Tracking, Control, and Operations

Trackless Virtual Systems

Ross Trackless Studio is an all-in-one virtual production tool that fits almost any budget. Built on the XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics System with an intuitive purpose-built interface, Trackless Studio leverages Ross Video’s years of experience with virtual sets and augmented reality to bring quality virtual sets to even the most basic productions.

Cost-effective virtual productions are made possible with Ross Trackless Studio. Using stationary cameras, virtual camera moves, and the same high-quality virtual sets as tracked implementations, Trackless Studio provides incredible results while staying on budget.

Budgets and studio real estate often necessitate a different approach to production. Ross Trackless Studio opens up new opportunities for virtual sets.

The Trackless Approach to Virtual
Trackless Studio uses stationary physical cameras – instead of robotic camera systems, encoded camera heads/lenses, or optical tracking hardware. All camera moves are done virtually inside of the XPression scene, eliminating the need for a large studio space.

Where To Use Trackless
In addition to being the entire set for a program, trackless virtual sets are a cost-effective way to add production value to other content. Since trackless doesn’t require much space, it is also possible to take the studio on the road with a portable green screen and light kit.

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  • Specialty sports segments
  • Enhanced weather broadcasts
  • News studio on a budget
  • Mobile/OB production
  • Corporate communications
  • Distance learning

Trackless Studio has established itself as one of the most economically valuable virtual offerings in the industry. Quality virtual set production that delivers on the core financial benefits of going virtual:

Cost Effective
Does not require tracking hardware or software, just uses stationary cameras.

Intuitive Interface
Approachable and easy-to-use UI designed specifically for trackless virtual sets.

Space Requirements
Small studios or even portable green screens are all that is needed.

One-Box Solution
Multiple cameras, internal chroma key, live inputs, clips, stills, and 3D graphics in one system.

Integration and Remote Control
Integrated with other Ross products with several methods of remote control.

Key Features

  • Real 3D virtual sets with full 3D motion capabilities
  • Internal Chroma Keyer
  • Multi-camera support (1, 2 or 4 depending on hardware configuration)
  • Dramatic camera moves (crane or jib style)
  • On-demand static previews of talent composited in scene
  • Transitions
  • Live inputs
  • Video clips and still images
  • Events (macros)
  • 6 stock virtual sets
  • Control from touchscreen, Ross switchers, Ross DashBoard, optional X-Keys panel, keyboard, and web server
  • Use as an additional XPression engine for graphics when not in use

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Tracked Virtual Systems

Ross Tracked Studio really delivers on extensive ease-of-use that includes an operator environment designed specifically for the non-engineering user. An important aspect of this endeavor is User Xperience (UX), as the software application for these solutions to integrate the technical components required for keying, tracking, and rendering to insure the illusion of the integration of the real and virtual worlds. As a preproduction tool, UX manages camera tracking and enables full control of virtual elements, and UX Events combines complex virtual moves and camera moves into one button events that can be triggered by Ross production switchers and Ross OverDrive through RossTalk.

UX Virtual Camera Control (UX VCC), is a version of UX designed to enable the Ross proprietary virtual camera control and tracking capabilities for use in applications not requiring the full UX User Xperience control and operation by providing virtual camera control for non-Ross graphics engines and user environments.

Where To Use Tracked Systems
To properly implement augmented reality in studios, venues, or any other environment requires precise tracking of the cameras to keep all the elements properly aligned. In virtual sets camera tracking is needed where the talent moves around the set and where virtual elements such as virtual walls and windows are incorporated in the set design.


  • Augmented Reality weather, social media, transportation, and sponsorship/branding
  • Sports Studios/Venues Augmented Reality
  • Virtual windows, walls, ceilings, and displays
  • Virtual Studio Sets
  • Virtual Set Extensions

UX Virtual Operating Environment

UX Xperience functions as the control center for virtual solutions and features extensive ease-of-use that takes the technical complexity out of deploying and operating virtual environments.

Intuitive Interface
Highly flexible and customizable UI designed for tracking with virtual sets and augmented reality.

Extensive Integration
Works with other tracking systems, keying products, and real-time 3D rendering engines.

Remote Control
Combines complex virtual moves and camera moves into one button events.

Cohesive Functionality
Combines all the technical components required for keying, tracking, and rendering.

Comprehensive Management
Handles camera tracking and enables full control of virtual elements.

Key Features

  • Easy-to-use intuitive touchscreen graphical user interface
  • Installed on a touchscreen PC for virtual set camera calibration, scene manipulation, media replacement, event triggering, animation control, robotic camera move control and more
  • Seamless integration with tracking, keying, and graphics rendering engines such as XPression
  • Preproduction management of camera tracking and control of virtual elements
  • Combines complex virtual moves and camera moves into one button events triggered by Ross production switchers or OverDrive Automated Production Control
  • UX Virtual Camera Control (UX VCC) version designed to provide virtual camera control for non-Ross graphics engines and user environments

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Tracking with Ross Camera Systems

For studio productions, Ross has both free-roaming pedestal and track based robotic systems designed with virtual and augmented reality in mind. These systems feature built-in real-time absolute positioning systems to deliver best-in-class tracking accuracy.

All Furio systems provide complete 3D tracking data for virtual applications using absolute encoders on all axes to instantly provide accurate position data, while the leveled rail system ensures accuracy, and delivers silky smooth on-air travelling shots to highlight the realism of 3D virtual elements.

The CamBot 700XY provides complete 3D tracking data with the highest accuracy and repeatability of any free-roaming pedestal.

The SmartShell control system can be used to control all robotic movements, including zoom and focus on the lens. In addition to joystick control, it allows shots to be stored, recalled, or strung together to create complex sequences, called Moves, that take full advantage of the Furio’s unique on-air capabilities. UXTrack collects and translates camera tracking data.


  • Free-roaming XY-pedestals for virtual applications along with standalone pan-tilt heads and Pan-Tilt-Elevation (PTZ) systems.
  • Employ unique, patented technologies to provide unmatched accuracy and payload capacity, enabling users to deliver higher quality productions at dramatically lower operational costs.


  • High quality track-based robotic camera solutions for broadcast and live performance applications.
  • Provides cinema-quality on-air movements that produce dramatic, signature shots that capture and hold viewer attention.

Camera Jib Kits

Jibs permit cameras to be moved vertically, horizontally, or a combination of the two. A jib can be mounted on a tripod or a dolly. A jib is useful for getting high shots, or shots which need to move a great distance horizontally or vertically, without the expense of a camera operator on a crane.

The Jimmy Job Encoder Kit is designed to attach to the Jimmy Jib Triangle with no modification to the jib.

The CamMate Encoder Kit is designed to attach to the CamMate Travel Series Jib, a slight modification for mounting the Swing and Boom encoders is required.

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