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Ultrix Carbonite
Mid-Size HyperConverged Production Platform

Ross Video revolutionized live production with the debut of Ultrix Acuity – the single-chassis production switcher and routing platform that provides superior capability and outstanding value. Now, Ross takes that idea another step further with the launch of Ultrix Carbonite, a powerful new integrated solution based on the “Software-Defined Production Engine” initially used for Ultrix Acuity. Ultrix Carbonite combines the routing and processing capabilities of Ultrix with the sophisticated creative capabilities of Carbonite, the world’s most popular mid-size production switcher. Ultrix Carbonite creates a new standard in performance, flexibility and value, unmatched by any standalone system available today.

Size Matters

Each Software-Defined Production Engine (SDPE) can be installed in either an Ultrix FR2, FR5 or FR12 frame and provides up to two powerful Carbonite M/E banks and versatile MiniMEs. That means a 2RU chassis and 1RU redundant power supply frame can provide a complete, multi-M/E production switcher and a flexible routing platform that can operate in either HD or 4k UHD. This space-saving solution, ideal for smaller technical facilities or OB vans, eliminates the need for audio processing, frame sync and MultiViewer hardware, as well as the inter-rack cabling typically required in traditional system designs.

Comfortably Familiar

Since its inception, Carbonite has set the standard for operational ease of use, flexible functionality, and integrated control. Ultrix Carbonite carries on that tradition – it is fully compatible with the TouchDriveTM family of control surfaces as well as DashBoard, Ross Video’s powerful command and configuration software application. Operators already familiar with Carbonite’s intuitive auto-delegation and menu system will feel right home, while users new to Carbonite will soon wonder why every switcher isn’t as simple to master.


Ultrix Carbonite is the next stage in the evolution of the Software-Defined Production Engine, or SDPE. This versatile hardware blade, which also powers Ultrix Acuity, provides significant advantages over traditional switchers. For example, new features and functionality can be added without the need for costly hardware replacement, ensuring that the system can grow as needs and customer demands change. Multiple SDPE blades, configured as Carbonite switchers, can be installed in a single frame, providing the opportunity to produce in HD and 4k UHD formats simultaneously.


This compact, single-chassis solution consumes less power, takes up less space, and requires less cooling compared to equivalent racks of equipment it can replace. This vastly simplifies system design and equipment installation. Combining the routing platform with the production switcher shrinks the number of inter-rack failure points and reduces maintenance requirements. Overall, significant CapEx and OpEx savings can be achieved over the life of Ultrix Carbonite.

Mix and Match Fearlessly

Ultrix Carbonite is the ideal solution for mid-size facilities confronted with mixed or changing signal formats or connectivity schemes. Any of the three available Ultrix I/O boards (SDI, IP or SFP) can be installed in available slots and mixed as needed, providing maximum flexibility and convenience both now and in the future.

Peace of Mind Included

Ultrix Carbonite is engineered, built and backed by Ross Video, an industry leader with over 40 years of experience manufacturing top-quality live production equipment. Phone and e-mail technical support are included for the life of the product, and flexible extended warranty programs designed to maximize long-term peace of mind are also available.

Ultrix Carbonite
Now available in an Ultrix FR12, Ultrix FR5 or Ultrix FR2

Ultrix Carbonite can now be configured within an FR12, FR5 or FR2 frame to offer an even wider range of functionality including routing, audio mixing, MultiViewers, frame syncs, audio embedders and of course, video switching.
Ultrix Carbonite Introduction

See how we have merged our award-winning signal management and routing system with the world’s most popular mid-size production switcher.

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Product Introduction:



The Evolution of the Software Defined Production Engine



Ultrix Carbonite: Hyperconverged Production



Carbonite SDPE

Each Carbonite SDPE blade is a fully independent switcher that provides up to 2 full M/E and 4 MiniME banks (2 MiniME banks in UHD). Each full M/E bank has 6 keyers, and the MiniME banks have 2 keyers each. The 18 Carbonite inputs come directly from the Ultrix I/O matrix and its 18 outputs re-enter Ultrix as sources. Additionally, there are 4 input and 4 output connectors on the switcher blade itself for a total of 22 inputs and outputs. Twelve 2D DVEs (six in UHD), each with its own adjustable perspective Border Generator, are available system-wide.

