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OverDrive Production Automation

Automated Production Control (APC) is now common place, delivering operational efficiencies, while taking complexity out of the production process. OverDrive is the most advanced APC system on the planet, enabling the most sophisticated productions to be executed cleanly and consistently, while delivering substantial savings in operational costs. With nearly 400 systems on-air, OverDrive is the world leader in APC. OverDrive offers unparalleled choice with integration to more than 220 different production devices. Both manual and automated control is provided to both Ross and third party devices including production switchers, routing systems, video servers, audio mixers, robotic cameras, and graphics systems.

Control Flexibility

Perform manual, semi-automated of fully automated productions at any time from the same control room, using the same equipment. Manual device control is always at the operator’s fingertips whether from OverDrive or a dedicated panel.

Configurable Interface

OverDrive offers an intuitive, user-configurable interface consolidating control of many devices into one control area. Use custom icons for quick identification and preview of the rundown.

Wise Investment

ROI can occur in a little as 12 months, offering a significant return for a capital expense.

No Mistakes

Delivers a consistent, repeatable, error-free production across a range of operator skill sets. OverDrive enables all operators to run clean, consistent productions, every day, every time.

Adapt Quickly

Easily accommodate live breaking news and changes on-the-fly. With a toolset unmatched by any other system, OverDrive is the clear leader in managing late-breaking or unscripted events.

Equipment Choice

Protect your current investment in production equipment as OverDrive integrates with equipment from a wide variety of manufacturers. Chose the devices to match your requirements and budget.

OverDrive Overview Video

OverDrive is the leading Automated Production Control system in the world with over 300 systems sold, and is capable of producing the largest and most complex of shows.



This is the primary application for managing all production elements, effects and transitions for ‘rundown-based’ scripted, and ‘on-the-fly’ unscripted productions. Learn more…


DirectControl provides direct, manual control of your production devices in a unified interface. Learn more…


OverDrive’s user-friendly TemplateEditor makes it easy to edit, manage, and configure OverDrive templates. Learn more…

MOS & NRCS integration

OverDrive’s NRCS Plugin was the first HTML5 MOS plugin to be rolled out under the new MOS spec. Learn more…


OverDrive has multiple user-definable timers to track things like program time, event time, clip time, and NRCS timing information. Learn more…

Enterprise Grade

Virtual Environment Support OverDrive has been tested and certified to work in multiple virtualization environments to provide the latest in redundancy and cost-saving solutions. Learn more…

What's New in Version 19.3?

Live Preview, Audio Locks & More...
Video Overview
Live Preview
Audio Locks
Virtual Keyers
Virtual Inputs
Selective RapidRestore
Support for last second updates to graphic timing
Story Grouping
Bus-based CustomControls
Clip Playout Progress Bars
On-Air Mode
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Live Preview

Interact and view live sources relevant to your current action. Reduce the time spent hunting for video sources on a multi-viewer.

  • Live Preview supports NDI streams.
  • Use any NDI source. Examples:
    – Preview from the switcher
    – Graphics Preview
    – Router Output for remote checks
  • Each client (including CodingClient) can have its own feed
  • Use any NDI streaming/encoding device

OverDrive 19.3.1

Audio Locks

Added functionality to help in breaking news and interview situations.

This allows you to lock audio channels in whatever position you chose and prevents OverDrive templates and macros from affecting the audio.

Manual SideSlide and DirectControl adjustments are allowed while a fader is locked.

OverDrive 19.3.1 + Caprica 6.3


Virtual Keyers

In order to help with control of devices and auxiliary feeds, we have increased the total key count to 32.  Virtual Keyers are available for you to copy to and from, cue, roll and hold devices and clips. This allows you to build a template like you do today to roll clips, but you no longer need to use real keyers on the switcher – simplifying your switcher effects while making your production more dynamic.

OverDrive 19.2 + Caprica 6.2

Virtual Inputs

This is to expand on Virtual Keyers feature released in 19.2. This allows you more easily configure devices into the system that aren’t connected to the video switcher and easily control devices in templates and CustomControls without being bound by the size of the switcher. Perfect for dedicated studio wall graphic and video systems like XPression Tessera and Mosaic.

OverDrive 19.3.1 + Caprica 6.3

Selective RapidRestore

Ability to selectively restore template databases, user configurations and settings to move configurations from room to room.

OverDrive 19.3.1

Support for last second updates to graphic timing.

This allows for MOS updates to graphic items while the story is on-air to correct any mistakes in timing. Even if your graphic is on-air, and you need to update the out time… we’ll make the adjustment – you just have to hit save in the NRCS fast enough.

OverDrive 19.3.1

Story Grouping

In RundownControl – we have given you a few customizable options to better highlight which elements and shots are part of a story.

OverDrive 19.2

Bus-based CustomControls

These new events allow you to create a CustomControl that can target a specific bus, (e.g. Key 3, or Aux 4) and cue, play, pause, re-cue a video clip.

Previously you would have had to know which server channel was on that bus and then pick the appropriate CC. Now we do the thinking for you. Create macros that are tied to the center monitor in the studio and no longer worry if it is Ch A, B, or C of your server.

OverDrive 19.2 + Caprica 6.2

Clip Playout Progress Bars

Everyone wants more visibility into clip positions and a sense of timing. This feature displays animated progress of playing clips in RundownControl.

OverDrive 19.1

On-Air Mode

When enabled, this makes OverDrive the priority for all keystrokes on the computer.

OverDrive 19.1

Want More Info?

We have added lots of small user requested features and options. There are too many to list here. If you would like more information and would like to schedule a demo or conversation about the new releases with the product team, send us a note!

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Device Integration

Unmatched Choice OverDrive has the most extensive library of supported 3rd party devices, permitting you to choose from the best in putting your APC system together. This ensures that you will be able to achieve creative and engineering goals while at the same time meeting budgetary requirements. The OverDrive device interface engineering and quality assurance teams at Ross are continually adding new devices to meet new requirements, along with the retesting and advancement of currently available interfaces.

Maintenance plans

Every OverDrive system is delivered with 12 months of Software Maintenance which includes all software updates for the OverDrive system. After the 12 month period has passed, you have the option to purchase an annual Maintenance Plan.

Software Maintenance Plan Includes all OverDrive software updates for the year.

Software / Hardware Maintenance Plan Includes all OverDrive software updates for the year as well as an OverDrive server hardware upgrade after every third Maintenance Plan payment. All Ross systems include world-renowned phone support for the life of the product!


Redundancy Optional Optional Optional
DirectControl Optional
Additional Rundown Client Optional (Max 3) Optional Optional
Additional DirectControl Client Optional (Max 3) Optional Optional


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

  • We looked at several systems that would fit our needs. We ended up choosing Ross because they could provide a turnkey system approach. Watch the video…

    David Desrochers
    VP Engineering at NESN
  • For the 8 years that we’ve had the Ross Switcher and OverDrive, I’ve physically touched the switcher maybe five times during the newscast. It’s all done through OverDrive. Watch the video…

    Jeff Necko
    Newscast Director at WKBN 27
  • Ross’ system is easy to use, and plays well with others. It has been perfect. Watch the video…

    Lasse Wamsler
    Managing Technical Director at TV2 East



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