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Carbonite Ultra 24-Input Production Switcher

More powerful, more compact and more affordable than ever. Carbonite Ultra uses the latest technology to distill the best of the Carbonite series into a single, next generation platform.

Industry Standard

Built on the foundation of Carbonite, the world’s most popular mid-sized switcher platform. Carbonite Ultra is backed by a team with 40+ years of production switcher development and one of the highest-rated customer support teams in the industry.

More than a switcher

Frame syncs, format conversions, extensive production monitoring, powerful chroma keying, audio mixing/processing and more… all in a single 1RU frame. You will be ready for anything a production can throw at you.

Format Independent

Video the way you need it. Carbonite Ultra supports all common video standards including SD, HD, 3G 1080P, as well as 12G UHD for multi-ME configurations. Also, Carbonite Ultra can add an optional license for a full set of I/O processing resources to ensure a visually-consistent and engaging production.

Secured Investment

Continually benefit from a software-defined hardware platform that is built to last you a lifetime. Carbonite Ultra customers will receive new features via free-of-charge software updates and exciting new software-licensed functions that go beyond just a production switcher.

Ultra-Compact

Better but not necessarily bigger. All of Carbonite Ultra’s robust features and substantial I/O have been built into a single 1RU chassis. This production switcher will fit anywhere you need it to.

More Affordable Than Ever

Sleeker, feature-rich and ready for shows in any format. The best part? Carbonite Ultra is offered at the lowest price Ross has ever offered for a mid-size production switcher. Serious production horsepower and technology is now more affordable than ever.

Carbonite Ultra Version 7 - Now Available
New Features

  • UltraScene: Create scenes and take them to air as a background or key source.
  • Production Sequencer: Automate simple and repeatable production elements within a live show.
For Production Wizards Like You

Carbonite Ultra packs 24 IN / 14 OUT, up to 3 full MEs and 4 built-in MiniMEs – into a single 1RU chassis. Now that’s production wizardry!

Features

Angled view of the TouchDrive control surface

Abundant ME Resources

No matter the signal format, Carbonite Ultra packs substantial ME resources into its compact 1RU chassis. Learn more…

Device Integration

Carbonite Ultra integrates seamlessly with Ross and third-party devices using DashBoard or industry-standard control protocols. Carbonite Ultra’s DashBoard GUI can even display device interfaces and custom panels directly.

Macros & Memories

Timeline macros and an intelligent memory system can simplify execution of even the most complex production operations. Learn more…

Media Playback

For still and animated media, four independent key/fill MediaStores are available system-wide. Learn more…

Monitoring Solution

In SD/HD, Carbonite Ultra provides up to four 16-window MultiViewers – double the monitoring capability of the original Carbonite series. Up to two 16-window MultiViewers are available in UHD. Learn more…

Chroma Key

The patented UltraChromeTM chroma keyer provides outstanding results and features auto-image analysis for quick and easy setup and soft-edge masks for removal of unwanted scene elements. With built-in frame delay, UltraChrome is a perfect fit for virtual set productions. Learn more…

Applications

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

Sports & Live Venue

Government

News

Corporate

Virtual Studio

House of Worship

Mobile

Education

12G / UHD Production Switcher

Carbonite Ultra offers a comprehensive 12G/UHD feature set that includes:

  • 2160p 23.98 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30 / 50 / 59.94 / 60
  • 18 x 12G inputs or 16 x 12G & 2 Quad-Link 2SI inputs
  • 10 x 12G outputs
  • 1 or 2 UHD MEs*
  • 2 UHD MiniMEs
  • 4 UHD DVE channels
  • 2 UHD channels of MediaStore with Key+Fill
  • 2 UHD chroma keyers
  • Up to 2 MultiViewers (1080P) – 2nd MultiViewer via software license

Standard UHD Video Processing:

  • 2 Frame Sync/Format Converters – assignable to any input or output
  • 2 Proc Amp/Colour Correctors – assignable to any input or output

PLUS I/O UHD Video Processing**:

  • 7 Frame Sync / Format converter – assignable to any input
  • 4 Format Converters – assignable to any output
  • 7 Proc Amps / Colour Correctors – assignable to any input or output

Carbonite Ultra offers the complete, flexible set of operational resources you need to create a compelling production in UHD.