1 Frame, Multiple Carbonites

The entire Ultrix input matrix, in groups of 18, is available to any Carbonite SDPE blade. This simplifies setup for multi-room productions since all Carbonites in the frame have direct access to the same pool of video sources. Input signals can be routed effortlessly into the switcher using a router control panel, or by sending RossTalk commands from Carbonite to Ultrix. Or, you can simply tap the inputs’ crosspoint buttons, and Ultrix soft panels will auto-follow on DashBoard and routing can be made on the fly.

Signal Processing

Ultrix Carbonite is a comprehensive signal processing toolbox housed in the Ultrix frame. Input Frame Synchronisers and Format Converters (FSFC) can be used to adjust incoming signal formats while Processing Amplifiers and Colour Correctors can be applied to any input. Eliminate the cost and inconvenience of external conversion gear by using Ultrix Carbonite to address your signal processing needs.


Comprehensive multiviewer capability has always been part of Carbonite and this continues in Ultrix Carbonite. In addition to Ultrix MultiViewers, the Carbonite SDPE blade provides 2 Production MultiViewers in HD (1 in UHD) that can access the full range of Carbonite-derived signals. The Carbonite and Ultrix MultiViewer capability provides a wide range of options to fulfil every monitoring requirement.

Angled view of the TouchDrive control surface

Comprehensive Control

Ultrix Carbonite is fully compatible with TouchDrive, Ross Video’s revolutionary new control panel that features multi-function touch displays and gesture control. Extend control of the entire system even further with Ultrix Remote Control Panels or Ultritouch monitoring displays. Or use DashBoard to provide integrated control of Ultrix, Carbonite, and a full range of Ross and third-party external devices.

Mixed Formats and Connectivity

The challenges of mixed-signal formats and connectivity schemes are easily overcome using Ultrix Carbonite. SDI, SMPTE 2110 IP, even MADI, Fiber and HDMI sources can be connected directly to Ultrix I/O boards and used within the Carbonite environment. A future-proof upgrade path is available with additional hardware boards, SFPs, or software licenses.

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.
Frame Configuration Tool

The Carbonite SDPE blades are compatible with the Ultrix FR2, FR5 and FR12 frames.

Mix and Match to meet your unique requirements or leave slots empty for easy future upgrades. You can also use our online Frame Configuration tool to customise your own Ultrix Carbonite and request a quote.

To begin, click the link below and select either the the 2RU, 5RU or 12RU Ultrix frame size.


Chassis FR2 FR5 FR12
Number of Slots 3 Standard slots
1 Fixed Slot (HD-SDI)
8 Standard slots
1 Flex Slot (I/O Blades only)
Maximum SDPE Blades per Chassis 2 4 Configuration dependent
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.


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

Sports & Live Venue




Virtual Studio

House of Worship



See how Ultrix Carbonite can elevate your production.

Ultrix Carbonite combines world-class Carbonite production switcher functionality with the remarkable Ultrix hybrid routing and processing system.



Ultrix Carbonite Brochure Download

Carbonite Product Matrix

Carbonite Product Matrix
Carbonite Product Matrix Download

Configuration Guide

Configuration Guide
Ultrix Carbonite Configuration Guide 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


Ultrix Carbonite Manual Download
Ultrix Carbonite Quick Start Guide (Hardware) Download

Release Notes

Release Notes
Ultrix Carbonite Release Notes Download
Ultrix Carbonite Upgrade Notes Download

Software Upgrades

Software Upgrades
Ultrix Carbonite Software Updates Download

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The first step is a consultation with a member of our sales team or one of our certified Ross resellers to discuss the specific needs of your organization. Next, we will look for a mutually convenient opportunity to coordinate a demo.