchDrive TD2
TouchDrive TD1
TouchDrive TD1C
Carbonite Black Solo CB9
Legacy Carbonite Panel

TouchDrive TD3S Control Panel

The beautiful new TouchDriveTM TD3S panel includes 25 crosspoint buttons and three full ME rows. Like all TouchDriveTM panels, the ergonomically designed TD3S features bright, easy-to-read multi-function touch displays. Both the TD3S and TD2S also include individual ME Effects Memory Control keypads. Learn more…

TouchDrive TD2S Control Panel

The TouchDriveTM TD2S 25-button, 2-ME row panel is a more space-conscious version of the larger TD3S. Like all TouchDriveTM panels, the TD2S runs DashBoard natively, eliminating the need for an external computer. Learn more…

TouchDrive TD2 Control Panel

The TouchDriveTM TD2 features 15 buttons and 2 ME rows. With a smaller footprint than the TD2S, the TD2 still provides a Global Memory system and the ability to map Memories to individual bus row buttons for fast, accurate recall. Learn more…

TouchDrive TD1 Control Panel

Like its larger cousin, the TouchDriveTM TD1 also features 15 crosspoint buttons, but only a single ME row. This compact panel provides the same functionality as larger TouchDriveTM panels, including the innovative 6-axis Joystick and user-configurable buttons. Learn more…

TouchDrive TD1C Control Panel

The exceptionally compact TD1C panel is “right-sized” for rack or in-desk mounting, making it a perfect addition to a fly-pack or small mobile unit. With 15 crosspoint buttons, on-board DashBoard, and exclusive multi-function touch displays, the TD1C provides the same professional-grade toolset as other TouchDriveTM panels while saving space and power. Learn more…

Carbonite Black Solo CB9 Panel

The Carbonite Black Solo CB9 panel is fully-compatible with Carbonite Ultra. This compact, low-cost 9-button / 1 ME control panel is ideal as a second “satellite” Ultra control surface. The CB9 offers many of the same features as the larger TouchDriveTM panels, including dedicated keyer buttons, full next transition area, and of course – the legendary Ross fader bar.
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Legacy Carbonite Panel

Upgrading from the original Carbonite series? Good news: the Carbonite Black series is fully compatible with legacy Carbonite panels. Learn more…


Carbonite Black Plus 12G
Carbonite Black Plus
Carbonite Black
Carbonite Ultra
Carbonite Black Plus 12G Frame

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)
22 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 Output Color Correction / Proc Amp / Format Conversion)
2 System and 3 I/O MultiViewers (1 System and 3 I/O MultiViewers)
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Carbonite Black Plus Frame

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
22 outputs
2 or 3 MEs
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
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Carbonite Black 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 3 MEs
4 MiniMEs
6 Internal Format Converters / Frame Synchronizers
4 or 8 Floating DVEs

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Carbonite Ultra Frame

A great choice for smaller-scale productions, Carbonite Ultra combines the best of the original Carbonite series into a single 1RU platform that can handle the full range of SD, HD, 3G and 12G/UHD signals.

24 Inputs
14 Outputs
Up to 3 MEs
4 MiniMEs
Vast I/O Processing Resources
Up to 4 MultiViewers
Leading 12G/ UHD Switcher Performance
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UltrachromeHR is a high performance multi-channel chroma keyer with enhanced key edge resolution when used with the unique full bandwidth chroma output of Ross ACID cameras.

2 to 4 channels of UltrachromeHR chroma keying
3 keyers + background per channel
Standard 4:2:2 camera inputs
ACIDCam UltrachromeHR 0:4:4 inputs
4 MediaStores
Color Correction & Proc Amps for fill channels
2 MultiViewers
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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.

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



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    User Stories

    • The nice thing about the Carbonite Black is that it enables operation at all levels. It is really easy to transfer advanced operational procedures over to operators who aren’t so technically adept. Watch the video…

      Martin Shearman-Brettle
      UK Studio Manager at ELS Gaming
    • The marriage of Carbonite Switcher and DashBoard has made our installation extremely easy to navigate, manipulate, and to be operated by volunteers. Watch the video…

      Robert Pralle
      Video Engineer at Meadowbrook Church
    • Thanks to Ross, News24 is now one of the most sophisticated and next generation user based television stations. Watch the video…

      Samia Rahman
      Head of Current Affairs at News24 Dhaka, Bangladesh



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    DashBoard Display Setup Download
    Desk Mount Download
    Fan Replacement (eXtreme) Download
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    RAM Replacement Download
    SideBox Installation Download

    Application Notes

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    Embedded Triggers Download
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