*UHD ME1 requires standard ADD-ME2 license, UHD ME2 requires standard ADD-ME3 license.
**Available via software license

Specifications

VIDEO FORMAT SDI INPUTS SDI OUTPUTS FULL MEs MiniMEs
SD / HD / 1080P 24 14 1-3 4
12G / UHD 18 (12G) 10 (12G) 1-2 2

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.
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.

Format Independent Hardware

Support for Common Video Standards
Carbonite Ultra offers native support for SD, HD, 3G 1080P, and 12G UHD formats.

HDR Compatible
Carbonite Ultra supports the range of HDR formats including HLG, PQ and S-LOG3 – plus support for bi-directional SDR to HDR-HLG conversion.

Signal Processing
The standard Carbonite Ultra includes eight frame synchronizers/format converters (FSFC+). Frame syncs can be assigned to any input while color correctors, proc amps and format converters can be assigned to any input or output.
For more extensive processing requirements, the PlusI/O option enables FS/FC+ for every input and output.

Standalone Reference Generator
Carbonite Ultra can be locked to a facility’s Master Sync Generator or used as a standalone black burst generator. Other equipment can then be connected to its dedicated reference output. This makes Carbonite Ultra ideal for small flight packs and mobile units.

Format Independent Hardware

Support for Common Video Standards
Carbonite Ultra offers native support for SD, HD, 3G 1080P, and 12G UHD formats.

HDR Compatible
Carbonite Ultra supports the range of HDR formats including HLG, PQ and S-LOG3 – plus support for bi-directional SDR to HDR-HLG conversion.

Signal Processing
The standard Carbonite Ultra includes eight frame synchronizers/format converters (FSFC+). Frame syncs can be assigned to any input while color correctors, proc amps and format converters can be assigned to any input or output.
For more extensive processing requirements, the PlusI/O option enables FS/FC+ for every input and output.

Standalone Reference Generator
Carbonite Ultra can be locked to a facility’s Master Sync Generator or used as a standalone black burst generator. Other equipment can then be connected to its dedicated reference output. This makes Carbonite Ultra ideal for small flight packs and mobile units.

Audio Mixer Evolved

Carbonite Ultra’s internal RAVE audio mixer provides serious tools to overcome seriously demanding audio challenges.

Huge channel capacity
The RAVE audio mixer can access all 16 channels of each SDI input, as well as audio from internal PC sources and optional analog Audio Breakout Modules. The channel count for a fully-loaded system is an astounding 276 available audio inputs.

Embedded-SDI Channel Pair Mastery
RAVE stereo faders can access any of the 8 embedded audio pairs available in each SDI input or be configured as L-L or R-R for “mono” applications. Flexible output routing allows main, monitor, or custom aux mixes to be assigned to any SDI or analog output.

Comprehensive Audio Processing
RAVE provides powerful audio contouring tools including independent parametric EQ and compression/limiting on each mixer channel.

Sample Rate Conversion
Maintain consistent 24-bit broadcast-quality audio with sample-rate conversion on AES and SDI inputs 1-6.

Assignable AFV
The Audio Follow Video (AFV) function will automatically track sources as they are transitioned to program. This feature, configured on a fader-by-fader basis, simplifies audio operations and reduces errors.

Customizable Aux Mixes
In addition to the main and monitor mixes, RAVE supports 12 user-configurable aux mixes that can provide mix-minus, multi-lingual or iso feeds.

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

Application Notes

Application Notes
Ultrachrome Guide Download

Brochure

Brochure
Carbonite Ultra Brochure Download

Carbonite Product Matrix

Carbonite Product Matrix
Carbonite Product Matrix Download

Configuration Guide

Configuration Guide
Carbonite Ultra Configuration Guide Download

Cutsheets

Cutsheets
Ultripower Cutsheet Download

Manuals

Manuals
Carbonite Ultra Manual Download
Carbonite Ultra Quick Start Guide (Hardware) Download

Dimensions

Dimensions
Carbonite Dimensions (PDF) Download
CAD Drawings (AutoCAD) Download
RAVE (DXF) Download
RAVE (PDF) Download

Labels

Labels
Carbonite Ultra Label Template Download

Software Upgrades

Software Upgrades
Carbonite Ultra Software Updates Download

Release Notes

Release Notes
Carbonite Ultra Release Notes Download
Carbonite Ultra Upgrade Notes Download

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