All Ross robotic solutions can be controlled from a flexible, intuitive user interface that can be scaled to suit both large and small installations. SmartShell Control System combines a touchscreen interface with an ergonomic joystick control panel. Whether you have Furio dollies, SkyDollies, free-roaming CamBot pedestals, PT heads, BlackBird pedestals or even PTZ* cameras, all your Ross robotic systems can be controlled by a common control system using a centralized Ethernet-based architecture.
*select models of Sony or Panasonic PTZs
Each SmartShell station consists of a Windows PC running the SmartShell application, coupled with a Unified Control Panel. Standard configuration is an All-in-One Touchscreen PC, that minimizes control station footprint. Also available is an Integrated Server version that is based on a compact desktop PC with a separate touchscreen display. This version also includes all Robotics Server functionality, eliminating the need for a central server, making it suitable for smaller installations where only a single control station is required, and control station redundancy is not a priority.
The SmartShell control panel combines high quality joystick controls with direct access to key functions in a polished, ergonomic unit. Available in both single (3-axis) and dual (6-axis) joystick configurations, the more cost-effective single joystick model is perfect for simple pan/tilt environments, while the higher end dual stick model is required for systems that include tracks or pedestals. To minimize latency, the joystick panel communicates directly with each head, providing a responsive and natural feel. Configuration menus in the SmartShell GUI allow for complete customization of every axis, allowing each user to tailor joystick performance to their own personal preferences.
SmartShell graphical user interface (GUI) provides a simple, easy-to-use interface for creating, managing, and recalling shots on all your Ross Robotic cameras, helping deliver consistent, high quality productions without sacrificing creativity.
Robotics Server provides centralized storage and management for thumbnails, communications with robotic systems*, Tally (TSL over IP), PTZ plugins and router control. With the ability to simultaneously support every control station within your facility, this central server architecture simplifies control station redundancy, and easily pools and shares all robot resources between SmartShell control stations.
*PT series Heads, C-series BlackBird and Legacy CamBots only