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Carbonite Black Mid-Size Production Switcher

Ever dream of big switcher production power in a mid-size package you can afford? Ross Video turned that dream into a reality with Carbonite, a ground breaking mid-size production switcher series.

Backed by Thousands of Customers

Carbonite is the most popular mid-size switcher series in the market. This switcher is proven day-after-day in a wide variety of production environments. Enjoy a fine-tuned feature set and easy training/hiring of operations staff.

Intuitive Panel Ergonomics

Fine-tuned for production efficiency, the Carbonite Black makes it easy to navigate the panel, get what you want, and initiate a single touch recall, effect, or transition.

Wide-Ranging Connectivity

A comprehensive set of system components and accompanying services offer tight integration and unmatched range of choices for your facility. A single interface makes everything work together seamlessly and cleanly integrates third-party solutions to save you time and money.

Big Switcher Features

A professional grade feature set offers the capabilities of a much larger switcher for you to deliver imaginative and dramatic productions.

Simple Creation and Running of Shows

Comprehensive control system provides a single interface for multi-viewers, switcher operation and media management.

Powerful Processing

Superior value is delivered with a suite of tools to make great-looking productions and simplify system integration.

Carbonite Black Overview Video

Carbonite uses the absolute latest technology to provide unprecedented production power.


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 powerful operational devices within the production switcher architecture that do not reside in a fixed position in the signal flow – they float and can be used anywhere in the signal path. Learn more…

4 MediaStore Channels

Carbonite features four independent media player channels for playback of stills, logos, and animated graphics.
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Frame Syncs / Format Converters

Carbonite is built with internal signal processing resources to easily manage differing equipment and formats.
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Dual Head MultiViewer

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


Carbonite can capture EDL data in a file that you load into your NLE suite, for an efficient post-production process. Learn more…


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.

AIMS-Compliant IP

CarboniteIP delivers IP support for Carbonite Black, with AIMS-compliant IP options to interface to standards-based SMPTE ST 2110 and ST 2022-6 infrastructures.


Creating a Carbonite that fits your production is easy, this switcher has a variety of chassis models with different ME configurations, inputs & outputs, and video processing resources. In addition, this switcher features the widest choice of panels in the industry.


Carbonite Black 3S
Carbonite Black 2S
Carbonite Black 2
Carbonite Black 1
Carbonite Black 3X
Carbonite Black 1S
Legacy Carbonite Panel

Carbonite Black 3S Panel

The beautiful new 3S is a 24 button panel that adds a third ME row for instant control of MiniMEs, MultiScreen or a half ME. This ergonomically designed panel also has a raised menu control area for easy reach and viewing. The new 3S has all the same features as the 2S, including individual ME Effects Memory Control keypads. Compare models…

Carbonite Black 2S Panel

The Carbonite Black 2S, is a 24 button 2 ME panel for Carbonite incorporating individual ME Effects Memory keypads. The CB2S has all of the features of the original C2M panel and adds ME effects memory controls in addition to the standard global controls. Compare models…

Carbonite Black 2 Panel

The Carbonite Black 2 2 ME production switcher extends the exceptional value and ease of use of the phenomenally successful Carbonite family. The CB2 boasts all the power and features of its bigger brothers – the CB2s yet with a more compact 16 button control panel. It is perfect for space restricted production environments such as small trucks and control rooms without sacrificing production features. Compare models…

Carbonite Black 1 Panel

Rugged and reliable – The stunning Carbonite Black 1 control panel has 16 source buttons and beautiful full color mnemonics for source and key naming. It also has a 3-Axis joystick positioner as well as direct access buttons in the transition area for advanced media wipes and DVE transitions. Uniquely, the Carbonite 1panel can control 2 ME’s via user configurable keys. Compare models…

Carbonite Black 3X Panel

Please note: This panel has entered End of Production and will no longer be produced as of September 30th, 2020.
The Carbonite Black 3X panel is the flagship of the Carbonite line, it is great to look at and a joy to operate. The CB3X has Acuity style faders and dedicated 32 button source select rows, it also has dedicated ME row selection buttons for instant control of any ME or MiniME on any row as well as 8 Custom Control bank select buttons, allowing a whopping 256 Custom Control Macros to reside on the panel for direct selection at any time. This panel connects to Carbonite frames via Ethernet and not the PSL (Panel Serial Link) port, providing control over much greater distance. Compare models…

Carbonite Black 1s Panel

Please note: This panel has entered End of Production and will no longer be produced as of September 30th, 2020.
The Carbonite Black 1s is a feature rich control panel providing single button access for up to 24 sources as well as instant access to Carbonite’s powerful custom control macro’s, advanced transitions and smart menu system. Available with Carbonite 18 or 24 input Production Engines and 1 or 2 full ME’s, the Carbonite 1s will be perfectly at home in mobile or fixed locations. Instant access to all input sources means those fast paced – high pressure productions will be smooth and flawless with the necessary controls right at the operators fingertips. Compare models…

Legacy Carbonite Panel

Upgrading from the original Carbonite series? Well 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 takes the most powerful Carbonite Black frame ever and adds single link 12G connectivity for greater flexibility during UHD productions.

36 inputs (9 12G SDI Single Link Inputs)
22 outputs (3 12G SDI Single Link 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 Plus Frame

Carbonite Black Plus is a 2RU signal processing champion. On top of 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 Carbonite Black is the latest version of the Carbonite family. This 2RU chassis has increased I/O count, ME count, and 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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Carbonite Mid-Size Production Switchers


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

Carbonite Black Panels
From small flight packs to large control room installations, it’s easy to find a Carbonite Black panel to suit your production. For every task you need to perform there is a dedicated button, no more searching and stepping through menus. Carbonite has been a success with thousands of operators because the most complex tasks can be performed quickly and easily.

DashBoard Control
DashBoard provides a single interface for full control and management of your Carbonite switcher. Enjoy setup, configuration, and operation from a network-connected DashBoard application. To really unlock the magic of DashBoard, build out a CustomPanel to consolidate control of your entire production solution into a single customized interface.

ViewControl consolidates the control a Carbonite production switcher, XPression Live Graphics system and Tria video server onto a single intuitive touch screen interface. Now via Carbonite’s powerful Custom Control macros and Ross DashBoard interface, every production element is visually displayed for instant touch selection.


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.

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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



Carbonite Black Brochure Download


Carbonite Black UHD Cutsheet Download

Configuration Guide

Configuration Guide
Carbonite Black Configuration Guide Download


Carbonite Setup Manual
Carbonite Operation Manual
Carbonite Quick Start Guide (Hardware)
Carbonite Black Setup Manual
Carbonite Black Operation Manual
Carbonite Black Quick Start Guide (Hardware)
Carbonite eXtreme Setup Manual
Carbonite eXtreme Operation Manual
Carbonite eXtreme Quick Start Guide (Hardware)
Carbonite eXtreme Upgrade

Installation Guides

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

Application Notes

Application Notes
Embedded Triggers
LiveEDL Setup


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


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

Device Setup

Device Setup
Carbonite Black Device Setup View

Software Upgrades

Software Upgrades
Carbonite Software Updates Download

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